Copywriter/ Communications Officer

Alexandria, VA
May 19, 2021
May 22, 2021
Full Time
Copywriter/ Communications Officer Job Summary:

Sparks Group is seeking a Copywriter/ Communications Officer with the ability to write, copyedit and proofread press releases, newsletters and other content using AP style. This will be a long-term, full-time contract with a well-established, multi-faceted and fast paced organization in Alexandria, VA.

Copywriter/ Communications Officer Responsibilities:
  • Research write, edit, and proof (sometimes on tight deadlines) copy for a variety of media including websites, social networks, press releases, brochures, newsletters, annual reports and other publications.
  • Respond to routine media inquiries. This will involve serving as a representative for the department, Director or other staff.
  • Maintain an awareness of City Council, City Manager, and City government policies, procedures, and positions on issues.
  • Collaboratively assist staff with communicating important information about departmental programs, projects, events, initiatives, services, and issues to residents, the business community, employees, and the media.
  • Schedules, prepares, and assists in coordinating the production of regular, periodic publications and other materials such as newsletters, reports, and brochures.
  • Assist staff with internal and external emergency communications, including on-call work.
  • Prepare materials for use in presentations to the public, including speaking points, video scripts, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Research and maintain an awareness of public relations, communications, and media relations techniques and strategies to provide advice and assistance on appropriate and effective publicity and information campaigns.
  • Perform related work as required.

Copywriter/ Communications Officer Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism or related field.
  • 3+ years of experience as a press officer or community outreach specialist with emphasis on strategic communications planning, supervision, strategy and tactical communications products and dissemination; preferably within municipal, local, state and/or federal government.
  • 3+ years of progressively responsible work experience in the field of communications, journalism, marketing, or public relations.
  • Experience using AP style required.
  • Strong communications, writing and editing skills required.
  • Media relations experience required.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Qualified candidates should send their resume AND call Sparks Group for additional details. Please note, resume must include a valid email address in order to be considered. We look forward to discussing your background, your current job search, and your potential career path with Sparks Group!

Sparks Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy, citizenship, family status, genetic information, disability, or protect veteran status.

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