Special Assistant to the Publisher/CEO

Seattle Times (Seattle, Washington)

Posted 8 months ago

The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is excited to announce an opening for a Publisher’s Special Assistant to join our Pulitzer Prize-winning team. In this varied role, you will work directly with the Publisher (CEO) on mission-critical company initiatives and programs. Ideally, you are comfortable communicating with industry-leading community leaders on special projects while liaising with internal executives while coordinating relationships with community and regional media leaders. The primary purposes of the position are to directly, and indirectly, support the Publisher in his responsibilities for Community Funding of Public Service Journalism.

This role calls for you to remain adaptable while fulfilling multiple roles and ready to carry out any task. In addition, you will help manage the Publisher’s social media presence on various platforms. Successful candidates will possess a high degree of confidentiality, poise, and professionalism managing internal and external communications with high level executives.  


  • Directly and indirectly support the Publisher in The Seattle Times’ Save the Free Press Initiative.
  • Manage the Publisher’s social media activities, requiring an understanding of his objectives and initiating content action recommendations.
  • Support the Publisher in creation and maintenance of his digital file.
  • Provide Publisher research for speeches, forums and testimony by maintaining a research catalog of key data points and key background articles.
  • Manage Publisher’s donor files and donor communications.
  • Manage and document Free Press activities, communications and notices.
  • Coordinate with Marketing on media relationships, opportunities and the drafting and distribution of press releases, responses and donor events.
  • Close working relationship with both Development department and Marketing department.


  • Experience: At least three years of experience developing and executing corporate communications and public or media relations. At least one year’s exposure to supporting or managing projects with C-level executives strongly preferred.
  • Education: Four year college degree (or equivalent work experience).
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of social media platforms, especially Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
  • Professional demeanor, comfortable speaking directly with executives and directors across the company.
  • Exposure to (or willingness to learn about) The Seattle Times’ various public-funded journalism initiatives, including Project Homeless, Educational, and Traffic labs as well as the new Investigative Journalism Fund.
  • High level of confidentiality on legal, labor relations and other issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and planning skills.
  • Impeccable verbal and written skills with detailed attention to conventions/style.
  • Highly organized with acute attention to detail.
  • Must have strong knowledge of writing conventions and technical mechanics.
  • Mastery of MS Office applications and similar software.
  • Ability to prioritize work and effectively handle multiple projects.
  • Understanding of public policy, non-profits, and/or fundraising efforts a plus.

This role requires a criminal background check on a post-offer basis as a conditional requirement for employment.

Apply here.

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

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