Public Diplomacy Press Support Specialist

| Washington, DC, USA
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Great Hill Solutions is part of the Seneca Nation Group (SNG) portfolio of companies. SNG is the federal government contracting business wholly owned by the Seneca Nation. SNG meets mission-critical needs of federal civilian, defense, and intelligence community customers across a variety of domains. The SNG portfolio receives shared services support from its parent company Seneca Holdings and is comprised of multiple companies that participate in the Small Business Administration 8(a) program. To learn more visit and follow us on LinkedIn.

The Seneca Nation Group companies offer competitive compensation and a strong benefits package including comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family. We pride ourselves on our collaborative work environment and culture which embraces our mission of providing financial and non-financial benefits back to the members of the Seneca Nation.

Great Hill is seeking a Public Diplomacy Press Support Specialist in Washington D.C. The objective of this work is to support the Department of State (DOS), Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Office of Press and Public Diplomacy (EUR/PPD).  EUR/PPD, to include the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), is focused on messaging to the Russian people to counter Kremlin narratives and other sources of disinformation.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with EUR/PPD leadership and members of the media, have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and effectively manage/deliver objectives under tight deadlines. 

Roles and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work as part of a team to meet fixed daily deadlines and field a wide variety of inquiries from U.S. and foreign press.  
  • Develop and draft press guidance to prepare SPOX for the daily press briefing, both responding to specific GPA taskings and identifying issues that may arise.
  • Coordinate press guidance with all relevant offices, including both geographic desks and functional offices that may have equities.
  • Brief the Department Spokesperson and Deputy Spokesperson on EUR press guidance and policy issues.
  • Prepare Top Line Questions & Answers (TQAs), Building Blocks, and scripts for travel and for principals to deploy at public engagements.
  • Support and staff Bureau leadership at media engagements.
  • Coordinate media planning and coverage with counterparts at foreign missions during visits of foreign dignitaries.
  • Provide press analysis on key issues as needed.
  • Support work of EUR/PPD (including the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), which currently focuses on messaging to Russians in Russia to counter Kremlin narratives), including the preparation of information for inclusion in trackers and reporting to DOS leadership and the National Security Council (NSC).
  • Review and draft responses to queries from reporters.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least one year of experience in international politics/foreign policy, research & evaluation, social science, communications, or other related fields.
  • Basic knowledge of international affairs and European or Russian affairs, as demonstrated by education or previous work experience.
  • Strong written and spoken English communication skills in order to develop a wide variety of materials, such as outreach plans, briefing papers, and remarks.
  • Strong analytical skills to monitor and track policy developments related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the implications for broader U.S. national interests.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate with internal stakeholders and external partners including think tanks, academic institutions, diaspora communities, and others.
  • Ability to work under significant time pressure and maintain composure while working issues that require a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team.
  • Basic understanding of online platforms to manage virtual and hybrid events.
  • Broad institutional knowledge of the organizational structure of the State Department and its primary mission.
  • Ability to work independently to assess priorities and manage daily coordination of details with minimal supervision

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement:

The Seneca Holdings family of companies is committed to building an inclusive work environment that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diversity of our employees. We recognize that an inclusive corporate culture improves how we support our customers and also improves the collective impact we can make in our communities.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Seneca Holdings provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, genetic information and/or predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, veteran status, or other protected class status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training. The Company also prohibits retaliation against any employee who exercises his or her rights under applicable anti-discrimination laws. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company does give hiring preference to Seneca or Native individuals. Veterans with expertise in these areas are highly encouraged to apply.

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Seneca Holdings operates in the Financial Services industry. The company is located in Salamanca, New York. It has 196 total employees. To see all 40 open jobs at Seneca Holdings, click here.
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