Communications Specialist – Whatcom County Library System – Bellingham, WA

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a creative and detail-oriented Communications Specialist to design, edit, and distribute print and online promotional and communication materials to inform the public and promote the Library to a variety of audiences and ages.  The Communications Specialist performs and assists in a variety of complex graphic design and marketing duties to inform the public and promote the Library in a manner consistent with the Library brand and image; facilitates external communication about Library news and events; serves as a member of the Communications Team; manages internal communications related to community relations; supports programs and special projects for administration; and performs other duties as assigned. Requires Associate degree, one or more years relevant experience, or equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience, and a fun and innovative attitude. Full-time position, with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by Friday, June 19th.

POSITION: Communications Specialist

DEPARTMENT: Administration

POSTING DATES: Thursday, 05/28/15 to Friday, 06/19/15

SALARY: $16.79 per hour (Pay Level 7)

BENEFITS: Social Security, retirement, medical, dental and optical insurance; long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave, EAP, and a fun and innovative work environment that values the contributions of our employees.

UNION: Membership in AFSCME, AFL-CIO Local 1581 commencing not more than 30 days after employment,according to the terms and conditions described in the current bargaining agreement.

WORKING HOURS: 40 hours per week, with occasional evening and weekend hours.  Successful candidate may be required to adapt to future schedule and/or worksite changes depending on library needs.

LOCATION: Library Central Services, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA; some travel to WCLS libraries.

DUTIES: In collaboration with Library staff, performs and assists in a variety of complex graphic design and marketing duties to inform the public and promote the Library in a manner consistent with the Library brand and image; facilitates external communication about Library news and events; serves as a member of the Communications Team; manages internal communications related to community relations; supports programs and special projects for administration; and performs other duties as assigned. Work requires considerable initiative and judgment.

QUALIFICATIONS:   

  1. Associate Degree and one or more years related experience;
  2. Thorough knowledge of English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation;
  3. Knowledge of principles and practices of graphic design; knowledge of layout and design techniques;
  4. Ability to conceptualize, design, layout, edit, and produce effective print and online Library promotional materials and publications; experience producing video marketing content preferred;
  5. Skill in designing promotional materials and writing editorial copy that meets the needs of the Library and staff and appropriately reaches target audiences;
  6. Knowledge of relevant office and graphics software, including Microsoft Office Suite, Publisher, the Internet, e-mailing systems; ability to use professional graphic and content management software, e.g. HTML, Joomla, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator;
  7. Equivalent knowledge, skills, technical training, education, and/or experience will be considered.

New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

APPLICATION: Submit a completed WCLS Application Packet* by 5:00 pm on Friday, 06/19/15 to:

Lizz Roberts, Community Relations Coordinator
Whatcom County Library System
5205 Northwest Dr.
Bellingham, WA  98226
Email: communicationsspecialist@wcls.org
Phone:  (360) 305-3600, ext. 220

*Application packets must include:

Complete WCLS Employment Application (also available at the address above or any branch library)
Resume and cover letter
Digital or print portfolio of five (5) examples of your marketing and/or graphic design pieces

JOB BEGINS: As soon after hiring as possible

SELECTION: Selection criteria may include the contents of the application, an oral interview and skills test.  Selection of applicants for further consideration and/or possible testing will be determined by the information supplied by the applicants on their applications and accompanying documents. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail on the application to permit WCLS to properly determine the applicant’s qualifications, abilities and attributes as they relate to the listed position. Interviews will be scheduled ONLY with best qualified applicants, based upon applications, resumes and other documents received, and test results.   Applicants who need accommodation during the application, testing or interview process should contact Human Resources.

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