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    This position is assigned to the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), National Science Foundation and is located in Alexandria, VA. The mission of OPP is to support research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in the Polar Regions, through research grants and awards to universities and other research organizations and through the provision of logistics support and infrastructure in the remote Polar Regions. 

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    The employee serves as a member of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) communications team and works with the OPP communications lead to ensure that contributions are well coordinated within OPP.

    Develops well-researched, accurate, and well-written materials to include news features, copy for printed and electronically posted materials, and talking points and speeches for internal and external audiences as an expert in the field. Prepares talking points, speeches, and presentations for management using NSF reports, data, and graphical elements. Ensures coordination of messaging and objectives with the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA).

    Assists the Executive Officer in short-term and long-term planning and implementation and participates in all phases of the planning process. Participates in OPP planning meetings to provide cohesive communication strategies. Advises management on potential planning conflicts or resource constraints. Interacts with other higher-level officials to help realize cohesive and collaborative communication plans for OPP. Represents OPP’s perspective in internal and external meetings with scientists, educators, and the media. Develops professional relationships and partnerships necessary to ensure consistent OPP messages are delivered in a clear manner. Establishes rapport with continuously changing stakeholders and seeks opportunities to enhance awareness of OPP and the resources and expertise it offers.

    Manages OPP’s social media and communication tools per established NSF policy and in collaboration with OLPA and other external offices, as necessary. Regularly posts to these accounts to share information and engage the public in two-way communications and moderate comments, as necessary. Creates new content and repurposes content in a format appropriate to each tool. Develops standard metrics or other systems for evaluating OPP’s media efforts including social media channels for effectiveness, reach, and impact.

    Edits documents to ensure accuracy and clarity and correct formatting, grammar, and spelling for select important OPP written products such as those destined for the Office of the Director, National Science Board, Congress, and others. Develops and executes targeted strategies and processes to expand and refresh OPP products and messaging that highlights OPP programs for dissemination on OPP websites and other venues, reaching specific audiences including at the state/local/international levels, intergovernmental fora, private sector, universities/researchers and students/teachers. Proactively identifies and capitalizes on critical opportunities to publicize OPP activities.

    Contributes to development and assists with organized outreach events as needed. Participates in identifying and escorting media participants for purposes of their reporting from and/or about field-based research and operations in both polar regions. Tracks status and performs research as needed to keep OPP management informed of progress, milestones, and other activities that warrant attention.

      • Written communication
      • Oral communication
      • Computer technologies and web-based applications
      • Knowledge of social media and other communication outlets
      • Strategic communications planning
      • Customer service
      • Teamwork/collaboration

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - This position requires occasional travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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