Community Programs Coordinator – Sheriff’s Office

Community Programs Coordinator – Sheriff’s Office (Open Positions: 1)

Closes On: June 11, 2019 at 04:30 PM PST

Location: Public Safety Building, Bellingham, WA 98225
Department: Sheriff
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Status: Accepting Applications
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Job Summary
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office seeks an experienced professional to organize, coordinate and facilitate community education activities and public relation.  This critical position will be responsible for  developing and implementing outreach campaigns and public education programs to support the Sheriff’s community outreach and engagement initiatives and to positively market and brand the Sheriff’s Office.  This position will also assist with media communications and under the direction of the Undersheriff, will serve as Public Information Officer, as assigned.
Essential Job Duties Include:
Developing and implementing outreach campaigns and public education programs.
Designing, creating and producing brochures, publications, multimedia materials and presentations.
Preparing press releases and other information for distribution to the public.
Responding to media and public inquires as authorized.
Reviewing law enforcement activity reports and statistics and preparing summaries for distribution to the media.
Representing the County as a spokesperson and presenting at various types of meetings.
Working with Sheriff’s Office leadership and staff to ensure message consistency in materials prepared for meetings, media events, training and other activities.
Supervisor: Undersheriff
For more information please review the job description and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office website.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or related field, AND three years of progressively responsible related experience in community outreach, including writing public communications and conduction presentations.

Experience working in law enforcement and/or criminal justice is preferred.
Due to Civil Service laws and regulations, must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Background check including a pre-employment polygraph examination, background investigation and psychological screening must meet County criteria for law enforcement employees.


Master Collective Bargaining Agreement Range 160.0
Full Salary Range: $25.66 – $37.01 per hour
Anticipated Hiring Range:  $25.66 – $27.20 per hour, depending on qualifications.
This position receives annual pay increases to the next step in the associated salary range.

Application Special Instructions

RESUME AND COVER LETTER:  Please attach a Cover Letter and Resume to your online application using the Document Upload area at the bottom of the application.
SELF-EXAM QUESTIONNAIRE: A completed Self-Examination Questionnaire is a mandatory part of this job application. Click the link to download the form.  Please attach this completed form to your online application using the Document Upload area within the application. Applications without this completed form attached cannot be considered.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: If applicable, complete the Veterans Preference form and upload it and your DD-214, to the Document Upload area within the application.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE HIRING PROCESS:  Top candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Board panel interview scheduled for a later date.  Candidates who successfully pass the Oral Board interview will have their name placed on a Civil Service Eligibility Register.
Due to the extensive Sheriff’s Office background checking process, the person selected to fill this position may not be eligible to begin employment for several months.  Candidates must be willing to participate fully in the background checking process and complete a polygraph examination and psychological evaluation.