[Coral-List] Marine Debris Public Affairs Position

Jill Meyer Jill.Meyer at noaa.gov
Tue Apr 19 11:21:50 EDT 2005

Position: MDP05-001 Public Affairs Specialist, Full Time, Immediate Opening
Location: NOAA ORR, Silver Spring, MD, USA
Date listed: 4/15/2005


Public Affairs Specialist
(Marine Debris)
Silver Spring, MD

I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) (www.imsg.com) seeks a talented 
individual to serve as a Public Affairs Specialist supporting the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Marine Debris 
Program, housed in the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). The 
Marine Debris Program (MDP) is a new and exciting NOAA program focused 
on identifying, removing, reducing, and preventing releases of marine 
debris (i.e. derelict fishing gear, plastic materials, etc.) in the 
coastal environment. The goal of the program is to protect our nation’s 
coastal resources and navigational waterways from the adverse impacts of 
marine debris.

The MDP seeks an experienced individual to design, lead, and implement 
the program’s internal and external communications strategy. This person 
will develop a communications plan that aligns with program objectives 
and implement actions to meet MDP goals.

Duties involve planning and coordinating public media events and 
developing informational materials that inform appropriate publics of 
community events, services, and activities. These responsibilities 
include the development of written and multi-media materials for use in 
explaining various aspects of the NOAA MDP and related NOAA programs to 
domestic and international audiences.

Working with MDP staff, the OR&R outreach coordinator, the NOAA public 
affairs specialist, headquarters and program staff, lead program efforts 

Develop an MDP Outreach strategic plan, (coordinated with the MDP 
strategic plan) including implementation or action plans.

Ensure that MDP activities are visible to stakeholders and the public 
and that key messages are communicated consistently and effectively.

Track the flow of outreach projects within MDP and coordinate outreach 
planning and implementation across diverse entities both internal and 
external to NOAA.

Draft MDP publications and reports and develop internal MDP 
communications principles and policies.

Promote and advocate collaborative opportunities for 
information/resource exchange and coordination around issues of mutual 
interest to NOAA and its constituents, including national marine public 
awareness and education initiatives;

Coordinate planning for special events;



Required: Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years experience in a 
communications or public affairs capacity, excellent written and oral 
communications skills. Experience in communicating effectively with the 
public and private sector, and Congress. Experience working directly 
with the national media and coordinating regional and national campaigns.

Preferred: Masters Degree in public relations, communications or marine 
affairs. Experience working for a government agency in a marine science 
related field, experience in media relations, and accreditation by the 
International Association of Business Communicators or Public Relations 
Society of America.

IMSG is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is negotiable based on 
experience. Applicants should email their resume and salary requirements 
to jobs at imsg.com with the following subject line: Public Affairs 
Specialist Questions or inquiries should be directed to Dave London at 
londond at imsg.com. Applicants should email their resume and salary 
requirements to *jobs at imsg.com* with the following subject line: 
*MDP05-001Public Affairs Specialist*.

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