The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with
others to protect and improve the health of all people in our
state. The Center for Public Affairs works with leadership and
staff to advance agency priorities. We strive to advance health
equity and develop communications and health promotion products
that meet the needs of the communities we serve. We combine our
services and expertise with other subject matter experts to solve
problems creatively and carry out the agency's mission.
The Communications team facilitates agency-wide efforts to
consistently and effectively inform, engage, listen to, assess, and
motivate external and internal audiences. Our work helps ensure
that the Department of Health is a credible source of health
information and a great place to work.
These positions support leaders and staff primarily in the
Prevention & Community Health or Environmental Public Health
divisions. Specifically, these positions will plan, organize,
schedule, and carry out internal (DOH staff focused) and public
relations activities of low to medium risk/visibility. They
determine the need and most appropriate methods and techniques to
publicize and promote programs, develop and implement changes for
communication effectiveness, and resolve complex issues or
The duty station for these positions is in Tumwater,
WA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is
currently expected. When approved to return, the
incumbent is expected to report to the duty station for
work activities. Partial telecommuting may be an option
subject to supervisory approval.
About the Department of Health
The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is
equity and optional health for all. Our mission is to work with
others to protect and improve the health of all people in
Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great
organizations also understand why they do it. Our values are:
- Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do
and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and
- Equity: We are committed to fairness and justice to ensure
access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for
- Collaboration: We seek partnership and collaboration to
maximize our collective impact. We cannot achieve our vision
- Seven Generations: Inspired by Native American culture, we seek
wisdom from those who came before us to ensure our current work
protects those who will come after us.
- Excellence: We strive to demonstrate best practices, high
performance, and compelling value in our work every day.
Benefits of Working for DOH
Washington is America's Top State, according to U.S. News
(2021), and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages
in the nation.
Tumwater is a vibrant city just south of Olympia, the state's
capital, with a small-town feel conveniently situated between
Seattle and Portland. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged
and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two
universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius.
We also offer:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules
and telework options for many positions.
- Growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy
food, and fitness classes.
- Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful
- A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive
environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic
selves to work.
- An Infant at Work Program based on the long-term health values
of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
- A modernized workplace.
- Develop and review content and materials to support
communication goals, including speeches, presentations, key
messages, talking points, fact sheets, social media messages, FAQs,
and web content.
- Produce content and materials that comply with agency
standards, including the editorial style guide, plain talk, and
- Consult with DOH subject matter experts and program staff to
recommend appropriate strategies to raise awareness of programs,
activities, and services independently or as part of a
- Proactively identify communication needs, opportunities,
impacts, and expectations for programs working on a wide range of
public health and organizational issues.
- Work with peers, subject matter experts, program staff, and
external stakeholders to ensure accuracy and consistency of public
health information that maintains agency credibility.
- Develop communication plans for low to medium risk/visibility
incidents and program communications.
- Use proven strategies and best practices that ensure
communication objectives are met, and trust in agency programs is
- Contribute to strategic planning and future
- Apply quality improvement tools to improve efficiency,
accuracy, and overall quality.
What we're looking for
Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings
humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their
actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others
and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and
they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. They thrive
on collaboration and continually seek ways to increase input from
colleagues of different backgrounds and expertise than their
Option 1: A Bachelor's degree in English, communications,
journalism, public relations, or related field; AND three (3) years
of full-time professional writing/editing experience.
Option 2: Five (5) years of full-time professional
Demonstrated experience and high proficiency in:
- Writing and editing for diverse audiences, including
hard-to-reach communities and those most impacted by health
- Adapting communication products to ensure they are culturally
and linguistically appropriate for target audiences.
- Applying plain talk principles and an equity lens to
- Proactively learning, adapting to, and taking advantage of new
technologies and channels.
- Managing numerous complex issues and projects
- Collaborating on projects with organization leaders, subject
matter experts, other communicators, and staff at various
- Integrating social media into communication strategies.
- Working-level fluency in English and at least one other
- Experience in a public relations agency environment or similar
- Demonstrated proficiency with the following:
- AP style
- Communicating public health messages
- Understanding public health theory and application
- Using marketing strategy to change health behavior
Intrigued? Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application
profile along with the following:
- A cover letter, describing how you meet the qualifications and
why you are interested in this position.
- A current resume.
- Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in
your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if
you have supervised staff) someone you have supervised or
Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain a
photo or private information (social security number, year of
birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected.
These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within
your application when downloaded.
Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a
copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed
verification of service letter from the United States Department of
Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any
personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and
year of birth.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal
opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment
that is inclusive and respectful. We prohibit discrimination based
on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,
gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation,
genetics, or disability.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the
Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able
- Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide
- Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week and/or adjust
normally scheduled hours, which may include evenings and
- Infrequently travel throughout the state, which may include
If you have questions, need alternative formats or other
assistance please contact Zach Covington at (360) 236-2406,
Zach.Covington@doh.wa.gov, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 711
(Washington Relay). Technical support is provided by neogov,
855-524-5627 (can't log in, password or email issues, error
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