Communications Officer - Entry to Experienced Level

National Security Agency - Fort Meade, MD (30+ days ago)4.3


NSA Overview

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information.

Communications Officers develop and deliver communications to a wide range of stakeholders (both internal and external). They leverage a full range of journalistic, public relations, and marketing techniques, platforms, and products, such as storytelling, social media, speeches, briefings, articles, and others to inform, increase awareness, and shape the Agency's image. Communications Officers engage with appropriate outlets to promote programs and initiatives and oversee informational events, to include event planning.

Description of the Position

The responsibilities of a Communications Officer include:
  • Gathering and analyzing corporate or customer requirements for communication strategies or products
  • Designing and executing communication campaigns and strategies
  • Engaging with appropriate outlets to promote programs and initiatives
  • Overseeing informational events, to include event planning
  • Coaching others to create and deliver effective messages (for senior positions)
Skills
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills, and is:

  • customer service & requirements oriented
  • able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a collaborative environment
  • able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables
  • adaptable
  • resilient
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred:

  • Communications
  • Public Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Media / Broadcasting
  • DoD / Intelligence Community
Qualifications
Salary Range: $45,972 - $73,105 (Entry/Developmental)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable (some demonstrated experience in the IC/DoD or in communications/public affairs is required if degree is not related).

Relevant experience must be in a communications or public affairs related area (e.g., writing for a college newspaper, liaison experience, or marketing), or in the IC/DoD.

Salary Range: $68,036 - $106,012 (Full Performance)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable (some demonstrated experience in communication or public affairs is required if degree is not related).

Relevant experience must in a communications or public affairs related area (e.g. writing, marketing, or public relations) or experience must be in the IC/DoD.

Salary Range: $96,970 - $148,967 (Senior)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable.

Relevant experience must be in a communications or public affairs-related area (e.g., writing, marketing or public relations). Some DoD/IC experience is preferred.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Work schedule: Monday-Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible). Additional hours may be required for events.
How To Apply - External
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***PLEASE NOTE:
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application. Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.
DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.