Washington State Communications Manager (Communications Consultant 5) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology is seeking an experienced communications strategist and media relations professional to join our communications team.

Our team supports agency leadership and leads our strategic communications, public information and environmental outreach efforts. We lead communications planning for high-profile, complex environmental issues affecting our entire state.

We're leaders when it comes to sharing information via the news media, the web and through social media. We're always looking for ways to improve how we share our interesting and challenging stories. Maybe you've seen some of our compelling stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog. If you haven't, check us out.

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, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


We're looking for an experienced Communications Manager to serve as a collaborative and integrated member of our Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) and Communications teams.

The Toxics Cleanup Program works on some of the toughest environmental challenges of our time, and needs a Communications Manager who can provide clear, accurate and timely communications to explain our work, why it matters, and the science behind it. The Toxics Cleanup Program partners with local communities to protect people and the natural environment. The issues and projects the program works on are diverse, challenging and complex.

As part of the Communications program, you'll be joining a fast-paced, dynamic and strategic team. We create, innovate, lead, and foster partnerships inside and outside the agency.

  • We average more than 100 media interviews a month.
  • We average more than 8 million visits to our website annually.
  • Our Facebook and Twitter accounts are verified.

The Communications Manager position plans, organizes, directs and manages integrated communications strategies for Ecology's executive management and staff in the program and region.

Some of the key work activities include:

Strategic communications, planning, and managing

  • Leads issues management and manages communications planning and strategy.
  • Organizes, develops and implements public information and public involvement plans and activities.
  • Advises program management on communications goals and objectives, policy, public involvement, citizen engagement, media relations, social media, and stakeholder relations.
  • Writes for a variety of audiences and in a variety of formats: communication plans, news releases, websites, speeches, blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, videos, stories and more.

News media and social media

  • Leverages news media and social media to share agency news broadly.
  • Serves as media liaison and lead spokesperson for projects, issues and emergency responses.
  • Plans, organizes and facilitates media briefings.
  • Coaches and prepares executives, program managers and subject experts to succeed in interviews.
  • Crafts news releases that dynamically blend the web, social media and graphics into enriching and compelling stories.
  • Is proficient using all appropriate social media tools.
  • Seeks to tell stories visually – incorporating photography, videography and graphics.


  • Leverages the agency's website as our greatest communications channel.
  • Provides a strong voice on web content strategy.
  • Strategically writes for the web, as well as edits and organizes content.

Public relations and involvement

  • Represents Ecology in interactions with other governmental, business, and community organizations.
  • Plans and organizes public involvement opportunities for communities – community meetings, public hearings, webinars, newspaper ads, social media ads and mailers.
  • Writes and edits speeches, talking points, briefing papers and other strategic documents.
  • Writes, edits, publishes, and distributes stories for Ecology's internal website.

Emergency and after-hours response:

  • Serves on the Spills program's after-hours, on-call communications support team four weeks a year.
  • Responds to oil spills and other environmental emergencies as needed, including advising agency leaders on public information strategies, and serving as lead media spokesperson.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be September 27, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 26, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in journalism, communications, public relations, or closely allied field;


Four 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.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as attachments to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional communications experience.
  • Three professional references.
  • Two 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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov 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

Contact If you have questions about these positions, please call: Dustin Terpening, Senior Communications Manager 360-407-7647 (Please do not contact Dustin to inquire about the status of your application.)

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. (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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-TCP4169-09036

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $57,144.00 - $74,964.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA