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Communications Manager (Communications Consultant 5)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:




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 to work.
  • 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 newborns.
  • 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 future generations.


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 Ecology's work.


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 disagreement.


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 date.


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 it. 
  • 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 passionate about.

Required Qualifications:

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: 

Possible Combinations

College credit hours or degree

Years of required experience - as listed above.

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

8 years of experience

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits

7 years of experience

Combination 3

60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)

6 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits

5 years of experience

Combination 5 

A Bachelor's Degree

4 years of experience


Desired Qualifications:

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 setting.
  • Strategic issues management and communications planning. 
  • Crisis communications experience.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.


Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   

Application Instructions: 

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined. 

  • A unique cover letter describing why you are interested in this position. 
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the qualifications of this position.
  • 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 Employees:  

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 Human Resources.


Application Attestation:  

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. 


Other Information:

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 application.


To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

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 more details.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

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. 

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