Title: Communications Specialist
Reports to: Executive Director

Are you a skilled communicator excited about working to ensure that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home? Consider applying to join our team!

Primary Responsibilities:
This position manages our communications work to ensure strategic and effective messages are presented to the public, lawmakers, members of the media, and others about affordable housing and homelessness issues. The position is shared between the Housing Alliance and Housing Action Fund and provides some communications support to the Resident Action Project – our initiative organizing with residents of affordable housing communities and others with personal experience with housing instability, and the Board Advocacy Project – our initiative engaging our member organization’s boards of directors in advocacy.

The person in this position will ensure that our communications lift up the expertise of people struggling to afford a home and support our efforts to reduce racial and other disparities in homelessness and housing instability.

What we’re looking for:
Someone who can communicate in a way that inspires others to take action – whether that is by voting, contacting a decision maker, writing a news story, or making a donation. You should be excited about working on a statewide level and effecting change though public policy advocacy, and be ready to jump in and start communicating about some of the most visible and important issues of this time. We’re a small team that does a lot. We try to have fun doing it and encourage (but want to get better at) work life balance. Since we juggle a lot at once you’ll need good organizational skills to manage your work. We all work independently and as part of various teams, so you’ll do best if you are proactive and able to motivate yourself and can also collaborate and communicate well with colleagues.

Our staff and board are committed to working toward becoming a fully equitable and anti-racist organization and are looking to bring on new team members who share that commitment and also have a commitment to self-reflection, personal growth, and working on their own internal racial and other biases.  

Full job description and requirements here.

Salary & Benefits: 
Salary $60-65k depending on experience. Generous benefits package includes health, dental, and vision insurance; employer contribution to retirement account; subsidized ORCA pass; life insurance; health care/child care flexible spending account and generous vacation, sick leave, and holidays. 

How to apply: 

Please send resume and succinct cover letter (describing your relevant experience, why you are interested in this position and how you learned of the opportunity) to jobs@wliha.org. We also request that you complete our voluntary, anonymous demographic survey to help us improve our hiring processes. No phone calls please.

Hiring timeline:
The position is open until filled, but priority will be given to candidates who apply by Sunday, December 16. We hope to complete phone screens the week of Dec. 17, and in-person interviews the week of January 7. Our goal is to have a new person on board by the end of January.

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