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Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2104081

Senior Public Relations and Legislative Specialist

@ 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.

Here’s your chance to join our award-winning agency, ICF Next. We’re changemakers, a community of mission driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists. We’re searching our next Senior Public and Legislative Affairs Specialist. This role requires a public affairs or legislative background and will focus on communication and congressional activities that support a cybersecurity-focused organization.

Strong candidates will have experience advising clients on communications and in legislative affairs. Experience supporting a federal agency highly preferred. If you are passionate about public affairs and have the requisite prior experience, we'd love to talk to you. This is an exciting role offering excellent opportunities to work in a dynamic, collaborative, and uniquely positioned organization.

Key Responsibilities:

Public Affairs

  • Develop marketing and communications strategies for programs and initiatives for a cybersecurity focused organization.

  • Develop communications materials, which may include fact sheets, press releases and advisories, toolkits, presentations, social media content, infographics, flyers, brochures, talking points and other communications products.

  • Provide meeting support associated with programs and initiatives to include developing event plans; coordinating logistics associated with events; and developing marketing collateral, briefing binders, speaker presentations, talking points, and other event materials.

  • Develop social marketing/public information materials to engage audiences in cybersecurity educational and training programs and initiatives.

  • Ensuring all Training and Educational Products created are 508 compliant.

  • Work with branches and program offices to identify, produce and coordinate content for social media channels.

Legislative Affairs

  • Assist with tracking, monitoring and providing status reports on legislative activities in Congress and State governments as appropriate.

  • Analyze legislation to identify relevant authorities, requirements and programmatic direction for cybersecurity and infrastructure security and resilience activities.

  • Develop and maintain a tracker for Congressional reporting requirements.

  • Develop and maintain a tracker for Congressional engagement.

  • Manage the Congressional correspondence process to include gathering initial information from subcomponents for staff and tracking to completion.

  • Monitor legislation and hearings and preparing summaries of such activities relevant to the cybersecurity and infrastructure security mission space.

  • Research, edit, produce and assemble background materials for all Congressional products including briefing books, reports, information papers and similar products.

  • Establish and maintain a searchable, multi-user accessible repository for Congressional testimony, Questions for the Record (QFRs), correspondence and Congressional products.

  • Research and gathering information to support personnel in preparation of responses to public policy/government related tasks.


  • Currently holds, or is able to obtain, DHS Fitness Determination

  • BS/BA.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience:

  • Assisting in development of communications materials to build brand and product awareness through targeted media campaigns.

  • Engaging in advertising planning and placement for all media, both offline and online.

  • Reviewing new legislation and determining its effect on organizations.

  • Monitoring and analyzing activities and new policies established by local, state and federal governments.

  • Providing summaries of the proposed or passed legislation and assisting with constructing responses.

Preferred Skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication skills, especially written.

  • Strong research and organizational skills

  • PR agency, corporate or government agency experience preferred.

  • Self-starter, with ability to manage tasks and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.

Job Location(s): This position is located in Arlington, VA but is currently remote/telework through the Covid-19 pandemic until federal employees in the Capital Region are recalled back to the office.


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. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

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.

Arlington, VA (VA31)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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