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Communications Coordinator (Communications Consultant 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
January 31, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Richland, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
High School or equivalent, Bachelor's Degree
$52,332.00 - $68,580.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Please apply through the following link:

We protect Washington State's environment for current and future generations. Every day. Our culture is invested in making a difference. Join us if you're looking for a team that is highly effective, collaborative, and with leadership that embraces the value individuals bring to our work.

Our Nuclear Waste Program seeks to fill a Communications Coordinator (Communications Consultant 4) position, located in our Richland, WA, field office.
The successful candidate will be an experienced communications and media relations professional who can help tell the story of Washington State's work to regulate the cleanup at the Hanford nuclear site. Our new communications coordinator will join the Nuclear Waste Program and our agency-wide communications team. The ideal candidate will possess excellent people skills, be able to work across a variety of communications channels, and be able to deal with the media in both routine and in highly stressful breaking news situations.

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. See some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at  

The Nuclear Waste Program's mission is to oversee the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state's air, water and land at and adjacent to Hanford.

The agency's communication team is considered among the best, most forward-looking in Washington State government. Our program communication team is collegial, collaborative and dedicated to doing the best job possible. Collectively, we have many years of experience in the nuances of Hanford, in outreach, in effective writing and editing, in communications, and in media relations.

The Communications Consultant keeps our web pages accurate, fresh and relevant; maintains and bolsters our social media presence; identifies and adapts to new trends in communication strategies; writes a variety of content that illuminates the program's role; works with the media to ensure that reporters receive timely, accurate and insightful responses; tracks and shares analytics; helps with program outreach.

The position determines how best to represent the program on the web, on social media, at live outreach opportunities and to the media, analyzes new trends and strategically adopts those that will improve our ability to tell our story, and deals with major and breaking news events that either represent initiatives from our program or are reactions to federal policy or events on Hanford.

This is an opportunity to work for a program that oversees the cleanup of one of the most contaminated places on Earth. It's a vitally important mission and one that will require public knowledge, understanding and support for decades in order to ensure adequate funding to complete the cleanup. It's an opportunity to work with seasoned professionals who are passionate about the Hanford cleanup, about best communications practices, about excellent writing and about supporting the growth and development of our individual communications team members. In addition, this position offers opportunities to advance.

Some of the key work activities of the Communications Coordinator position are: 

  • Maintaining the program's web pages.

  • Taking primary responsibility for NWP social media.

  • Writing a variety of content – news releases, web pages, social media, blogs and more.

  • Serving as a media liaison for the program, both with the communication manager and as the primary liaison when the Communications Manager is unavailable. 

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, public relations or related field AND three (3) years of writing/editing experience, of which two (2) years must include:

  • Writing/editing experience. Applicable experience can be substituted year for year for education. 

  • Developing web content strategy, writing/editing and managing web content.

  • Experience working with the media.

  • Using project management tools to prioritize work and meet deadlines.

  • Working effectively both as part of a team and independently.

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and Adobe products, such as Photoshop, Acrobat Pro and InDesign.

  • Proficient use of content management systems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with a content management system.

  • Experience with InDesign or similar graphic production software.

  • Experience with video recording and editing.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information


Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

  • Two (2) writing samples.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume," may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or 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 have specific questions about the position, please email Randy Bradbury at:  Please do not contact Randy to inquire about the status of your application.

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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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 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.