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Communications advisor

Jan 25, 2021
City of Seattle
Position Description

The Department of Education and Early Learning’s (DEEL) mission is to transform the lives of Seattle’s children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education. We believe equitable opportunities and access to high quality education services and support from kindergarten through postsecondary should be the reality for all children, youth, and families. Our staff is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps, advancing academic achievement, and ensuring students graduate prepared for a college and career path of their choice. 

DEEL is a data-driven organization that practices continuous quality improvement. We develop and administer performance-based contracts and agreements for services, oversee contract implementation, monitor progress towards outcome achievement, and provide support, guidance, and direction to partners in alignment with their needs. Our department strives to embed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity. Our core values of equity, results, stewardship, transparency, and collaboration guide our work, support our operations, and hold us accountable.

To support DEEL’s mission and vision for Seattle, we are looking for a Communications Advisor who will work in partnership with key Department leadership, Department staff, and the Mayor’s Office to broaden awareness of the Department’s investments, public programs, and priorities. Reporting to the Communications and External Affairs Manager, you will work as an integral member of the communications and external affairs team to highlight work done by DEEL’s service divisions and share program information with the public. The use of data and personal narratives to tell the story of DEEL’s impact toward achieving education equity for Seattle children, youth, and families will be central to your work.

Job Responsibilities

Here’s more about what you’ll be doing:

Your top 3 priorities will be:

  • Media relations
  • Social media management
  • External affairs event scheduling and preparing presentations 

Your work will support major projects, including:

  • Preparation of department presentations for the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy Oversight Committee and City Council 
  • Development of a Language Access Plan to promote equitable access to Department resources for children and youth from cradle to career
  • Cultivation of the Department’s relationship with community-based, in-language, and ethnic media outlets

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include: 

  • Leading the Department’s media relations strategy including relationships with key media outlets, advertisement buys, and coverage of Department work in print, web, video, and other formats
  • Managing and maintaining DEEL’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) 
  • Managing Department listserv (GovDelivery) and producing quarterly newsletter
  • Developing and managing communications plans for key Department activities such as funding opportunities, program enrollment, investment announcements, and legislation
  • Supporting regular communication functions such as website maintenance (Ingenuix CMS, Wordpress blog), email inbox monitoring, media monitoring, SharePoint site construction, stakeholder engagement meetings (in-person and virtual), photography, videography, and graphic design 
  • Convening and facilitating community engagement meetings (in-person, virtual, and webinars)
  • Representing DEEL as spokesperson in meetings and media interviews
  • Providing customer service to City colleagues and the general public on matters related to Department business

You will use the below programs in your regular work (training will be offered as part of your onboarding, if needed):

  • Microsoft Suite
  • Adobe Suite
  • InDesign
  • PowerPoint
  • GovDelivery
  • Ingeniuix/CMS platforms
  • WordPress
  • WebEx
  • Zoom
  • Facebook
  • Twitter


You will be most successful if you have experience in a broad set of areas, including social media, media relations, photography, video, graphic design, marketing strategies, and project management. A commitment to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive and just outcomes must be at the center of your professional practice. The ability to communicate at all levels tactfully and effectively will also contribute to your success. Specifically, you’ll be prepared to take on this role if you have:

Experience in: 

  • Managing projects and issues while navigating competing deadlines
  • Maintaining excellent customer service in a fast-paced environment
  • Working with first-generation and racially/ethnically diverse populations
  • Convening and facilitating effective meetings and presentations
  • Creating communications in an education-related field
  • Photography, videography, or graphic design
  • Community affairs and engagements 

The ability to:

  • Work in diverse communities and conduct effective outreach
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, preferably in a cross-cultural context
  • Stay organized through projects, successfully meeting tight deadlines
  • Generate creative solutions to problems by identifying available resources and working collaboratively
  • Navigate and adapt to a dynamic political environment

Additional Information

This position is classified as a Strategic Advisor 1, Exempt, and is exempt from the Civil Service System. This position will require the ability to work a flexible schedule, as attendance at meetings in the evenings or weekends will be required at times.

DEEL supports the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer. If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.

The first round of interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled for February 22 & 24, with the second round taking place on March 3.


To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching a cover letter and resume, at no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. This position is open to all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Education & Early Learning values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Department of Education & Early Learning encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions, please contact Lindsey King at

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