Communication Specialist / Active TS - SCI w / Fullscope Poly Clearance Needed

McLean, VA
Job Terms:
DOE + subsidized benefits
Start date:
Posted By:
Cynthia Escalante

Job Description:

MUST HAVE ACTIVE :: TS-SCI w/Fullscope Poly Clearance No exceptions

Location: McLean, VA

The Sponsor office is responsible for the acceleration, modernization, and globalization of support across the Sponsor organization. They integrate support disciplines for the operational mission and address office functions such as technology, policy, process, people, and data. The diverse portfolio of business areas include: corporate resources & infrastructure; data insights; visualization and exploration; office data program; field offices; liaison staff teams, special projects teams; talent management and development group; global integration staffing group; and support staffing teams local and globally. This is a fast paced environment with a ten person front office. The candidate will provide executive support to on-site senior staff as well as secondary support to leadership in other areas on an as-needed basis.

The Full Performance Communications Specialist must be able to develop strong relationships with co-workers, anticipate needs of the organization, work independently and be able to prioritize multiple requirements that often require quick turnarounds.

As a highly visible representative of the front office, the candidate must demonstrate excellent customer service skills, exercise sound judgment, discretion, and effectively communicate at all levels. The candidate must have a professional writing style and the ability to adapt to the Organization's tone and style guides. The primary requirement of this position is to transform concepts, bullet points and/or topics into finished written and visual products using a professional, neutral style that reflects the voice of leadership and organizational values.  General coverage for this position is 0830 -1700 M-F, though occasional hours may be required outside this window to support the mission.

The candidate should have familiarity with updating and maintaining content within a Content Management System (Joomla desired). This includes: creating, editing and posting articles; maintaining general access/visibility of content; and ensuring content is discoverable via correct tagging and categorization of posts.  The candidate should have at least an intermediate knowledge of creating digital content such as posters and graphics using Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud products. This includes using Photoshop to resize, crop, or otherwise lightly manipulate stock photo and images. This includes integrating content into existing templates and may require moderate use of Microsoft Power Point or Word for final delivery.

The candidate should have sufficient general knowledge of Communications to interpret and report on the effectiveness of communications. This includes analyzing website traffic and feedback surveys regarding the office's various communication products.

KNOW AUDIENCE: The candidate must be outgoing, inquisitive and open-minded in order to develop an understanding of their target audience. As familiarity with the target audience grows, the candidate should be able to contribute as a full member of the Communications team by helping to identify appropriate communication platforms, methods, and tailoring those to their audience.

COMMUNICATION EXECUTION: The candidate will assist with, or take the lead on, a number of existing communications avenues currently in use. The candidate will need to effectively and professionally collaborate with Sponsor Office SMEs in the execution of these duties.

DESIRED: Candidate should be willing to edit photos and graphics ad hoc to deliver on deadline driven communication such as the newsletter, workforce announcement, and presentation slide decks. Further, any skills in video editing, podcast creation, and managing a blog would be beneficial. Any skills pertaining to graphic design, visually organizing information effectively and aesthetically would be highly desired.

COMMUNICATION STRATEGY SUPPORT: The candidate will need to become knowledgeable of the Sponsor Office's workforce in order to assess the most effective means of communication and assist in developing/updating/implementing a communication plan.

Candidate should be up-to-date with current communication methodologies and be able to apply those methodologies. The candidate should be able to draft speeches and talking points with little direction based on a given topic and incorporate strategic messaging whenever possible.

EVALUATION MANAGEMENT: The candidate must be able to apply critical thinking skills in order to assess the effectiveness of current communications and in the development of new strategies. Candidate must be able to collect and use metrics in order to make informed decisions and providing meaningful and useful recommendations. Candidate must be adaptable and feel comfortable working with some ambiguity and help formulate strategic communications to best serve the office. Candidate should be able to own and manage specific communication projects and ensure the success of the consistent execution to increase the effectiveness of workforce engagement and strategic messaging to support the office.

GENERATE CONTENT: The candidate must have excellent writing skills and be able to draft quality content for management review.  Content drafted by the candidate should consistently be of high quality and require little to no editing.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Candidate must have excellent organizational and planning skills to assist with the development and delivery of Sponsor office corporate events. Candidate will assist in ensuring that these events provide consistent and clear communication of the stated goals of management. Candidate should learn and incorporate comms based on interactions with principals, attending meetings and hearing from the workforce.


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