Senior Manager, Communications

United States

We are looking for someone who has all the internal and external communications basics down and is energized by digging in with teams to implement strategies and initiatives that drive understanding and enhance Port Blakely’s reputation in a values-driven, people-centered, entrepreneurial multi-national organization. You will play an essential role in supporting the company’s business goals through leading, facilitating, collaborating, and coordinating the communications function of the company, working in partnership with our senior executives and leaders throughout the organization. If you are motivated by leaning in, partnership with teams, influencing and managing communications projects and execution on a small, nimble, innovative team, this may be the opportunity for you. As part of our Seattle-based team, you will report to the Chief People Officer. Port Blakely has adopted a hybrid work environment (working from home and office) and the role will primarily office out of Seattle, Washington with some occasional days spent in our Tumwater, Washington office.

About Us

Port Blakely grows and markets renewable forest products around the globe. Guided by the principle that tomorrow comes first, we take great care in advancing the ideals and best practices of good corporate and environmental stewardship. We are devoted to our employees, customers, and the communities where we live and work, and are determined to do our part to help them prosper and thrive. Through our work, we hope to inspire the next generation, so they will inspire the one after that. For five generations, the future-first vision of our family owners has kept our sights squarely on the horizon, on making sure that the decisions we make today have a lasting, positive impact on tomorrow.

Port Blakely manages forestlands in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and New Zealand.

What you’ll do:

  • Act as main point of contact for all company communications to support the strategic priorities and business plans of the CEO, Business Unit Presidents, and key leaders.
  • Design and execute employee and family communication strategies to create greater understanding, increased engagement and provide transparency into progress on strategy and company performance.
  • Supports CEO/Board Chair with executive communications with external stakeholders as well as internal stakeholders, including letters, business updates, presentations, and Board materials.
  • Leads the execution and ongoing management of the company’s brand strategy, including Port Blakely’s leadership role in social and environmental stewardship.
  • Tracks, reports, and recommends actions to company leadership on emerging trends and issues of consequence to the company’s reputation and brand.
  • Lead the execution of communications activities, including budgeting, planning and project management and relationships with vendors, suppliers, and consultants who support these activities.
  • Champion the storytelling of our “other balance sheet” – our corporate social responsibility impacts
  • Manage our public relations strategy, serve as the primary contact for media, and manage the company’s relationships with media, as well as monitoring media coverage.

We’d love to hear from people with:

  • 5+ years of progressive leadership experience in communications, public relations, and/or journalism including demonstrated competence in executing internal and external communications and brand positioning, crisis communication, content creation, and team
  • Exceptional writing, editing and messaging and oral communication skills, including formal presentations and business communication
  • Ability to create clear and consistent messages that address communications needs and priorities of internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven success in maintaining communication policies, plans, and tracking key issues that may impact the company’s reputation
  • Ability to diagnose problems using strategic thinking skills and identify and drive appropriate solutions
  • Experience utilizing traditional and new media effectively in communications programs is required
  • Experience managing vendor relationships
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with elevated emphasis on Outlook, Teams, Word, SharePoint, and PowerPoint
  • Interest in knowing the business, working collaboratively and being willing to pitch in as needed
  • Experience working in small/mid-size, and multi-national organizations preferred
  • Experience in forestry, natural resources and/or commodity industries beneficial
  • Ability to handle confidential information discreetly
  • Proven success with interacting with individuals at all levels throughout the company to help facilitate the free exchange of ideas and information
  • Ability to be flexible, action-oriented, demonstrate comfort with ambiguity, accept frequent change, highly organized with strong orientation to detail, follow-through, and high quality of work

Perks & Benefits:

  • 100% employer-paid premiums for medical/vision and dental
  • HSA and Limited Purpose FSA
  • Annual employee bonus plan
    401k Matching and Profit-Sharing
  • Flexible Work
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Generous paid time off: 4 weeks’ vacation, 2 weeks sick pay, 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays
  • Long Term Care insurance coverage
  • Employer-paid Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, AD&D, and Long-Term Care insurance coverage
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Support for volunteer work & charitable employee matching
  • Opportunities to spend time outside in our forests!


  • Salary Range: Min $111,283 | Mid $137,991 | Max $164,699
  • Other compensation includes bonuses, profit-sharing, employer 401k match, or other forms of compensation offered to the hired applicant in addition to their established salary range or hourly pay wage scale.

How to Apply

Applicants should send resume and cover letter to Koal Robson at A full job description can also be made available upon request. While we sincerely appreciate all applicants, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Port Blakely and all subsidiaries of Port Blakely to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, Port Blakely will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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