This position is located in the Office of the Superintendent in the National Park Service, National Capital Parks-East.
You will serve as a public affairs specialist, responsible for park and program public affairs and media relations for the entire National Capital Parks-East. The public affairs specialist also serves as a spokesperson on a wide variety of complex, sometimes controversial, topics with tight deadlines.
Developing, writing, and disseminating communications products ( e.g., news releases, fact sheets, background materials, advisories and key messages appropriate) to national, regional, and local audiences through channels including web and social media, television, radio, and newspapers.
Researching and responding, or coordinating responses, to requests for information about National Park Service issues from the public; media; government agencies; federal, state and local officials; and other stakeholders. Research and write speeches and talking points.
Developing and implementing strategic communication plans in coordination with colleagues at the park/program and regional levels.
Providing guidance to park staff in drafting press releases and providing comments on drafts.
Analyzing and summarizing complex data to illustrate and explain issues in compelling ways that are understandable to broad, general audiences.
Organizing and coordinating media interviews for National Park Service subject matter experts. Evaluate the subject, develop briefing materials, and prepare qualified staff to participate in interviews
Establish and maintain effective, proactive working relationships with internal and external contacts including members of the media; staff of elected officials; and community members and partners, to implement communications strategies and foster understanding of the National Park Service complex mission and responsibilities.
Publicly represent high-profile organization.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.