• Communications Specialist III

    Job Locations US-MD-Silver Spring
    Posted Date 1 week ago(4/12/2018 11:51 AM)
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    MAXIMUS is a leading operator of government health and human services programs and has partnered with state, federal and local governments to provide critical, high quality health and human service programs to a diverse array of communities. Operating under MAXIMUS’s founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People® since 1975, MAXIMUS Federal Services is entirely focused on helping government agencies run programs cost-effectively and serve program constituents with improved outcomes. By being a responsible steward for government programs, we help the federal government deliver on its promises through our people, process and technology. Our focus is always on outcomes and results that connect citizens more effectively with government services.


    The Communications Specialist III will perform technical scientific writing, editing and administrative support to the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR).   The candidate will provide support to senior level OAR management staff in planning and facilitating meetings, preparing meeting materials and providing assistance where needed.


    • Provide expert level written and oral communications to assist OAR in relaying clear, concise, understandable information to various target audiences when asked.
    • Explain and organize complex scientific information in style that is easily understandable to non-scientists and iterate with NOAA until it is scientifically accurate and understandable by the target audience. Must demonstrate strong writing and editing skills, and experience translating complex scientific information for non-scientific audiences.
    • Develop audience-appropriate talking points and written communication for OAR senior management, as requested.
    • Provide presentation layout/design support in PowerPoint, as requested.
    • Support OAR in planning and facilitating inter-agency and intra-agency working groups and collaborative projects for public engagements, events and displays for each instance.
    • Provide liaison support for informal education partners; and perform quality control daily to ensure work is accomplished efficiently, accurately, and within scheduled time frame when required.
    • Provide expert level support for OAR Senior Management for the NOAA-Exploratorium Vision Council; research, interpret, coordinate, and provide advice and counsel to OAR Communications Director and OAR Senior Management; maintain detailed familiarity with the NOAA-Exploratorium Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); establish and maintain relationships with OAR science experts and NOAA ship schedulers; and perform quality control daily to ensure work is accomplished efficiently, accurately, and within scheduled time frame when required.
    • Establish and maintain communications between NOAA, OAR, industry, universities, academia, other government agencies and non-governmental agencies, when required.
    • Provide expert level stakeholder activity planning, coordination, and communication for OAR, and provide staffing support to OAR Senior Management for meetings with stakeholders and professional society meetings, as needed. Must demonstrate expert level event planning experience and technical expertise in conducting teleconferences and webinars.
    • Maintain the OAR Constituent Database in Microsoft Access.
    • Organize four quarterly teleconferences to keep OAR constituents up to date on news affecting OAR and organizational activities and accomplishments; identify key topics for discussion, and research and prepare the OAR Assistant Administrator to lead the teleconferences; manage invitations, RSVPs, and teleconference logistics; provide senior-level speaker support services; and gather and provide follow-on materials and thank you notes to teleconference participants.
    • Continuously acquire knowledge of NOAA’s and OAR’s activities and services in order to be more effective in executing duties

    The Ideal Candidate will Possess the Following Additional Education and Experience

    • Master’s degree in Communications, Production, or a related field with a science and preferably a climate focus from an accredited college or university
    • At least seven (7) years’ experience in Communications field or related area required, science communications experience preferred
    • Knowledge and expertise in science communications, and marketing skills to include but not limited to communications strategies, translation of complex scientific information for non-scientific audiences, planning, organizing and marketing communications events and projects, and social media
    • Must demonstrate strong writing and editing skills, and experience translating complex scientific information for non-scientific audiences
    • Prior Climate experience preferred and NOAA experience is a plus
      Experience with Constant Contact newsletter services and knowledge of Python preferred.
    • Experience producing reports, brochures, speeches, and audiovisual materials
    • Experience with activity planning and coordination
    • Experience with social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter
    • Experience with Microsoft PowerPoint and Constant Contact newsletter services
    • Skills and ability to analyze and evaluate information as required by the customer's leadership
    • Excellent attention to detail capability
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
    • Ability to interface with all levels of management and understand best communication tools for target audiences
    • Ability to perform complex tasks with minimal supervision and guidance
    • Excellent time management, scheduling, and organizational skills
    • Ability to work well independently or in a team setting

    Additional Requirements as per Contract/Client

    • Must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust secrurity clearance

    EEO Statement

    Active military service members, their spouses, and veteran candidates often embody the core competencies MAXIMUS deems essential, and bring a resiliency and dependability that greatly enhances our workforce. We recognize your unique skills and experiences, and want to provide you with a career path that allows you to continue making a difference for our country. We’re proud of our connections to organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families. If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a spouse of an active military service member, we have challenging and rewarding career opportunities available for you.

    A committed and diverse workforce is our most important resource.

    MAXIMUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

    MAXIMUS provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disabled status.


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