Strategic Communications Specialist (L4) in Washington, DC at Galapagos, LLC

Date Posted: 11/22/2019

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Job Description

Position Title:  Strategic Communications Specialist (L4)

Work Location: Washington D.C. Metro

Responsibilities:

The Communications Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of sound communications plans and strategies, support of an integrated communications model, the development and implementation of key messaging, talking points, and media statements in response to routine and emergent issues, and the ability to effectively position the organization positively with the media, stakeholders and senior Department of Defense officials as well as Congressional staffs.  The Specialist serves as a point of contact for internal or external communications and works in or with the internal business units and external Government organizations, including key leadership, and Government communications to develop and coordinate the positioning of strategic content to enhance the organizational brand and identity. Additionally, the person will oversee the social media lead in order to ensure proper messaging and operational security requirements are met.  This position requires exceptional skills in all facets of communications and the ability to seamlessly work with organizations across the Air Force and Space Community to advance the organization’s business objectives. We’re looking for someone with strong writing abilities, creativity and a broad understanding of aerospace programs/initiatives to focus on this critical part of national defense business.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the organization’s key mission messages through effective communication of the goals and initiatives to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Develop the organization’s strategic communications engagement strategy and advise senior leadership on messages, timing and level of involvement at different echelons of leadership.
  • Develop and implement internal and external communications strategies and tactics such as, news releases and media pitching, speeches/remarks, key messaging and talking points, internal communications, collateral materials, event coordination, managing web and social media content, and interaction with and oversight of vendors.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationship with media, stakeholders, and other business and levels of leadership. 
  • Positively position organizational initiatives through various communications channels to advance the organization’s key mission messages among customers and stakeholders. 
  • Collaborates with external agencies and internal resources to design internal communications campaign assets such as newsletters, promotional videos, infographics, internal intranet sites, and other digital resources to drive employee engagement.
  • Writes and edits internal communications in support of the organization’s strategic priorities (e.g., leadership messages, articles, talking points, webcast content, practice-wide content, internal website pages, etc.).
  • Always maintains discretion and confidentiality when dealing with sensitive or proprietary information and manages confidential information prior to internal or public release.
  • Employs strong project management skills (initiating, planning, executing, managing, and closing projects to achieve plan objectives).
  • Remain up-to-speed on best practices and digital tools available for reaching target audiences and expanding audience engagement
  • Developing content that informs, educates and connects with current and prospective staff, stakeholders and external agencies.
  • Identifying and implementing new communications mediums.
  • Ensuring internal and external communications messages are consistent with brand objectives.
  • Assisting with strategy communication and messaging from senior leadership.
  • Measuring and reporting on the effectiveness of communications activities.

Job Requirements

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Must have a Top-Secret/SCI clearance in scope
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • 4-year relevant degree and a minimum of 8 to 10 years’ experience in communications (media/public relations, employee communications or advertising)
  • Proven, excellent communications skills – both written and interpersonal
  • Significant experience working with MS PowerPoint and developing senior level briefings
  • Experience producing, writing, and editing communications deliverables
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to be innovative and creative and capable of conveying complex information in a simplistic manner
  • Ability to work autonomously and interface easily with senior business leaders and the local press
  • Aerospace/industry communications writing, messaging, and strategy experience
  • Public policy advocacy writing, messaging and strategy experience
  • Media relations experience
  • Graphic design experience

Physical Requirements:

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods of time.  Position may require typing and reading from a computer screen.  Must have enough mobility, including but not limited to bending, reaching, and kneeling to complete daily duties in a timely and efficient manner.  May include lifting weigh up to thirty (30) pounds as necessary.  

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Top-Secret/SCI clearance in scope

 

Company Summary:

Headquartered in Hawaii, Galapagos, LLC is an SBA Certified NHO 8(a) Small Business specializing in global information technology and offering professional solutions in IT Design & Installation, Cybersecurity Engineering & Support, Application Integration & Development, Software & Hardware Engineering, Network & Systems Management, Information Systems Security, and Business Management Services.

Leveraging over 30 years of providing IT services to the federal & commercial market with projects located around the world, our team possesses innovative expertise in the development of a wide range of technology solutions.  Galapagos, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.

Our service commitment is simple - "Quality IT Solutions... On Time & On Budget."

Galapagos, LLC reserves the right to change or modify job duties and assignments at any time.  The above job description is not all encompassing.  Positions functions and qualifications may vary depending on business needs.

Galapagos, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants based on race, color, creed, religion, medical condition, legally protected genetic information, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status or legally protected characteristics.