Communications and Outreach Specialist


About the organization

Macfadden, a PAE company, is seeking a Communications and Outreach Specialist to support USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad. ASHA provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the U.S. that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. ASHA’s awards help these institutions train future leaders in a wide variety of disciplines, support local and regional infrastructure to foster development, and cultivate positive relationships among citizens of the U.S. and other nations.



The Communications and Outreach professional will apply knowledge of communications tactics, techniques, and strategies necessary to support the Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA). The duties are as such:

-Supports a variety of outreach and public affairs, and strategic communications functions,
including developing communications materials for executive level staff and the Hill. Materials
development includes weekly and monthly reports for senior political leaders, position papers,
invitations, articles, web copy, speeches, talking points, and Q&A documents.
-Provides advice and communication information to the ASHA on external communication
activities; including reviewing branding and marking submissions to ensure compliance with
USAID policies.
-Plan and execute outreach/communication strategy and international communication initiatives;
-Research, review and analyze written material for objectivity, style, presentation, coherence,
sentence structure, grammar, and readability;
-Ensure that written materials are accurate (fact checking), logically consistent, well organized,
and appropriate for the intended audience.
-Identifying outreach opportunities and audiences and developing key messages and
communication materials appropriate for different target audiences;
-Writing and editing text for various communication vehicles including reports, briefing
documents, speeches and fact sheets.



Education: Master’s degree and 6 years of relevant experience or bachelor’s degree and 8 years of relevant experience.

Skills: A successful candidate must have extremely strong writing and editing skills, strong verbal communication skills, a positive attitude, and a good work ethic. S/he must be reliable, must work well on a team, and must be able to work well under time constraints. Computer proficiency is required and must include applied knowledge of standard business applications.

Knowledge of MS Office products required. Knowledge of graphic software such as Adobe Creative Suite or ARC GIS desired.

Experience: Demonstrated experience in developing, managing, or evaluating communication products and strategies. Experience producing, editing and reviewing a range of written, verbal, and article communications materials for different audiences (e.g. brochures, publications, articles, speech building blocks, PowerPoint presentations).


Ability to obtain and maintain a US Government issued Secret clearance for the duration of your employment. One of the requirements for a US Government Secret clearance is US citizenship. Only applicants who currently hold an active Secret or higher level security clearance or who are eligible to receive a Secret security clearance will be considered for this position.

Candidate must provide a writing sample with application.

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