Intern-Communications Assistant department City of Burien

City of Burien, Washington

 

Job Announcement

 

Title: Management Intern – Communications Assistant                                Dept.:  City Manager’s Department

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt                                                                           Reports to: Communications Officer

Salary: $14.00 – 17.01 per hour, DOQ                                                     Closing date:  Position closes 3/3/17. 

Position closes March 3, 2017.  Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples with the online application.

Nature of Work

The Management Intern – Communications Assistant will work alongside the Communications Officer and assist with all aspects of the City’s communications and marketing efforts.  Specific projects could include: multimedia projects to tell Burien’s story and increase its connections with residents and the broader region, rolling out the City’s new brand, media relations, a comprehensive redesign of the City website, and advise on social media content and strategy.  In addition, the Communications Assistant will assist in the production and development of Burien Magazine.  This position will play a key role in supporting all City-wide communication efforts.

Position Details

This is a part-time position requiring 18 hours per week. The work schedule will be determined by mutual agreement. Preferred start date is April 1, 2017.

Essential Functions

  • Supports and models the identified vision, values and behaviors of the organization.
  • Develops multimedia content for use online, in social media, on local access cable channel, and in print publications and marketing materials.
  • Works with the Communications Officer to build and maintain an informative and inclusive online presence.
  • Assists the Communications Officer in developing messaging on emerging issues.
  • Assists in website redesign process and implementation.
  • Assists in tracking and organizing media stories as well as developing media pitches.
  • Engages youth populations in coordination with partnering agencies as appropriate.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Secondary Functions

  • Recommends ideas to engage diverse communities.
  • Assists in managing social media accounts.

Job Scope

The position involves frequent new and varied work situations with a moderate level of complexity. The Management Intern – Communications Assistant operates from broad directions and instructions with moderate supervision.

Interpersonal Contacts

Internally, contacts are usually with department staff and the supervisor.  Externally, the Management Intern – Communications Assistant will have frequent contact with the public through face-to-face meetings, by phone and via e-mail.

Specific Job Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Writing for different audiences.
  • Proofreading methods.
  • Research methods.
  • Social media platforms.
  • Characteristics, needs, and interests of diverse and/or disabled populations is a plus.

Ability to:

  • Operate a computer and various office software applications, including website administration, content management systems, and social media. Knowledge of HTML not required.
  • Manage and produce multimedia projects from start to finish a plus.
  • Write comprehensible and compelling material.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in interactions with the general public.
  • Pay close attention to detail and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Exercise discretion in confidential matters.
  • Exercise individual initiative.

Mental Activities

Position requires ability to continuously read, speak, write and understand English and strong interpersonal skills; occasional decision-making, independent judgement and/or action, teamwork, creativity, public presentations, as well as the ability to perform basic math.

Physical Activities

Position requires frequent speaking and listening; occasional standing, walking, and sitting; and rare bending and stooping.  Incumbent must be able to push, pull, lift and carry 15 lbs.

Education and Experience

Associate degree OR a combination of education, training and experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the duties of the position.  Experience in event planning, public relations, or marketing is preferred.  Experience in graphic design a plus.

Special Requirements

  • Successful completion of pre-employment background check.
  • Competence with design programs such as the Adobe Suite and others.
  • Spanish or Vietnamese fluency strongly preferred.

Job Conditions

Computer-related work is performed in the office with a moderate noise level.  Some travel to and attendance at outside meetings may be required.  Work may occur indoors and outdoors.

 Notices

  • The City of Burien believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success.  This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
  • The City of Burien is an Equal Opportunity Employer and assures equal employment practices regardless of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, State or Federal law. 
  • Verification of identity and United States work authorization must be completed before employment commences as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of education and related experience.  Highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in interviews.  Candidates may be asked to respond to supplemental questions in writing and to supply illustrative examples of work.  A test may also be administered to assess relevant skills.  Additional references may be requested of finalists.
  • If you need special accommodation in the application or examination process, please contact Human Resources at (206) 248-5504.
  • The City of Burien has a no smoking policy in all City facilities and all City vehicles.

 

 

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