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Northwest Straits Commission Communications Coordinator (Communications Consultant 4)

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Northwest Straits Commission is looking to fill a Communications Coordinator (Communications Consultant 4) position. This position is located in our Padilla Bay Office in Mount Vernon, WA. Upon hire, you must live in a proximity of the duty station that allows in-person attendance as needed.

The Northwest Straits Commission is a governmental organization housed in the Department of Ecology’s Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program and was established to protect and restore the unique, rich marine ecosystem of the Northwest Straits region of Puget Sound through a local-based approach. The Northwest Straits Commission provides resources, coordination and technical support to seven county-based Marine Resource Committees (MRCs) and carries out marine conservation projects throughout the Northwest Straits region.

In this position, you will play a key role in implementing the Northwest Straits Commission’s communication strategy and developing and leading communications plans for emerging marine conservation issues. You will have the opportunity to connect with local communities in the Northwest Straits to develop internal and external communications while fostering relationships with a variety of communications channels and platforms. You will gain deep experience in planning and prioritizing messaging in a collaborative network. 

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until December 31, 2023. Extension of this position is dependent upon annual funding.

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

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is eligible to telework up to 90% of the time and is expected to work in the office two to three days per month. Additionally, travel throughout the Northwest Straits region will be required as needed. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 20, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before of October 19, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

About the Department of Ecology
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 


What makes this role unique? 
In this role, you will be the primary communications consultant for the Northwest Straits Commission. You will provide vital communications support by identifying communications needs, often in partnership with regional partners, establishing objectives, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of communications programs. You will navigate unique challenges as you help shape this new position and associated communications within a grass-roots driven organization.

What you will do: 

  • Implement and update Northwest Straits Commission communications plan, establish related communications objectives, and analyze the extent of internal and external understanding of the Northwest Straits Initiative and its programs.
  • Lead communications projects and campaigns for current and emerging issues that advance Northwest Straits Commission program communications.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of information and public relations activities and recommend changes when warranted.
  • Lead Northwest Straits Commission web and social media presence, stay current with trends, and recommend new approaches and strategies in collaboration with other Northwest Straits staff. 
  • Serve as Northwest Straits Commission liaison to news media and other agency/organization communications contacts.
  • Lead preparation of public facing annual reports and other brochures, pamphlets, television and radio presentations, including graphics that fulfill visual components of communications goals.
  • Identify needs for Northwest Straits Commission education/outreach materials through consultation and collaboration with board members and other partners, create materials and targeted surveys, distribute to audiences, evaluate survey results, and assess for effectiveness.


Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
A total of Seven (7) years of experience and/or education as described below:

Professional level Experience in journalism, public relations/information, news media, digital/social media, marketing, digital accessibility or writing/editing, or closely allied field.

Experience must include some or all of the following:
  • Writing and editing experience. This experience can include writing and editing news articles, blogs, news releases, communications plans, website pages, outreach materials, advertisements, and related materials. 
  • Developing web content strategy, writing/editing and managing web content.
  • Experience working with the media. 
  • Understanding of best practices to meet language and accessibility requirements.
  • Experience with photo, video recording and editing, and creating graphics.
Education involving a major study in journalism, communications, public relations, news media, digital/social media, English, marketing, humanities, or closely allied field.

See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position: 
Possible Combinations.College credit hours or degree – as listed above.Years of professional level experience – as listed above.Combination 1No college credit hours or degree.7 years of experience.Combination 2I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.6 years of experience.Combination 3I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).5 years of experience.Combination 4I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.4 years of experience.Combination 5 A Bachelor's Degree.3 years of experience.Combination 6A Master’s Degree or higher.1 year of experience.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license. 

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Knowledge of Northwest Straits and/or Puget Sound marine and nearshore conservation issues.
  • Experience working with volunteer-based organizations.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.
  • A short writing sample or communications example of your own making.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 

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. 

Other Information:
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Lucas Hart at Please do not contact Lucas to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.