Senior Communications Coordinator – (175124)

05 Sep, 2023


Senior Communications Coordinator – (175124)

Washington D.C.

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

The Senior Strategic Communications Coordinator will develop, execute, and manage communication and outreach activities on a variety of infrastructure projects. Applying candidates should have a deep knowledge of public involvement, public relations and community engagement as well as a natural ability to listen, develop unique strategies, and lead production teams.  

This is a person who is passionate about community engagement, loves to collaborate, and has a habit of thinking outside the box as a member of a high-performing team. 

The client-facing Senior Strategic Communications Coordinator will develop and manage engagement and outreach strategies.  

Primary Responsibilities:

As a communications professional working within an engineering company, this role will continue to build and foster internal relationships with HDR project managers and staff. 

This role will lead or support the development and implementation of communications plans (target audience strategy, media relations and tracking, collateral material development, comment response programs, event planning, overall activity schedule, information lines, contact databases, and reporting).  

This role will also handle the coordination and leadership of production/planning teams, lead concept development, writing, editing and assisting in graphic coordination of outreach materials such as surveys, newsletters, websites, handouts, videos, advertisements, and press releases.  

This role will be expected to lead the facilitation of virtual or in-person public meetings, hearings, open houses, focus groups, workshops, advisory committees, and other stakeholder meetings, as well as coordinate project related data gathering and political analysis and monitoring.  

This role will assist with the development and management of political outreach strategies and manage social media campaigns. This will involve media coordination/management, including public notices and press releases, media monitoring/tracking for project documentation, and the management of external service providers including court reporters, videographers, acoustical consultants/sub-consultants. They will also lead stakeholder coordination and conflict resolution via in-person visits, phone calls, email. 


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • 5+ years related experience in strategic communications, public relationships, public involvement and/or community engagement  
  • Experience leading social media campaigns
  • Service- and client-oriented personality with the ability to handle multiple assignments at a time and set and meet deadlines 
  • Self-starter; can work well independently or in a team environment 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Willingness to travel
  • Working knowledge of local, state and federal requirements for public involvement
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in person, by telephone and email
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License 
  • Must be able to effectively work in minimally supervised and/or unsupervised environments
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous consulting or account management experience preferred


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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Job posted: 2023-09-05