CITY OF SEATTLE
Director of Communications (Executive 1)
|Salary: ||$39.42 - $65.06 Hourly |
|Location: ||Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington |
|Job Type: ||Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time |
|Shift: ||Day |
|Department: ||Seattle Department of Transportation |
|Bargaining Unit: ||Not represented |
|Closing Date ||Continuous |
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a skilled and visionary individual to provide strategic leadership and direction for our Public Information Office. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Director of Communications serves as an integral member of the senior management team overseeing all communications work for the department, and directly supervising a communications staff of nine and a budget of approximately $1 million.
Additionally, this position directly oversees responses on controversial issues and provides ongoing direction for consistent external and internal communications. The position plays a critical role in promoting and defending the City's work on primary objectives related to transportation, ensuring that the media and public understand SDOT's efforts to create a safe, interconnected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city for all.
- Direct the development of SDOT's strategies on long-term communications, marketing, branding, media relations, and social media, and provide guidance to senior management on effective communication techniques, products, and methods
- Emphasize strong communication and build effective partnerships across the department with partner agencies and community leaders
- Ensure all public materials and messaging is aligned with SDOT's strategic direction
- Determine strategy for all media inquiries and direct staff that serve as the primary spokesperson with newspaper, radio, television, and on-line outlets
- Provide oversight for all web content, major community outreach, social media, the main SDOT customer service line, public disclosure requests, and department-wide graphical design support
- Provide oversight and management for all external communications products, including media advisories, press releases, and project-related informational materials; provide internal communications materials
- Develop and maintain senior-level relationships with the Office of the Mayor, the Seattle City Council, other City departments, as well as regional and state governmental partners and private sector organizations
- Ensure close interagency coordination and collaboration, especially relating to mobility issues, with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the King County Department of Transportation, King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit, and the Port of Seattle
- Serve as an advisor on policy issues, focusing on how the public will respond to policy changes and how best to position such changes to garner greater public support
- Effectively represent the interests of the Public Information Office and SDOT while serving on cross functional/departmental/jurisdictional teams
- Actively participate in executive-level team meetings and decision-making processes and provide input and advice on sensitive matters at the highest levels of departmental policy making
- Support department goals in promoting diversity and social justice in keeping with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative.
These responsibilities are only a summary of typical functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. May perform other duties as assigned.