Blinded Veterans Association BVA Seeks Part-time Communications Specialist
Title of Position:
Part-time Communications Specialist (25 hours per week)
The Blinded Veterans Association’s Communications Specialist collaborates with the Director of Public Affairs to develop and implement the Association’s internal and external public relations efforts. The Specialist communicates with the National Headquarters staff, the National Board of Directors, Regional Group officers and members, media sources, government agencies, Veterans Service Organizations, consumer groups, vendors, and the general public—for the purpose of assisting America’s blinded veterans and enhancing the image of the Blinded Veterans Association.
Education and Work Experience:
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Required:
- Bachelor’s degree in public relations, public affairs, or another closely related field.
- Three years of work experience in the aforementioned fields may be substituted for the educational requirement.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
External Public Relations
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Knowledge of public relations campaign planning and coordination.
- Knowledge of the strategic use of social media as a messaging and marketing tool for organizations.
- Experience producing audio and video recordings, as well as photographs suitable for publication.
- Excellent interpersonal relationship skills.
- Knowledge of production processes for print and recorded editions of newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and convention journals.
- Basic to intermediate knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
- Knowledge of the Worldwide Web Consortium Accessibility Guidelines for website accessibility.
- Knowledge of blindness and the blindness system including federal, state, and local agencies as well as consumer organizations preferred
- Ability to carry out assigned duties efficiently and promptly.
- Ability to successfully manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
Internal Public Relations- BVA Bulletin
- Coordinates and implements all BVA national public relations campaigns including social media campaigns, radio public service announcements, radio news releases, newspaper releases, television public service announcements, television news releases, and video production.
- Determines appropriate opportunities for paid advertising and works with design specialist to come up with creative artwork that is appropriate to both the publication and the timing of the ad.
- Designs, writes, and maintains BVA’s informational materials including brochures, fact sheets, staff biographies, and other materials as needed.
- Prepares the public relations campaign related to BVA’s annual national convention.
- Prepares and writes news releases and assembles media information packets for distribution to media sources in host convention area.
- Acts as BVA national press officer during convention and throughout the year from BVA National Headquarters.
- Answers written, telephonic, and electronic inquiries for information about BVA from media sources, agencies, members, prospective members, family members of member and non-member blinded veterans, and the general public.
- Reports to the Director of Public Affairs on the status of BVA’s external public relations budget line items.
- Attends meetings, seminars, and conferences as approved by the Director of Public Affairs to keep up with new developments in the field of blindness and the public relations field.
Represents BVA when necessary at public functions.
- Represents BVA when necessary at public functions.
- Conducts BVA outreach and publicity at Combined Federal Campaign fairs in the Greater Washington, DC area.
- Handles all other external public relations duties and assignments as needed.
- Reads and evaluates all materials submitted to BVA for determination of suitability for publication in the BVA Bulletin. Solicits additional articles and news items from BVA members as well as organizations of and for the blind for inclusion in future editions.
- Serves as the Bulletin’s senior writer.
- Serves as the Bulletin’s principal photographer.
- Oversees all production stages of the Bulletin, including proofreading, typesetting, and printing of the large print edition. Coordinates the recording and duplication of the different audio versions after preparing a narrated script for both this format and the narrated email format.
- Develops email versions of the Bulletin as both the aforementioned narrated Word document, which includes descriptions of the photos and graphics, and a replica of the hard copy in PDF format.
- Oversees production of mailing labels for both the large print and the compact disk editions of the Bulletin.
- Provides periodic reports to the Director of Public Affairs on the status of the budget line item for the Bulletin.
- Manually mails out Bulletins to recipients who require multiple copies.
- Serves as public relations/communications consultant for BVA’s regional groups. Advises them on public relations strategies and available resources from BVA National Headquarters.
- Handles other internal public relations duties and assignments as needed.
- Manages other duties as assigned by BVA’s director of Public Affairs.
BVA and federal government background checks will be performed.
To be considered for this position, please submit resume and cover letter by email to:
BVA National Headquarters
Attention: Ms. Melanie Brunson
125 N. West Street, 3rd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Blinded Veterans Association Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.