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    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is a bipartisan independent federal commission that monitors and seeks to advance the internationally recognized freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief and related human rights.

    Created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, USCIRF is an independent bipartisan U.S. legislative agency which monitors the universal right to the freedom of religion or belief, using international standards to do so, and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF's activities include: engaging with Administration officials, members of Congress, think tanks, and policy experts; disseminating information to the public and policymakers through op-eds, press releases, and policy briefs; participating in Congressional hearings; convening public hearings and expert briefings; engaging in overseas diplomatic visits and inquiries; and participating in multilateral for a. More information about USCIRF is available at www.uscirf.gov

    USCIRF is actively seeking a Communications Specialist to be a key member of the Communication team. The Communications Specialist will support USCIRF's activities as they relate primarily to media activities, public affairs, and the design and dissemination of visual information.


    • U.S. Citizenship.
    • Resume and supporting documents (see How to Apply).
    • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
    • Completion of a probationary period.
    • Must be able to meet and maintain suitability and security requirements.

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    Reporting to the Director of Congressional Affairs and Communications, The Senior Communications Specialist's primary responsibilities include:

    • Write, review and/or edit reports, press releases, op-eds, congressional testimony, fact sheets, policy briefs, feature articles, talking points, briefings, and other publications by developing materials that promote USCIRF's policy and legislative priorities;
    • Serve as primary editor/copyeditor of all USCIRF publications;
    • Enhance internal and external communication to be more efficient and effective;
    • Maintain media contact lists;
    • Pitch calls to media as needed;
    • Analyze inquiries from and serve as primary point of contact for the media; develop responses under deadline pressure through correspondence and scheduling of interviews and briefings;
    • Manage USCIRF's publication schedule and calendar, including overseeing the production and design of publications;
    • Perform analytics and prepare reports compiling key data related to USCIRF's media/communications;
    • Utilize website analytics to improve outreach effectiveness;
    • Train staff and Commissioners to communicate with media, including radio, TV, print, and other forms of media;
    • Prepare talking points for staff and Commissioner interviews with media;
    • Ensure timely compiling of reports to CA&C Director, Executive Director, and Commissioners;
    • Coordinate with the Government Publishing Office's (GPO) Creative Design and printing services divisions;
    • Assist with development and implementation of communications strategy;
    • Work closely with policy staff on communication related tasks;
    • Plan and promote special events; and
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499540600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.