Public Affairs Specialist (Science Press Secretary)
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. The Public Affairs Specialist position reports to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs within the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) as part of the Office of Communications and External Affairs. The incumbent concentrates on public affairs activities related to the science museums, research and conservation centers, and the National Zoological Park and provides professional communications counsel on strategies and plans to ensure coverage in various media outlets. The goal is to promote public awareness of and support for the scientific research programs at the Smithsonian.

The incumbent also develops and executes comprehensive communications plans for special projects and serves as a member of the OPA crisis communications team, developing and carrying out crisis communications plans and responding rapidly to emerging sensitive issues, controversial topics, and media outlets' queries. As assigned, the incumbent manages various public relations functions to expand knowledge of the Smithsonian Institution, reach new audiences, and support its mission and programs.

Candidates must possess skills in designing, planning, and leading communications strategies for a major organization or agency. Candidates must also have experience preparing designated personnel for public presentations, media interviews, and news conferences and establishing and maintaining good working relationships with print, broadcast, and digital news media representatives. The incumbent must also maintain effective working relationships with Smithsonian scientists, researchers, curators, directors, public affairs specialists, and other staff and officials across the Institution. This is a non-Federal Trust Fund position with a starting salary of $89,834.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, relevant writing samples, and contact information for three references to opacentral@si.edu by May 6, 2022.

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