Communications Officer - Grays Harbor County
Reports to the Director. Provides leadership and expertise in relevant content areas and practice methods of communications. Responsible for the development of complex and high-risk communication plans, products and materials, and implementation through a variety of methods (i.e. presentations, press releases, written materials, public speaking, etc.). Represents the Department in a variety of local, regional, and state agencies and groups.
Assignments are broad in nature and require independence in selecting courses of action and resolving complex or unique concerns/topics within the framework of the Department’s policies and procedures and under limited direction.
Candidates must pass a criminal background check.
Examples of Duties
- Leads the development and implementation of complex and comprehensive communications plans.
- Work involves coordination with the Department executive team, employees, and other County leadership, and may include coordination with local individuals, community agencies and resources, as well as regional, state or national partners.
- Creates and participates in partnerships that investigate and take action to address community health needs, including those that explicitly address the social determinants of health.
- Participates in hiring of staff.
- Although this position does not manage programs or supervise teams of employees, it does provide mentoring, training, and technical assistance to all staff.
- Ensures work under span of control is in compliance with federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, and with County and Departmental policies and procedures.
- Independently or in collaboration with the Department executive team, implements communications plans through a variety of methods (i.e. developing communications products, conducting presentations, producing press releases and written materials).
- May serve as a Department spokesperson, or interacts with the news media as instructed by the Director or Deputy Director.
- Proposes and drafts communications policy.
- Works to promote health equity and address the social determinants of health via communications methods and products.
- Identifies methods and approaches that will increase collaboration and communication within program teams and externally with key partners and stakeholders.
- Serves as a liaison between various stakeholders and Department personnel; interaction is often to influence or motivate, exchange information, resolve problems, and/or identify the appropriate communication channel or person to resolve issues and support efficient operations.
- Reviews and approves communication materials such as press releases, public service announcements, etc. as instructed by the Director or Deputy Director.
- Responds to public health emergencies as required by the Director or Deputy
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health, community health, or a closely related field. Master’s degree in Public Health preferred.
- Three (3) years of experience in public health communications or public health program planning and implementation of communication projects.
- An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the duties as listed.
- Valid WA State Driver’s License