Communications Specialist II

Washington D.C.
Sep 14, 2018
Oct 21, 2018
Full Time

Starting Salary $56,672 - $74,676 DTP-1803


The department is seeking a Communications Specialist as part of a team that has the lead responsibility to provide staff support for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and all of the public outreach activities associated with the metropolitan transportation planning process. The successful candidate will provide assistance in developing and implementing the member and stakeholder communications program for the TPB, which focuses on sharing news about board actions, special events, and transportation research, analysis, and planning. The position requires strong organizational skills, the ability to juggle multiple projects in a fast-paced, membership- oriented environment, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Examples of work

The successful candidate will:

  • Write and/or edit public-friendly content for web/newsletter, social media, and print publications;

  • Regularly review and edit written and graphic content to ensure clarity of meaning and consistency

    of style, tone, and message;

  • Assist in planning and managing transportation content on the COG website;

  • Engage in planning and delivery of high-profile products (i.e., plans, key reports) across appropriate

    platforms, including developing new web content to highlight products and/or engage desired


  • Collaborate with program staff to ensure key products are consistent and polished, and that

    corporate branding is applied consistently and effectively;

  • Assist with the maintenance of editorial calendar; work with senior leadership to identify key

    themes, upcoming work products, craft compelling narratives and graphic content highlighting key

    messages, and provide support to outreach campaigns;

  • Measure the effectiveness of public information and communications activities; strategically plan

    and execute improvements;

  • Coordinate on high-profile content with the COG Office of Communications, which is responsible for

    media relations, branding, and agency-wide communications.

    Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. 1)  Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Media, Public Relations, Government, Political Science or related field and some experience in writing and producing publications, journalism, public relations, local, state or federal government, or nonprofit organizations or any equivalent combination of knowledge and training which provides the required knowledge, experience, skills and abilities. Transportation planning experience or knowledge considered a plus.

  2. 2)  Strong communications skills – both written and verbal -- including the ability to effectively reach out to a variety of individuals, ranging from elected officials to support staff, and to communicate about complex topics to non-technical audiences.

  3. 3)  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical reports, general business periodicals, and professional journals. Ability to write newsletter articles, reports, blogs, and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from officials, senior management staff, the news media, and the general public.

  • 4)  Demonstrated strong writing skills and ability to write for public consumption; an eye for detail and proofreading skills; knowledge of public relations goals and practices; knowledge and ability to respond to journalistic methods and techniques, including a knowledge of journalism; knowledge of local, state, and federal government and regional issues; knowledge of transportation planning;

  • 5)  Ability to maintain good relationships with co-workers, member agencies, and the general public; good judgment and tact when interacting with officials and senior management staff;

  • 6)  Ability to manage projects like reports and other printed publications; ability to work under deadline to produce high-quality work; ability to multi-task and set priorities.

  • 7)  Ability to prepare, produce, and present clear, effective, and accurate reports and presentations. Skills must include solid experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience with ArcGIS, InDesign, Microsoft Access or other database software and/or graphic design is a plus. Knowledge of web content management systems, and social media programs, familiarity with video production software and Photoshop, such as creating info graphics and graphics for the web, a plus.

  • 8)  Ability to execute tasks with minimal supervision, and ability to respond flexibly to a small staff with significant demands on time.

Education and Experience

At least three years of experience in writing and preparation of publications, including layout; experience in using computers to write and design publications, including use of desktop publishing software; some experience in public relations and/or work involving relationships with the public; local or state government experience also desirable as well as administrative experience. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, or related field; or any equivalent combination of knowledge and training which provides the required knowledge, experience, skills and abilities. Some journalism and/or transportation planning experience helpful.

Computer Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of Microsoft Word or other word processing software; experience in using computers to write and design publications, including use of desktop publishing software.

Communication Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and

These items can be either emailed, faxed, or mailed to MWCOG:
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

777 North Capitol Street, N.E.
Suite 300, Attention OHRM Washington, DC 20002 or fax 202-962-3715

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is committed to compliance with federal and state laws requiring that MWCOG only hires workers who are lawfully entitled to work in the United States (U.S. citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization) without discrimination. MWCOG does not sponsor Visas of any type. All persons employed by Metropolitan Washington Council

of Governments are required to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 by presenting documents to verify identity and authorization to work in the United States.

Acceptable forms of identification are listed by the Department of Homeland Security / U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Further information can be found on MWCOG’s Human Resources webpage (

MWCOG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices.

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