Deputy Director of Communications, Office of the Executive
King County - Seattle, WA

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King County invites candidates for the position of Deputy Director of Communications.
This position is in the Office of the King County Executive. The successful candidate will be an experienced professional with strong communications and writing background, ability to think strategically, outstanding relationship-building skills, a demonstrated commitment to collaboration and who can work in a fast paced environment and juggle multiple assignments. Top-tier candidates will possess leadership skills, ability to manage projects and teams, understand how to build and foster effective relationships, communicate with transparency and clarity, and work in a complex and constantly evolving environment.


This position is open to all qualified candidates and will remain open until filled.


The standard work week is 40 hours per week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must electronically submit:

· An online King County job application;
· A resume, and;
· A letter of interest detailing your experience and qualification with reference to the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.

Applicants may be required to demonstrate their qualifications at the time of the interview and/or skills assessment.

Failure to submit a complete application package will result in disqualification from further consideration for this position.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson at seth.watson or 206-296-4149.

Job Duties:

· Manage internal and external communications, including news media relations, social media outreach, website management, multi-media, public relations and other areas of communication.

· Assist in development and implementation of strategic communications plans; monitor and report on programs.

· Write or supervise writing of speeches, op-eds, news releases, online conten t , and other external and internal communications.

· Assist in all media relations functions for the office; serve as spokesperson and liaison to the news media; provide live-broadcast and print interviews; track media trend s.

· Research, write and distribute a variety of public information materials; formulate and provide accurate, authoritative responses to media inquiries; act as consultant to management and staff in the development of responses to media.

· Coordinate the work of public information officers in all county agencies; edit or oversee department publications for content, style and message, and to assure compliance with county standards.

· Sign or oversee purchase agreements, contracts, or material receipts and other expense documents related to communication services.

· Represent communications area on department, executive and/or inter-jurisdictional committees.

· Serve as lead coordinator for countywide emergency communications programs.

· Brief upper management and elected officials on media and public relations issues, technical issues and program budget.

· Reports to Director of Communications.

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

· Knowledge of print, broadcast news and social media. Senior level communications or media work experience strongly preferred
· Ability to write powerful stories and compose narratives in direct, conversational tone

· Knowledge of social media technologies

· Knowledge of supervisory and managerial principles and practices

· Knowledge of principles of budgeting and program management

· Knowledge of local government and the political process

· Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures

· Knowledge of communications principles, tools and strategies

· Highly developed writing skills and ability to edit

· Public speaking skills

· Coaching and mentoring skills

· Decision-making and problem-solving skills

· Skills in resolving conflict, making decisions, solving problems, collaborating and negotiating

· Skills in understanding and translating technical subject matter and terminology

· Skills in setting priorities, influencing staff, persuading co-workers and others

· Skills in organizing, prioritizing and managing multiple programs and projects to meet numerous non-negotiable deadlines

· Skills in reading and interpreting laws, regulations and guidelines written by federal, state and local agencies

· Skill in thinking strategically

· Skill in listening effectively

· Ability to research and analyze

Supplemental Information:

• Washington State Driver’s License or other evidence of mobility

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