Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC) currently has the following available positions:

Communications & Research Coordinator
Volunteer Intern

Communications & Research Coordinator

Job Description

The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC) is looking for a Communications & Research Coordinator to help lead our marketing and communications efforts. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and generous benefits package. This position allows potential candidates significant flexibility for creative outlets and professional growth.

About the EDC

The EDC’s mission is to expand and diversify the economy throughout King County through a “cluster-driven, client-focused” approach by retaining and recruiting jobs, growing strong and sustainable industry clusters and promoting global competitiveness for Washington State.  As outlined in our strategic plan, the Seattle-King County EDC Economic Vitality Action Plan, eight industry clusters have been targeted based on a Regional Economic Strategy planning process convened by the Puget Sound Regional Council: Aerospace & Defense, Clean Technology, Outdoor Recreation, Fashion & Apparel, Financial & Business Services, Information & Communications Technology, Life Sciences & Health, Maritime & Logistics and Global Trade & Investment.

The EDC is a non-profit, public-private partnership funded by the State of Washington, King County, most of  the cities within King County, the Port of Seattle, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, several community and technical colleges and a number of private companies, including The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Amazon, Russell Investments, major medical centers and life sciences firms, banks, law firms, real estate/construction firms, labor organizations and non-profit organizations, among others. The EDC is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of representatives of our investors.


The Communications & Research Coordinator will play a key role in the development and successful implementation of the EDC’s marketing strategy and strategic plan focused on business retention, expansion and recruitment, startup and entrepreneurial support, industry cluster support and organizational vitality. The Communications & Research Coordinator will be expected to develop content and materials for various outreach channels including print and digital formats and provide research assistance and support to other members of the “small but impactful” EDC team in response to client inquiries. The Communications & Research Coordinator is a member of the EDC’s core Operations team and reports to the President & CEO.

At a minimum, the scope of work for this position includes:

  • Develop materials and content for both print and electronic marketing/communications initiatives including email newsletters, articles, blog posts, industry cluster reports, bi-annual real demographic and real estate reports, cluster focused and organizational focused promotional folios and other documents as required. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and some graphic design experience is strongly desired.
  • Coordinate the EDC’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms in coordination with organizational strategies and messaging including regular updates, posts, pictures, articles and videos. Use of Hootsuite social media management tool is required.
  • Act as the content manager for the EDC’s website, updating and creating content that promotes the EDC’s online presence; knowledge of content management systems and basic html coding is required (the EDC uses the Efelle CMS).
  • Coordinate Request for Information (RFI) responses to include working with assigned business development managers to run specific demographic reports, real estate reports and collect additional data as required (including CoStar, EMSI, Tableau and other research tools).
  • Assist with data collection, research, analysis and benchmarking for client and member research reports and internal EDC reports as needed.
  • Strengthen partnerships with other partner organizations through cross-promotional activities including amplifying their marketing efforts, websites and social media presence to improve EDC initiatives and brand awareness.
  • Assist as needed with planning and logistics of select organization events and meetings and attend events, functions and informational sessions, often times outside of standard work hours.


The Communications & Research Coordinator will have at least three to five years of marketing and/or communications experience. Experience within an economic development-oriented organization or business development environment is highly desirable but not required.  Familiarity with regional economic issues and the EDC’s targeted industry clusters is also a plus.   

Essential qualities needed to be successful in this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in marketing, communications, business or related field and three to five years of professional marketing, communications experience.
  • Excellent written, verbal and electronic communications skills.
  • Comfort with public speaking, presentations and industry interactions. 
  • Ability to handle multiple shifting priorities in a fast-paced and self-directed environment, exercising a command of the organization’s messaging, as well as a sense of urgency and a high standard of excellence while meeting deadlines. 
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Hootsuite.
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technologies, including marketing software, graphic design tools and research databases. 

Strongly desired, but not required:

  • Experience using MailChimp or other email marketing platforms. 
  • Experience using Salesforce or other customer relationship management (CRM) system.
  • Experience with HTML/CSS and website content management systems (CMS).
  • Experience with video editing.
  • Knowledge of the economic development field and regional industry clusters.

Submission Instructions

Submit a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications and experience. Please also include copies of or links to your portfolio and/or writing samples (at least two). Send application materials to info@edc-seaking.org. The deadline for submitting applications is February 24, 2017, however the position will remain open until it is filled. Questions may be submitted via e-mail.  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.


Regular, full-time employees receive a competitive salary and a premium benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, an employer-matched 401(k) savings plan and generous paid time off.  For additional information, see: http://www.seattlechamber.com/home/about/jobs/chamber-benefits-package.

The EDC actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply. The Seattle Metro Chamber, EDC’s partner in human resources administration, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Volunteer Internship Program

The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC) internship program aims to provide qualified students with valuable work experience in the vibrant and fast-paced field of economic development.

Interns are expected to support specific projects within the EDC’s workplan, often tied to one of the nine industry clusters we focus on: aerospace, life sciences and healthcare, technology, clean tech, maritime, trade and global investment, financial and business services, and fashion and apparel. Interns gain skills in research and analysis, writing, marketing/communications, industry-specific business development efforts, and more.

A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is required. A schedule will be developed depending on the student’s other commitments, not to exceed 20 hours per week. Internships are generally awarded for spring, summer or fall terms (though other arrangements may be made on a case-by-case basis).

Sample internship projects include:

  • Research and draft a report on requirements for foreign owned firms interested in opening an office in King County
  • Provide research assistance in the development of a regional market assessment and strategic plan to attract foreign direct investment
  • Write and design marketing materials for industry clusters
  • Provide general communications support to include: writing content for the web and social media, conduct interviews/develop content for newsletters, etc.
  • Research and update economic impact data for specific target clusters

Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program (applicants should hold at least college junior status; students currently in graduate school are preferred). International students studying in the U.S. are eligible. Students pursuing a degree in business, economics, communications, public policy, or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Desired Skills
Ability to use computers and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Adobe Creative Suite preferred for communications interns).

  • Ability to work independently, under pressure, and prioritize and handle multiple tasks
  • Writing experience, especially on a newspaper or newsletter
  • Professional and courteous demeanor
  • A professional working proficiency with English (ILR Level 3)

Application Instructions
To apply, submit your resume and cover letter (including a statement about why you are interested in interning with the EDC) to: info@edc-seaking.org.

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