Communications Specialist (Minimum Interim Secret Clearance)

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Business Development


Buchanan Edwards is looking for a Communications Specialist to join our team and partner with our Foreign Affairs client to achieve its goals to improve knowledge sharing, collaboration, engagement, and analytic capabilities across its diplomatic missions worldwide. To this end, our team provides the end-to-end support of enterprise and web applications.


These applications include the client enterprise search engine, internal wiki, the client's social network, over 120 WordPress sites, a virtual internship application, and many business intelligence/dashboard tools. These tools are used by stakeholders across the globe to complete daily job duties.


We are a modern, forward leaning group that uses open source tools to meet the ever-changing needs of our customer. We strongly value collaboration and growing our skill sets. All team members work on multiple applications and are provided with an opportunity to learn and expand their experiences.


The Communications Specialist will largely be responsible for managing customer engagement and providing support for applications including answering questions, providing training, gathering requirements, developing product roll out plans, managing products via agile and identifying areas for improvement.


As the Candidate Select you will possess the know-how and drive to get things done, particularly under tight deadlines. You will also actively seek knowledge needed to complete assignments and share that knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following critical success factors:

  • A working or functional proficiency in the planning, development, and execution of communication strategies for moderately complex projects
  • Proven writing and editing skills
  • Aptitude to understand different technologies
  • Ability to think strategically and integrate complex information into briefs and talking points
  • Strong presentation skills




Interim Secret


Key responsibilities include:

  • Work with multiple clients in parallel and deep dive to understand each unique business problem and business case
  • Communicate with end users daily and provide support in forms of Q&A and light technical troubleshooting
  • Engage in timely response to client queries, requests or needs
  • Manage agile processes for products
  • Assist with functional testing of new application features
  • Support Communication Leads in all tasks
  • Occasionally assist with documentation and other technical writing


Required Qualifications include:

  • Active Interim Secret clearance or above
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience 



At least 2 years of experience each in:

  • Writing and editing copy, integrating complex information into briefs and talking points
  • Working with digital media
  • Delivering presentations
  • Ability to work independently, seeking guidance on complex projects issues from more senior staff


Desired Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years' experience developing communications strategy and rollout plans for Software Applications 
  • Experience with WordPress or any other CMS
  • Experience with Wikipedia, Forums, or other knowledge sharing platforms
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Design skills using tools such as Illustrator, GIMP, Photoshop, etc.
  • Bachelor's Degree highly desired



Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. (BE) is an Information Technology and Professional Services consulting firm located in Arlington, VA. BE is a diversified high-technology services company, providing government, commercial and nonprofit agencies technology solutions and organizational management services to ensure mission success. Serving the federal sector since 1998, we base our solutions on an in-depth understanding of our clients, their mission and the unique challenges they face. BE is the winner of the 2015 Microsoft U.S. Federal Solution Partner of the Year award, a 2015 and 2016 Washington Post Top Workplace and has been an Inc. 500/5000 awardee for six consecutive years.


Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. is dedicated to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We are committed to crafting a workplace that endorses creativity and innovation, and promotes engagement through open communication, acceptance of new people and ideas, and a supportive team dynamic. Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EOE Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled. Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. is an E-Verify employer.



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