Remote Senior Communications Specialist in Reston, VA at Maximus

Date Posted: 2/22/2021

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Job Description

Position Summary:
The purpose and role of this position is to develop, coordinate, execute, and analyze data for communications strategies and initiatives, primarily focused on supporting internal communications and labor relations. Effective internal communications create more efficient operations by providing employees with the information, tools and resources so they can focus on their work. Communications efforts include but not limited to employee updates, employee engagement, union avoidance, labor relations, event planning, and information technology support.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•Support the overall internal communications strategy for Maximus (including executive comms).
•Collaborate with leadership team leads on the new employee engagement and culture initiative and direct all communications strategies aimed at improving employees overall experience with Maximus.
•Work collaboratively with the Director of Corp Comm and Director of CSR on stakeholder engagement efforts tied to labor relations initiatives – both internally and externally.
•Create a variety of unique internal communications materials with tailored messages based on analyses of target audiences and business objectives. These materials may include executive memos, corporate policies, corporate department campaigns and announcements, and global employee communications
•Collaborate with GM/leadership/executive management to ensure that communications are clear and achieve the business requirements for the Segment and/or Company.
•Support corporate intranet platforms and identify areas to streamline
•Work directly with Director of Communications on bringing fresh ideas to bear in showcasing our culture.
•Review processes to evaluate implementations or updates of processes and tools across the organization.
•Understand the unique differences amongst our employee populations and how to best communicate with them.
•Provide written and oral communications to support the client in relaying clear, concise, and understandable information to various target audiences.
•Includes developing and editing audience-appropriate reports, news articles, technical publications, brochures, periodicals, speeches, audio-visual materials, profiles, feature stories and Q & As for online, social media and printed content.
•Release monthly and weekly newsletter for national and international audiences.
•Locate high-quality sources of imagery, photos and visualization templates for use in formatting assets.
•Routine image preparation tasks include cropping, sub setting, color correction and other tasks, as needed, to provide the best quality image for the desired medium.
•Communicate information through visual means.
•Includes but is not limited to the design, production, and display of photographs, graphics, data visualizations, videos, physical displays (such as models or live demonstrations), slides, and charts for the Internet, infographics, pamphlets, exhibits, live or video recorded speeches or lectures, and other means of communicating and go through multiple review cycles.

Requirements and Qualifications:
•Bachelor's degree from and accredited college or university required, preferred field of study in Communications, Public Relations or English.
•3-5 years of related work experience is required, preferably in a corporate setting. Experience in communications, media relations and tailored writing for different audiences.
•Prior experience with union avoidance campaigns
•Understanding and applications of data metrics in improving readership and communications efforts.
•Exceptional writing and editing skills, required.
•Full knowledge of Associated Press (AP) style writing, required.
•Expert use of Microsoft PowerPoint and Word; proficient use of Excel, required.
•Proficient use of Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, preferred.


 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Research, gather and synthesize scientific and policy information translating that information into understandable, audience appropriate communication products.
- Understand, interpret, identify and select appropriate and scientifically accurate and understandable images and graphics to enhance communication products on a regular basis usable by a variety of audiences.
- Provide written and oral communications to support the client in relaying clear, concise, and understandable information to various target audiences. 
- Includes developing and editing audience-appropriate reports, news articles, technical publications, brochures, periodicals, speeches, audio-visual materials, profiles, feature stories and Q & As for online, social media and printed content.
- Write, coordinate and upload stories, videos, and pictures to government websites and social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
- Release monthly and weekly newsletter for national and international audiences.
- Develop, explain and support data visualization materials on climate related topics using leading edge technologies to present information in a scientifically accurate, easy to use, and understandable medium for use by the targeted public.
- Locate high-quality sources of imagery, photos and visualization templates for use in formatting assets.
- Routine image preparation tasks include cropping, sub setting, color correction and other tasks, as needed, to provide the best quality image for the desired medium.
- Communicate scientific data and information through visual means.
- Includes but is not limited to the design, production, and display of photographs, graphics, data visualizations, videos, physical displays (such as models or live demonstrations), slides, and charts for the Internet, infographics, pamphlets, exhibits, live or video recorded speeches or lectures, and other means of communicating and go through multiple review cycles, as needed, with NOAA until it is scientifically accurate and understandable by the targeted audience.
- Explain and organize scientific and technical information in a popular style that is easily understandable and usable by non- scientists.
- Work with subject matter experts, when needed, to ensure the information or product is scientifically accurate and understandable by the targeted public  

Minimum Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of experience; Advanced degree or professional designation preferred.
- Develops solutions to a variety of complex problems.
- Work requires considerable judgment and initiative.
- Exerts some influence on the overall objectives and long-range goals of the organization.


MAXIMUS Introduction
Since 1975, Maximus has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. Maximus delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. With more than 30,000 employees worldwide, Maximus is a proud partner to government agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit https://www.maximus.com.
 
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.