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Public Affairs Specialist - Arlington, VA

Company: Eccalon
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

About Your New Role:

The Media & External Relations Specialist is responsible for identifying earned media opportunities, developing and pitching stories to reporters, cultivating new media and institutional relationships, and promoting a positive public awareness of the organization through external communications and public affairs techniques. In addition, the successful candidate will also support the growing, shaping, and maintaining of NSIN's reputation with external stakeholders, think tanks, and governmental/legislative institutions.

In this role, you should be an excellent writer, storyteller, synthesizer of complex information, and a hacker of unnecessary jargon. Having an agile, opportunity-seeking approach will be an important part of your job to advance NSIN's story and our mission-driven work. DoD, national security or Capitol Hill experience is a plus.


Identify earned media opportunities to share our story
Manage media relations inbound inquiries and external pitching of stories to relevant publications
Write and edit materials and communications copy (press releases, flyers, blog posts, tweets)
Help implement communications projects and strategies
Use software tools for content management and amplification, project management, mentions tracking, and others
Collect media mentions data and maintain press contacts databases
Track projects, media coverage and metrics
Prepare presentations and reports

The NSIN Communications team is growing and you will be part of a highly collaborative team of six.

The Media & External Relations and Specialist reports to the Communications Director and will work closely with all members of the communications team and with colleagues across the organization.

What We're Looking for in a Teammate:
Minimum of 5 years of professional experience as a Public Affairs, Media Relations, External Affairs Specialist, or similar role
Proven track record of story placements from your pitches
Proficient in communication and digital media strategies
Solid writing, editing and researching skills
Proficient in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with media and developing and disseminating informational materials to pertinent audiences through the media
Experience with identifying, pitching, and developing long term relationships with media and journalists specifically in the DoD and/or national security vertical
Proficient at transmitting information by spoken word so that the intended audience comprehends the presentation
Proficient in drawing appropriate conclusions from varied and complex data including identifying sources of information
A sense of urgency while maintaining exceptional service attitude focusing on professionalism and responsibility
An eagerness to serve as a strategic thought partner to the Communications Director, shaping the voice and messaging for the organization based on his/her vision
An eagerness to collaborate with the Managing Director and Legislative Assistant on public affairs and congressional engagements
Proficient in MS Office and Google Workspace/G Suite
A willingness and aptitude to operate successfully as a part of a team that is distributed geographically
An unquenchable passion to change the way that DOD solves its problems. NSIN is engaged in hard work and there are long, tough days fighting a daunting bureaucracy
BSc/BA in Journalism, Communications or a related field is desired
U.S. Citizenship required

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