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Job #: TR-644771
Location: Reston, VA
Category: Public Media Relations
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Shift: Day
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: No
Group: Corporate

Job Description:
Leidos is seeking a Director, Media Relations to provide expertise and leadership in earned media relations, media strategy, and crisis and reputation management. S/he is responsible for oversight of the design and implementation of media strategies that include: creating proactive campaigns to effectively position Leidos as a thought leader in core markets; developing and overseeing comprehensive crisis communications strategies as issues arise; and creating plans to proactively position and raise the profile of Leidos, its Chief Executive Officer, and leadership. The Director will report to the SVP, Director of Communications & Marketing. The position requires the individual to be located in Reston, VA.

Job Responsibilities Include:
-Develop and cultivate relationships with key media in tier one and trade industry outlets.-Act as an on-the-record spokesperson.-Craft and execute proactive media campaigns to effectively position Leidos in four core markets: Defense & Intelligence, Civil, Health, and Advanced Solutions. -Identify media opportunities for the Executive Leadership team.-Serve as a trusted resource for the senior leadership team around media relations and strategy. -Develop messaging and talking points to be leveraged in media interviews and public events.-Provide media training and counsel to Leidos leadership and subject matter experts. -Organize media outreach campaigns, press events, and other activities.-Provide timely and accurate responses to media requests. -Work closely with all communications functions (marketing, digital, social, internal) to identify and develop opportunities to integrate media into collaborative communications campaigns.-Develop and maintain relationships with Leidos subject matter experts.
Required Education, Skills, and Experience:
-Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Communications, English or Journalism and 12 years overall work experience. Master's degree or post-graduate work preferred and 10 years of experience. -Work experience must include10 years of corporate communications and/or public relations experience, specifically leading media relations efforts in support of organizational priorities.-Minimum of four years of managerial experience.-Demonstrated expertise in advising senior executives and overseeing a company's response to sensitive corporate topics, including crisis and issue management.-Experience managing financial communications for a publicly listed organization.-Excellent presentation, public speaking and written communication skills.-Successful track record in securing tier-one and industry media placements.-Proven expertise as an on-the-record spokesperson or press secretary.- Demonstrated expertise in the planning and execution of proactive media campaigns for large, complex organizations that engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders.-Knowledge of federal contracting preferred.

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. (NYSE: LDOS) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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