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Description Note: Project expected to last through Summer of 2021. Position opened until filled. u00a0 The Opportunity: Do you care about making a difference? Are you a good writer with the ability to bring people together and deliver results? Do you thrive knowing your project coordination, interpersonal and strategic thinking skills are critical to the success of major multimodal ferry terminal projects? If so, we have the job you have been waiting for. The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) is now hiring a communications professional who will act as a project coordinator, lead media coordinator and content producer for major construction projects in Seattle and Mukilteo. In this hands-on job, you will establish and maintain positive working relationships with teams of planners, members of the media, internal and external partners. You will be responsible for handling, tracking and responding to customer correspondence and inquiries in an effective, professional and creative manner, writing content and designing easy-to-understand graphics and video. This person also will develop and implement strategic communication plans and identify and respond to risks and opportunities for media and social media under the direction of the Construction Communication Manager. Our top applicant has the discipline to prioritize, track and handle daily activities and competing priorities autonomously and under supervision in a team-focused, fast-paced environment. They ought to have a consistent track record of successful project management, or project coordination that includes tactful planning, identifying and developing media stories, serving as a spokesperson, consensus building, relationship building, and excellent writing skills. In addition, they should have experience with social media, video editing and other public outreach tools, and know how these tools can be strategically applied to reach a particular audience.u00a0 ***Due to the nature work duties, work location will vary including Seattle and Mukilteo sites. The ferry system is represented by an outstanding Communications Team, which supports the largest ferry system in the United States. Serving eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada the system hasu00a010 routes and 20 terminals that are served by 22 vessels and approximately 1,800 amazing employees. At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, ethnicities, genders, individuals with disabilities, and lifestyles while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. u00a0 This position will perform the following work: Manage, triage and coordinate prompt and consistent project construction communications across platforms including email, Web, social and traditional media, and public meetings. Responsible for tracking, developing, researching, planning, leading and supporting media stories, events, and developing creative ways to bring awareness to construction projects with the budget in mind. Manage customer correspondence system, including researching and drafting responses. Design, Implement, and manage strategies, and measurement systems to ensure communications activities. Serve as daily media/communications lead for assigned projects. Track critical meetings, milestones and timelines. Attend/involved with construction communication meetings. Respond to emergency/crisis situations; advising on communication strategies, coordinate WSF response strategy, ensure proper information to be disseminated with appropriate officials. Other duties as assigned. u00a0 u00a0 u00a0An excellent applicant for this position will have: A bachelor's degree in Journalism, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or related field of study and at least four years of progressively responsible related experience. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including full command of Associated Press Stylebook and writing for the Web Excellent organizational and project management skills. Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships; even in times of high pressure and conflict. Ability to be flexible in work locations (working remotely on jobsites). Excellent knowledge of media relations and traditional media practices. Ability to identify and develop effective stories for a wide variety of audiences Working knowledge of Drupal or other similar web content management systems. Ability to utilize desktop video editing and graphic design programs. Demonstrated experience of social media platforms. Experience interpreting/analyzing public information policy and issues. Understanding of emergency communications. Ability to be available 24 hours a day when necessary. A valid driver's license. u00a0 How to Apply: Applications for this recruitment will only be accepted electronically. You may need to create a profile and account in Washington State's automated tracking system, NeoGov. To be considered for this position you will need to provide a letter of interest and resume in the attachments section. u00a0 Note: This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the WFSE, or arrange to pay to that union a fee equivalent to its regular monthly dues. Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Peter Asai at . Please reference recruitment number 18DOT-WSF-9P012.

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