CACI International Public Affairs Specialist / Program Analyst (OSD) in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Description:

You will support the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)), which is tasked with providing oversight of science and technology and advanced component development and prototypes – i.e. Research and Engineering (R&E) – to solve current and future technological challenges for the Department of Defense (DoD). There are five main Directorates and organizations under the ASD(R&E)’s purview: Principal Deputy (PD), Research, Systems Engineering, Emerging Capability and Prototyping, and Development Test and Evaluation. ASD(R&E) requires highly specialized program and technical support services to achieve its mission.

The PDASD(R&E) supports the ASD(R&E) in formulating, planning, and reviewing the DoD Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) programs, plans, strategy, priorities, and execution of the DoD RDT&E budget. Specifically, the PDASD(R&E) reviews the maturity of technology as part of the acquisition cycle, as well as develops options to reduce the overall technology development risk to DoD programs. In addition, the PDASD(R&E) watches technology development in the rest of the world to minimize the possibility of technology surprise that could affect the US military capability balance.

You will provide public affairs and outreach support for the OASD(R&E) and the PDASD(R&E). The contractor shall have proven skills and specialized experience in: 1) comprehensive knowledge of the legislative process, elective process, congressional committee structure, and activities of the Congress; 2) mastery level skills and ability in writing, editing, and performing research in order to develop comprehensive reports and information papers; 3) skill and ability to interface with senior level officials, Members of Congress, and Congressional committee staff and administrative officials in order to plan and coordinate legislative liaison activities; 4) review, analyze and recommend solutions to programmatic problems and issues; 5) track issues and problems through to resolution; and 6) respond to related questions and correspondence.

RESPONSIBILTIES:

Specific tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and execute strategic communications and media outreach activities in support of ASD(R&E) RESPONSIBILITIES and objectives

  • Coordinate media activity and external outreach within ASD(R&E) organization in support of the all activities including Independent Research and Development (IR&D) initiatives

  • Coordinate media activity and external outreach within ASD(R&E) organization, including but not limited to:

  • Provide strategic guidance to ASD(R&E) organization on messaging and potential external outreach opportunities;

  • Draft and review ASD(R&E) messaging and materials for use with media interviews and external outreach activities;

  • Track ASD(R&E) or related S&T stories and disseminate to staff;

  • Provide support for entire ASD(R&E) organization on public approval and release processes;

  • Conceive, prepare, and post information to ASD(R&E) and IR&D Innovation Marketplace websites including:

  • Coordinate all changes, edits, and updates to websites;

  • Track relevant DoD public activities and provide weekly Enterprise “news” updates as appropriate for the websites;

  • For the ASD(R&E) website, draft and edit bi-weekly Chief Technologist Corner column:

  • Coordinate with DoD S&T agencies on any major events or news items or materials that should be linked to or posted on the ASD(R&E) or Innovation Marketplace websites;

  • Accomplish coordination of ASD(R&E) activities with OSD/PA:

  • Serve as liaison between OSD/PAO and the OASD(R&E) organization on managing media inquiries and determining strategic external outreach opportunities;

  • Conduct research on reporters’ backgrounds and past stories and provide context and propose draft responses to media inquiries;

  • Coordinate with OASD(R&E) staff on responses to reporter inquiries, receive necessary approvals by senior leadership and send to OSDPA in timely manner to meet deadlines;

  • Provide OSDPA detailed listings of weekly senior level ASD(R&E) staff speaking engagements.

  • Responses to Congressional Inquiries:

  • Assist in the development and coordination of appropriate responses and reports to congressional inquiries and legal requirements pertaining to R&E projects, as well as analyzing congressional documentation and interest in project activities.

  • Maintain a database of congressional inquiries and Agency responses.

  • Documentations of Congressional Reports and Analysis:

  • Provide the summaries of the Congressional Reports, Program Plans, and Other Official Program Summary and Analysis Information as prescribed in official DoD or other federal directives (such as Financial Management Regulations, Comptroller Guidance, or Congressional language).

Occasional CONUS travel may be required.

Typically requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent and seven to nine years related experience with a minimum of one to two years experience in corporate or agency public relations, but for this position the following is required:

  • A minimum five (5) years. Highly preferred experience and skills in communications, public relations, and/or journalism at the DoD and/or service component Headquarters level. Strong social media skills and ability to develop and carry out social media communication strategies is preferred.

  • Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in English, journalism, or communications is required. Graduate degree in communications, journalism, or media, is preferred. At the discretion of the Government, specialized experience which includes military experience may be substituted in lieu of specific educational requirements.

  • Clearance Required (there are two positions available):

  • One requires a Top Secret clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain SCI. Contractors with a DCID 6/4 eligibility within the last five (5) years are highly desired.

  • The other position requires a Secret clearance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Normal demands associated with an office environment. Ability to work on computer for long periods and communicate with individuals by telephone, email and face to face. Some travel may be required.

CACI employs a diverse range of talent to create an environment that fuels innovation and fosters continuous improvement and success. Join CACI, where you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. A Fortune magazine World's Most Admired Company in the IT Services industry, CACI is a member of the Fortune 1000 Largest Companies, the Russell 2000 Index, and the S&P SmallCap600 Index. CACI provides dynamic careers for over 20,000 employees worldwide. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.