Communications Specialist, SEEK/BRIDGE

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 6 August 2018
Posted on 7 July 2018

Job Description

Company Summary:

Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG) is an employee-owned consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia . Since 1973, TRG has provided organizational development and training services for U.S. government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private sector/commercial clients.

As an employee-owned firm, we are each personally committed to the work we do. We understand that our success is entirely dependent on our ability to help our clients achieve their business and service goals. Internally, we place a great deal of emphasis on nurturing a widely held ownership mentality and participatory culture.

Project Summaries:

TRG is currently supporting multiple USAID projects in the E3 bureau, including support to the Offices of Forestry & Biodiversity, Water, Global Climate Change and Energy & Infrastructure. The primary focus of this position is to provide communications support for these four offices and may expand into other work on other current TRG projects with USAID/E3.

Position Summary

The communications specialist will be responsible for supporting USAID projects in the E3 Bureau. They will be involved in implementing and carrying out international development communications related assignments collaborating with various project team members and USAID counterparts. The work will involve the conceptualizing, developing, and disseminating information regarding USAID programming to a diverse array of internal and external audiences, including USAID staff members in the field and HQ, Congressional staff, other donors, implementing partners, the general public and others as necessary in coordination with the E3 staff. Additionally, the specialist will assist USAID staff with planning and running communications activities, including the design of effective communications events, materials, and social media campaigns. The individual will be based out of Training Resources Group Headquarters in Arlington, VA with periodic meetings at USAID’s offices in Washington, DC.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

The communication specialist would be responsible for completing a variety of communications tasks under the supervision of TRG’s project leadership. They will coordinate the work of other communications support staff/consultants, including graphic designers, writers, copy editors, etc. They will also work collaboratively with USAID activity managers, partner organizations, TRG team members and consultants to understand the client needs and complete the tasks in agreed to timeframes. An illustrative list of types of communications tasks this position might engage in are below:

Assess Communications Needs, Identify Linkages and Support M&E:

  • Assess communications needs by office and develop comprehensive communications and outreach plans in alignment with relevant communications strategies;
  • Stimulate linkages between communications, training and knowledge management efforts;
  • Analyze, monitor, evaluate and report on strategic communication efforts;
  • Contribute to internal reporting, programming, and budgeting requirements.

Develop and Manage Communications Materials:

  • Create press kits or other communications and social media toolkits;
  • Develop and produce communication and outreach materials, including infographics, factsheets, brochures, newsletters and/or videos
  • Create web-based communications products to disseminate information to a wide variety of audiences (e.g. infographics, flash video, webinars, blog posts, etc.) and/or work in collaboration with outside consultants to complete these tasks
  • Support the development of data visualizations from large, complex data sets (including sex-disaggregated data) to successfully communicate key points and derive meaning for non-technical audiences) and/or work in collaboration with outside consultants to complete these tasks
  • Manage photo libraries;
  • Manage and update website content;
  • Produce technical publications (editing, design, layout);
  • Support development, design and production of Congressionally-mandated reports;

Plan and Implement Social Media, Communications/Marketing and Training Events:

  • Plan and implement communications/marketing events,
  • Support social media postings, responses and the tracking and analysis of both;
  • Develop and implement communications-related training and coaching for USAID staff;

Perform other communications duties as assigned

  • Demonstrate qualities and values of employee ownership by providing the highest level of customer service to the organization and clients, including participating in staff meetings, annual retreats, and other TRG events, committees, and workgroups.

Qualifications, Abilities, and Education Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism, information management or related field;
  • Prior work experience: At least six to eight years of progressively responsible work experience with demonstrated success in a communications role. Previous exposure to technical content related to the environment, natural resources management, and climate-related programming in developing countries desirable. Previous experience with USAID preferred or international development;
  • Must be able to obtain a secret security clearance, if needed.

Desired Skills:

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, including the ability to write for a variety of audiences and communications media
  • Exquisite interpersonal skills;
  • Able to work cooperatively with multiple clients and team members with diverse communication needs
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Detail oriented, flexible and able to work effectively under tight deadlines; and strong project management skills;
  • Tech savvy, including experience with web content management systems, social media and email marketing services;
  • Able to take initiative and work independently;
  • Able to identify meaningful communications indicators, put in place systems to capture data and regularly monitor and evaluate communications analytics to adapt strategies, approaches and materials;
  • Be creative and resourceful;
  • Understands and continues to stay on top of emerging trends and best practices in communications, marketing and social media;
  • Understanding how communications intersects with organizational learning and knowledge management, and behavior change.

TRG is an equal employment opportunity employer. We adhere to a policy of making employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age or disability. We assure you that your opportunity for employment with TRG depends solely on your qualifications

About the Organization

Training Resources Group, Inc. is an employee-owned consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia . Since 1973, TRG has provided organizational development and training services for U.S. government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private sector/commercial clients.

As an employee-owned firm, we are each personally committed to the work we do. We understand that our success is entirely dependent on our ability to help our clients achieve their business and service goals. Internally, we place a great deal of emphasis on nurturing a widely held ownership mentality and participatory culture.

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