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Job #: R-00058659-OTHLOC-PL-2D1953
Location: Norfolk, VA
Category: Public Media Relations
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Defense Group at Leidos currently has an opening for a senior communications specialist. A successful candidate will provide internal and external communications support for the Navy Service Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) program, the largest IT services program for the Navy. Under the SMIT contract, the Leidos team will deliver the core IT management and support of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) and the OCONUS Enterprise Network (ONE-Net), including cybersecurity services, network operations, service desk, and data transport. The program team delivers IT services to more than 650,000 sailors, Marines and civilian professionals at more than 1,200 sites globally. 

In collaboration with the Navy SMIT communications team, this senior communications specialist will help bring information to life through thoughtful and creative storytelling, such as articles, case studies and fact sheets. The senior specialist will also maintain the program’s intranet presence, working across the team to elevate and highlight the technology solutions and delivery successes. A successful candidate will also assist in other client communications and marketing activities related to the program. This position is able to be performed virtually, with willingness to travel when necessary.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Works with communications director and manager to create communications material for multiple audiences through all forms online and offline.
  • Supports all program communication activities by managing communications calendars and editorial schedules.
  • Develops regular communications reports for distribution to program leadership.
  • Works under pressure and meet tight deadlines across multiple projects simultaneously, prioritizing demands on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Ability to work some nights and weekends may be required.
  • Participates in meetings to gather and synthesize information and identify opportunities to develop and/or improve communications.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Communications, Marketing, English or Political Science) and three to four years’ work experience tied to communications, marketing, and media relations.
  • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills including proficiency in AP style and grammar.
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office tools/programs, especially Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong communications planning and project management experience.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in working in distributed teams and collaborating across multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness with a hands-on approach to problem solving.
  • Creativity and comfort utilizing technology for communications including digital and video communication.
  • Self-starter with ability to anticipate needs and next steps without prompting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior Navy or Marine Corps experience, including Department of Defense public affairs practices
  • Experience working for or with government contractors and/or technology solutions providers
  • Significant knowledge of corporate communications best practices
  • Familiarity with web conferencing tools and platforms
  • Experience using collaborative and workflow management software

External Referral Bonus:


External Referral Bonus $:

Potential for Telework:

Yes, 10%

Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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About Leidos

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 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021. For more information, visit

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