Content Specialist

Location
McLean, VA
Posted
Oct 15, 2021
Closes
Oct 22, 2021
Ref
229264202110
Industry
Other
Hours
Full Time
Content Specialist Job Summary:

Sparks Group and a globally renowned company in McLean, VA have partnered to find a Content Specialist for a long-term contract. The Content Specialist position is a key role within the company's Global Editorial Content Team, a collection of writers, editors, and video content creators who tell must-read/must-see stories. The team is focused on inspiring media coverage, enforcing brand loyalty, and driving consumer interest and awareness by presenting out-of-the-box storytelling in print, video, and multimedia. The team works in partnership with a variety of internal partners, including brand and enterprise marketing, media relations, social media, content marketing, paid media and internal/executive communications teams.

Content Specialist Responsibilities:
  • Review, proofread and edit all in-house press releases and articles, plus content submissions from agencies and freelance writers for publishing.
  • Oversee the scheduling and production of all content via the editorial calendar and AirTable cloud collaboration service.
  • Act as a champion for AirTable among content partners, ensuring project placeholders and scheduled dates are entered and updated in a timely manner.
  • Act as an internal champion in guiding new and existing content contributors in the submission process, brand voice/tone, alternate storytelling options, and deadlines.
  • Ensure that all content adheres to AP Style and the Style Guide.
  • Compile and send a biweekly newsletter for internal partners, while also working through a renewed external email strategy.
  • Assist with a new website buildout and design, inclusive of pre-launch focus groups, coordination with an external agency partner, in testing and iterating on site navigation and features, and ultimately championing launch.
  • Troubleshoot any site issues with appropriate internal and external partners.
  • Maintain close partnerships with media relations, social media partners and external PR agency on content priorities, content calendars and amplification/distribution.
  • Contribute written content (as needed).
  • Proofread miscellaneous projects (as needed).

Content Specialist Qualifications:
  • B.A./B.S. Bachelors degree in a related field.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience.
  • Experience overseeing an editorial calendar.
  • Experience writing and editing within AP Style and for global audiences.
  • Experience working in a media organization or with a content-focused PR or social media agency.
  • Experience working with and giving direction to graphic designers.
  • Proficiency working within WordPress.
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop and Canva.
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.
  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to storytelling and building readership.
  • A collaborative individual who can lead with a team of content contributors of all levels of experience.
  • An individual who can demonstrate the dos and do nots of high-quality writing and content creation.
  • An individual with great partnership and relationship building skills.
  • An aptitude for staying calm and effective while handling multiple concurrent demands and prioritizing responsibilities.

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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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