Communications Advisor

Employer
Ho Chunk Inc
Location
Springfield, VA
Posted
May 11, 2022
Closes
May 15, 2022
Ref
516995781
Function
Communications
Hours
Full Time
SummaryAll Native Group is looking for a Communications Advisor to support FSI's Office of Public Affairs, led by FSI's Director of Public Affairs. This position will also work collaboratively across FSI and with relevant Communities of Practice within the Department of State including those related to Public Diplomacy and Legislative Affairs.This position will be a seasoned mid-level expert(s) with a minimum of seven years' experience plus a BS/BA in a field related to communications or international affairs. Relevant experience should include work in communications, government relations, public affairs, legislative affairs, event planning and organization, program management, content creation and marketing, press and media relations, social media and digital diplomacy. S/he will act as a seasoned communications advisor and trusted consultant to others across the institute and play an integral role in the drafting and implementation of the institute-wide public affairs strategy. The incumbent will also be the chief specialist responsible for the legislative affairs portfolio, to include maintaining a close working relationship with the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, development and implementation of a Congressional Relations and Engagement Strategy, management and oversight of Congressional related taskings and inquiries. The Public Affairs team seeks to improve engagement with FSI's customers and stakeholders and create partnerships that will ultimately improve the foreign affairs training FSI delivers. Internally, the specialist implements strategies to communicate with staff, students, and Department stakeholders to promote awareness of institutional developments and accomplishments. Externally, the specialist creates content and organizes briefings, visits and other engagement opportunities to showcase important developments at FSI, educate stakeholders, attract recognition and support partnerships that will improve our training. The incumbent should be able to develop, without extensive supervisory input, engaging content to attract and retain engagement and to improve FSI's offline and online presence and brand awareness. The Communications Advisor must be experienced and comfortable interacting with and briefing senior level officials both orally and in writing.Essential Functions* Serve as the FSI's Legislative Affairs liaison, responding to Congressional taskings, coordinating institute-level responses on sensitive issues with various FSI components, other bureaus and the Bureau of Legislative Affairs; creating and implementing a proactive Congressional engagement strategy for the institute and ensuring proper knowledge management and processes related to FSI's Congressional relations* Serve as the chief project manager for complex multi-faceted projects requiring multiple layers of planning, program and event coordination with internal and external partners as well as vendors.* Draft to a high standard and quality and with minimal input complex, nuanced memos for senior-level consumption* Coach school outreach liaisons on effective and coherent approaches to strategic communications that align with FSI's vision and the Department of State's mission.Review school related communication products with an eye to their alignment with FSI public affairs and branding standards.* Create communication products, materials and digital content that tells FSI's story and advances brand coherence and reach (including but not limited to newsletters, targeted emails, event announcements, images, short videos, website content and social media posts).* Foster collaborative relationships with Outreach Liaisons, Division Directors, Course Coordinators and other staff across FSI in order to ensure proper public affairs functioning and produce content for distribution on internal and outwardly facing communication platforms* Provide back-up support to the Director of Public Affairs in the realm of press relations, event planning and program management* Provide support to the digital and social media specialist in the development and deployment of digital content* Champion adoption of FSI's recent rebranding and style guidelines with colleagues throughout the institute* Organize campaigns, initiatives and events in conjunction with the Public Affairs Director, Social Media Specialist and other staff* Assess, evaluate and iterate changes to FSI processes, work flows and systems to address evolving communication needs. Participates in outreach program reviews, evaluation and strategic planning to ensure quality, relevance, and effectiveness of approaches. Benchmark with industry leaders where appropriate.* Facilitate tasking and response to press and public affairs related inquiries* Support other outreach and communication projects and VIP visitsCompetencies* US Citizenship* Fluency in the English Language* Superior organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail* Effective oral and written communication skills* Ability to follow technical direction* Ability to interact effectively in a multicultural setting* Excellent customer service skills* Ability to work effectively and on a team with colleagues in various employment categories such as civil and foreign service government employees and other contract employees* Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office business applications software sufficient to meet the needs of their specific position (eg Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint, SharePoint)* Knowledge of design, user experience and design thinking and experience applying these approaches to communications and outreach* Ability to interact effectively in multicultural settings* Excellent oral and written communication skills. Copyediting skills with design skills a plus.* Strong interpersonal skills and a track record of building and maintaining contacts* Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, prioritize, and competently manage a variety of activities with multiple deadlines* Supervisory ResponsibilityNone required for this positionWork EnvironmentThis job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.Physical DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.* Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time.* Occasionally moves about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.* Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.* Expresses or exchanges ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.* Frequently moves standard office equipment up to 25 pounds.* Must be able to work indoor conditions 90% of the time.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.Position Type/Expected Hours of WorkThis is a full-time position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Evening and weekend hours required, as required by business need.TravelTravel is primarily local during the business day, although some out of the area travel and overnight may be expected.Experience* Minimum of seven years of experience working in communications, government or a related field* Hands on experience evaluating public affairs activities utilizing Google Analytics and other data analysis tools and metrics* Experience operating in a government setting* Experience coordinating and motivating cross-functional colleagues* Demonstrated experience with project management* Demonstrated experience producing content for web and social media platforms* High level of experience and comfort producing written and visual products that inform, educate and drive action to deadline* Experience managing project budgets* Proven track record managing complex and multi-faceted projects and initiatives that required coordination with multiple internal and external partners across an extended period of timeEducation* Bachelor's degree in relevant fieldAdditional Eligibility Qualifications Desired (Not Required)* Experience in an educational or training institute* Skills or experience relevant to the particular training division that the contractor is being proposed to support (eg foreign language skills in SLS or regional experience in SPAS/AS)Security ClearanceActive Secret security clearanceExecutive Order 14043 COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementPursuant to Executive Order 14043, this position may require full vaccination against COVID-19 regardless of work location pending final decisions on the Executive Order.AAP/EEO StatementAll Native Group is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status, or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to persons of Indian descent in accordance with applicable laws.Other DutiesPlease note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.Other details Job Family IT / Cyber Security / Network Systems Pay Type Salary Apply Now

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