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Climate Engagement Specialist


Climate Engagement Specialist


Salary:$78,644.80 - $99,673.60 Annually

Job Type:Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Location:King Street Center - 201 S Jackson St, Seattle, Washington

Department:Department of Natural Resources & Parks - Director's Office

Summary: The challenges of combating and preparing for climate change demand an inclusive, integrated, community wide response that goes far beyond what King County government alone can accomplish. King County's 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) outlines County commitments to further engage diverse communities in climate solutions, in ways that decision-making, leadership and action are shared. It is essential for the success of King County's climate change strategies that the County develops successful partnerships with other governments and community stakeholders, Tribes, businesses, philanthropic, faith-based and community organizations, and King County residents.
This position will act as King County's climate engagement and communications lead and will work across King County agencies to implement the commitments of King County's 2015 SCAP. This position will require strong engagement in ways that help support, communicate and bring funding to diverse climate-related projects and programs. This role will expand, diversify and strengthen alliances with public, private, and civic sector partners to develop, communicate, and implement regional climate solutions and shape decision-making in ways that advance equity and social justice and benefit public health, mobility, and the economy. 
The Climate Engagement Specialist will represent King County and lead the County's efforts to develop external, community level partnerships that align with and help reach community and County climate goals. The position will also work among and across County departments to leverage resources and develop shared strategies on climate change communications, programming, and engagement, focused on both educating King County employees and helping County agencies better communicate externally on climate-related issues.
Who may apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work schedule: The workweek is normally 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with occasional-to-frequent evening or weekend community outreach work and membership on a team that provides around-the-clock media relations support. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. However this position will be eligible for approved Executive Leave.
Forms and Materials required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County Application, (2) resume, and (3) letter of interest. The letter of interest should describe how your experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.
About King County: With about 2 million residents, King County ranks No. 1 in population in the state and is the 14th most populous county in the nation. The County is the financial, economic and industrial center of the Pacific Northwest region. Major business and employers in the region include: Starbucks, The Boeing Company, Microsoft, University of Washington, Paccar, Amazon, King County and the City of Seattle.  King County excels in livability with a wide range of housing options, outstanding educational institutions, top-rated health care systems and facilities, tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities and natural beauty.
Scope of Job duties:

External Communications and Partnerships:

  • Expand, diversify, and strengthen alliances with public, private, and civic sector partners to develop and implement climate solutions and shape decision-making, including engaging groups serving limited English speaking, low income, and racially diverse populations.
  • In collaboration with civic sector partners and King County agencies, coordinate a pro-equity, community-oriented approach to decision-making and implementing SCAP priority actions.
  • Develop philanthropic and business partnerships that can help support King County's climate strategies.
  • Support Executive Office and Department-led public and media events that highlight climate change impacts and solutions
  • Document and communicate highlights of progress towards the County's climate commitments, including playing a leadership role in production of the County's annual environmental sustainability report.
  • Support King County's role in co-chairing the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C).
  • Coordinate King County's external climate change communications, including:
  • Support Executive Office and Department-led public and media events that highlight climate change impacts and solutions, such as the County's sponsorship roles in the GoGreen Seattle Conference.
  • Lead development and dissemination of culturally-responsive climate-focused content for the County's climate change website, and climate-related content for the County's social media platforms, including development of climate related infographics.
  • Document and communicate highlights of progress towards the County's climate commitments, including playing a leadership role in production of the County's annual environmental sustainability report.

Internal Climate Communications:

  • Across all levels of staff, lead employee engagement and development of staff expertise on climate change issues
  • Lead and support diverse County agencies' work to integrate climate change messaging into County communications on topics such as emergency management, public health, transportation, and natural resources. This work will include coordinating across agencies to develop shared tools, programs and communications strategies on climate change.
  • Coordinate among King County's business assistance and market development programs, including the EnviroStars Regional Green Business Program, to ensure alignment with SCAP goals, leverage resources, and better communicate about these services.
  • Build staff capacity to develop and implement culturally-responsive climate solutions that advance King County's equity and social justice (ESJ) policy intent, in coordination with King County's Office of Equity and Social Justice.
  • Coordinate climate justice trainings and other professional development opportunities where staff can build skills related to ESJ and climate change.
  • Serve as an internal climate justice resource to ensure our climate and equity and social justice policy intent is achieved in an integrated way.

Our ideal candidate will be competent in:

  • Motivating others and creating a climate where people want to do their best
  • Organizing and marshaling resources to get things done
  • Generating trust and confidence in the integrity of the process and person
  • Attentive and active listening

In addition, successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • At least five years' experience leading and managing projects on sustainability topics related to public engagement, public-private partnerships, or community organizing.
  • Proven track record of success of building and managing alliances made up of diverse interests.
  • Strong ability to communicate about local climate change impacts, actions need to reduce local sources of climate pollution, and preparedness strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with diverse organizations and knowledge of equity and inclusion concepts and best practices.
  • Experience with grant writing and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills, including ability to facilitate in-person or virtual conversations with a range of audiences, highlighting the strengths and common goals of multiple perspectives for projects or initiatives that are politically sensitive or have significant political implications.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multi-disciplinary staff and teams, managing up, down and sideways.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public speaking skills, including using social media and other digital tools.
  • Proficiency using MS Office, experience with SharePoint, OneNote, and Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages and working with non-traditional partners a plus.

Union Membership: This position is non-represented.

Contact Information: Please direct questions about this recruitment to Prakash Meloot, Senior Human Resource Analyst at