Communications Specialist

Position
Communications Specialist

Department
Communications & Marketing

Reporting Relationship
Director, Marketing & Creative Services

Status
Full-time/hourly

Overview
The Communications Specialist is an integral member of DSA’s Communications & Marketing team, responsible for creating content for a variety of communication platforms, including social media, DSA’s intranet and external website (downtownseattle.org). The team has a broad scope of work, including membership, sponsorship, earned and social media, brand and website management, graphic design, copywriting, and events. This is an office-based position with flexibility for some remote workdays.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plays a key role in promoting and supporting DSA’s suite of consumer-facing events and campaigns (year-round urban park/public space activations, Downtown Summer Sounds concert series, and downtown holidays).
  • Produces engaging content for social media platforms, newsletter and website in line with DSA’s brand strategy, social media strategy, editorial guidelines and voice.
  • Collaborates closely with other members of the Communications & Marketing team and DSA’s Parks and Public Spaces Team.
  • Assists as needed with wide-ranging photography needs (shooting, photo selection and editing) and helps maintain extensive photo library.
  • Assists with media relations, including drafting and editing news releases, media advisories and calendar alerts.
  • Provides periodic assistance with back-up graphic design and production needs.
  • Assists with writing/editing for internal communications projects as needed.
  • Supports DSA member events and other team priorities and projects as time allows.
  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with proficiency in AP style editing preferred.
  • Ability to write for a variety of channels and audiences.
  • College graduate with a 4-year degree and 2+ years professional experience in communications, public relations, or related field.
  • Highly organized and attentive to details with excellent follow-through.
  • Ability to interact professionally with clients and demonstrate good judgment.
  • Must be able to work well in a collaborative, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Must be available to work occasional early mornings, evenings or weekends.
  • Experienced with social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PPT and Excel. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, WordPress and Mailchimp desired.
  • Skilled in Google Analytics.
  • Photography experience desired.

Characteristics

  • Reflect the Downtown Seattle Association’s core values of Collaboration, Perseverance, Innovation, Excellence, and Integrity.
  • Deep commitment to equity and social justice with an understanding of the role that racism, ableism, sexism and other forms of bias and oppression play in perpetuating inequity.
  • Commitment to a growth mindset, collaboration, and a learning-based philosophy.

Compensation
Starting hourly rate of $24-$32, depending on qualifications, plus full medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, 401K retirement plan and annual ORCA Passport transit pass.

To Apply
Please send a resume to hr@downtownseattle.org. To be considered, resumes must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.