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Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2201808

Communications Specialist (Active Secret Clearance)

Communications Specialist 

The Company

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of difference. 

@ ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world. 

Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo. 

Are you a strategic thinker who likes to advise organizations on how to communicate? We’re currently hiring for a Communications Specialist that is passionate about planning, developing, and implementing successful cybersecurity-focused communication strategies. This is an excellent opportunity to work with cybersecurity professionals while utilizing your communications/public affairs/public relations skills.  This role requires an understanding of the communications plan processes including audience, messaging, tools/tactics and measurement.  

***Active Secret clearance required, on-site in Arlington, Va.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Work with a team of cybersecurity experts to help develop and execute a communication strategy and plan. 

  • Work with Cybersecurity subject matter experts to create content such as messaging, talking points and other content as needed. 

  • Create communication products such as printed material, website material, congressional responses, public affairs material, outreach engagements, etc. 

  • Proactively seek new and innovative ways to create more engaging content to reach a variety of audiences. 

  • Work with different communication offices inside an agency and outside partners to create and coordinate communication campaigns. 

  • Coordinate input, reviews, and approvals with various communication products. 

  • Manage requests for information from industry partners, media, and other audiences interested in cybersecurity news. 

  • Support crisis communications and outreach to stakeholders inside and outside of an organization. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Affairs, Marketing, or related field. 

  • Active/Current Secret Security Clearance per government contract requirements.

  • 2 plus years of experience in public affairs and/or communications.

  • 1 plus years of experience in social media/digital management of outreach.

  • A strong communications leader able to manage day-to-day tasks independently. 

  • Experience working in or supporting a federal government agency (DHS desired). 

  • A strong understanding of client/contractor relationship in a government agency. 

  • Customer service orientation with strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills. 


Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Virginia Client Office (VA88)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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