Press Advisor - NEA
Job DescriptionDescription of ServicesUnder this task order, the contractor will independently provide services to support the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the U. S. Department of State s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. The primary objective is to provide contractor services and deliverables through performance as a senior specialist as they relate to the organization s mission.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESServe as Press Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) Press Office (NEA/PPD Press), reporting to the NEA/PPD Deputy Director (Press). Duties will focus on support for the Bureau s responsibilities to the Bureau of Public Affairs and the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (S/SECI), including press guidance s, speechwriting and congressional liaison support. Press and legislative outreach officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Press and Public Diplomacy Office Press Section (NEA-Press) focused primarily on, though not limited to, ISIL, Iraq and Syria issues and supporting S/SECIWork closely with the Special Presidential Envoy s Strategic Communications Advisor, NEA desk offices (primarily NEA Office of Iraq Affairs (NEA-I) and the Syria Desk (NEA/LEV)), other NEA senior officials and with the Bureau of Public Affairs to provide press guidance and public affairs support on the full range of NEA and S/SECI issues. Serve as an NEA spokesperson and as a backup for the S/SECI spokesperson on relevant issues, and will engage with domestic and international media to advance NEA and S/SECI priorities, respond to press inquiries, conduct rapid response in times of crises, and counter negative narratives.Coordinate Iraq Team press operations, which may include, but not limited to, preparing senior officials for media engagements and executing such engagements, supporting the Office of the Spokesperson for daily press briefings and other Office of the Spokesperson activities, drafting and clearing press guidance and media products for release, and developing and enhancing S/SECI social media and digital content. As part of these duties, incumbent will liaise with White House National Security Council press office as well as interagency press officers to coordinate media engagement. In coordination with the NEA Office of Regional Affairs (NEA/RMA), Bureau of Legislative Affairs (H), and S/SECI staff, will develop and execute a proactive S/SECI Congressional outreach strategy, including preparations for open and classified hearings and briefings, staff-level outreach, and other duties as needed.In coordination with S/SECI Advisor for Strategic Communications and staff assistants, will provide administrative and logistical support to office operations related to domestic and international public speaking engagements by S/SECI principals. Incumbent will liaise with the Bureau of Public Affairs, Diplomatic Security, and the Office of Protocol as needed to provide technical and logistical support for media engagements.Required SkillsRequired SkillsManages other task authorized by Government Task Manager that fall within the scope of this task order.Manage internal digital archives and records of S/SECI media products and public outreach efforts.As needed will work with NEA staff engaged in the Coalition Counter-Message Working Group (LOE 6) and other duties as part of support to the Coalition. Activities may include public affairs support for the several Coalition Working Groups.As needed will travel with the Special Presidential Envoy and NEA officials to oversee press and public engagements.Excellent knowledge of Department of State operations and foreign policy in the Near Eastern Affairs region, especially Iraq and Syria.Experience as a press officer working under pressure.Ability to work under tight or short deadlines.Weekly Time and Attendance The Contractor will provide employee time and attendance data to the Task Manager.Weekly and Monthly Reports as needed by Task Manager.Excellent knowledge of Department of State operations and overall understanding of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) Press Office (NEA/PPD Press).Experience as a press officer.Working knowledge of personal computers and general administrative practices.Manages other task authorized by Government Task Manager that fall within the scope of this task order.Must Possess DOD Top Secret Clearance.Years of Experience: 7+ to 10 YearsTravel:As needed, incumbent will travel with the Special Presidential Envoy and NEA officials to oversee pressand public engagements.