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Communications/Media Specialist - National Academy of Engineering

Company: The National Academies
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description Summary:

Reporting to the NAE Director of Programs and Communications, this position directly supports the communication and writing needs of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President, Executive Officer and senior management. Assists with writing, editing, and providing research support for essays, op-eds, and preparation of presentations for different technical, policy, and lay audiences. Plans, develops, and coordinates internal and external communications. Synthesizes information from different sources and stakeholders, and develops draft concepts for the NAE leadership's review and use, including fundraising. Expands the National Academy of Engineering's presence and product awareness through communication and media efforts employing a variety of media. The position works in coordination with the Director, Executive Communications and Content Strategy.

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

Incumbents in this job perform complex writing activities and work independently and autonomously. Applies specific professional-level knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. Incumbent takes action to solve routine problems in areas of assigned responsibility, but receives guidance or expertise from higher-level staff on more complex problems.

Job Description:


  1. Reporting to the NAE Director of Programs and Communications, independently writes and edits articles, columns, information pieces, news releases, publication announcements, and media advisories relating to complex scientific and engineering topics for various mediums, including online and print newsletters, journals, and magazines.

  2. Drafts communications such as op eds, public release documents, lectures and speeches for NAE executives.

  3. In coordination with the Development Office, prepares fundraising presentations and is adept at audience analysis and customization of NAE messages.

  4. Provides advice and technical assistance or directly assists in the production of popular or specialized audience versions of products.

  5. Explores and develops new ways to communicate activities and to disseminate reports and information and to expand the audience for these products. Keeps abreast of engineering policy and relevant engineering and technology developments.

  6. Works with staff and committees in developing publication, distribution, and implementation strategies and to identify appropriate vehicles for reaching target audiences.

  7. Tracks status and relevance of reports and/or other publications. Assesses independently the probable media interest in studies, meetings of a highly complex nature, and/or publications. Disseminates reports and information to media.

  8. Collaborates with appropriate units and staff to maintain and expand effective internal communications.


Other duties and projects may be assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to solve problems of appreciable variety and complexity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate independently, and exercise appreciable latitude for independent judgment, discretion, and action. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop effective working relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Excellent written and verbal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Communications or related field, or equivalent experience.

Minimum Experience: Three years of related professional experience.

Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: None.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to Manager/Director. General direction is provided.

Work Environment: Office environment with occasional travel between National Academies' facilities and to off-site locations.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Some functions in this description may be specific to a particular unit of the National Academies and not applicable to other units.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. It is also the institution's policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.

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