Harborview Communications Specialist III

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on January 5, 2022
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King County is looking for an exceptional and innovative Communications professional to join the Harborview Bond Program. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, this person will be responsible for all elements of communication for King County’s $1.74 billion Harborview Bond Program, including creating and executing communication plans for engagement with mainstream media, community, external and internal stakeholders. Working with program leadership, this person will create content on a variety of topics for internal and external audiences for digital platforms and relevant social media, using video, audio, photography, graphic design, and print.
As the only county in the United States named after one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, Martin Luther King, Jr. County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change.
SCOPE OF JOB DUTIES: To be considered for these opportunities, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill, and ability to:

  • Develop, implement, and update communication plans. 
  • Seek media opportunities and respond to inquiries which highlight the Bond Program.
  • Serve as media spokesperson for the Harborview Bond Program and/or coach others to serve as spokesperson.
  • Identify key audiences and messages and the appropriate communication methods and tools to effectively reach them.
  • Create press releases, talking points, social media posts, and other materials as needed as part of a coordinated communication plan.
  • Develop and/or curate content for and manage Harborview Bond Program social media channels; assist in the coordination and social media ad buys.
  • Audit website and other online and social media content to meet user-centered needs for clear, accessible and up-to-date content and information.
  • Plan and manage communication projects in coordination with graphic designers, project and program managers, videographers, photographers, and IT professionals. 
  • Actively engage with internal and external stakeholders to identify communication needs and issues.
  • Coordinate with the Executive’s Communications Director and internal and external communication teams.   
  • Develop communications that drive connections to King County’s True North and Values including anti-racism, equity, and social justice.
  • Have a background in strategic communications.
  • Have a solid understanding of communication best practices, including sensitivity to occupationally and racially diverse audiences and understand user experience design principles and data visualization. 
  • Can collaborate with internal and external leaders and work as part of a team.
  • Can anticipate and respond to emerging issues. 
  • Have exceptional copywriting skills and demonstrated accurate, clear, and concise writing and editing skills.
  • Have outstanding research, presentation, and interviewing skills.
  • Have experience with high profile project and crisis management. 
This opportunity to join an amazing public infrastructure project that will benefit our community is open to all applicants. A King County application (paper or electronic) is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled. Applicants who apply by Tuesday, November 16, 2021 will receive first consideration in the process.

Please apply online at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. Please direct questions about this recruitment to Brittney Marzest by email at bmarzest@kingcounty.gov or by phone at 206-477-8104.
This recruitment is an effort to fill our immediate vacancies as well as create a hire list that will be used for any positions that become vacant within the next 12 months.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • 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
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • 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
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are 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?
  • 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.
  • No.
If 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

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