Publication Coordinator (Communications Consultant 3)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • Dec 06, 2019
Full time Communication - Public Outreach

Job Description

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen


The Department of Ecology's Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is looking for a team members to join the Communications and Outreach Unit, located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

This Communication Consultant 3 is our program's Publications Coordinator. This person leads and coordinates program publication and communication activities. A core role of this position is writing and editing complex scientific, policy, procedural, or technical information into plain language that can be understood by a wide range of audiences.

As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 

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


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The HWTR Program enforces Washington's toxics laws, including the Dangerous Waste regulations that many businesses need to comply with. We also offer technical assistance to businesses to reduce or eliminate their use of hazardous chemicals, work to identify safer chemical alternatives, support the development of green chemistry, and test consumer products for toxic chemicals.

As Publications Coordinator, you will:

  • Write, edit, plan, and prepare publications, reports, brochures, web content, presentations, social media posts, and other communications products.
  • Read, edit and check draft material prepared by staff for style, grammar, punctuation, continuity and clarity of expression.
  • Oversee the program's publication activities, continually improving the publication development and review process.
  • Develop and improve document layouts and templates.
  • Consult with program content experts and other clients on publication projects. Provide recommendations, monitor progress, and ensure conformity to standards of style, quality, and accessibility. 
  • Seek efficiencies to enhance service delivery and produce quality products while managing production costs.
  • Act as the HWTR program's Plain Talk coordinator, ensuring that program publications and web content adhere to plain language principles to ensure they provide effective communication with their intended audience.
  • Apply Environmental Justice principles and Title VI compliance best practices to communications planning and materials to support fair treatment and meaningful involvement of diverse audiences. 
  • Serve as an accessibility lead, ensuring documents, publications and other electronic communications adhere to standards for accessibility to people with disabilities.

Why join the team?

Join a collaborative group of communicators in the HWTR Communication and Outreach team. We write and edit outreach materials, develop communication plans, and bring the customer perspective to HWTR. Together, we:

  • Protect the environment and workers by helping businesses manage hazardous waste safely.
  • Support compliance and technical assistance staff by providing outreach materials that effectively convey HWTR's messages.
  • Translate complex rule language into instructions businesses can follow.
  • Help businesses transition to safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals they use in their products or processes.
  • Plan and coordinate communications efforts.
  • Support the public participation process for cleanup sites.
  • Provide communication support to HWTR's initiatives, including Safer Products for Washington, green chemistry, chemical action plans, and the Children's Safe Products Act.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be December 10, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 9, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.





Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, humanities, public relations, public administration, graphic design, environmental science, environmental policy or related field AND three years of writing/editing experience.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of experience.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for education.

  • Experience creating written and visual content for publications, web, blogs, social media, or other outreach materials.
  • Experience formatting documents.
  • Experience editing procedures or scientific information or other technical content into plain language.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using Adobe InDesign.
  • Experience managing team projects from beginning to end. 
  • Experience training or coaching others to write plainly and clearly for a variety of audiences.



Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as attachments to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.
Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Erin Jesky at: Erin.Jesky@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Erin to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.


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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$47,568.00 - $62,460.00 Annually

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