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Strategic Communications Manager - Government & Public Services (GPS) (25124)

Branch Manager




Washington, Washington DC, United States

Strategic Communications Manager - Government & Public Services (GPS)

Federal Focus

Washington, DC/Northern Virginia


Are you a public relations or government communications professional who is unafraid to think differently, always thinks strategically, and knows how to build strong relationships? Are you a creative team player who can build proactive PR efforts tied to business objectives? We are seeking a passionate and experienced professional to help strengthen and enhance Deloitte's Government and Public Services (GPS) strategic communications team. If this is you, hit the "apply now" button!

This position is responsible for developing and executing communications strategies that help mitigate risk and effectively communicate the impact of our work for state, local and higher education clients.

What You'll Do

  • Provide counsel and expertise on reputation management and proactive communications to GPS stakeholders and clients.
  • Work closely with our GPS Delivery Excellence team to strategically anticipate, plan for brand related awareness.
  • Work with project teams and clients to develop strategic communications plans that engage and inform key stakeholders, influencers and advocates.
  • Promote the identification and use of third-party voices to support client communications.
  • Monitor media and legislative activity in key states to prepare for potential engagement.
  • Draft project talking points, facts sheets, and other internal and external communications materials. Assimilate inputs from key stakeholders and translate complex ideas and issues into clear and compelling messages.
  • Work with the GPS risk sensing team to identify, understand and prepare for potential risks, trends, disruptors and threats.
  • Understand the key stakeholders with whom we work and their potential to engage with media and legislative activities.

The Team

The Strategic Communications Manager serves on the GPS PR team and is a strategic advisor to key business leaders and stakeholders within the GPS practice. The role reports to the GPS Public Relations leader.

Skills and Competencies:
  • A Bachelor's degree, preferably in Journalism, Political Science or Public Relations
  • 6-8+ years of experience in strategic or political communications in a newsroom, PR agency, political campaign, government or related business
  • Understanding of (state or federal) government agencies and stakeholders, government relations and public policy
  • Proven success in developing and executing communications strategies and plans for a large business or political organization with many stakeholders
  • Exceptional writing, editing and project management skills
  • Ability to interact and communicate across a variety of stakeholder groups (technical subject matter experts to senior executives), with ability to present complex information in an understandable format and tailored to specific audiences
  • Capable of working well under pressure and managing multiple high-profile assignments in an intense, fast-paced environment
  • Strong Interpersonal, verbal and presentation skills, including ability to interact with and coach senior leaders and highly intellectual thinkers
  • Ability to think and communicate clearly - formulate a clear point of view on complicated issues and create a concise and well-written narrative to express it
  • High level of comfort with ambiguity and fluid priorities; ability to manage multiple and complex priorities efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to make connections in highly matrixed environment, with eye on collaboration and integration, across all levels of the organization
  • Strong listening and persuasive communication skills; able to gain consensus through influence and pivot when warranted
  • Ability to work in a virtual environment
  • Travel up to 25% (while travel of up to 25% is a requirement of the role, due to COVID-19, non-essential travel has been suspended until further notice)
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship, now or at any time in the future