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8 Jan 2024

Full-Time External Relations Senior Program Manager – Maritime Environmental Engagement

Port of Seattle – Posted by [email protected] Seattle, Washington, United States

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Job Description

Posting Expires: Jan 28, 2024, 11:59:00 PM

Minimum Salary: $104,603.00 
MidPoint Salary: $130,749 
Maximum Salary: $156,894.00   

At the Port of Seattle, we anticipate making salary offers between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range. Offers will be based on experience similar to the Port job being applied for as well as a review of pay rates for Port employees performing similar work. Salary ranges are under review and subject to change.

Some of what you’ll be doing:

 As an External Relations Senior Program Manager of Maritime Environmental Engagement, you will lead equitable Community and Environmental Engagement programs that support near-Port communities, foster strategic relationships, build understanding for Port-Community priorities and align Port-Community benefits. This position supports the Maritime Environment and Sustainability team with designing and implementing outreach, engagement and communications strategies. This position also oversees the Commission-adopted Duwamish Valley Community Equity Program, which includes collaboration and empowerment of the Port Community Action Team, and implementation of equity-oriented partnerships across disparate stakeholders in local government, near-Port communities, industry, and environmental/sustainability movements. Additionally, you will support and put to action multiple Century Agenda goals by building and fostering external relationships and cultural change internally as an organization to authentically advance public involvement, sustainability and equity principles.

  • You will collaborate with and support the Maritime Environment and Sustainability Center of Expertise on designing and implementing equitable community engagement programs and communications that support business and strategic objectives. You will deliver activities to involve and collaborate with diverse and prioritized audiences within near-Seaport communities and manage port participation in environmentally focused outreach programs.
  • You will oversee the Commission-adopted Duwamish Valley Community Equity Program and the Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment, in alignment with Resolution 3767, partnering with and supporting the Port Community Action Team’s capacity building on Port issues, communicating community priorities to Port teams, and fostering opportunities for co-creation of activities with community members and organizations.
  • You will partner with and supervise a Community Engagement Program Coordinator and organize a cross-departmental team of 25 staff connected to projects and activities in near-Seaport communities, in addition to designing trainings to advance Port staff capacity and commitment to equity-based best practices.
  • You will oversee the Port’s management and operations of the Duwamish River Community Hub supervising a full-time facility coordinator.
  • You will build upon existing program activities such as public events, sponsorships, tours, Commissioner and Executive Leadership Team engagement activities, and be a key advisor to Port management on efforts in the Duwamish Valley and other maritime-impacted communities.
  • You will partner with the Office of Equity, Development and Inclusion’s Workforce Development and Maritime Environment and Sustainability’s Habitat Restoration teams on the continued implementation of the Green Jobs Initiative, including support for trainings and career development in the Green Jobs field.
  • You will track progress and accomplishments, oversee multiple program budgets, negotiate and manage several multi-year contracts, and evaluate program success including close work with consultants on Community Capacity Building and the Green Jobs Initiative. You will work with internal audiences and external stakeholders on program and event logistics, materials, presentations, tabling opportunities, event promotion, staff or volunteer recruiting, website, blog and social media support, etc.
  • You will innovate, develop and implement partnerships that solve complex Port challenges and manage strategic relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • You will create opportunities for, and provide support to, Commissioners, Executives, and senior staff to present and effectively participate in environmental, community, and career-connected learning, outreach and business events.
  • You will support Environmental Justice consultation on key strategies, relationship opportunities, and best practices for authentic engagement with diverse communities and stakeholders; assist with translating community member concerns into frameworks and language for the Port’s response.
  • You will evaluate and respond to sponsorship, tour and event requests on environmental, and community-related topics and coordinate response and partnership with business divisions and work groups in other areas of Port-Community interests.
Who you are:


  • Experienced – You have eight (8) years of extensive experience working in a multi-cultural and complex community engagement field. Additionally, you have experience with administration of creative outreach programs, strategic communications, community advocacy, and/or policy development.
  • Educated – You possess a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Communications, or Environmental and Sustainability studies.
  • Desired – We hope you have a Master’s Degree, and twelve (12) years of significant on-the-ground government/public administration experience working in multicultural and complex community engagement. Additionally, you have strong experience in the development and implementation of innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships related to community outreach programs, strategic communications, community advocacy, or policy development.
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and equitable best practices in all aspects of the work.  At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
  • Knowledgeable – You have an exceptional understanding of political systems and policies that inform institutional decision-making processes, especially the barriers that challenge the authentic, equitable community engagement of diverse stakeholders. You have demonstrated on-the-ground experience with community engagement best practices emphasizing racial equity solutions to address socio-economic barriers to public participation in civic decision making. Additionally, you are fluent in multicultural stakeholder engagement, cultural competency, and environmental justice concepts.
  • Innovative/Good Judgement – You have a high level of independent judgement and complex decision making based on multiple and competing priorities, and strategic political acumen of complex, sensitive issues and managing relationships with diverse constituencies. Additionally, you have creative ability to innovate, reinterpret, and design new strategies and activities that support the Port’s mission.
  • Collaborator – You can successfully work with all levels of the organization and train co-workers in complicated, sensitive, and often controversial topics. You have a servant-leader capacity and intuition with a collaborative and partnership focused work ethic that brings together various stakeholders possessing divergent backgrounds, expertise, interests, and abilities for shared decision making.
  • Effective Communicator – You have excellent written communication skills for multiple platforms and audiences, including Commission memos and briefings, online and social media messaging, strategic planning documents, print materials, media communications and public presentations. Additionally, you have strong social-emotional intelligence and the ability to tailor communication practices through active listening, facilitation, and other inclusion practices to convey messages and build productive relationships.

What else you need to know: 

  • Driver’s License – You will need a valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required to travel locally to project sites.
  • 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. You may be required to work any and all assigned shifts, including nights and weekends. You may be required to work during emergencies.
  • Work Environment – You will primarily work in an office environment including the Duwamish River Community Hub, with a hybrid remote/in-office setting at Management’s discretion.
  • Grade Review – The pay range and grade for non-represented positions are under review and subject to change as part of the Port’s work to implement a new pay program. This review is intended to ensure that positions are aligned with the new program that will be implemented in early 2024.
  • 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.
  • Safety Requirements – You will be required to comply with all work rules, safety, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you 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.

How to Apply

Please apply directly on our website here.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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