Communications Specialist

24 Dec, 2020


Communications Specialist

Washington, DC

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Job Description

Change Management / Communications focuses on preparing users and stakeholders for the migration to a new financial management system, facilitating the acceptance of the new solution amongst staff, and keeping everyone informed of the project’s status. The Communications Specialist shall assist the JPMO in managing and overseeing these efforts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist the JPMO in creating and maintaining a Communications Plan that outlines the framework and approach to managing communication across the JPMO and Component FSM programs
  • Produces and Coordinates Communications to Department Leadership and external stakeholders such as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congress. These may include ‘one-pager’ memoranda, PowerPoint presentations, white papers, and other media
  • Develop talking points and language for Program Manager, Modernization Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and other DHS stakeholders to use when briefing program status
  • Take meeting minutes and record action items at all Executive Steering Committees, Executive Stakeholder Briefs, Deputy Under Secretary for Management briefs, and other meetings as required
  • Assist the JPMO to develop and execute a communication plan and strategy for each Component undergoing a migration of its financial management systems
  • Develop briefings, presentations, reports and other communication products for a wide variety of audiences including executives
  • Identify key communication activities relating to program milestones
  • Review internal and external reports (e.g., OMB Exhibit 300, monthly program reviews)
  • Coordinate activities with and support Organizational Change Management (OCM) team initiatives
  • Refine communications work-plan for pre-implementation and implementation activities
  • Support execution of communications plan

Required Qualifications

  • US Citizen able to pass a government level background check and obtain a Public Trust
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a business-related discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years’ experience creating and editing effective communications for multiple audiences in a government contracting environment
  • Proven experience explaining complex change management issues in easy to understand terms
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills

Candidates that do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Federal Financial Systems
  • Current or Recent experience supporting DHS

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Job posted: 2020-12-24