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Communications and Sustainability Coordinator - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 12-0041)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $73,800.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $77,775.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: City Manager’s Office
Closes: December 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Communications and Sustainability Coordinator, under the direction of the Deputy City Manager, plans, organizes, and carries out City’s communications and public involvement and coordinates the City’s sustainability work. The position will be split into 50% communications work and 50% sustainability work.

Salary Range:  $73,800 - $77,775.00/annually (2013 Salary Range) + Benefits - Exempt Level Position

Essential Job Functions
  • Conducts City-wide public information and involvement programs, including City publications, events, news releases, production of newsletters; notification of City projects and community workshops. Produces content for the City’s website and coordinates publication with other contributors.
  • Plans, develops, implements, and advertises special events and civic ceremonies.
  • Maintains regular communications with the media to provide useful and accurate information regarding City news, programs, and services.
  • Assists all departments in public involvement and education by identifying topics and means of communication; and provides graphic design and advertising support.
  • Serves as liaison for the City in community relations by participating in public meetings, making presentations to various groups, and providing information concerning the City’s business.
  • Prepares news releases and articles related to City-wide or department specific programs, events and services.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relations with other regional associations/organizations; monitors current events and issues that may affect the City.
  • Serves as public information officer for emergency situations if assigned.
  • Researches and recommends methods for improving community access to City government.
  • Coordinates the development, editing, and publishing of City flyers and mailers.
  • Develops and implements City communications plan.
  • Provides overall coordination of the City’s sustainability initiatives.
  • Develops and monitors City sustainability performance metrics and reporting.
  • Leads development and coordinates implementation of a new six-year sustainability action plan.
  • Coordinates resource conservation within the City and related educational outreach in the community.
  • Assists in developing work plans to implement the Sustainability Policy Task Force recommendations.
  • Assists in incorporating sustainability policies into Mercer Island planning and policy documents, such as the MI Comprehensive Plan, the utilities plans, and the annual budget.
  • Recommends proposed legislative actions to further City sustainability work and foster a culture of sustainability in the community.
  • Serves as the staff liaison to the City Council’s Sustainability Subcommittee and the Mercer Island Green Ribbon Commission.
  • Develops and implements public outreach and coordination with public and private entities to further sustainability efforts.
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington Sate driver's license and good driving record.
  • Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Qualification Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in communications, journalism, public administration, sustainability, or a related field. Increasingly responsible experience in a related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities.


Knowledge of:


  • Policies, functions and responsibilities of the City
  • Laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations affecting the City
  • Techniques of news and feature writing
  • Sustainability topics, policies and practices
  • Editing, composition, and layout of informational publications
  • Correct English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and diction
  • Graphic arts and printing methods, materials and supplies
  • Techniques for providing public information and outreach programs
  • Collaborative problem-solving methods
  • Organization and time management
  • Project management
  • Performance management
  • Conceptual and analytical thinking
  • Modern office practices, procedures and computer equipment
  • Software and publishing/graphics applications


Ability to:


  • Determine information program needs and select effective methods and techniques of disseminating a variety of information.
  • Plan, organize and direct the City’s community/public relations and sustainability programs.
  • Communicate effectively in written and verbal form with varied audiences.
  • Write clear and interesting news releases, articles, and other educational and informational material.
  • Interact well with citizens, citizen groups, representatives of other cities and government agencies, news media representatives, and City employees.
  • Speak credibly before groups and effectively represent the City before the community.
  • Develop and implement work plans.
  • Develop and monitor performance metrics and technical data.
  • Analyze problems and recommend solutions.
  • Prepare complex reports and correspondence.
  • Exercise good judgment.
Other City Requirements
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington Sate driver's license and good driving record. Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required.
  • Completion of a nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse.
  • Completion of an I-9 Form, documenting eligibility to work in the United States.
Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

Work is performed in office settings, frequently at other public locations for community meetings. May be required to work beyond normal working hours to attend evening and weekend meetings. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation are necessary to operate computers and various office machines. This position requires occasional lifting of objects up to 50 pounds such as audio/visual equipment.

Application and Selection Process

 The closing date for this position is December 28, 2012 @ 5:00 pm.

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this recruitment notice. Selected candidates may be asked to answer a series of supplemental questions. Following the written supplemental questions process (if any), up to 7 candidates may be asked to participate in an interview. Selected candidates will be invited for a second interview.

A comprehensive reference check will be conducted for the top finalist following the interview process. Prior to being hired, the finalist will also be subject to a criminal history/background check.




City Hall
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040