Senior Public Affairs Specialist

23 Aug, 2023


Senior Public Affairs Specialist

MDW Associates
Washington D.C.

MDW Associates is seeking a Senior Public Affairs Specialist to support OSD R&E at the Pentagon. The candidate should have proven skills and specialized experience. They must be skilled in writing, editing, and performing research to develop comprehensive written products. They also must have a demonstrated understanding of the DoD Public Affairs process including how to engage with the media and via public events. Other important skills include the ability to interface with senior level officials within OUSD(R&E), OSD PA, and across stakeholder organizations, the ability to review, analyze and recommend solutions to public affairs-related problems and issues and the ability to track issues and problems through to resolution.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Applying analytic techniques in the evaluation of project objectives and contributing to the implementation of strategic direction.
  • Developing and executing strategic communications and media outreach activities in support of OUSD(R&E) responsibilities, priorities and objectives.
  • Coordinating and tracking public engagement, media activity and other external outreach for the entire OUSD(R&E) organization in support of the all activities in coordination with OSD PA.
  • Meeting on a recurring basis with PA counterparts within R&E to ensure awareness and coordinating of public engagement, media, and other external outreach activities across the R&E enterprise.
  • Providing recommendations to the OUSD(R&E) leadership on public engagement, media and external outreach activities that will advance OUSD(R&E) messaging priorities.
  • Coordinating media activity and external outreach within OUSD(R&E) organization
  • Conceiving, preparing, and posting information to OUSD(R&E) and IR&D Innovation Marketplace websites.
  • Accomplishing coordination of OUSD(R&E) activities with OSD/PA.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • A minimum of ten years’ experience, of which at least five must be specialized in communications or public affairs
  • Experience should be from business, not-for profit, or political communications areas
  • Strong writing and communication skills with an ability to write for multiple audiences and translate complicated plans and ideas into easy-to-understand written products
  • Creativity and a desire to reach new audiences in the communications sphere

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Knowledge of technology and the DoD
  • Experience in communications, public relations, and/or journalism at the DoD and/or service component Headquarters level
  • Strong social media skills and ability to develop and carry out social media communication strategies

Education Requirement/Required Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, or communications and 10+ years of experience

Clearance Requirements:

  • Candidates for this position must hold a TS/SCI clearance.

Company Description

Incorporated in 2012, MDW is a small business headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Huntsville, AL. We provide Federal government clients with consulting, management services, advisory and assistance services, decision support, strategic planning, process planning and improvement, task execution and metrics analysis. Our mission is to make our clients more successful by providing honest assessments, exceptional analysis, prudent advice, direct communication, and hard work.

Our core capabilities include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Cost Estimating
  • Budget Programming and Justification
  • Budget Execution
  • Acquisition Management
  • Financial Systems Support & Integration

MDW Associates, LLC (“MDW”) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy or any other unlawful basis unrelated to the ability to do the job. MDW seeks to employ talented, ethical, and entrepreneurial-minded persons. Our applicants and employees are protected from discrimination as required by Federal law.

Additional Information

We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits and compensation package for our employees, including but not limited to:

  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Group Life Insurance/Long Term Disability/Short Term Disability
  • Retirement/401(k)
  • Flexible Leave Policy

All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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Job posted: 2023-08-23