Salary: $75,000.00 - $90,000.00 Annually


Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA


Job Type: Exempt


Department: Office of the Lieutenant Governor


Job Number 2019-10743


Closing: Continuous



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Director of External Affairs

Office of the Lieutenant Governor – Olympia, WA

The position of Lieutenant Governor is unlike any other in Washington state government in that its
duties fall within both the executive and legislative branches. Per the state’s constitution, the Lieutenant Governor becomes the Acting Governor whenever the Governor leaves the state or is otherwise unable to serve. The Lieutenant Governor also presides over the State Senate, and as such is the lead parliamentarian of that body. As chair of the Senate Rules Committee, the Lieutenant Governor helps determine which legislation advances to the Senate floor for debate.

The Lieutenant Governor leads an executive branch agency, The Office of the Lieutenant Governor (OLG), which operates programs and proposes policies related to the office’s priorities: expanding access to higher education, promoting economic development, and strengthening our state’s international relationships.


The Director of External Affairs will implement the communications needs of the OLG and support the office in its engagement with external audiences. Reporting to the Executive Director and Chief of Staff, the Director of External Affairs will design a communications plan for the office; create written material for the OLG’s social media, web materials, and official correspondences; build and foster relationships with constituents and stakeholder groups; and promote and publicize the OLG initiatives, programs, and strategic priorities.

The Director of External Affairs will serve as the main contact for externally facing engagements including the following: travel, events, conferences, speeches, interviews, and television and radio spots. The Director of External Affairs will work in a variety of communications platforms including press releases, press inquiries, websites, emails, videos, and social media.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and implement OLG communication strategies.
  • Design, maintain, and create content for website and social media accounts for the OLG and its affiliated programs (including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).
  • Prepare the Lt. Governor for speaking engagements and other events.
  • Generate visual content by using photography, video, and graphic design.
  • Write, edit, and design publications, newsletters, press releases, and handouts.
  • Coordinate and respond to media inquiries.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of the media and key stakeholder groups.
  • Ensure compliance with public disclosure and record retention laws.
  • Respond to all public disclosure requests including those from media and constituents.
  • Coordinate events with elected officials, constituents, and other stakeholders. Design and execute plans for statewide outreach when the State Legislature is not in session.
  • Execute other duties in support of OLG team members as assigned by the Executive Director, Chief of Staff, or Lieutenant Governor.




  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations/public affairs, political science, or closely related field.
  • Two (2) or more years of experience serving communications or public relations needs in the private or public sector.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Experience managing professional social media. Adequate knowledge of web design.
  • Experience in graphic design, photography, basic audio/video editing
  • Ability to work a varied schedule, which may include evenings, weekends and occasionally travel statewide, nationally, or internationally.
  • Experience working for government or an elected official preferred.
  • Working knowledge of the Washington state legislature’s policy making processes.
  • Familiarity with national issues impacting Washington state.
  • Willingness to generate innovative approaches to public engagement and communications methods.
  • Ability communicate policy issues with non-technical audiences.
  • Willingness and ability to take on a variety of other projects that regularly emerge in an environment with diverse demands and a small staff.


Supplemental Information

To be considered for this position email your resume, letter of interest, and professional references to with the subject line: Application for Director of External Affairs OR Apply Online through

Attach the following items:

  • A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position.
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education.
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.
  • A portfolio of three (3) relevant writing samples.

The annual compensation will depend upon experience, educational background, and qualifications. Washington State has a generous benefit package including health, dental, and life insurance, retirement, and an optional deferred compensation program.

This position serves at the pleasure of the Lieutenant Governor and is exempt from civil service laws.


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