• Director of Public Affairs

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 4 months ago(12/29/2017 7:22 PM)
    Job ID
    2017-1146
    Category
    Public Relations
  • Overview

    In just over thirty years, Cooke has become a global seafood leader driven by an innovative team that delivers superior products, service, and value to its customers under the True North Seafood brand. Today, Cooke Aquaculture is the oldest continuously operating salmon-farming company in North America, and employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. We operate in pristine marine environments, rely on science and experts to ensure sustainability, use feed from sustainable resources, and constantly search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

     

    After acquiring Icicle Seafoods in the summer of 2016, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific assumed ownership of farms in Puget Sound close to Cypress Island, Hope Island, Port Angeles, and Rich Passage. A 30-year industry in Washington, salmon farming is consistent with our state’s values of sustainability, access and affordability, wild salmon conservation, and rural economic opportunity.

     

    By providing a fresh supply of salmon available year-round, farmed salmon helps prevent overfishing and takes pressure off wild stocks, which have been dramatically diminished due to the population growth and economic activity in and around Puget Sound. Salmon farms form partnerships with academic institutions and other science-driven organizations to support innovative research in fish biology, fish health, hatchery culture, water and habitat dynamics, and more. Salmon farms employ 80 full-time farm employees around Puget Sound, and support another 100 jobs on harvesting boats and in processing plants.

     

    Position Summary:

     

    The Director of Public Affairs will serve as a liaison with the community, with the company’s consultants, and senior management team.  Qualified candidates will be responsible for advancing strategic corporate communications programs, government relations, and media relations for our Pacific operations.  As the public representative for the company, the Director of Public Affairs will respond to media calls and will harness their knowledge of the aquaculture/seafood industry to build and maintain relationships within all levels of government, tribes, industry groups, non-governmental organizations and local community members. Position reports to the Vice President Public Relations and based out of our Cooke Aquaculture Pacific corporate offices in Seattle, Washington.

    Responsibilities

    • Responsible for creating and directing Public Affairs programs. Including responding to media calls, developing government and community relations efforts, drafting communication materials and publications, speechwriting, presentation development, social media efforts and be present at various community and stakeholder events.
    • Support and represent the organization's mission, vision, and values. Work closely with Cooke Aquaculture’s global head office to ensure that company message statements are aligned.
    • Develop and implement programs to promote goodwill and fosters positive relations with all level of government, industry groups, non-governmental organizations, tribes and local community members. 
    • Participate in community based coalitions and meetings in order to network and cultivate community support.
    • In consultation with the Cooke Aquaculture Communications team, creates and distributes publications, information materials, announcements, etc.
    • Educates key community stakeholders on aquaculture sector and benefits to the State of Washington and the USA in general.
    • Other duties as assigned by the General Manager of CAP and the Cooke Communications team.

    Qualifications

    • Experience in planning and delivering broad based communications and public relations strategies and programs that organization objectives.
    • Exemplary writing and editing skills.
    • Strong creative thinking skills.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the aquaculture/seafood regulatory environment in Washington State.
    • A demonstrated ability to develop and build productive working relationships with key opinion leaders, stakeholders and organizations within the local community.
    • Direct experience with media relations, stakeholder relations, digital and social media and issues management.
    • Experience developing and presenting strategic plans (with guidance and support from fellow team members).
    • Proven ability to create and manage programs and communications tools.
    • An established track record of meeting deadlines and completing projects in spite of unforeseen complications and changing circumstances.
    • Highly developed aptitude for listening and notable expertise with written and oral communications.
    • Capacity to appreciate broad context and also to maintain attention to detail.
    • At least six years of experience in communications and public affairs is ideal.
    • Willing and able to work extended hours and travel as required.

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