SOAR‘s mission is to elevate community voice so that children, youth and families in King County have opportunities to inform the policies and practices that impact their lives. We do this by listening, convening coalitions, aligning strategies, engaging communities in partnership, and developing family and youth leadership though strength-based approaches. SOAR convenes the King County Early Learning Coalition and King County Youth Advisory Council, and is the NW anchor organization for Opportunity Youth United.

Position Summary

The Communications Coordinator will provide direct operational support to the SOAR team, focusing on internal and external communications. The right person for this position will have a talent for creative communications strategies, passion for the power of community voice, and a commitment to social justice. The Coordinator will help facilitate communication internally within the SOAR team, and externally among a wide range of community partners. They will have outstanding communication skills, including the ability to give and receive critical feedback. The Coordinator will be able to apply good judgment in a variety of situations, and to maintain balance among multiple priorities. They will have the ability to work independently, and must be able to work under pressure at times to manage emerging needs and meet deadlines. The successful candidate will be adaptive, flexible and inquisitive, will identify and propose solutions, will have an ability to anticipate team needs, and will find satisfaction in designing communications plans and systems that support individual and organizational success.

Reports to: SOAR Director

Location: 801 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington


Primary Communications responsibilities are to:
•Develop and maintain calendar, process and protocols for regular, ongoing communication with SOAR’s various constituency groups including the King County Early Learning Coalition and Youth Advisory Council.
•Work with SOAR team to develop plan to support consistent communication of agency mission and values across stakeholder groups.
•Support SOAR team as needed in design and development of publications.
•Draft and test content for website, Facebook, emails, newsletters and social media.
•Oversee SOAR’s website, including updating and publishing content, working with team to develop content strategy, creating multimedia content, and developing and maintaining an editorial calendar.
•Review and analyze social media metrics, and make recommendations for communications effectiveness.
•Develop SOAR branding guidelines.
•Assist constituency groups in developing logos and branding guidelines, as needed.
•Develop and implement process for management of multiple email distribution lists.
•Collaborate with SOAR partners on communications projects.
•Respond to requests for information from public and community partners.

Occasional Executive Assistant responsibilities:
•Identify opportunities for improved efficiency and internal communications.
•Support community meetings and work groups by arranging logistics (space, food, technology); attending to provide logistical support; recording and transcribing meeting notes, including notes in non-traditional formats; drafting and formatting documents such as agendas; developing or organizing meeting materials; managing registration.
•Support SOAR Advisory Board meetings and communications needs.

•Assure that On-Call Employees, Consultants, and Volunteers/Interns are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background. Incorporate volunteers, where applicable, into program operations.
•Participate in strategic planning and capacity building of SOAR, including staff meetings and retreats.
•Participate as requested in the development of grant proposals and budgets.

•A balance of educational and work experience as described below. Relevant work experience may be considered as an alternative to education.
•Associate or Bachelor degree with an emphasis in communication or related field;
•High School/Alternative graduate with vocational training in communication or related field;
•A minimum of three years direct experience in digital communications and strategy.
•Experience managing organizational accounts on social media platforms.
•Web and social media analytics experience; ability to effectively evaluate key performance indicators.
•Knowledge of website usability best practices, navigation design and flow.
•Proficiency with CMS (such as WordPress) and Microsoft Office Suite.
•Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
•Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a small team.
•Commitment to working toward racial equity in educational systems, social justice, civic engagement, and community voice.
•Outstanding work ethic, self-motivated, ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
•Experience and comfort working in and with diverse communities.
•Sense of humor, humility and respect for self and others.
•Graphic design experience a plus
Hours and Salary Range: •Minimum 20, maximum 30 hours per week, Monday-Friday; flexible schedule can be arranged.
•Hourly salary rate: $18.50-$20.00
•Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Part-time, Hourly
•Benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, retirement and Paid Time Off; benefits will be pro-rated depending upon regular work schedule.

Best Consideration Date: March 12, 2018, 8:00 AM PST

(Resumes will continue to be accepted after the best consideration date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by the best consideration date. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.)

Applications should include the following:
•Current resume;
•Cover letter addressing interest in position; and
•A brief, original example of your writing that is relevant to the work of this position.

Please send the above required elements to jobs@schoolsoutwashington.org with “SOAR Communications” in the subject line or send hard copies to:

SOAR Communications Coordinator
School’s Out Washington
801- 23rd Avenue South, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144

SOAR, hosted and fiscally sponsored by School’s Out Washington, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SOAR is committed to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.