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Communications Coordinator

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #87
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:   July 10, 2019 @ 8:59 pm PST

Applications must include the following:

    - Sample of work; can be summary of a project completed, including role, or a task that drew on applicant's skills.
    - At least 3 references
Sample of work can either be saved with resume and uploaded as one (1) PDF document to 'Upload Resume,' or emailed to

Department:   Communications
Reports To:   Director
40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time

  • Minimum $22.44/Hour + Benefits
  • Maximum depends on salary matrix  


Position Summary:

Under the general direction of the Director, this position is responsible for providing administrative support to Director and department staff. Position will assist Director with coordination of department duties, Tribal Newspaper, media relations, digital media, etc.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Under the guidance and direction of the Director, provides administrative and technical assistance to the Communications Department.

  2. Answer and route a high volume of incoming calls and messages using proper etiquette.  Follows up as necessary.

  3. Provide timely information and direction to tribal membership and clients regarding requested and available services.

  4. Responsible for making and distributing photocopies and facsimiles.

  5. Receive and distribute incoming mail.  Properly and accurately logs all incoming/outgoing mail.  Logs and tracks forms submitted to other departments for signature. Collects and logs incoming correspondence.

  6. Take a lead on scheduling meetings. Prepares agendas, minutes, and packages for dissemination to the attendees.  Prepares agendas and takes minutes for meetings.

  7. Compose highly confidential correspondence and other forms of communication as requested.  Edits and reviews materials prepared by others when directed by the Director.

  8. Prepare and manage Requests For Proposals, bids, etc. Schedule and coordinate vendor services (such as designers, photographers, etc.)

  9. Manage communications director’s calendar, necessary travel, etc.

  10. Prepare/collect department time cards, invoices, Action Request Forms, etc.

  11. Manage office supplies, etc.

  12. Coordinate and edit ads, directory listings and similar content for Tribal Newspaper

  13. Coordinate and edit online, print and email event calendars

  14. Research and respond to external and internal requests for information from general-inquiry email, telephone and other channels. Answer questions, route or coordinate responses.

  15. Support news media relations by tracking media coverage, maintaining media log and media lists, entering Tribal events into news media calendars, etc.

  16. Assist with digital media as needed, such as by creating posts and monitoring social media feeds

  17. Gather photographs, answers or other information as needed

  18. Distribute press releases, Tribal Announcements, Tribal News, and similar publications; coordinate surveys; support Membership meetings and other outreach events

  19. Contribute to special projects such as by coordinating and staffing outreach events, coordinating special mailings, coordinating and tracking award applications and nominations, etc.

  20. Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and Experience

HS Diploma/GED required. Associate’s Degree in a related field is preferred, and two years of experience in administrative support to a senior level executive; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Knowledge of and work experience in Accounting functions is preferred.  Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel required.


Must have experience in maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information. Must demonstrate and stay up to date on knowledge of privacy, contempt and defamation laws.


Must be able to work long hours and carry an unpredictable schedule.


Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.  The majority of contacts are within the Tribal community although some may be external to the Tribe.

Mathematical Skills  

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Demonstrates good judgment and acts responsibly to avoid endangering anyone working in, or working with, the department.


Licenses, Certificates 

Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance.  Driver’s License restrictions must not prevent the employee from complying with the Tribe’s Vehicle Use Policy or driving a GSA vehicle.


Other Requirements

  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Must demonstrate an eye for detail.
  • Must be able to multi-task and set priorities.
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.

  2. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.

  3. Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.

  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

  5. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.

  6. The employee is frequently required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  7. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.      

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The noise level is moderate.

  2. The physical exertion is low to moderate.

  3. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.

  4. Exposure to hazardous materials in minimal.

  5. Requires travel using employee’s own transportation.  

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law

Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA