Communications & Outreach Specialist

Location: Washington, DC
Job Code: 1069
# of openings: 1


Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us.  Since 1986, federal agencies have relied on Macfadden for critical support in the areas of international disaster response, development and humanitarian assistance, information technology solutions, financial management systems support and knowledge management and communications.

Today, Macfadden provides innovative solutions that enable our customers to protect America's food supply more efficiently and bring medical breakthroughs to market sooner; rapidly respond to complex international disaster relief efforts; develop and maintain critical government IT financial systems and safeguard key government information systems.  We support our customer's mission to help emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia develop their economic infrastructures; help meet compliance requirements and improve transparency through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.

With more than 200 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD with multiple client site operations in the greater Washington, DC region and Tidewater, VA area.

Position Summary:

The Communications Analyst assists the Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). S/he primarily assists ASHA with communications information but also provides communications support to DCHA and USAID.

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. 

Key Internal Interfaces:  Project Manager, ASHA Office Staff

Key External Interfaces: DCHA Bureau, ASHA partners, Friends of ASHA

Essential Functions:

The Communications Analyst provides communication support to include:

  • Providing communications information to ASHA, DCHA, and USAID in a timely manner;
  • Documenting and disseminating program activities and accomplishments;
  • Identifying outreach opportunities and audiences;
  • Coordinating the logistics and communication aspects of the Annual Conferences and workshops;
  • Designing communications strategies, policies, and guiding documents and training ASHA staff and partners in how to implement these practices.
  • Prepare all ASHA official communications, briefing materials, and social media content. 
  • Maintain the ASHA internal and external websites. 
  • Represent ASHA communications with DCHA Bureau.



Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Public Relations or related field


  • At least two years of relevant communications experience.  
  • Experience with USAID preferred, or communicating for USG or other institution



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.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.

This position description reflects Macfadden’s assignment of essential functions; nothing in this job description restricts the Company’s latitude to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. 

Macfadden provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Macfadden complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Macfadden expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Macfadden’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge. This policy covers conduct occurring at Macfadden’s offices, client sites, other locations where Macfadden is providing services, and to all work-related activities.

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