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Community Police Commission Communications Advisor

Nov 24, 2021
seattle city
Seattle Community Police Commission
Position Description

The Community Police Commission (CPC) envisions our communities and Seattle's police aligned in shared goals of safety, respect, and accountability. The Community Police Commission listens to, amplifies, and builds common ground among communities affected by policing in Seattle. We champion policing practices centered in justice and equity in alignment with the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.
 
The CPC was mandated under the Consent Decree to provide community input on needed police reforms. The City of Seattle established the CPC by ordinance (Download PDF reader) and it began work in 2013. Our office is responsible for its obligations related to the Consent Decree, it now is mandated to also provide ongoing, community-based oversight of Seattle Police Department and the police accountability system.
 
We have an opportunity for a Communications Advisor to join the team in a temporary assignment! In this role, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of a full range of strategic communications plan that reaches diverse communities and generates public interest and engagement of the CPC’s issue areas and initiatives. 

Job Responsibilities

 

Here is more about what you will be doing:

  • Develop and implement the department's communications strategy – including print, broadcast, and online media – to ensure that we share our story in compelling ways and increase the visibility of the CPC’s issue areas and initiatives. 
  • Serve as CPC's Public Information Officer and represent CPC to the Mayor's Office, City Council and other City departments. This includes working closely with the Mayor's Office and City Council communication staff to coordinate CPC’s correspondence and responses to public inquiries. 
  • Serve as the Public Disclosure Officer, and help coordinate CPC's responses to requests from the public filed under the Washington State Public Records Act. 
  • Act as liaison and spokesperson to the media and public, including managing media requests and developing relationships with the press and ethnic media. 
  • Prepare press releases, reports, briefing materials, talking points, fact sheets, newsletters, and outreach materials; manage and coordinate the work of graphic designers, printers as needed. 
  • Provide communications support to the Community Engagement team i.e., technical support, engagement, and outreach.
  • Update CPC web content using the City of Seattle’s content management system (CMS); review web pages regularly for clarity, accuracy, effectiveness and adherence to the Open Public Meetings Act. 
  • Coordinate other online communication, including blog stories and social media updates. 
  • Coordinate with other CPC team members to develop and staff community outreach and engagement activities. 
  • Develop and implement standards for external communication; serve as internal reviewer to maintain consistency in communication strategies; provide guidance to the team on communications strategies. 
  • Develop performance measures to track and evaluate the effectiveness of communication techniques; monitor milestones and report progress in high-level summaries the CPC's work
  • Other duties as assigned 
You will be prepared for this role if you have the following knowledge and skills:
 
  • Understanding of racial equity and social justice principles, institutional racism, with the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to daily work.   
  • Provide effective leadership to advance an organization’s goals through proactive and responsive communication strategies. 
  • Project management skills. 
  • Proficiency in WordPress, CMS software, social media, Microsoft 365 suite of products for communications, presentations, and reports, as well as Microsoft Teams and WebEx. 
Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to: 
 
  • Distill complex information and communicate effectively to a variety of diverse audiences effectively in both oral and written formats. 
  • Respect people’s lived experience and reflect a deep understanding of race, social justice, and equity in your interactions and work. 
  • Produce, track, and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines. 
  • Work under pressure on often controversial, sensitive issues. 
  • Build positive working relationships with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally in a politically sensitive environment. 
  • Contribute positively to a diverse working environment. 

 

Qualifications

 

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 will be prepared to take on this role if you have a career that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and have:  
 

  • Experience in a broad set of areas, including social media, media relations, marketing strategies, and project management  
  • Promoted racial and social equity in your work 
  • Integrated anti-racist principles into your professional practice 
  • Facilitated community engagement 
  • Expertise in processing and responding to public disclosure requests is beneficial
  • Delivered meaningful outcomes by working with a diverse range of partners. 
  • An ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable working environment supported by collaborative, productive and respectful relationships.
 Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

Additional Information

 

The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.
 
COVID 19 Vaccination Mandate: As of October 18th, all City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

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