SALARY:$79,469.28 – $119,203.92 Annually
LOCATION:Central Building, 810 3rd Ave., Seattle, Washington
JOB TYPE:Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time
DEPARTMENT:Seattle Office for Civil Rights
BARGAINING UNIT:Not represented
CLOSING DATE03/26/19 04:00 PM Pacific Time

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) works to achieve race and social justice, advance and protect civil rights, and end barriers to equity in the City of Seattle. We enforce local and federal civil rights laws in employment, housing, public places, and contracting within Seattle city limits, as well as Seattle’s all-gender restroom ordinance and Seattle’s ban on conversion therapy for minors. SOCR educates the public on the laws that protect all of us and helps businesses and housing providers operate free of discrimination. We also work to realize the vision of racial equity by leading the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.

The Communications Strategic Advisor is a key leader in the organization, responsible for creating, driving, and managing the department’s communication strategy, media relations and community engagement. The Advisor also coordinates response to Public Disclosure Requests. This is a full-time position that reports to the SOCR Director.


To be successful in this role, you have experience: 
• Developing and implementing a communications strategy, which enhances your organization’s standing and image
• Writing clear and compelling communications that support your organization’s mission
• Aligning community engagement with values of inclusion and accountability to those impacted by racism and other forms of institutional bias
• Giving input to your organization’s leadership team, setting departmental goals and developing strategic plans
• Serving as a liaison to the media and the public
• Serving as a Public Information Officer and Public Disclosure Officer for your organization
• Working under tight deadlines and managing complex and stressful situations
• Developing website content and design

To be effective in this role, you are passionate about:
• Race and social justice
• Building understanding of racial equity
• Developing and sharing communications that are inclusive and accessible to diverse audiences in both content and aesthetic, using an array of engagement platforms
• Local government and the role it can play in eliminating institutional and structural racism
• Contributing to a diverse, equitable work environment

Your ramp up time will be shorter if you have: 
• Experience in public relations and relationships with Seattle media
• Familiarity with local government, including experience interacting with elected officials and the public
• Experience adhering to the Open Public Meetings Act


A successful applicant will have a professional career that reflects a commitment to race and social justice and for creating engaging communications and outreach, as well as experience responding to and building collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships with co-workers, community members, media, and elected officials. This career orientation should be complemented by demonstrated technical knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

• Preparing press releases, reports, briefing materials, fact sheets, newsletters, and outreach materials
• Project management, including multiple deliverables and deadlines
• Planning and implementing social media strategies across multiple platforms
• Updating and managing web content, creating blogs and social media updates
• Developing community outreach and engagement activities
• Navigating political environments
• Managing graphic designers and printers


In addition to completing the application fully, to be considered you must include: 

• A cover letter describing your qualifications for this role and explaining how you see the role of communications furthering the mission and goals of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights
• A current resume
• Examples and/or web links to your work, including writing samples, communication plans and/or layout/design

Questions? Please contact Kate Moore at

Who may apply: This position is open to all applicants who meet the above Qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

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