Communications and Outreach Specialist

27 Aug, 2020


Communications and Outreach Specialist

Washington, DC
Who we are:
Bixal is a mission-driven, woman-owned small business determined to improve people’s lives through human-centered strategies and transformative technologies, with a firm belief that everyone has the right to an effective government.
We deliver on this belief by partnering with leading Federal agencies to design, develop, and deliver powerful customer experiences through holistic digital product solutions and strategic communications initiatives––bringing a high standard and unique creative energy to our clients––and our wonderfully diverse culture is what makes it all possible.
Bixal unites different people with different perspectives from all over the world! We provide our team with an open and empowered environment where collaboration thrives and solutions flourish.
This role will need to be based in the greater DC area; work locations will include Bixal’s Fairfax office the client’s site in DC with the opportunity to work remotely several days per week. The role will be based remotely until the threat of COVID has passed.
What will you do?
Bixal is seeking a Communications and Outreach Specialist to support strategic communications and outreach efforts for USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. Duties will include supporting the Bureau’s external outreach efforts, developing and implementing a comprehensive outreach and communications strategy, supporting the development of best practices for audience engagement, conducting stakeholder interviews, market researches and communications training.


    • Support the development of comprehensive strategic communications strategies, plans, and related materials for the RFS Bureau activities and the Feed the Future activities, including reports, campaigns, and individual events.
    • Conduct stakeholder interviews and market research to develop a deep understanding of the key stakeholder groups and to inform communications strategies and brand.
    • Support the development of best practices for audience engagement, messaging and communications strategies
    • Analyze existing communications materials and identify gaps that need to be filled.
    • Creation of new resources and content to address internal and external communications needs.
    • Support capacity-building efforts and communications training to build the capacity of technical leaders from RFS.
    • Advice on the most appropriate communication channels and messaging according to the audience.
    • Work closely with teams of subject-matter experts for content review and feedback.
    • Perform other duties as required.


    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field relating to strategic communications.
    • 7+ years of experience in strategic communications, including content development, public affairs, social media implementation, digital or print media, or tactical communications.
    • 3+ years of experience in the international development sector (preferably working on USAID programs).
    • Understanding and familiarity of USAID/RFS Bureau policies and programs
    • Ability to work both independently and collaborate under tight deadlines to translate ideas and concepts into professional communication products.
    • Fluency in English is required
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Demonstrated skills in using Microsoft Office software and web-based communication tools

Nice to Have:

    • USAID experience working with strategic communications
    • Experience working with the Resilience and Food Security Bureau at USAID
Perks & Benefits:
Competitive base salary
Flex hours
Work from home flexibility
401K with matching incentive
Medical/Dental/Vision benefits
Company provided short-term disability
Company provided life insurance
Commuter benefits
Unlimited PTO
Paid Holidays
Professional development opportunities
No recruiters or agencies please. Bixal is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a safe, inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds.
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Job posted: 2020-08-27