Sep 13, 2021

Communications Officer - Entry to Mid Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

NSA Overview The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. Communications Officers develop and deliver communications to a wide range of stakeholders (both internal and external). They leverage a full range of journalistic, public relations, and marketing techniques, platforms, and products, such as storytelling, social media, speeches, briefings, articles, and others to inform, increase awareness, and shape the Agency's image. Communications Officers engage with appropriate outlets to promote programs and initiatives and oversee informational events, to include event planning. They work on activities across the organization and the agency. Description of the Position The responsibilities of a Communications Officer include: - Gathering and analyzing corporate or customer requirements for communication strategies or products -Representing NSA activities to domestic and international media, discussing both current events and strategic issues of national security, intelligence, and foreign policy - Designing and executing communication campaigns and strategies - Engaging with appropriate outlets to promote programs and initiatives - Overseeing informational events, to include event planning - Speechwriting - Coaching others to create and deliver effective messages (for senior positions)

Communications personnel at the National Security Agency (NSA) provide NSA with the means to build capacity through timely and effective tailored communications to inform, educate and inspire. Examples include building state-of-the-art websites and web applications for the Agency intranet, performing closed captioning at a live event, designing logos, publishing reports, and maintaining/safeguarding records.

Salary Range: $49,157 - $78,167 (Entry/Developmental) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered. Degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable (some demonstrated experience in the IC/DoD or in communications/public affairs is required if degree is not related). Relevant experience must be in the IC/DoD or in a communications or public affairs related area (e.g., writing for a college newspaper, liaison experience, or marketing). Salary Range: $72,750 - $113,362 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered. Degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable (some demonstrated experience in communication or public affairs is required if degree is not related). Relevant experience must be in the IC/DoD or in a Communications or public affairs related area (e.g., writing, marketing, or public relations).

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills, and is: - customer service & requirements oriented - able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a collaborative environment - able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables - adaptable - resilient Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: - Communications - Public Affairs - Speechwriting - Journalism - Media / Broadcasting - DoD / Intelligence Community

On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Work schedule: Monday-Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible). Additional hours may be required for events.