Job Overview


The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Commerce is looking for bright, innovative, and results-oriented individuals to join our fasted-paced organization. Make a difference by joining our team! This position is perfect for an experienced professional who is looking for excellent benefits, including the potential for ongoing medical benefits after retirement. Alternative work schedules are available. The physical fitness center and the child care center are located on site. The work site is adjacent to the Ronald Reagan Building and the Federal Triangle Metro Rail Station.

The incumbent serves as a Public Affairs Specialist in the U.S. Department of Secretary, Office of Public Affairs. Incumbent has primary responsibility for developing, writing, and editing speeches, opinion essays, talking points and other written materials for the Office of the Secretary. The office of Public Affairs directs communications activities of the Department of commerce and public affairs programs of the Department's operating agencies. The incumbent will provide specialized services tot he Secretary and Deputy Secretary in their roles as chief spokesperson for the Department of Commerce. As a speechwriter, the incumbent performs specialized professional services and is responsible for a number of editorial, advisory and research services. This position helps establish and maintain effective communication with the general public and various other pertinent publics including internal and external, foreign and domestic audiences.
A one-year probationary/trial period may be required. 


  • The speechwriter will research, draft, edit, and collaborate on speeches, testimony, op-eds, social media messages, talking points, and other external and internal communications for the Commerce Department's top leadership. Audiences will include U.S. and international industry leaders, media, government officials, other stakeholders, employees, and the public at-large.
  • For all speeches, the incumbent will define strategic goal(s), research subject matter, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, ensure proper reviews and fact-checking, and craft creative and compelling narratives.
  • Process and distill large amounts of information in relatively short periods of time.
  • Stay abreast of economic data and published reports from the business community, the Commerce Department, other federal agencies, the White House, and other important stakeholders.
  • Stay abrest of Commerce Department priorities, news, and other developments that could influence speaking engagements and other executive communications.
  • Provide and solicit feedback on the effectiveness of speeches and speaking engagements.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with senior level officials at the Commerce Department, as well as among leading national business and academic institutions.
  • Assists with public affairs-related efforts including but not limited to: briefing papers, backgrounders, fact sheets, news releases, presentations, position papers, reports, outreach events/activities, etc...