Project Overview: Across the nation, a staggering 70,000+ local, state, and federal agencies and related entities support public safety and emergency response to ensure our citizens, homes and infrastructures are kept safe. These agencies face complex operational realities and limitations. GDIT’s client, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of Mission and Capability Support (MCS) works closely with DHS operational Components, first responders, all levels of government, emergency management personnel, public safety and other homeland security organizations to define priorities, gaps and requirements to help find or develop technology solutions that strengthen our responders and our nation.
GDIT provides strategic planning, project management, communications and stakeholder engagement services using a high-performance PMO model. The selected candidate will directly support projects and efforts across S&T and MCS as part of a communications and outreach team. This team is tasked with improving communications, outreach, stakeholder, end-user engagement with the public safety community in the US and across the globe through bilateral partnerships as well as across S&T and the Homeland Security Enterprise.
Work directly with program managers, leadership, technology performers, first responders and national and international stakeholders to assess needs to plan, coordinate and conduct outreach around project milestones. Outreach can include media relations, materials development, speaking engagements, conference presence, association outreach, etc.
Demonstrate thought leadership and serve as a thought partner on all program-related communications and outreach activities. For example:
Develop and pitch (to the team and clients) innovative ideas and approaches to engage current and additional internal and external audiences
Draft and execute strategic communications strategies and plans
Determine effective means (e.g., traditional vs nontraditional) for keeping internal and external stakeholders apprised of progress and results
Provide support for conference attendance and other management efforts
Minimum Desired qualifications:
An undergraduate degree
Ability to obtain a DHS suitability clearance to obtain a DHS badge
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be a confident communicator
(Note: A writing sample is required)
Should be innovative, creative, organized and self-motivated with a keen interest in driving strategic messages to key internal and external role-players
Strong organizational skills and planning abilities, attention to detail, and high quality work
A strong desire to understand the client environment and needs and take ownership of tasks in coordination with the team
Collaborative thinking skills as well as the ability to use discretion and good judgment to help identify and communicate to the team where client opportunities, risks and important information may lie
An ability to multi-task and prioritize important, competing tasks and information with excellent time management skills
A team orientation
A desire to seek and earn professional growth opportunities through this work
A flexible and positive attitude, in the face of challenges and ambiguity
A willingness to ask questions to understand the environment and work in order to excel at responsibilities and tasks
Ability and desire to learn technical information and help translate into more easily digestible language for general public consumption
The ability to ensure consistency of fact and style across efforts and materials
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Ability to travel up to 30% of the time
Willingness to work on-site
This position is part of a larger team of dedicated professionals that are very invested in ensuring the success of both our clients and the GDIT team.
Years of experience required: 5+ years of communications and outreach experience (on Federal contracts a plus) and client interface skills
Proficiency in graphics or desktop publishing software such as Visio, Publisher and Adobe platforms is a plus
Experience with SharePoint is a plus
Experience with DHS is a plus
Experience in international affairs, international organizations such as NATO, EU, 5EYEs is a plus
Federal government consulting experience is a plus
Experience publishing content in Drupal is a plus
MA/MS degree in related field is a plus
Foreign language is a plus
Full time onsite support, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, at client site (1120 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC)
Additional project team members are onsite as well
We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.
GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.