OPENING DATE/TIME: 08/23/19 12:00 AM (GMT -8:00)

CLOSING DATE/TIME: 09/14/19 11:59 PM (GMT -8:00)

SALARY:    $4,414.28 – $5,595.36 Biweekly    $114,771.28 – $145,479.36 Annually

LOCATION: Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Seattle

JOB TYPE: Appointed

DEPARTMENT: EXEC – Executive’s Office



King County invites candidates for the position of Deputy Director of Communications. This position serves in the Office of the King County Executive. The successful candidate will be an experienced professional with strong communications and writing background, ability to think strategically, outstanding relationship-building skills, a demonstrated commitment to collaboration and who can work in a fast paced environment and juggle multiple assignments. Top-tier candidates will possess leadership skills, ability to manage projects and teams, understand how to build and foster effective relationships, communicate with transparency and clarity, and work in a complex and constantly evolving environment.

This position reports to the Director of Communications. 

As the only county in the United States named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, King County is a vibrant community with residents who represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. King County is changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
The County continues to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation’s best places to live, work, and play.
King County provides a generous employee benefits package, including comprehensive health benefits, paid parental leave, and time to volunteer. For details, see:


  • Manage internal and external communications, including news media relations, social media outreach, website management, multi-media, public relations and other areas of communication. 
  • Assist in development and implementation of strategic communications plans; monitor and report on programs.
  •  Write or supervise writing of speeches, op-eds, news releases, online content, and other external and internal communications. 
  • Assist in all media relations functions for the office; serve as spokesperson and liaison to the news media; provide live-broadcast and print interviews; track media trends.
  • Research, write and distribute a variety of public information materials; formulate and provide accurate, authoritative responses to media inquiries; act as consultant to management and staff in the development of responses to media.
  • Coordinate the work of public information officers in all county agencies; edit or oversee department publications for content, style and message, and to assure compliance with county standards.
  • Brief upper management and elected officials on media and public relations issues, technical issues and program budget.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated ability to write powerful stories and compose narratives in direct, conversational tone
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of print, broadcast news and social media. Senior level communications or media work experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of communications principles, tools and strategies
  • Knowledge of  and experience with social media technologies
  • Knowledge of and experience with local government and the political process
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Highly developed writing skills and ability to edit
  • Public speaking skills
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Skills in resolving conflict, making decisions, solving problems, collaborating and negotiating
  • Skills in understanding and translating technical subject matter and terminology into compelling narratives for lay audiences and the public
  • Skills in setting priorities, influencing staff, persuading co-workers and others
  • Skills in organizing, prioritizing and managing multiple programs and projects to meet numerous non-negotiable deadlines
  • Skills in reading and interpreting programs, laws, regulations and guidelines written by federal, state and local agencies
  • Skill in thinking strategically
  • Skill in listening effectively
  • Ability to research and analyze


This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Suite 810, Seattle, WA 98104
The Deputy Director of Communications position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible. The typical workweek is 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday. This position is not represented by a collective bargaining agreement. Weekend and evening events and hours are not uncommon
Please submit a complete online application, resume and cover letter describing how your education and/or experience relate to the qualifications for this position.
Your options are to:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the Text Resume section of the application, or
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the Resume Attachment section.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the cover letter and resume.

Applications responses stating “see my resume” or “see my personnel file” are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the application requirements, please contact HR Manager Seth Watson ( or HR Associate Dan Grant (

If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson or 206-477-5330.

While this position will support production of various communication tools, including video, this is NOT a production position. Primary responsibilities in this position focus on producing written material and verbally communicating with journalists. 

King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

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