This position is assigned to our Olympia location; however, most positions are currently teleworking daily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Work hours are typically 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Alternative and telework options are available.
**Special Note: We encourage everyone to apply, but please note that currently ARTSWA is unable to accommodate relocation reimbursements.
Who we are:
The mission of the Washington State Arts Commission, also known as ArtsWA, is to be a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state. We have a particular interest in serving diverse populations and increasing equity and access in the arts. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website www.arts.wa.gov to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan.
What you will be doing:
In addition to supervising the Communications Consultant 2 position, you will plan, develop, and implement extensive information and public relations communication plans/activities based on the internal and external needs and goals of the agency. You will also serve as ArtsWA’s public records officer and legislative liaison, with responsibility for tracking bills and advising agency staff and board on key issues.
In concert with executive management, you will establish communications priorities, identify communication needs, and develop/facilitate products, or projects to address those needs. You will serve as the agency contact for media, the communications manager will field all inquiries, work with subject matter experts on talking points, information requests, and set timelines for responses as well as manage communication’s assets such as photos, videos, audio files, and archives. You will be managing agency publications, newsletters, website, press releases, and social media presence as well as produce tools such as charts, graphs, briefing papers, and surveys to assist staff and commissioners in performing their jobs more effectively.
You will also conduct and coordinate research and evaluation of legislation, briefing papers, and industry surveys; facilitate the communication needs of agency programs; manage budgets; respond to and track public requests for information according to the Washington State Public Records Act; serve as Legislative liaison and is responsible for tracking and reporting on legislation that affects the agency and the arts and cultural sector in the state; manage contract for graphics design services; develop crisis and risk communication strategies; develop policies for the agency’s web presence; manage requests for public information; evaluates effectiveness of implemented communications strategies.
Who we are looking for:
The work you will do requires strong attention to details and the ability to manage multiple overlapping projects and deadlines. You must understand the importance of adhering to deadlines. You must appreciate the importance of relationship building as you will be interacting with a diversity of constituents, partners, and stakeholders across the state.
Why YOU would be interested in this position:
Your work will help provide information and support for agency activities focused on the arts, cultural and creative economy sectors of Washington State.
Because we are a small agency, you will have opportunities to develop, grow, and become deeply involved in ArtsWA’s mission and vision. We work hard and enjoy what we do, while maintaining pride in our work. We are busy year-round.
If this position fits your experience and you would like a job with a variety of duties and projects to hone your skills, we encourage you to apply.
In short, you will be responsible for the agency’s communications, marketing and customer relations policy and implementation. You will support the agency’s mission by developing and implementing effective communications of services and opportunities available to constituents; surveying the arts sector stage to provide director and staff with a deeper understanding of the needs of the state to inform program development; and ensure internal and external communications are clear, using an equity lens.
Your primary responsibilities are to develop and enforce agency branding standards, provide graphic, photographic, video and web design services, manage digital platforms and serve as content creator for web properties and other digital communication platforms. As the agency’s contact for media, you will field all inquiries, work with subject matter experts on talking points, information requests, and set timelines for responses. You will develop and implement media campaigns for special projects as well as support media needs during board meetings and advise the board on interactions with the Legislature.
Some of what you will enjoy doing includes:
Responds to and tracks public requests for information according to the Washington State Public Records Act
A Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or closely allied field, policy development,
At least five (5) years of professional experience in communications, journalism, public relations or related experience
NOTE: Combination of equivalent experience and education may be substituted for educational requirement
Please provide the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:
NOTE: By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed. A resume will not substitute for completing the “duties summary” section of the application. Please do not refer to resume for detail, or your application may be disqualified.
Condition of Employment:
COVID Vaccination Requirement: Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14(Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021, as a condition of employment. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. You may request an accommodation if you are unable to meet the requirement due to a medical or religious necessity.
Opportunity for All:
The Washington State Arts Commission celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.
You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.
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For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or email email@example.com.