Office of the Director of National Intelligence
McLean, VA, United States
***OPEN UNTIL FILLED: This announcement will be open until the position is filled. Cut off points are scheduled in two-week increments. After each cut-off point, all compliant applications received during the previous two weeks will be reviewed for consideration.***
Strategic Communications - Positions the IC for the future through consistent and focused messaging and engagement that clearly communicates the vision, mission and direction of the IC over the next 5-10 years. Builds relationships, partnerships and strategies to create the right level of insights and transparency internally and externally, garnering the understanding and support of the American public.
Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
• Serve as media spokesperson for the ODNI.
• Provide advice and counsel to the ODNI leadership on all matters with respect to public engagement and a proactive media approach.
• Prepare and facilitate subject matter experts for print, web, radio or television media interviews.
• Develop media relations strategies that advance National Security, ODNI and IC priorities and build upon ongoing transparency initiatives and efforts.
• Prepare and coordinate news releases, media advisories, public affairs guidance, and responses to inquiries from United States (U.S.) and international media to support ODNI events and activities; develop news releases and other publicly releasable documents in accordance with approved style guide, e.g. Associated Press Stylebook.
• Plan, develop, and disseminate information to stakeholders using a full range of media and communication methods; based on assignment, methods may include Town Halls, roundtables, ODNI senior principal speeches and Congressional testimony, workforce memorandums, ODNI brochures and publications, press releases, questions and answers (Q&A) and frequently asked questions (FAQs) documents, Internet and web 2.0 communications, and/or video presentations.
• Plan, research, collect, write, edit, and disseminate substantive articles that highlight major IC initiatives and success stories for the ODNI's internal and external publications.
• Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with staff in other communications organizations in the Intelligence Community (IC), and, as appropriate, members of the media, community leaders, policy groups, and/or concerned constituencies to provide information about ODNI mission, programs, and activities. Deliver timely, relevant and important information to the ODNI and IC workforces to facilitate understanding of the ODNI's mission, goals and strategies.
• Lead, direct, and continually refine end-to-end communications procedures, business practices, and processes for best effect and maximum efficiency.
Minimum Qualifications Required
Mandatory and Educational Requirements
• Demonstrated knowledge of the ODNI, IC, Congress, and the overall national security apparatus.
• Proven experience in media relations, public relations, journalism or serving as a press secretary in the U.S. government, or relevant private sector work.
• Demonstrated ability to design and implement innovative and successful communication strategies for IC initiatives and programs.
• Superior oral and written communication skills with the ability to conduct and lead independent research, filter and synthesize data, and produce clear, logical, and concise products.
• Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a variety of audiences and convey information to a variety of audiences with different levels of comprehension of ODNI's mission, vision and goals.
• Proven ability to work with senior officials, to build and sustain professional networks in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment, and to manage competing priorities.
• Superior analytical and critical thinking skills.
• Proven ability to manage competing priorities under strict deadlines while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.
Applicants from Federal Agencies outside the IC, please visit www.dni.gov and search the vacancy number for directions on how to apply to this vacancy.
Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant's personal expense.
What To Expect Next
The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Due to the large number of applications received, applicants will be contacted ONLY if they have been selected for an interview.
The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at DNI_COO_TM_EEOD_RA_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI-EEOD_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by telephone at 301-243-0704 or by FAX at 301-243-1200. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE.
How to Apply
1. IC employees must apply by the vacancy close date. The IC employee application should include the following...
a. A brief (two-page limit) candidate resume or biographical summary.
b. A short narrative describing the applicant's qualifications (general and specific) for the joint duty rotational assignment.
2. Consistent with IC Standard 601-1, IC employees must be nominated by their employing (home) element within 10 days of the vacancy close date in order to be considered by the gaining element. Please contact your employing element's Joint Duty Program Office for nomination procedures as some agencies may require written supervisory endorsement at the time of application. IC Element Joint Duty Program Office contact info can be found at: https://ichas.dni.ic.gov/JDAT/Contacts.aspx. Any application sent directly by an IC employee to the gaining element will not be considered.
Vacancy Open Date
Vacancy Close Date
ODNI Recruitment Team A
Enterprise Management & Support
Additional Grades Considered
Tour Length (months)
Security Clearance Required
Polygraph Level Required
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Website : http://www.dni.gov