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East Link Outreach and Community Relations Lead - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0052)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $5,649.49 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,794.81 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Transportation
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Provide overall outreach, communications and community relations functions for the City’s role as a partner to Sound Transit in delivering the East Link light rail project.  Primary functions include developing and executing the overall strategy for City outreach and community relations related to East Link, leading outreach for city-initiated station area planning efforts, and supporting a citizen advisory committee included in the design review process. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop overall outreach and community relations strategy for City’s role as a partner to Sound Transit in advancing the East Link light rail project.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for East Link-related inquiries during final design and construction, including:
    • Coordinate responses from appropriate staff to inquiries from the public and ensuring timely responses.
    • Attend public meetings, including evening meetings.
    • Maintain regular contact with stakeholders to provide timely information and facilitate issue resolution.
    • Work closely with technical staff to develop communications for multiple audiences, including elected officials, community leaders, the public, and internal audiences.
  • Lead city outreach for the City’s Station Area Planning initiative.
  • Lead outreach coordination with Sound Transit, including coordinating outreach planning and implementation with Sound Transit outreach staff.
  • Prepare written materials about the project for the public, including It’s Your City articles and other media content, and maintaining the City’s light rail information webpage.
  • Support Development Services Department in implementing community engagement for light rail design review, including:
    • Assist in formation of citizen advisory committee (CAC) or other review body, as required by code.
    • Develop strategy to engage broader community in CAC review process.
    • Lead overall community participation in design review process, including developing materials, disseminating information, and providing progress reports.
    • Coordinate CAC outreach process with Station Area Planning outreach.
  • Support other East Link-related work efforts that involve the community or City Council.


Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Works under the general supervision of the Assistant Director for Transportation Planning.
  • No formal supervisory responsibilities, but may act as lead for other staff in outreach efforts and direct efforts of lower level staff.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Communications, Public Relations, or related field.
  • Four or more years of professional related experience involving communicating with the public and other related areas.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of community outreach and public relations principles, practices, methods, and techniques.
  • Ability to plan, execute, and manage multiple outreach efforts, utilizing appropriate and varied techniques for each purpose and audience.
  • Ability to collaborate with external agencies to develop and implement coordinated outreach efforts.
  • Ability to coordinate with multiple internal departments and work groups to ensure consistent and timely messaging.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholder groups to share information and seek solutions to politically-sensitive and complex technical issues.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including developing messages for a variety of audiences and formats.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to present complex technical information to the public and elected officials and address contentious and controversial issues in a variety of forums.
  • Working knowledge of major capital project delivery methods.
  • Experience with graphic design software, social media, Information Technology and GIS-based tools are desired.


Physical Demands

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 20 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.


How to Apply

Click "Apply Now" to complete the application for this position.  For further information about the job, please contact Maria Koengeter via email at or at 425.452.4345.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340.


Payroll Title: Department Public Information Officer     Position ID#: 1685


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004