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YMCA of Greater Seattle Director of Communications in Seattle, Washington


Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Job Summary

The Director of Communications will work closely with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to implement the organization’s communications strategy.

We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic team-player with superb communications skills, highly-developed storytelling skills and social media savvy. The successful candidate will build and execute an integrated audience focused communications plan and editorial calendar that reinforces the key messaging and positioning goals of the organization. This will be done for both internal and external audiences. He/She should have the capacity to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously in a highly collaborative team environment. Success for this role will be measured in two ways: 1)by the ability to broadly communicate and amplify key messages about the Y's philanthropic efforts and community impact we are making in healthy living, youth development and social responsibility and 2) by the ability to deliver consistent, effective and engaging internal communications.

The screening process of this role will begin on March 8th, 2021.


  • Responsible for drafting Internal and executive communications

  • Responsible for generating messages about the YMCA’s signature programs and projects.

  • Define and execute the crisis communications strategy.

  • Develop, manage and create assets for the annual and monthly editorial calendar

  • Build messaging and positioning based on research and feedback

  • Build partnership communications

  • Drive all employer brand campaigns and messaging

  • Develop and implement internal communications, including newsletters, collaboration tools (ie Workplace, etc.) and internal SharePoint.

  • Build the monthly branch content toolkit in support of the monthly editorial calendar and themes.

  • Prepare FAQs, Talking Points, external and internal communications for any crisis and/or emergency communications

  • Build social media strategy and manage social media platforms to drive increases in engagement and goals

  • Develop training material for branches to improve local communication and social media

  • Build and manage team of internal experts and find opportunities to position these thought leaders in events and media

  • Build an "amplification engine" that leverages the power of volunteers, employees and members in multiplying our messages.

  • Manage all content for News Center including issuing press releases, blogs and impact messaging

  • Help support the development of impact messaging including annual reports, newsletters, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English or related field. Master’s preferred. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  • 8-10 years of experience working in corporate communications or brand management roles.

  • Minimum of 5 years of media relations experience.

  • Ability to strategize and work on a team with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran , or any other status protected by local, state , or federal law.

We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to or the HR department at 206.382.5082.”


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


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  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/23/2021 12:06 AM)

ID 2021-11340

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Association Office

Category Marketing and Communications

Address 909 4th Avenue

Minimum compensation USD $70,729.00/Yr.