Public Affairs Director | Cleared

22 May, 2021


Public Affairs Director | Cleared

ICF Next
Arlington, VA

Public Affairs Director TS/SCI

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of difference.

@ ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world.

Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo.

Are you media savvy and enjoy helping organizations tell a story?  We’re currently hiring a Public Affairs Director with strategic and deep tactical expertise in public affairs/public relations. In this role, we are looking for a creative, natural storyteller with a demeanor that is equal parts persistence and patience, and an appetite for all traditional aspects of Cyber Communications. The Public Affairs Director will oversees media relations and act as the primary communications partner across the entire Directorate. Flexible and collaborative by nature, requires an understanding of social media, media relations, content strategy and corporate reputation.

This position will on be on-site in Arlington, VA.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with communications team and business leaders to develop content and campaign strategies tailored to reach all of IV’s stakeholders including investors, current and potential customers, as well as the general public.

  • Proactive story development and execution, developing strategies and plans for print, broadcast and digital storytelling.

  • Manage development of owned content (e.g. blogs, video pieces) and earned media opportunities.

  • Manage company social media properties including creating and administering content on all social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and monitoring site metrics and activity.

  • Serve as primary partner, providing public and media relations counsel, for business leads in invention, start-up and licensing.

  • Identify emerging news trends which may impact IV and drive communications planning and response.

  • Inform and sync with internal communications efforts.

  • Manage message development and work with the communications team to ensure all internal and external stories, social and digital properties reflect the most current key messaging.

  • Manage and oversee professional development of junior staff to ensure team is operating efficiently and effectively.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Affairs, Marketing, or related field.

  • 10 years of experience in public affairs and communication.

  • Proven experience in a similar role.

  • Demonstrated ability to keep pace and thrive in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Experience supporting senior-level executives, preferably in high technology or science-based industries.

  • Experience creating and implementing campaigns with social media strategies and tactics for reaching target audiences.

  • Experience with wide ranging media: digital, print, TV, radio, technology and scientific trade press and journals.

  • Must have experience in technology related communications with the demonstrated ability to understand and articulate technology-driven solutions.

  • Outstanding writing and editing skills; writing samples will be requested. Other portfolio samples encouraged.

  • Strong project management skills and appetite for working on multiple projects for different clients at the same time.

  • Active/Current Top Secret government clearance, with Special Compartmentalized Information (SCI).

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.


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Job posted: 2021-05-22