Dexis Consulting Group

Communications/Speechwriter Specialist, USAID Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA)

Posted Date 2 months ago(5/26/2021 2:43 PM)
Job ID
2021-2451
# of Openings
1
Job Locations
US-DC-Washington DC- Headquarters
Job Area
Implementation and Management Solutions
Clearance Level
Secret
Type
Full-Time

About Us

Dexis is a professional services firm that solves the most pressing social challenges in complex environments, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous world.  

 

Dexis embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions.  

 

At Dexis, you will experience a corporate culture of inclusiveness, fairness, and trust. You will be given the means and mentorship needed to succeed, and your creativity will be rewarded. 

About the Position

Summary  

Dexis is seeking a Communications/Speechwriter Specialist to provide technical and support services to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA).  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the position will be temporarily virtual with occasional in-office work (for access to secure emails, documents, and meetingsi.e.: 1-2 hours, 1-2 times per month on average) but with eventual in-person full time work at USAID’s physical office space in Washington, D.C. The start date is immediate. 

 

The Communications/Speechwriter Specialist directly supports the Front Office of the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) and the office of Internal Communications, performing speechwriting duties and other support, including assembling, analyzing, and communicating facts related to areas of strategic importance; coordinating and preparing a wide range of reports, briefings, presentations, and other materials; liaising with internal and external stakeholders; and other duties as assigned. The Communications/Speechwriter Specialist must be comfortable using independent judgement and action to complete tasks and operate with high levels of discretion. Applicants should possess a working knowledge of USAID. 

 

Background 

The Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) is responsible for managing and coordinating the Agency's external affairs. LPA serves as USAID’s central point of contact with Congress, the media, interested stakeholders from the international development community, and the American people regarding the Agency’s international development programs and policies. In exercising this leadership role, LPA works closely with the Agency’s Bureaus and Independent Offices, as well as its Federal Advisory Committees. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Researches, writes, edits speeches and other materials to be delivered by or used by the Agency Front Office and LPA senior staff. Works closely with bureau heads and appropriate office directors within USAID to ensure the flow of correct policy language and ideas to and from the Administrator. Counsels and advises the Agency Front Office on message viability and audience penetration. Obtains internal clearances if and when necessary in preparing speech material.  
  • Researches, drafts, edits and re-writes material for use by the Agency Front Office for radio and television programs, e.g., interview formats, prepared texts, scripts, dialogue, questions-and-answers, etc., obtaining internal clearances if and when necessary in prepare material. Writes and researches speeches, talking points, op-ed pieces, and letters for LPA Assistant Administrator. 
  • Alerts LPA and relevant offices of public opportunities for which USAID participants may be scheduled, such as speaking engagements, radio/TV programs, press interviews, commentaries, articles, etc.  As assigned, pursues and carries to completion such opportunities. Tracks audience response to LPA Administrator's speeches and incorporates feedback into later speeches, remarks, and policy statements.   
  • Provides counsel on a variety of issues involving the successful transmission of the Agency's communications strategy. 
  • Analyzes and interprets surveys, polls and other commentary to determine the climate of U.S. public opinion about USAID programs, policies and objectives. Discovers and reports to the LPA Administrator national trends affecting foreign assistance programs. Recommends ways to increase positive identification of the public with foreign assistance and recommends methods to counter misinformation and to improve public understanding about the Agency. 
  • Writing notices and other materials on high-level priorities of the Administration and USAID Administrator 
  • Drafting speeches and talking points for the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Counselor and other Agency leaders for internal events such as Town Halls, Award Ceremonies, other ceremonial events (e.g., swearing-in and retirement ceremonies), Webinars, and other events. 
  • Drafting and editing video scripts for internal communications 
  • Drafting bi-weekly Front Page sections for senior Agency leadership 
  • Other writing responsibilities and duties as needed 

Qualifications

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Active secret-level security clearance is required 
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field plus four (4) years of professional experience, OR Bachelor’s degree and six (6) years of experience 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong planning, management and execution skills 
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills with the ability to prioritize across demands 
  • Ability to adapt to changing work requirements and priorities 

 

Preferred Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree with six (6) years of professional experience is preferred 
  • Experience in speechwriting roles preferred 
  • Prior experience with USAID or other U.S Government Agencies preferred 
  • Knowledge of USAID and/or U.S. Government administrative and clearance procedures preferred 
  • Prior experience supporting high-level officials preferred 
  • Experience in project management and/or managing processes preferred 

 

 

Dexis is on a mission to help solve today’s most pressing global political, social, and economic challenges and create a world where all people are safe and prosperous. As a Dexis employee, you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored. Our motto is “find a way or make a way” — that’s how Dexis goes “all in.” How will you?  

 

If you are passionate about this opportunity, apply now!  

 

Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview. 

 

Dexis is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, pregnancy, disability, age, genetic information, military service, veteran status, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, childbirth and related medical conditions, including lactation, or any other protected class under applicable law.   

 

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