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Communications Consultant 5

Sep 5, 2019
Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises
A model for exemplary service, the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) promotes equity and increases participation in public contracting and procurement for small businesses owned by minorities, women, and disadvantaged persons. To accomplish our mission, the OMWBE certifies small businesses owned and controlled by minorities, women, and disadvantaged persons and works with the state's purchasing and contracting community to provide education throughout the state. The results are positive impacts in the community that lend to a better economy and strengthen the resilience of families and ultimately improving the overall quality of life. 
Governor's Subcabinet on Business Diversity:

Supporting small and minority, women's and veteran-owned businesses in state contracting is a priority for Governor Inslee.  As a result, he created the subcabinet on business diversity.  The creation of this Communications Consultant 5 position is a direct result of this effort and will expand support for diverse business owners.

The Communications Consultant 5 (CC5) serves as the overall lead on the agency's strategic communications.  The role also provides significant contribution in the area of tactical support to OMWBE.  The importance of having this content be relevant, accurate, and timely is especially critical due its nature and its reach to external and internal stakeholders.   The scope of work is extensive and includes such areas as overseeing media interactions, planning stakeholder outreach campaigns, written and visual communications, developing performance metrics, and advising on agency responses as it relates to supplier diversity and certification programs.
Moreover, the CC5 will coordinate a multi-agency communication team that supports the Governor's Subcabinet on Business Diversity to plan, develop, and execute communications related to the Subcabinet. 

We are an employer of choice because we:
  • Champion employee diversity and inclusion;
  • Provide a modernized office environment;
  • Support mobile work practices and flexible/ alternative work schedules;
  • Offer access to the Employee Assistance Program;
  • Provide an Infant in the workplace program;
  • Incentivize employees who use alternate transportation;
  • Offer the state-wide total compensation package, including transparent and fair salary schedules, excellent and affordable health insurance options, free dental insurance, solid retirement benefits, vacation, leave, and holiday policies.
PLEASE NOTE: This posting is open until filled.  The Hiring Manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.  It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.  First review of applications will be August 29, 2019 with no guarantee of further consideration.

More of what you'll enjoy doing:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and oversee and implement statewide communication and/or public relations strategies, with plans and messaging that reach across all racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic lines.
  • Create and share narratives that spotlight OMWBE's work through the press, social media, and key influential outlets.
  • Advise and provide expert consultation to the Director, Executive Leadership Team, and other staff regarding media relations, public information activities, and external and internal communications.
  • Participate in the decision making process with Executive Leadership.
  • Create speaking points and press releases to align with agency messaging.
  • Serve as the agency spokesperson to news media, stakeholders and the public, including representing the Director and the agency/institution at public meetings, hearings, news briefings or other public events.
  • Coach and help prepare staff for internal and external presentations, events, public meetings/hearings and public speaking engagements as well as response to media.
  • Plan, deploy and manage external website and social media presence to maintain consistency of messaging, including web design and monitoring trends, and monitors results. Includes creating communications materials and web content.
  • Utilize graphic design skillset and data visualization practices that convert agency messaging into a form of effective visual representation.
  • Write and edit documents such as (not all inclusive) report, news releases, executive correspondence and letters, webpage and social media copy, newsletters, articles, fact sheets, fliers, signage, and more that clearly explain the Agencies activities.
  • Develop performance metrics and evaluate effectiveness of information and public relations activities, create reports and recommend changes to supervisor, Director and executive leadership as warranted.
  • Assist in the creation of webinar content and other educational tools of which benefit the public.
  • Responsible for responding to significant situations, including advising director and other agency/institution officials on public information strategies; coordinates information dissemination with appropriate local, State and Federal officials.
  • Understand and support issues and policies and respond to questions raised by the Legislature, executive office, or agency management, which require attention.
  • Coordinate a multi-agency communication team that supports the Governor's Subcabinet on Business Diversity.
  • Responsible for planning, developing, and executing communications related to this Subcabinet.
  • Design and implement statewide communication plans and messaging that reach across all racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic lines.
  • Serve as lead communication reviewer for materials created by the multi-agency team.
  • Create speaking points and press releases to align with Subcabinet messaging.
  • Serve as spokesperson to news media and the public, when needed.
  • Provide advice and consultation to Subcabinet members as well as Subcabinet work groups regarding media relations and other external and internal communications.
  • Create a newsletter including content development and delivery to inform stakeholders of the Subcabinet activities and progress.
  •  Plan, direct and support the agency's outreach, supplier diversity, communications, external relations, and certifications programs as necessary.
  • Serve as the account administrator of GovDelivery and/or other distribution lists.

Required Experience:

5 years (full-time equivalency) of professional experience in one or more of the following areas: communications, community outreach, public relations, public information management or closely related field.


  • A compassionate leader and a proven strategic thinker who also has highly developed political astuteness.
  • Strong communication skills, including mastery with English grammar, AP style, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Proficient use of written and oral communication in English, including the ability to tailor messages for different audiences from academic level research to standard state agency plain talk for general audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide range of subject matter experts to craft and deploy effective communication strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee multiple projects at one time.
  • Understanding of web content management systems.
  • Knowledgeable about social media practices.
  • Proficient knowledge of communications tools and methods, such as graphic design, web layout, and data visualization.
  • Ability to explain rules, regulations, and complex technical information using plain talk, charts and graphs.
 Ability to demonstrate and uphold the following OMWBE Values:
  • We are committed to promoting equity in public contracting and procurement for businesses owned by minorities, women and disadvantaged persons. We actively develop and practice cultural competency in our work with customers, communities and team members.
  • We are friendly and helpful--every time. We consistently listen to our customers, understand their needs and goals, and respond in a timely and professional manner.  We always provide the highest level of customer service.
  • We communicate respectfully and openly. We create an environment where everyone feels comfortable speaking up and participating to solve problems. We listen to and appreciate others' opinions, needs and goals. We assume good intent. We are all responsible for OMWBE's success.
  • We build great teams with the right skills, attitudes and work ethic to achieve our goals. We create a productive and positive environment by working together as a team. We openly share our knowledge and skills to promote the success of the agency. We take actions and make decisions that align with our agency's mission, values and goals.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working in or directly with print, radio, television, and web-based media.
  • Knowledge of public sector contracting and procurement.
  • Experience in supplier diversity, community development and/or other equity and inclusion program.
  • Experience owning or managing a small business.
  • Proficient use of written and oral communication in Spanish.
  • Proficient in Drupal 7.
  • Experience in government relations, partnership management, marketing, and branding services.
Supplemental Information

Please attach the following documents, failure to do so may result in not being considered for the position:

  • A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • Current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.
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.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded.
For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.
We thank you and are grateful for your service

We celebrate our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Lolo Florentino Arevalo at (360) 407-8074 or


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