Communications Analyst - 28279 in Arlington, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 7/12/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description



Alion is seeking a Public Affairs/Communications to work in Arlington, VA. This position supports a program within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). Duties Include:


  • Research and write/create new presentations, speeches and communication pieces that address complex and high-profile issues; advise and consult with the customer on messaging and communications strategies; create in-depth communications on a range of subjects. 
  • Produce clear communications through a wide range of styles and formats, including formal speeches, PowerPoint presentations, blogs, videos, letters, articles, op-ed and bylined pieces, and social media channels. 
  • Tailor messages to serve the needs of different audiences, including employees, clients, media, social media, students, industry participants, and community organizations. Additionally, messaging should be in coordination with strategic communications plans for OUSD(R&E). 
  • Coordinate with the OUSD(R&E) executive administrative support to ensure logistics, security clearances, communication, and coordination with contacts at speaking venues and events is accomplished in support of OUSD(R&E) and Principle Deputy engagements. 
  • Provide recommendations on acceptance, deconfliction, and priority of speaking engagements/events in close coordination with the Public Affairs specialist, executive administrative support staff, and government personnel in the OUSD(R&E). 
  • Perform special projects on own initiative or as assigned.
  • Plan, coordinate, and confirm logistical support (transportation, badges, security clearance paperwork, audio visual support, and etc. for meetings held in conjunction with the USD(R&E) activities; escort, greet, and provide information supporting OUSD(R&E) engagements.
  • Serve as primary point of contact and liaison with senior DoD leadership in developing strategic messaging, interpreting DoD Directives, Instructions, Publications & Manuals, and providing expert recommendations to the USD(R&E) Chief of Staff, military assistants, and other Senior Executive Service and Flag/General Officers and their staffs.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of five (5) years of recent and relevant experience. 
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in English, journalism or communications is required.¿ At the discretion of the Government, specialized experience including military or industry executive assistant experience may be substituted in lieu of specific educational requirements. 
  • Expert in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel as well as with multimedia and social media applications.
  • Proficient with social media and ability to develop and carry out social media communication strategies. 
  • Ability to write and create presentations quickly and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to communicate to different audiences using multiple applications. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Highly preferred experience and skills in communications, public relations, and/or journalism at the DoD and/or service component Headquarters level 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize 

Diversity Statement


Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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