Communications Program Manager, Sustainability

Remote Seattle, WA

The Port of Seattle Environment, Sustainability, & Engineering Center of Expertise is looking to fill a Sustainability Reporting and Communications Program Manager position. The position works in close collaboration with leadership and project teams to help address some of the toughest environmental challenges of our time. 


A role in the Center of Expertise means that you are a part of a passionate, entrepreneurial, and dynamic team that shapes social and environmental strategy to drive impact for our customers, employees, society, and the planet. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. We are looking for a person to join us and play a key role in establishing the Port as an industry leader by supporting our environmental and sustainability reporting and communications. 


You’ll come with a passion for detail and organization, a creative flair for how we tell our larger sustainability story, a desire to learn, and an interest in making a difference to the people in our region.

  • You will lead the Port’s ability to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions, metrics, and program success to local, national, and global audiences in areas of climate action, alternative energy, air quality, habitat restoration, sediment remediation, water quality, stormwater management, and waste management.
  • You will support proactive promotion of the program’s environmental projects, and shape the program’s messaging, helping define its role as presented to the public, media, stakeholders, other governmental entities, and the regulated community.  
  • You will be mindful of inclusivity and access, planning for and engaging in meaningful public involvement, and ensuring potentially affected populations have information and an opportunity to learn about and participate in our work.
  • You will synthesize and communicate complex environmental data as well as draft creative and engaging communications to bring Port’s social impact and sustainability initiatives to life for internal and external partners.
  • You will provide expertise in the development, evaluation, and reporting of environmental performance metrics. Build the necessary teams to develop performance measurement frameworks, environmental indicators, goals, and benefits. Develop tracking and reporting tools. Develop, review, update environmental reporting and communications products, identify gaps, and recommend updated and innovative reporting methods. Research national and international port programs and develop materials demonstrating our innovation and nesting within the United Nations Sustainability goals and other international environmental programs.
  • You will Plan and organize a communications program for the Ports environmental programs. Identify environmental communications needs and issues and formulate communication programs, plans and strategies. Create Port of Seattle Sustainability Report, quarterly and annual communication plans. Coordinate closely with technical staff to prepare content, material, strategy and convert complex science into easily understood messages. Develop, research, and write communication materials including website updates, stories, videos, PowerPoint, presentations, journal publications, and other tools to effectively communicate our environmental performance. Be creative in telling our story. Ensure integration of environmental justice principles, respond to needs and barriers of underserved communities and develop more inclusive and equitable communications and reporting methods. Build partnerships with organizations outside the port to leverage our reporting and communications work.


Who you are: 

Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:

  • Experienced – You have 7 (seven) years of experience in a variety of agency communications and performance measurement roles; with an understanding of performance metrics and tracking; and an understanding of communications tools, emerging technology, and strategic deployment to inform key audiences and influence public perception. Significant writing experience with persuasive and compelling content to drive news coverage, shape public policy formation and build trust/loyalty. Proven project management skills and team collaborator.  
  • Educated -You possess Bachelor’s in communications, journalism, marketing, policy, public relations, business, environmental management, or related field.   
  • Organized – You are highly organized in your work and able to create key performance indicators, track, and report performance, and utilize data visualization systems.
  • Analytical – You possess strong analytical skills and the ability to assess complex issues. Ability to analyze data, undertake research to detect trends, and provide recommendations to support business and communication strategies.
  • Communicator - You have strong writing and editing skills, the ability to communicate technical information to the public. You understand communication and marketing methods and choose appropriate ways to communicate to different audiences in diverse situations.
  • Strategic – You utilize strategic thinking to identify and develop short- and long-range communication plans and strategies; assessing communications needs and taking the initiative to identify improvements.
  • Creative – You bring creativity and imagination in preparing communications materials, including visual and graphic layouts. You have a strong initiative to develop new programs.
  • Collaborator - You have interpersonal and rapport-building skills to establish and maintain strong working relationships across functional and reporting levels. You are a team player and take a proactive approach to creating and seizing opportunities.


What else you need to know: 

  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Slightly more flexible start and end times are available in this role. Availability and willingness to work early morning, late evenings, and weekends as required.
  • Work Environment – This is a hybrid work environment with flexibility to allow for in-office and teleworking.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you will/must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance. You will also be required to obtain a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Customs Seal within 30 days of hire.
  • COVID–19 Vaccination Requirement – The Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID–19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two–dose series or two weeks after a single–dose vaccine. Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.


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