Salary $64,332.00 - $84,396.00 Annually


Location Thurston County – Olympia, WA


Job Type Full Time - Permanent


Department Dept. of Enterprise Services


Job Number 2020-COM-004


Closing 11/24/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Communications Manager

Open Competitive


OPENS:          November 10, 2020

CLOSES:         November 24, 2020


Who we are:
The Department of Enterprise Services’ (DES) mission is “strengthening the business of government.” DES does this through its vision of delivering high quality, cost effective support services, policy and governance to state government and other public entities so they can focus on their core missions. DES’s goals are to offer expertise in facilities & capitol grounds management, acquisitions, training & support, and various shared services. We relentlessly pursue our strategic drivers: satisfied customers, satisfied team members and a financially healthy organization. We value Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and we seek new team members who share those values. We listen to customers and team members to understand what they need and expect. We promote creativity, learning and improvement to meet those needs and adapt to the ever-changing business environment. We measure our results and seek feedback to improve our performance.


Why this position:

The Department of Enterprise Services is hiring a Communications Manager to serve the Facilities Professional Services (FPS) Division. Each year across all of Washington state, FPS manages 650 projects worth more than $470 million. The work spans public works construction, architectural and engineering services, and energy savings performance contracting. Examples of FPS projects include construction of a new child care center on the Capitol Campus, construction of the College Instruction Center on the Olympic College campus, and a recent full energy retrofit at the Seattle offices for the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind.

This is a new position, created to meet high demand for information about FPS projects from a variety of stakeholders. Stakeholders include state and local elected officials, building tenants, the business community, the media, the public, other business lines within DES, and decision makers such as local jurisdictions and education institutions where DES manages projects. Demand for information is especially high for projects affecting the State Capitol Campus, which is home to 6,000 employees from more than 40 state agencies, boards and commissions as well as elected officials from all three branches of government. Tens of thousands of people engage with the legislative process, participate in events, and exercise their right of free speech on the campus each year.


What you’ll be doing:
This advanced-level position provides dedicated public affairs expertise to FPS including strategic communications planning, media relations, writing and editing for a variety of channels, crisis communications, and support for the stakeholder engagement process. This position reports to the Public Affairs Director in the Communications Division with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the FPS Assistant Director.


Who you are:
You are an experienced public information manager who understands the value of scanning the environment to identify issues before they arise. You are skilled at identifying issues of reputational risk and at advising the proper course of action based on the desired outcomes. You are comfortable with the intersection between public affairs and government relations, and you are flexible enough to work with everyone from agency directors to front-line staff. Most of all, you are serious about what you do, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You will be joining a team that works hard and plays hard. A team that loves to laugh. A team looking for a new family member who gets our brand of crazy.

Learn more, apply, or spread the word!

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Jennifer McWaid at (360) 407-8210 or jennifer.mcwaid@des.wa.gov.






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