Communications Director (EMS 4)
State of Washington 59 reviews - Lacey, WA

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

About Ecology's Mission

The Department of Ecology's (Ecology) mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for current and future generations.

This means protecting both people and the environment from pollution, restoring and preserving important ecosystems that sustain life, and finding ways to meet human needs without destroying environmental resources and functions. Our everyday interaction with citizens, stakeholders, and the public we regulate is fundamental to achieving these results. We treat our customers as partners and collaborators, provide respectful and prompt service, explore creative solutions for the best results, and act with integrity. We maintain effective infrastructure and foster a workforce that is committed, productive and successful. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

Diversity Commitment

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.

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

Local efforts. Diverse people. Statewide impact.


About Ecology's Communication & Education Office:

Ecology carries out state and federally mandated rule-making, policy development, enforcement actions, permitting, toxic site cleanup, and other work that demands substantial public information and public involvement. Ecology is committed to being transparent, open, and accountable to the public, policy leaders, news media, and the communities we serve. The Communication and Education Office provides critical support to Ecology leadership and our environmental programs to accomplish this work.

Ecology relies on rapidly changing communication technologies to gather, understand, and share information. This requires public agencies to constantly improve delivery of needed information to our customers. The Communication and Education Office helps Ecology respond to this need. The office coordinates Ecology’s use of the Internet and other technologies, with a focus on understanding our customers, what they need, and how to make information easily accessible to them at all times.

The Communication and Education Office provides round-the-clock communication and outreach support for oil and hazardous chemical spills. This includes being available 24/7 to provide timely information to the media and the public and, when they’re established, to staff multi-jurisdiction incident response teams.

Ecology’s primary communication goal is to earn public support and confidence in Ecology and our mission by ensuring that we are the first and best source of information about our work.

About Ecology's Communication & Education Director Position:

Ecology's Director is currently looking for a Communications and Educations Office Director. This is an exempt management position ( EMS 4 ) reporting directly to Ecology's agency director and serves on the agency's Senior Management and Executive Management teams.

The successful candidate for this recruitment will have the ability to:
  • Plan, coordinate, oversee and direct media relations, community education partnerships, public outreach, web communications, use of social media, and internal and extenal communications.
  • Lead and direct the agency's senior communications officers and community educators.
  • Represent the agency director and agency as spokesperson to the news media and the public regarding cross program and policy issues, including representing the director and the agency at public meetings, hearings, news briefings and other public events.
  • Serve as information manager responsible for developing and managing complex public information activities, including the development of policies, goals and objectives; determine appropriate information methods and techniques to carry out the public information activities.
  • Represent the agency with the Governor's Office, communications offices of state agencies, and the Legislature.
  • Represent Ecology on multi-agency, government to government communication, outreach and education projects, events and processes.
  • Collaborate effectively with professional peers in developing and carrying out strategies that accomplish results.
  • Coordinate media events with, and provides information to, the Governor's Office.
  • Serve as agency information manager responsible for responding to significant emergency or crisis situations, including advising the director and other agency officials on high risk communication, public information and education strategies and coordinating information dissemination with appropriate local, state, and federal officials.
  • Maintain and build Ecology's credibility with media and the public.
  • Prepare and implement comprehensive communication and education strategies.
  • Develop communication plans, news releases, speeches and talking points, features and opinion columns, newsletter articles, brochures, fact sheets, briefing documents and other materials.
  • Provide timely information to all Ecology staff and managers through the agency intranet site and other media and forums.


Required Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations, public administration, political science or related field,


Five years of experience supervising or managing professionals in the news media, public relations, public involvement, or closely related field.

Additional professional experience may be substituted, year for year, for college education.

Supplemental Information:

Application Instructions

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.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as 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.

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

From July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013, a 3% temporary salary reduction is in effect for most state positions. The salary listed above includes this reduction. For specific information on the Temporary Salary Reduction, please click here .

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail . 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.

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.

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.

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