Public Affairs Coordinator

McLean, Virginia | Freelance | Job ID #44646 |
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The Public Affairs Coordinator will play a key role in supporting the broader agenda of the Public Affairs team, assisting in managing reputational risk, company issues and crisis events. We’re looking for a self-starter and project manager who is an adept communicator.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Partner with Public Affairs team members and key internal stakeholders in support of reputational risk and corporate communication agenda
  • Provide centralized oversight of Public Affairs playbooks, reports and processes
  • Assist with drafting communications materials on company issues as they arise
  • Maintain issues resource guides and key issue talking points to ensure information and messaging is current and centralized
  • Conduct research and media monitoring on issues or major events to support reputation risk assessments and emerging issues
  • Serve as a project manager for emerging reputational risk issues
  • Maintain formal reputation risk policy and drive annual review process of protocols
  • Assist with review process for routine speaking requests and presentation content reviews for corporate staff groups

The Successful Candidate Is:

  • A highly organized project manager with a knack for managing multiple deadlines simultaneously
  • Part of a collaborative team, sometimes managing rapidly changing priorities
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills, analytical talent and attention to detail
  • Responsible for coordinating with other groups and executives to meet enterprise deadlines
  • An adept communicator with strong written/verbal communications skills and ideally strong presentation skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, marketing/public relations or a related discipline
  • Four or more years work experience in public or corporate communications
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to translate complicated issues into a clear point of view, and create a concise narrative

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six or more years' work experience in communications consulting or public/corporate affairs
  • Demonstrated success developing creative and effective approaches to problem solving
  • Highly motivated – willing to roll up your sleeves and get the job done, even in situations where the work is outside of the scope of your respective role


  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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