Content Producer Level I and Level II (Writing Focus)

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Tacoma, Washington

Date Posted February 27, 2023
Industry Government
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time
Salary starting Level I: $29.22/hour; starting Level II: $32.82/hour


Content Producer Level I & II -- Writing Focus

Closes:    March 10th @ 8:59 p.m. PST

Department:  Communications
Reports To:   Communications Director or Designee 
Hours:            40 Hours/Week – Full Time
Salary:           DOQ + Benefits* 

*The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave. 

Application Requirements:

  • Resume
  • 1 to 2 page Cover Letter that explains how your work experience matches the position's duties.
  • Sample of work (links are OK): Please include 3 to 5 professionally published examples (not classroom work) of news writing, public relations writing required; digital media examples a plus but not required

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for creating primarily written content for the Communications Department, with the ability to create digital or other multimedia content as needed. This position works as a team member in support of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

Level I is expected to handle moderately complex work assignments and disseminates content.  Sound judgment and the ability to establish priorities to determine the best methods to accomplish work is expected.  Application of general office fundamentals including operating office equipment, basic math and the ability to follow written and oral instructions is expected.

Level II acts as a Team Lead position and deals with highly complex content projects and is expected to act as a resource to others; work assignments involve creative thinking and the ability to make non-routine decisions.  Interruptions and changing priorities are regular occurrences and tight deadlines create job challenges.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Level I Writing Focus

1. Develop written articles, photo and/or video ideas and contribute to the Communications Department’s editorial calendar of topics to cover.
2. Create a variety of written content for use with the Communications Department’s channels. This may include long- and short-form written articles for Puyallup Tribal News, website copy, social media promotion copy, print publication copy, newsletter content, employee email announcements and press releases.
3. Proofread written material.

Level II – all of Level I duties and the following:

10.          Plans and implements complex content projects, such as multi-day, multimedia series. Example for illustration purposes only: Under supervision of content manager, researches and serves as lead writer for a three-part Puyallup Tribal News series, including outlining main stories and identifying worthwhile supplemental videos, sidebars and photo essays that other staff or contractors can produce, and, under content manager’s supervision, negotiating areas of responsibility within the content project.


11.          Acts as team lead for public relations and other content projects that involve multiple employees, contract contributors and/or departments. Examples for illustration purposes only: Under supervision of content manager, leading Firecracker Alley public relations and promotions, including outlining work plan, coordinating vendors and billing through communications coordinators, and serving as lead writer but also working with contractors to produce supplemental content.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Qualifications and Requirements

Education and Experience

Level I:    HS Diploma/GED required. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Marketing, Communications or Journalism or a related field strongly preferred. Depending on focus area, candidates should demonstrate strong writing skills and understanding of grammar or strong photography and/or video skills. Understanding of effective social media use and other digital best practices a plus. Digital photo editing experience a plus. Candidates should be able to write effective content specifically for website and social media. Audio/visual experience such as with streaming live on-location events a plus.

Level II: All of the Level I requirements and two years of content production experience. Candidates may be hired as level II if they are able to demonstrate that they meet the level II requirements. Employees hired as a level I may move to a level II after two years of experience in the position and must demonstrate the ability to perform level II duties and successfully execute projects.

Level I and II:

Intermediate to extensive knowledge of word processing is required. Ability to use digital content tools such as cameras and social media platforms. Strong interest in web-based communications and knowledge of web editing skills preferred. Working knowledge of Associated Press style preferred.

Knowledge of Native American customs and traditions is required, as well as a sensitivity and appreciation for Elders, youth and other members of this and neighboring Tribes. 

Must have experience in maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.

Must be able to work long hours and carry and unpredictable schedule.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business instructions and procedure manuals.  Ability to follow oral instructions and write news and feature stories using correct English, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ration and percentages.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. 

Licenses, Certificates 

Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance.  Driver’s License restrictions must not prevent the employee from complying with the Tribe’s Vehicle Use Policy or driving a GSA vehicle.

Other Requirements

Must have reliable transportation.

Must demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and oral.

Must demonstrate an eye for detail.

Must be able to multi-task and set priorities.

This position may be required to telework on either a part time or full time basis depending upon the needs of the department and the organization.  If required to telework, employee agrees to complete the Telework Agreement and abide by the Telework Policy and work expectations.

Physical Demands

  • Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.
  • Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
  • Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 

Work Environment

  • The noise level is moderate.
  • The physical exertion is low to moderate.
  • The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • Exposure to hazardous materials in minimal.
  • Requires travel using employee’s own transportation.
  • May be required to work nights, weekends or holidays.


The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law


To apply: Puyallup Tribe's Content Producer Application Portal - scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Apply Now.'


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4.         Native Hiring Preference – If selecting a native category (native, spouse, descendant), send in the appropriate documentation. If you have any questions about the hiring preference policy or what document to send in, contact us.

5.         Provide 3+ references. We cannot obtain references from direct family members (parents, grandparents, siblings, or children). One reference must be a recent past or present supervisor. We prefer the rest of your references to include co-workers, subordinates, or other supervisors, but we can accept a personal reference from someone who is familiar with your work ethic, skills/abilities, and attendance.

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8.         After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive an email, please call contact Human Resources to confirm receipt.


If you have any questions about the position or online application, please call (253) 573-7863 or email


The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.