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Communications Specialist

Company: U.S. Federal Government
Location: Silver Spring
Posted on: August 15, 2019

Job Description:

Save Skills - Excel - Microsoft Word - Microsoft Powerpoint - Contract Management - Microsoft Access Duties Summary As the Senior Communications Specialist, the incumbent of this position plans and implements communications plans pertaining to the administration of Federal elections. Responsibilities Plans and implements communications plans, events, media campaigns, press conferences, briefings, messaging and interviews. Participates in developing communications and media initiatives, planning and implementing of media events, and maintaining a proactive media strategy for the EAC. Develops and maintains productive relationships with members of the media. Enlist the cooperation of media representatives in providing accurate information to the public that furthers the goals and objectives of the EAC. Provides background information to the media as required and drafts talking points for spokespersons ahead of interviews and presentations. Researches, develops, writes and edits reports, presentations, press releases, fact sheets, feature articles, letters, speeches, testimony, annual reports, opinion pieces, videos, and other public-facing communications materials that effectively communicate the Commission's goals to EAC stakeholders and a variety of public and internal audiences. Procures and manages contracts and assists with the procurement of other Communications-related needs, i.e. photography, video, subscriptions, and other non-EAC services and goods. Attends staff briefings and policy discussions to gain knowledge of Commission activities in order to remain current on the latest developments of interest to the public, assist in preparing for and responding to media inquiries, and formulate recommendations regarding agency policies and programs. Performs other related duties as assigned. Travel Required Not required Supervisory status No Promotion Potential None Job family (Series) 0392 General Telecommunications Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment Candidates must be a US Citizen. Candidates must meet all qualifications prior to the closing date of this announcement. Qualifications Skill in helping to effectively communicate technical material or highly complex issues that may have controversial findings, using language appropriate to technical and /or non-technical audiences. Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of written and oral communications. Skill ining such knowledge to perform assignments involving public information, internal information, and community relations activities for internal and external audiences; develop written information materials for dissemination through a variety of media; determine and effectively use the most appropriate means for transmitting information, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plans developed to communicate with targeted audiences. Knowledge of grammar, spelling punctuation and required formats and skills utilized in the preparation and distribution of correspondence. Skill and knowledge to develop innovative written communication materials such as news releases, feature stories, fact sheets, presentations, etc., and other products that effectively transmit information about EAC's programs and activities. Ability to navigate media management software and disseminate information using this portal. Understanding of PowerPoint and other software platforms used to disseminate EAC communications resources. Ability to do basic graphic design and video editing. Understanding and working knowledge of program planning and contract management. Knowledge of information gathering and analysis techniques to gather, analyze, summarize, and report on EAC initiatives. Knowledge of capabilities and limitations of various software packages (e.g., Microsoft Windows, Calendar, Microsoft Word, Access database management, PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel) to create and revise a wide range of documents, automated records, databases, and slides. Education This job does not have an education qualification requirement. itional information You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Skill in helping to effectively communicate technical material or highly complex issues that may have controversial findings, using language appropriate to technical and /or non-technical audiences. Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of written and oral communications. Skill ining such knowledge to perform assignments involving public information, internal information, and community relations activities for internal and external audiences; develop written information materials for dissemination through a variety of media; determine and effectively use the most appropriate means for transmitting information, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plans developed to communicate with targeted audiences. Knowledge of grammar, spelling punctuation and required formats and skills utilized in the preparation and distribution of correspondence. Skill and knowledge to develop innovative written communication materials such as news releases, feature stories, fact sheets, presentations, etc., and other products that effectively transmit information about EAC's programs and activities. Ability to navigate media management software and disseminate information using this portal. Understanding of PowerPoint and other software platforms used to disseminate EAC communications resources. Ability to do basic graphic design and video editing. Understanding and working knowledge of program planning and contract management. Knowledge of information gathering and analysis techniques to gather, analyze, summarize, and report on EAC initiatives. Knowledge of capabilities and limitations of various software packages (e.g., Microsoft Windows, Calendar, Microsoft Word, Access database management, PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel) to create and revise a wide range of documents, automated records, databases, and slides. Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Other Drug test required No Required Documents Required Documents Required documents include a resume and the supporting documents as described in the 'How to Instructions' section of this announcement. Benefits Benefits Review our benefits

Keywords: U.S. Federal Government, Silver Spring , Communications Specialist, Other , Silver Spring, Maryland

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