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Communications Coordinator

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Port of Vancouver USA

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
July 16, 2019
Expired on
September 14, 2019
Port of Vancouver USA
Vancouver, WA
Years of Experiences
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About Port of Vancouver USA

Washington’s first public ports were established when the legislature, reacting to private railroad companies’ domination of the docks and harbors on which the state’s economy depended, authorized voters to create publicly owned and managed port districts under The Port District Act of 1911. Port districts were given the power to levy taxes and issue bonds, to acquire property by eminent domain, to set wharf and dock rates and to lease port-owned property to private operators. On February 7, 1912, a petition was sent to Clark County commissioners requesting that a port district be formed. On April 6 of that year a vote by Clark County residents established the Port of Vancouver, with 631 in favor and 179 in opposition. This made Vancouver the third port organized after the 1911 act, following Seattle and Grays Harbor. To commemorate the Port of Vancouver’s first 100 years, a special Centennial Website was created in 2012. The site includes an array of historical photos, more than 50 blog posts highlighting special moments in the port’s history and a fascinating timeline of major port milestones. Today, Washington has 75 public port districts, more than any other state. The Port of Vancouver is the state’s third-largest public port, after Seattle and Tacoma, and the second-largest public port on the Columbia River, following Portland.

Contact name
Phala Le

Job description

Communications Coordinator


The Port of Vancouver USA is a multi-purpose port authority located in Vancouver, Wash. along the banks of the Columbia River. The port has handled a variety of bulk and break bulk cargos since 1912.

The Port of Vancouver USA is a hub for more than 7 million tons of cargo moving from as far away as the Midwest to the Middle East, making its way on barges, rail, ships, or trucks –all converging on port docks. The bulk of cargo at the port includes wheat, minerals, autos, large project cargo, and liquids.

We are a versatile, hard-working port on a mission to create jobs and trade for the region. This is an exciting, highly visible time, requiring outreach and dialog with our community and stakeholders.

The port is also home to over 50 industrial tenants that vary from panel manufacturing to electronics recycling and small-batch beer malt distributing. We have recently added more than 50 acres of ready-to-build industrial property, and are set to grow.

Sound interesting? Read on.

We seek a professional, knowledgeable, Communications Coordinator for a full-time regular position. The essential responsibilities forthe Communications Coordinator may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Actively support the port’s mission and vision and demonstrate values consistently.

  • Work effectively as a team player with all port employees.

  • Assist in the management of the port website to keep it current and effective.

  • Pro-actively manage the port’s social media sites.

  • Work with Director of Communications to develop and maintain digital media editorial calendar.

  • Assist and provide recommendations in the creation and implementation of a social media strategic plan.

  • Monitor social media platforms and work with Director of Communications to resolve any issues.

  • Meet regularly with internal teams to generate stories for print and digital media.

  • Provide regular updates to staff on digital media program including analytics and milestones.

  • Provide training to staff on generating digital media content.

  • Assist External Affairs team with port photo and video needs.

  • Assist in the management of inventory and purchase of promotional materials.

  • Assist with coordination of public tours and special events as needed.

  • Assist in preparation of materials for External Affairs programs and activities including legislative outreach, marketing and community relations.

  • Produce newsletters including researching stories, writing content and meeting deadlines.

  • Other duties as assigned.



Education:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations or related field. Applicable experience may substitute, year-for-year, for education.

Experience:  Two or more years of experience in a communications-related field is required.  Experience working in social media and digital marketing. Possesses a basic understanding of communications, media relations, and public relations concepts and methodologies.  Has the ability to think and apply these concepts strategically. Has the ability to work independently with a high level of accuracy. 

Communication Skills:  College level written and verbal communication skills are required.  Must be able to communicate effectively up, down and across the organization clearly and succinctly in a variety of styles to communicate effectively.  Must be able to project a positive image to all port constituents.  Adaptable, polished social skills for effective interactions with a wide variety of individuals and organizations.  The ability to develop and deliver formal presentations in a variety of settings (i.e. one-on-one, small or large groups).  Ability to write in “Associated Press” (AP) style.

Computer Skills:  Advanced level skills with Windows based software, primarily MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Photoshop and advanced desktop publishing skills are required. Experience using social media including, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.


If you are interested in this position, please use link below to apply.

If you have any questions or concerns, please submit them to

The posting will remain open until July 30, 2019

The Port of Vancouver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Port of Vancouver complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.