Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Communications Program is looking for a talented
Communications Manager to lead communications for the Eastern
Region of the state. The position is located in our Eastern
Regional Office in Spokane, WA.
Our agency protects the quality of Washington state's air,
water, and land. As communications manager, you will play a key
role in planning, leading, and implementing strategic
communications that explain the work we do to media, stakeholders
and the public. You will work closely with our executive team and
serve as a spokesperson for the agency.
As a member of our Communications team, you'll join a dynamic
team that's constantly pushing to create, innovate and lead. We
value diversity and embrace unique perspectives. Our thoughtful,
inclusive, and innovative approaches are often held up as a model
of national excellence. The experience this position provides is
ideal for someone looking to take their communications career to
the next level.
Protecting Washington's environment for current and future
generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture
that is invested in making a difference. This is an opportunity to
join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, and work
with leaders who embrace the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness. We go beyond
traditional benefits and proudly offer:
- A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect, and
leaders who encourage all employees to bring their authentic selves
- A healthy life-work balance by offering flexible schedules
and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term
health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, and fitness classes;
an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact
through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core
values central to Ecology's work. We strive to be a workplace where
we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while
advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to
protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique
perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative
approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need
different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all
have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity,
acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and
lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a
journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to
demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard,
seen, and valued.
During this part of Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a
combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and
business need. Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building
occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before
entry, and social distancing.
Application timeline: This position will remain open until
filled, with an initial screening date of June 22, 2021. In
order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an
application on or before June 21, 2021. The agency reserves the
right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
What makes this role unique?
You will lead communications in an exciting and supportive
atmosphere. Our innovative and inclusive culture encourages new
ways to share compelling stories with the media, on the web, and
across social media. We learn from one another, encourage each
other, and grow together as a team.
What you'll do:
- Provide clear, accurate and timely communications to explain
the work Ecology does, why it matters, and the science behind
- Lead proactive external and internal communications to explain,
educate and engage diverse audiences through the web, social media,
news media and public outreach.
- Serve as a key advisor on communications issues to Executive
Communications, Eastern Region and agency leadership.
- Serve as agency spokesperson. Anticipate questions from the
media and stakeholders, and work proactively to ensure Ecology is
an accurate source of information.
- Work closely with executive leadership, web coordinators,
outreach staff, and other agency employees to ensure quality and
consistency in Ecology's messaging.
We are looking for an initiative-driven individual who is
experienced working with the news media, desires to work on
high-profile projects, and is a storyteller on digital platforms.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is invigorated by
new challenges every day.
Joining Ecology means joining a team committed to diversity,
equity, inclusion and respect, and to protecting and restoring
Washington's environment. It's an agency and mission worth being
Option 1: A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in
journalism, communications, public relations, or closely allied
field AND four years of professional experience in communications,
journalism or public relations.
Option 2: Additional professional experience in
communications, journalism, or public relations may substitute,
year for year, for education.
See chart below:
All experience and education combinations that meet the
requirements for this position:
College credit hours or degree
Years of required experience - as listed above.
No college credit hours or degree
8 years of experience
30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits
7 years of experience
60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)
6 years of experience
90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits
5 years of experience
A Bachelor's Degree
4 years of experience
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some
(or all) of the desired experience below.
- Strategic communications experience in a government
- Strategic issues management and communications
- Crisis communications experience.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make
your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant
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It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the
documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be
- A unique cover letter describing why you are interested in this
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if
applicable) as it relates to the qualifications of this
- A professional writing sample that reflects your work as a
communications professional, such as a press release, public
statement, blog story, web content, or social media post. Please
also briefly explain why you selected the writing sample.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary
depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover
Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
- Please be sure to remove private information such as your
social security number, date of birth, etc.
- Do not attach documents that are password protected, as these
documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your
application when downloaded.
Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding
permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington
General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to
select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type
your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of
your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact
The act of submitting application materials electronically is
considered affirmation that the information is complete and
truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful
or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application
or dismissal if employed.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email
Dustin Terpening at: Dustin.Terpening@ecy.wa.gov.
Please do not contact Dustin to inquire about the status of your
To request the full position description:
Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance
Washington's environment for current and future generations. We
invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment
that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management,
teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to
protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career
in public service allows you to help solve some of the most
challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health
and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most
competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong
commitment to life/work balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public
Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other
Leave, 11 Paid Holidays per year, Public Service
Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term
Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred
Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program
(DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee
Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction
Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See
the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the
Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a
bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State
Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department
of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a
working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial,
ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women,
racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over
40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military
status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities
are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the
application/testing process or this job announcement in an
alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf
or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing
7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of
the same job classification across the agency. Once all the
position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the
recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for
the next sixty (60) days.