Deputy Director, Communications

King County, Seattle, Washington

Date Posted August 29, 2019
Industry Government
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary 114,771.28 - 145,479.36 Annually


King County invites candidates for the position of Deputy Director of Communications. This position serves in the Office of the King County Executive. The successful candidate will be an experienced professional with strong communications and writing background, ability to think strategically, outstanding relationship-building skills, a demonstrated commitment to collaboration and who can work in a fast paced environment and juggle multiple assignments. Top-tier candidates will possess leadership skills, ability to manage projects and teams, understand how to build and foster effective relationships, communicate with transparency and clarity, and work in a complex and constantly evolving environment.

This position reports to the Director of Communications. 

As the only county in the United States named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents who represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. King County is changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
The County continues to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.
King County provides a generous employee benefits package, including comprehensive health benefits, paid parental leave, and time to volunteer. For details, see:

Job Duties

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Suite 810, Seattle, WA 98104
The Deputy Director of Communications position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible. The typical workweek is 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday. This position is not represented by a collective bargaining agreement. Weekend and evening events and hours are not uncommon
Please submit the following materials by closing date, Saturday, September 14th at 11:59 p.m.

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  1. Complete an online application; and 
  2. Attach a resume and cover letter describing how your education and/or experience relate to the qualifications for this position

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Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the cover letter and resume.

**Applications responses stating "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the application requirements, please contact HR Manager Seth Watson ( or HR Associate Dan Grant (
If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson or 206-477-5330.

While this position will support production of various communication tools, including video, this is NOT a production position. Primary responsibilities in this position focus on producing written material and verbally communicating with journalists. 

King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

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