Senior Communications Specialist – Mountain View, CA

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The Senior Communications Specialist will report to the Director of Strategic Communications when the position is filled but, in the interim, reports to the Director of Strategic Engagement. The Senior Communications Specialist’s responsibilities include the development of organizational messaging, informing, and executing the DIU communications strategy, and producing, writing, editing, and publishing digital and print content. Content includes internal messaging documents and training materials, templates, boilerplate text, presentations, marketing materials, graphics, press releases, articles, reports, Congressional testimony, and website copy.

The Strategic Communications team relies on the Senior Communications Specialist to ensure all external-facing content and communications are clear, compelling, visually interesting, and effective amongst target audiences. The Senior Communications Specialist works closely with colleagues in the Engagement Directorate and across the organization to determine which formats best communicate various types of content and messaging, resonate with target audiences, and increase brand awareness and recognition.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications Strategy & Messaging
Coordinating with PR agency account executives to build, execute, and measure the success of strategic communications plans that support DIU initiatives to increase brand awareness and recognition, generate business, and keep our audiences informed

Developing communication and marketing strategies for new and ongoing projects, contract milestones, events, and other activities or accomplishments

Identifying thought leadership opportunities for executives and subject matter experts

Supporting efforts to structure and measure DIU data to produce valid and verifiable metrics about performance and impact that are meaningful to our target audiences

Providing introduction to DIU to new teammates as the first step in their onboarding process

Scheduling media, messaging, and presentation training for Mountain View employees

Content Management
Developing style guides and templates that specify branding requirements and stylistic parameters for creating engaging and effective content

Producing content for the website, articles, and presentations that address business goals and meet the needs of engagement and portfolio teammates

Writing, editing, and proofreading original content (print & web) for substance, style, and analytical integrity; alignment with messaging and branding; and spelling, grammar, and syntax

Organizing, modifying, and updating existing content (print & web)

Developing a framework and acquiring tools for content audits and gap analysis to assess performance and to recommend new content to address gaps

Collaborating with colleagues to come up with fresh, creative content ideas, keeping our various audiences and business goals in mind

Managing long-term projects to develop and consistently publish original content for the website and coordinating inputs from across the organization

Creating, adjusting, and managing the editorial calendar

Supporting teammates across DIU with the creation of new branded materials and/or marketing materials such as business cards, challenge coins, event materials, etc.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Platform & Process Development
Identifying opportunities to improve SCT performance and support of leadership and portfolio teams with new software tools and/or processes

Designing and modifying SCT workflows and objects within DIU CRM platform in collaboration with cross-functional colleagues

Developing a targeted email campaign strategy and coordinating with IT team and external developers to implement automated processes leveraging existing DIU platforms


Engagements
Assisting with engagement management as requested to tailor agendas and materials in advance of strategic engagements with top government officials, Congressional delegations, international visitors, policy experts, and private sector executives

Managing brand image and designing VIP experiences in partnership with executive leadership and engagement teams

QUALIFICATIONS
Strong written and verbal communication skills

5-7 years of professional experience working with subject matter related to technology and/or national security

Experience planning content calendars and/or managing publications

Experience proofreading and editing content for external distribution

Job Category: Contract
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Mountain View CA

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