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Director of Communications

Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)
Olympia – Headquarters
Starts at $107,950 to $124,966
Posting Date:
January 24, 2023

Who We Are:

The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME Council 28, has a long history of fighting for workers’ rights and employee benefits while tackling social justice issues with passion and energy. The WFSE has been operating in the state capital for over 77 years fighting for fairness and equality. We ensure hard-working public service workers get better pay, health care, and retirement, and a healthy work environment. There’s more to accomplish, and we believe we can accomplish it with the right personnel. Come join our team and be part of a larger mission that will make an impact for years to come. Learn more about who we are at:

What We’re Looking For:

The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is recruiting to fill a Director of Communications. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, this position contributes to the mission of the organization by communicating and publicizing various forms of information while promoting the initiatives of the organization to the members, staff, and the public. The Director of Communications reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for creating, developing, and executing the strategic communications plan for the Union. This position supervises a unit of five including two Public Affairs Assistants who work closely with their creative team(s) in the development of online media content, physical literature, internal communications/messaging and public communications. This position works closely with other division leaders on their communications strategies and offers creative and innovative ways to publicize their message.

This position serves as one of the chief spokespersons for the WFSE, is a liaison to the press, and serves as the chief strategist for media events and activities. This position oversees the design of the WFSE website and related social media sites and monitors changing technology to provide effective communication. Coordinates media activities with the Washington State Labor Council and other labor organizations. Assists other AFSCME Councils and Communications Departments with internal and external media activities. Assists various locals with newsletters, publications and local web pages carried on the WFSE/AFSCME web site.

Additional duties include:

  • Oversees the Communications Department, sets work priorities, manages schedules, and uses performance management tools to ensure the operational effectiveness of the department.
  • Provides training to locals on publications and media relations.
  • Prepares speeches and testimony for union leaders and members.
  • Coordinates the planning and production of design and development of organizing and field services materials.
  • Coordinates communications activities with the WFSE Communications Committee of the board.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism or communications.
  • At least eight (8) years’ experience of progressive responsibilities in public affairs or communications.
  • Technical experience with multimedia tools including: video, photography, web design, and social media.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public relations, journalism or communications.
  • Experience in public relations or communications in a union environment.
  • Knowledge of public sector unions.
  • Experience working with the media.

Special Note:

As a condition of employment, candidates who accept a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Additionally, it is expected that selected candidates live within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned work location. This position is overtime exempt and may be required to work some evenings and weekends. Some travel may be required.  Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Excellent benefit package includes monthly cell phone allowance, vacation, and sick leave, medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, 401K, pension, and 12 paid holidays. Salary range is $107,950 to $124,966 and will be determined commensurate with experience.  This position is exempt and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Director.

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position(s), applicants must submit a resume, letter of interest, and at least three (3) professional references to: Your letter of interest should clearly explain how your experience, training, and education make you the best candidate for this position.

This position is open until filled; however, the hiring authority may conduct interviews as soon as qualified candidates apply. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.

The Washington Federation of State Employees is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.
Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or for an alternative format may contact the Interim Executive Director, Kurt Spiegel at (253) 238-1826 or  Persons with a disability or those with a hearing impairment can call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388. The WFSE complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the Federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.