The Communications and Public Relations Coordinator serves as the key architect in developing an effective communications strategy for SRTC as a service organization in the Spokane region. The position communicates and coordinates MPO activities with a variety of external audiences including individuals, community groups, residents, business leaders, elected officials, and the media. Responsibilities include:
Develop and execute a communication strategy to support the agency’s mission and vision.
Implement proactive communications involving diverse techniques including in-person events and social media platforms.
Build business and advocacy group relationships and expand the visibility of the organization.
This position also works closely with agency leadership and staff to develop and implement effective communication activities and public engagement programs that create opportunities for enhanced public participation and consultation in metropolitan planning processes. Responsibilities include:
Design engagement materials and strategies to foster effective public participation into the agency’s planning activities.
Work with staff to effectively integrate outreach activities into their routine planning activities and projects.
Assist staff in implementing equitable and tailored outreach strategies as identified in SRTC’s Public Participation Plan.
3+ years’ successful professional experience in communications, public relations, community engagement or comparable activities.
Variety of field related experience, and diversity of perspective
Public sector / non-profit experience
Graduation from a 4-Year accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree related to Communications, Public Relations, or a related field.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Must be able to communicate effectively in large and small group settings.
Working knowledge of community engagement approaches or principles
Working knowledge of audiovisual equipment such as portable laptop computers, projectors, and DVD players data collection techniques, technical writing.
Skilled with creative problem-solving and identification of relevant information to solve poorly defined problems
Ability to translate technical information for non-technical audiences
Skilled in project management, and training others: proficient with comprehending project needs, developing strategies based on general problem statements and interacting with management, planners and other staff
Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings, when required
Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is the lead agency for transportation planning services in Spokane County. The agency has several roles; at the federal level, SRTC is designated a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), while it is designated a Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) by state law.