Senior Communications Specialist

Employer
Freddie Mac
Location
McLean, VA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 16, 2019
Closes
Jul 26, 2019
Ref
12160BR
Function
IT
Hours
Full Time
Are you a detail-oriented, flexible and creative communicator? Do you possess a can-do attitude and the strategic thinking and tactical abilities to back it up? If you are a self-starting, flexible communicator with strong writing and project management skills who is interested in becoming part of a dynamic and fast-moving team, we are your next destination employer! Apply to join Freddie Mac's Information Technology division as our newest Senior Communications Specialist.

Your work will fall into the following categories:

Consultation and execution
  • Support the Office of the CIO and a variety of other internal organizations with internal communications and internal marketing
  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans that get results and further organizational goals
  • Project manage various communication events, providing logistics and communications deliverables (e.g., presentations, announcements, talking points)
  • Provide communications counsel and support to varying levels of staff, from individual contributors through senior management
  • Recommend on IT communications trends, emerging issues, and best practices
  • Help lead communications for key channels, including our Tech Talk Speaker Series and manager enablement communications

Communications / Writing Support
  • Review and edit various communications (talking points, presentations, scripts) as needed
  • Partner with the communications team to provide surge writing and editing support
  • Serve as a writing style expert and consultant


Qualifications

Qualifications
  • Journalistic experience in terms of writing style and approach; ability to write clearly, crisply and quickly
  • Demonstrated experience translating complicated concepts, ideas or terms into interesting and informative collateral and stories
  • 5-7+ years of experience in the communications industry, with complimentary experience (e.g., marketing, graphic design, branding) preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, PR, Communications, or related field
  • Flexibility in balancing competing priorities and quickly turning around deliverables in a continuously changing business and work environment
  • Strategic and tactical communication skills, including confidence in presenting to and writing/editing for senior management and diverse audiences
  • Flexibility in balancing competing priorities and quickly turning around deliverables in a continuously changing business and work environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to execute with high quality; reprioritizing as needed to be successful
  • Ability to manage conflict and build strong working relationships, internal and external to the organization

Keys to success in this role:
  • High energy collaborator who enjoys building strong working relationships across all levels of personnel
  • Highly creative and inquisitive personality with excellent writing skills and affinity for technology
  • Experience developing marketing campaigns or communications plans that leverage external principles internally
  • Detail-oriented with ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Keen on adhering to grammar and AP style standards

Top 3 Personal Competencies to possess
  • Drive for Execution - Be accountable for strong individual and team performance
  • Customer Focus - Personally engage with customers to learn their needs and tell their stories
  • Seek and Embrace Change - Receive and provide constructive feedback and guidance


Preferred Skills

Preferred Skills
  • Advanced degree
  • Strong communication and presentation skills across media, including multimedia (video/podcast) as well as written materials


Today, Freddie Mac makes home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Join our smart, creative and dedicated team and you'll do important work for the housing finance system and make a difference in the lives of others. Freddie Mac is an equal opportunity and top diversity employer. EOE, M/F/D/V.

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