Communication Specialist III

This position reports to the Communications Lead for the Department of Elections. The person who fills this role will play an integral role in providing accurate and reliable information to King County voters through a variety of mediums. As misinformation surrounding elections has grown, it has become more important than ever for Elections to communicate proactively, regularly, and reliably with our voters.

This position will work with a team of highly qualified election professionals and will often be tasked with translating complex technical processes into information that can be delivered on a variety of platforms and easily understood by a variety of audiences. This position will work closely with the Language Services and Community Engagement team to ensure all information is delivered in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese in a culturally appropriate way.

Who We Are: King County Elections (KCE) manages voter registrations and elections for more than 1.4 million voters in King County, the largest vote-by-mail county in the United States. KCE’s mission is to conduct accessible, secure, and accurate elections. As a leader in providing inclusive elections, KCE is focused on three key priorities – (1) actively identifying and working to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level, (2) strengthening relationships with community and governmental partners, and (3) creating a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx .

Materials Required to Apply: Applicants must submit a (1) King County Application, (2) resume, (3) letter of interest, and (4) a recent, relevant writing sample (excerpts from longer documents are acceptable), up to 6 pages total. The letter of interest should describe how your education and experience meet the qualifications and have prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job. Applications without the required materials may not be considered for this position.

Work Schedule: The standard workweek for this position is Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. We require the flexibility to work additional hours during peak periods of the Election cycle. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not eligible for overtime.

JOB DUTIES:
In this role you will have the opportunity to:

• Curate the department’s various social media feeds including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and interact with voters to build trust and provide information on voting.
• Produce a variety of written materials such as press releases, media advisories, and informational handouts or brochures.
• Update and manage KCE’s website, blog, and SharePoint sites.
• Perform basic layout and production design of KCE’s advertisements, communications, brochures and/or reports.
• Support the elected Director of Elections by drafting internal communications, preparing presentations for a variety of external audiences, providing media support and developing talking points.
• Work regularly with the media to respond to inquiries and serve as a spokesperson for the department as needed.
• Engage with employees across the department to identify communication needs and issues.
• Support on-site activities such as tours, media visits, and other communication-related events as needed.

EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS:
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with a high attention to detail when proofreading.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with little supervision.
• Ability to be a team-player who is creative, organized, and can work across functional teams.
• Professional experience curating a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
• Demonstrated ability to identify the communication needs of diverse audiences and determine the best communications methods, messages, and tools to reach them.
• Ability to create and use graphics, photography, and videography to effectively engage audiences.
• Experience working in and with diverse communities and delivering messages in a culturally appropriate way.
• Skilled in managing projects, as well incorporating and balancing feedback from a variety of stakeholders.

Desired qualifications:

• Experience with design and video platforms such as Adobe In-Design, Illustrator, and Premiere Rush.
• Experience working with GovDelivery digital messaging system.
• Professional experience working with media.
• Recent professional experience developing communications materials in a government environment.

To view the full job description please visit www.kingcounty.gov/careers



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