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.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
We're looking for an experienced Communications Manager to serve as a collaborative and integrated member of our Spills Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program in our Lacey office. The position serves as a collaborative member of Ecology's statewide communications team.
This high-energy position will work on a wide variety of high-profile projects and issues across the state, and act as lead media spokesperson during emergency responses to oil spills and releases of other hazardous materials.
The position participates on the Spills Program Leadership Team, and advises program managers, senior management and staff about communication and outreach strategies. It leads communication-related activities performed other communication team members.
The position may be called upon to lead communications for a spill anywhere in the state during and outside of normal business hours. It organizes and trains a cadre of communications managers who help provide timely responses during emergencies to the media and the public.
Importantly, this is a leadership position that builds and maintains effective working relationships with local, state and federal communications partners during spill incidents.
We're looking for a proven, experienced media relations professional.
We're looking for an expert communications strategist.
We're looking for a motivated, hard-working multi-tasker.
We're looking for an exceptional storyteller.
Additional key ingredients we're looking for include:
We will begin screening applications on April 3, 2019. If you'd like to be considered for the initial screening, please submit your application on or before April 2, 2019. This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in journalism, communications, public relations, or closely allied field
Four (4) years of professional experience in information, journalism or public relations.
Additional professional experience in information, journalism, or public relations may substitute, year for year, for education.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
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 Holiday 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.
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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as attachments to their application:
Please complete the applicant profile when applying. Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely.
Please know that we get a tremendous amount of interest and applications for our communication positions. If you're excited about applying for this position, then be sure you capture our attention and clearly demonstrate why you should be our next hire.
Department of Ecology employees, please 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.
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This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
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.