West Seattle High-Rise Bridge Project Coordinator - Seattle

  • Regular Full-time (40 hours/week) Hourly-Benefitted Position
  • Overtime eligible
  • Annual salary range between $54,080 and $60,320
  • Applications accepted until 5pm Friday, October 23

Our community

Our EnviroIssues team is passionate about bringing our knowledge of communications, public engagement, and outreach so communities have a voice and opportunity to influence the issues impacting their everyday life. We work alongside our clients to bring community voices into a variety of projects, from deciding how to address wastewater discharge into Puget Sound, designing a new street and whether it will include bike lanes or not, to keeping people informed about impacts during construction of their yards during an environmental cleanup. As a consulting firm, we work with a wide variety of clients, mainly in the public sector, on public involvement and community outreach. Our largest area of work is transportation and transit – yet we also work in water/wastewater, energy, natural resources, environmental cleanup, land use, and other issues that impact people in our communities. With over 100 of us across offices in Seattle, Portland, and Oakland, we collaborate and support each other in defining collective success.

We’re committed to equity and are early in our journey towards being an antiracist workplace. We hope to build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work, diversity of ideas, leadership, and work styles; and will support our vision of an equitable and thriving workplace. We encourage anyone who brings bilingual and/or multicultural background and/or lived experience that help us include all voices in an equitable way to apply.

The project

This Project Coordinator position would work full-time on the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge project. As many people know, in March 2020, the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge was shut down due to structural instability and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is determining whether to repair or replace the bridge. As part of this effort, traffic is being detoured through areas in the Duwamish Valley that are already disproportionately impacted by air pollution and environmental impacts. Part of our role on the project is to not only support SDOT as they determine whether to repair or replace the bridge but to also work with the community on mitigation projects near this detour and work with SDOT on mitigation of traffic to minimize some of these environmental impacts. There is a lot to do and we would love to have you join us.

Your role and the position

As a Project Coordinator, you would be responsible for contributing alongside other teammates to develop and implement various communications and outreach efforts. This project will be a big effort, requiring a large team to come together and collaborate and work together. As part of this team, you will have many opportunities to be creative, try a vast variety of outreach and communications tools and play different roles based on your interests.

As a member of the team, we anticipate you would:

  • Draft public materials such as flyers, web content, social media, letters and mailers, public event materials, responses to community questions via email for review by project teammates
  • Maintain project databases tracking project contacts, communications, and activities
  • Plan logistics for a wide variety of events such as public meetings, farmer’s market tables, and advisory committee meetings
  • Communicate directly with community members about projects at events, over the phone, or via email
  • Attend internal meetings and share ideas on outreach strategy and options with their teams
  • Problem solve in real-time to support successful public engagement
  • Work closely with graphic designers and website developers to develop public materials and toolsthat engage community
  • Work collaboratively within their teams and with other Project Coordinators to continually learn and adapt innovative tools to engage community

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Passionate about transportation infrastructure and planning
  • Desire to communicate and work to engage community members in a planning and design process
  • Commitment to working respectfully and professionally in diverse, multi-cultural settings
  • Experience maintaining project databases, compiling meeting summaries, preparing publication materials, public outreach and coordinating public outreach efforts
  • Commitment to working collaboratively in a way that supports teammates and overall success of others
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments and work with a variety of people and personalities
  • Ability to focus and demonstrate attention to detail
  • Experience working in community and has connections with community partners
  • Experience working on accessibility for written and visual materials
  • Commitment to seeking and offering direct feedback with a growth mindset
  • Experience navigating conflict and addressing concerns from community members who are upset
  • Excellent writing focused on being accessible to a wide variety of specific audiences
  • Organizational and computer skills (especially with Word and Excel)
  • Ability and interest in self-reflection
  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English

Conditions of employment:

  • A valid driver's license is required to drive to sites/events in instances where transit/rideshare is not available
  • Local travel to sites/events outside of regular business hours
  • Occasional weekend and evening work as we want to meet community members where they are. Our work schedules can be flexible depending on event timing and your preferences.

How EI is responding to COVID-19

Based on understanding of current science and public policy, we are working under a mandatory work from home policy through the end of 2020. Our team is continuing to consider current trends and recommendations and may extend this mandatory work from home policy into 2021. The safety and wellbeing of EI employees, their families, and our communities is our top priority. We are also working with clients to ensure outreach activities in communities are implemented in ways that are safe for our team. We will not require anyone to perform onsite/in-person outreach activities who does not feel safe doing so, or who is not able to because of their home circumstances or obligations.

To apply, please email the below listed directly to resumes@enviroissues.com.

  1. Resume highlighting relevant experience
  2. Cover letter sharing information about you and your interest in this position
  3. Completed Self-Identify Form from our website

Interview process and timeline

Our goal is to hire someone within 6 to 8 weeks from closing the job posting. We are committed to keeping you informed throughout the process. Our interview process includes:

  1. Resume review – This usually occurs within the first week after we’ve closed the job posting.
  2. Phone interview and writing exercise (1 hour) – Initially, we like to talk with you over the phone for 30 minutes to learn about your skills and how they relate to this position. After the conversation, we have a 30-minute writing exercise which we can email you to complete. We can also schedule the writing exercise separately if needed.
  3. In-person interview (90 minutes) – Our in-person interview focuses on being conversational, allowing you to learn about us and our work, and allowing us to hear how you respond to different situations. We hold 90 minutes for this conversation to ensure we aren’t rushed. It is okay if the interview is shorter. We are also happy to set this interview up via Skype if remote participation is needed.
  4. Hiring decision – After we finish all interviews for the position, we meet and decide on making an offer. You will hear from us regardless of our hiring decision.