Communications Specialist

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 10, 2017
Oct 09, 2017
Full Time


As part of an integrated team, the Communications Specialist is responsible for supporting IDA’s institute-level internal and external communications programs. This individual supports groups and individuals across IDA to develop and disseminate news and information concerning corporate strategy, business plans, policies, research accomplishments and capabilities to both internal and external audiences.


  • Supports communications planning and rollout for various organization-specific changes, initiatives, and programs.
  • Drafts, coordinates, edits, and distributes timely external news releases and other written materials on a variety of topics for local, regional, and/or national distribution.
  • Drafts, coordinates, and edits various articles and announcements for internal distribution via employee communication channels.
  • Creates, edits, and improves briefings and visual materials (charts, maps, graphs, photo selections, PowerPoint decks, informational graphics).
  • Posts and publishes external news releases via a content management system; distributes those releases to appropriate media outlets.
  • Updates and refines content on IDA’s external websites, ensuring content accuracy and a logical, pleasing aesthetic.
  • Under the direction of the Corporate Communications Manager, monitors and manages IDA’s social media presence.
  • Creates media lists of targeted media outlets/reporters for news releases.
  • Creates monthly reports detailing communication efforts and effectiveness across all mediums.
  • In coordination with the VP Management, may serve as IDA’s spokesperson in the absence of the Corporate Communications Manager.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


    BS/BA in Communications, Journalism or other relevant field; communications experience desired via internships or work environment.  Writing and editing skills, as displayed across varied forms and formats and especially in public policy or related work. Ability to analyze challenging situations, often under tight deadlines, to develop and execute communications plans with a range of tactics. Experience using editorial judgment, self-direction, and independence on multiple projects; at the same time, the ability to work well with and within teams. Familiarity with media monitoring and analysis tools preferred. Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information as required. U.S. Citizenship is required.