NOA1783 Communication and Policy Specialist

US-MD-Silver Spring
2 weeks ago
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I.M. Systems Group (, a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, MD, seeks an individual to serve as a full time Communications and Policy Specialist to coordinate and promote the Marine Debris Program’s activities.  This individual will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration’s (ORR - Marine Debris Division (MDD -  The position will be located at the ORR headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The candidate will serve as a Communications and Policy Specialist for marine debris-related matters, supporting activities under the NOAA Marine Debris Division.  This position will establish and coordinate a proactive communications strategy that builds awareness of the Marine Debris Program’s core capabilities and projects. Duties will also focus on program coordination and development through media relations, outreach materials, and web based content.  Domestic travel may be required.


  • Build and maintain relationships and effective communications within NOAA and with other government agencies, private groups and not-for-profit organizations to leverage information and identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Provide clear, concise, and timely responses to information requested from NOAA, the Administration, Congress and external partners.
  • Serve as the Executive Secretariat for the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee including planning and coordinating all aspects of the meeting and leading the development of the Biennial Report to Congress.
  • Assist with and support legislative briefings and Congressional engagement, and develop and implement the office legislative strategy.
  • Develop and coordinate responses for controlled correspondences including those from Congress
  • Engage NOS and NOAA leadership and invite members of Congress to marine debris related events.
  • Supporting social media efforts and coordinating messaging across NOAA.
  • Serve as the media lead for the office; coordinate, and respond promptly to inquiries.
  • Maintain division intranet site.
  • Fulfill timely communications-related requests from the Marine Debris Division Chief.
  • Present information about the Marine Debris Division at conferences and meetings, and outreach events as needed.
  • Work with field staff to identify and support local communications and needs.
  • Synthesize information, write, and copy-edit materials for products including reports, website, and social media platforms.
  • Develop and disseminate print and online outreach materials such as brochures, fact sheets, reports, project summaries and news stories.
  • Prepare briefing packets and press releases as needed.


  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree.
  • 5 years direct experience and 3 years specialize in communications/outreach capacity. Experience working with Congress preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience translating scientific information for public consumption and copy editing documents.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of individuals and within teams.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, be responsive to deadlines, and shift priorities as needed.
  • Cover letter and two writing sample are required for application.  Please send to Ginger Hammonds at
  • US citizenship or Green Card is required for this position.



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