Communications Specialist III
The Solid Waste Division’s Strategy, Communication and Performance section is currently seeking a creative self-starter with 3-5 years of communication planning experience to join the team as a Communications Specialist III. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the candidate will be a strategic thinker and storyteller who can foster public understanding of the division’s environmental mission and goals; lead multijurisdictional communication efforts; and increase employee engagement in a racially diverse workforce that includes many employees who don’t work at a desk. Experience or interest in environmental services such as waste reduction, recycling, and resource recovery is a plus.
Context of the role
This position provides communication services for the Solid Waste Division in support of its mission, vision, goals, and values. The successful candidate will lead development of creative content on a variety of topics for both internal and external audiences through video, social media, multimedia, photography, graphic design and print. The person must possess exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; the ability to anticipate and quickly respond to emerging issues; the ability to prioritize multiple tasks with competing deadlines; and a solid understanding of communication best practices such as strategic planning and Associated Press writing style. Media relations experience and a proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite applications such as Adobe Premier and After Effects are highly desired skills.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants. King County and the Solid Waste Division values diverse perspectives and life experience. The Division encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED:
Applicants must submit a (1) King County Application, (2) resume, (3) letter of interest, and (4) at least 2 recent, relevant writing samples (excerpts from longer documents are acceptable), up to 6 pages total. The letter of interest should describe how your education and experience meet the qualifications and have prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job. Applications without the required materials may not be considered for this position.
SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants that possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training may be called for interviews and a writing test.
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking with some onsite work and meetings. The frequency of onsite work will be informed by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces as needed at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.
WORK LOCATION: Predominately teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104
WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday. The person in this position may be required to work extended and/or flexible hours to respond to service needs.
ABOUT SOLID WASTE DIVISION:
A division within King County's Department of Natural Resources & Parks (DNRP), the award winning and innovative Solid Waste Division (SWD) has been recognized for operational excellence. The division's line of business is comprised of waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal. This robust and dynamic enterprise funded division has an annual budget exceeding $100 million. More than 400 employees create value for customers across ten active locations (eight recycling and transfer facilities). Resources are harvested on-site and refuse is transported by SWD to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley, Washington. Through a public/private partnership, landfill gas is captured and converted to clean natural gas. In 2019, SWD and the partnership proudly produced enough pipeline quality fuel to heat 19,600 homes in King County. King County’s Solid Waste Division brings the best people together to deliver value to our customers and stakeholders and continuously improve waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal.
- Job Duties
• Participate in developing, executing and evaluating communication strategies and plans; Identify key audiences and messages, and the appropriate communication methods and tools to effectively reach them.
• Write press releases, reports, web content, newsletters and other materials. Provide occasional writing and/or editing in support of other division projects or programs as needed.
• Support media relations and outreach; act as Public Information Officer (PIO) backup in emergencies, including after hours.
• Develop communications that help drive employee engagement for an occupationally and racially diverse workforce, and improve employees’ workplace experience and connection to the division’s mission and goals that include Equity and Social Justice.
• Help plan and create visual communication products coordinated with graphic designers, project and program managers, and multimedia specialists.
• Support content creation and management of the division’s social media channels, including video and multimedia in coordination with DNRP public affairs, and assist in the coordination and execution of campaigns and social media ad buys.
• Plan and facilitate monthly meetings for a regional recycling communication consortium.
• Occasionally participate in meeting and event planning and staffing, including press events.
• Oversee the work of consultants and other staff.• Other duties as assigned.
- Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:
• Strong project management skills and the ability to effectively track and manage competing deadlines while producing high quality work.• Media relations experience.
• Ability to understand and anticipate communication needs in the workplace, especially for employees who do not typically sit at a desk.
• Skills in identifying and assessing the communications needs of target audiences, internal and external, and creating audience-specific communications.
• Demonstrated ability in relating well to an occupationally and racially diverse group of employees and building trust.
• Outstanding research, presentation, and interviewing skills; ability to form excellent working relationships with staff, partners, consultants, and other stakeholders.
• Experience or interest in the environmental field, especially solid waste management.
• Ability to use data and research as a rationale for creative decisions.
• Exceptional copywriting skills and demonstrated skills in accurate, clear, and concise writing and editing.
THE MOST COMPETITIVE CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:
• Professional experience in public relations, journalism, government public affairs or a similar field.
• Experience driving, tracking, evaluating and reporting out communication efforts.
• Emergency response experience.
• Event planning and project management skills.
• Photography, video, graphics skills.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
• The candidate must have a valid Washington State Driver's License or other evidence of mobility.
• The candidate must be able to occasional work in a field environment, which may include walking on uneven slopes, surfaces, grades and terrain in inclement weather, and in the presence of adverse conditions such as noise, dust, and traffic.
• Competitive candidates will be asked to take a writing test as part of the interview process.
- Supplemental Information
UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117–Professional and Technical
CONTACT INFORMATION: Please direct questions about this recruitment to Roxanne Malatesta, Human Resource Analyst at Roxanne.Malatesta@kingcounty.gov.
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- Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
- Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
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- Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
- 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
- Generous vacation and paid sick leave
- Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
- Flexible Spending Account
- Wellness programs
- Onsite gyms and activity centers
- Employee giving program
- Employee assistance programs
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- Training and career development programs
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01Do you have strong project management skills and the ability to effectively track and manage competing deadlines while producing high quality work? NOTE: Your application materials must demonstrate experience in these areas.
02Do you have the demonstrated ability to understand and anticipate communication needs in the workplace, especially for employees who do not typically sit at a desk. NOTE: Your application materials must demonstrate experience in these areas.
03Do you have skills in identifying and assessing the communications needs of target audiences, internal and external, and creating audience-specific communications? NOTE: Your application materials must demonstrate experience in these areas.
04Describe your experience in relating well to an occupationally and racially diverse group of employees and building trust. Provide date(s) and employer(s) where you performed this task. Do not write "see application," as this will be considered an incomplete response.05Describe your level of user experience (UX) design principles, and experience communicating ideas through journey maps, story boards and prototypes. Provide date(s) and employer(s) where you performed this task. Do not write "see application," as this will be considered an incomplete response.06Do you have professional communication experience in a solid waste agency? NOTE: Your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
07Do have the ability to occasionally work in a field environment, which may include walking on uneven slopes, surfaces, grades and terrain in inclement weather, and in the presence of adverse conditions such as noise, dust, and traffic?
08Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
09If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
- Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.