skip to main content

Digital Community Outreach Coordinator

Req #: 199982

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Job Location Detail: U District

Posting Date: 11/30/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $5,500 – $6,167 Monthly based on experience ($66,000- $74,004 Annually)

Union Position: Yes

Shift: First Shift


KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. We believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.


KUOW has an outstanding opportunity for a Digital Community Outreach Coordinator who will connect communities in the Puget Sound region to KUOW's newsroom and support KUOW in producing holistic, inclusive, and community-informed journalism. This position will develop digital engagement strategies to identify and cultivate stories or reporting topics from the community, analyze and engage with conversations happening in digital spaces, and build new audiences through digital engagements. The ideal candidate for this position is someone with deep knowledge and/or curiosity of the culture, challenges, industries, politics, and communities of Washington State. They should be highly comfortable using digital engagement tools and database systems, and love leveraging digital platforms to facilitate connections and build trust.


  • Work with the Director of Community Engagement to identify and cultivate partners and stories within the community, with a commitment to amplifying underrepresented voices;
  • Work with the Database Administrator to analyze content feedback, and produce weekly community feedback reports;
  • Oversee use and expansion of online engagement tools, including but not limited to GroundSource and Get Feedback
  • Engage in conversations with community members in digital spaces such as Reddit, and other online forums;
  • Act as a liaison between community members and the newsroom/local content staff, facilitating introductions and connections; and relay community sourced stories or reporting topics
  • Arrange face-to-face community engagement opportunities for KUOW journalists, such as meetings with community members, feedback panels, focus groups, and journalist happy hours.
  • Lead and/or co-host online community discussions;
  • Work with the Social Media Strategist to explore new social tools and engagement techniques;
  • Network with colleagues leading engagement efforts in other newsrooms around the Puget Sound region; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Position reports to Director of Community Engagement


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or a related field and three years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Requires knowledge of professional journalism/broadcast and journalistic standards and practices
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Demonstrated experience with digital engagement tools, platforms and/or database systems
  • Background in community outreach
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.