Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Department of Ecology - Multiple Positions

The Department of Ecology is Hiring!
Web Content Specialist (Communications Consultant 3) (In-Training)
$3,563.00 - $4,678.00 Monthly
$42,756.00 - $56,136.00 Annually

First review of applications – September 11, 2015

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.
The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is currently looking to fill a Web Content Specialist (Communications Consultant 3) (In-Training) position. This position will be located in our office in Richland, WA.

This position gives you the opportunity to join a dynamic communications team that is informing and educating the public on nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford Site in south-central Washington.

This position works closely with technical staff and our education/outreach team to manage content on the NWP website. This position helps the team to prioritize web content, responds to public interest in Hanford projects and looks to find creative ways to share information via the web.

We are looking for applicants who take initiative, have strong time management skills, are detail oriented, have strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills and are able to work independently as well as part of a team.
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you’ve seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebook,Instagram or our blog.

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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

The Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP) mission is to oversee the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to Hanford.

Some of the key work activities of the Web Content Specialist position at the Communications Consultant 3 Level are:
  • Lead the development of general and project-specific content for the NWP website.
  • Write, review, edit, develop, coordinate, and maintain user-centered web content.
  • Plan, organize, schedule and carry out web communication strategies for program activities.
  • Make decisions and resolve complex issues about web content, design and organization working closely with staff and managers.
  • Set and maintain website update schedules.
  • Develop graphics that illustrate information, processes, timelines, etc. for use on the program’s website and social media.
  • Ensure program and agency web standards are met.
  • Stay current and informed on information technology methods, standards, publications processes (protocols and policies), and tools.
  • Participate on web usability and redesign teams, and video team, as needed.
  • Work with the publications coordinator to manage templates and oversee the web and publications review process to ensure quality and consistency for all published regulatory products (focus sheets, listserv notices, comment response documents, etc.).
  • Support the NWP with regulatory and permitting activities by developing and implementing legally required public involvement activities, including holding comment periods, issuing notices, creating advertising and announcements, holding public meetings and hearings, and other related activities.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 11, 2015. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 10, 2015. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Communications Consultant 2 and the Communications Consultant 3 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.

Required Qualifications:

At the Communications Consultant 3 Level: Salary Range 51 ($3,563 - $4,678 – Monthly)
A Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, humanities, public relations, or related field AND three years of experience in writing/editing of which two years must include:
  • Writing/editing experience. Applicable experience can be substituted year for year for education.
  • Developing web content strategy, writing/editing and managing web content.
  • Use of project management tools to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Working effectively both as part of a team and independently.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and Adobe products, such as Photoshop, Acrobat Pro and InDesign.
  • Proficient use of HTML and content management systems.

Equivalent education/experience.

At the Communications Consultant 2 Level: Salary Range 47 ($3,229 - $4,237 Monthly)
A Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, humanities, public relations, or related field AND one year of experience in writing/editing.

Equivalent education/experience.
Desired Qualifications:

At the Communication Consultant 3 Level:
Experience with Teamsite (or similar content management system), InDesign (or similar graphic production software).

Experience with video recording and editing.

At the Communication Consultant 2 Level:
Professional level experience with Microsoft Office Suite and other related applications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Access, SharePoint, Adobe)
Possess the verbal and written communication skills necessary to work with non-technical customers and technical staff.

Morgan Gilchrist
Human Resource Consultant
Department of Ecology
(360) 407-6983