[ES_JOBS_NET] NOAA is seeking a Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sun Aug 23 11:13:15 MDT 2015

Subject: NOAA is seeking a Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist

Link to job posting:=20

ECS is seeking a Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist to work=20=

in our Silver Spring, MD office.

Job Description:

ECS Federal, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Senior Communications=20=

and Outreach Specialist to provide full-time direction for strategic=20
communications of NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology=92s (ST=
scientific portfolio with an emphasis on the Marine Recreational=20
Information Program (MRIP). The individual will work primarily out of=20
the headquarters office in Silver Spring, MD, for the Director of ST, in=20=

consultation with the NOAA Fisheries Office of Communications.=20=20

NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology advocates and ensures=20
the sound scientific basis for NOAA Fisheries science programs and=20
resource conservation and management decisions. MRIP is the new way NOAA=20=

Fisheries is collecting, analyzing and reporting recreational fishing=20
data.  Effective, strategic communication of the MRIP program, including=20=

objectives, changes, advances, and results is a critical need for the=20

MRIP is led by ST with guidance provided by an Executive Steering=20
Committee (ESC).  Specific teams have been established to manage=20
different tasks of the program including Operations Team, the=20
Communications and Education Team, the Registry Team, the Information=20
Management Team, and the Transition Team. Effective collaboration with=20=

these teams and the ability to work with staff on all levels is an=20
essential function of this job.=20

For more information about the MRIP, please visit=20

Responsibilities include:

=95Implementing and continuing development of a strategic communications=20=

plan for NOAA Fisheries=92 science, with an emphasis on the Marine=20
Recreational Information Program (MRIP), under the direction of the ST=20=

leadership and in consultation with the NOAA Fisheries Office of=20
Communications. This includes developing and leading the internal and=20
external communications, outreach, and educational activities on the=20
national level.=20
=95Coordinating effectively with expert consultants who may be brought in=
on a part-time basis to assist with planning, execution, and/or review=20=

of specific MRIP strategic communications and education efforts.=20=20
=95Advising on appropriate communication strategies for various situation=
and prepares senior leadership for those opportunities.=20
=95Promoting regular, effective communications with internal and external=
decision-makers and influential audiences to encourage broader=20
understanding and support of MRIP goals and objectives.
=95Providing advice and support to MRIP staff and other ST staff and=20
contractors for execution of MRIP communications.  This may include=20
assisting in:
=95Conceiving and developing in-reach and outreach materials for MRIP=20
including briefing materials, talking points and presentations for=20
leadership; collecting and organizing photos from the field to be used=20=

for publications, online, and in response to  media organizations as=20
needed; and consulting on video scripts.
=95Responding to formal and informal requests from governmental and=20
nongovernmental organizations for information on MRIP.
=95Maintaining MRIP=92s online presence, including drafting, clearing, an=
posting web content in coordination with the Office of Communications=20
and for any social media efforts.
=95Coordinating with NOAA Fisheries HQ and Regional communications teams.=

=95Coordinating with Public Affairs on media inquiries regarding MRIP at=20=

the headquarters level. Also works collaboratively with the agency=92s=20=

regional communications leads to respond to regional inquiries.=20
=95Proactively coordinating, facilitating, and conducting media interview=
with leadership (in consultation with public affairs) regarding MRIP.

Required Skills:

=95Bachelor's degree in communications, media relations, public relations=
or a related field
=9510+ years of strategic communications experience.
=95Media relations and social media experience.
=95Excellent oral and written communications skills.
=95Speaks and writes in English fluently.
=95Proficient in MS-Office software and Google applications.
=95Organized with a strong attention to detail.

Desired Skills:

=95Experience leading a communications program and/or outreach campaigns=20=

for a government agency, business, non-government organization, or a=20
professional organization.
=95Experience developing briefings, talking points, and messaging around=20=

complex or controversial topics.
=95Experience developing and producing communications products for=20
internal and external audiences.=20
=95Ability to write in plain language for diverse audiences.
=95Experience planning, organizing, and executing challenging and complex=
work projects.=20
=95Experience multi-tasking and responding to shifting priorities.
=95Ability to collaborate with a wide range of individuals or lead a team=
to accomplish a goal or complete a specific project.
=95Some knowledge of regional and/or national natural resources issues an=
=95Experience working effectively with scientists to prepare effective=20=

communication and education materials that accurately convey technical=20=

information in a way that a variety of audiences can easily understand.=20=
=95Strategic communications with science programs a plus.

ECS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and=20=

applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion,=20
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national=20
origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty,=20=

or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal,=20
state and local laws. ECS also maintains a drug-free workplace.

ECS is a leading mid-sized provider of technology services to the United=20=

States Federal Government. We are focused on people, values and purpose.=20=

Every day, our 1400+ employees focus on providing their technical talent=20=

to support the Federal Agencies and Departments of the US Government to=20=

serve, protect and defend the American People.
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