Public Affairs Assistant

Ocean Associates, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
United States

Government Contractor
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Military Rank
Primary Military Specialty
Public Affairs
Secondary Military Specialty
Public Affairs
Service Branch
All Branches

Job Description


Public Affairs Assistant

OAI is seeking a candidate who will provide public affairs and administrative support to a potential U.S. Department of Defense (USDOD) client. The public affairs assistant will provide administrative, managerial, and organizational type services in support of military medical research, including budgets, operational surveys, studies, and business analyses; recommend administrative actions to solve problems; and enterprise-related items. The mission of this organization is to conduct research, development, tests, and evaluations to enhance the health, safety, and readiness of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in the effective performance of peacetime and contingency missions and to perform other functions as directed by higher authority.

The assistant will support the USDOD as they conduct basic and applied research in Combat Casualty Care, Infectious Diseases, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Biological Defense Research, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, Aviation Medicine, Behavioral Science and Epidemiology, Directed Energy, Medical Modeling Simulation and Information Management, Toxicology, Operational and Undersea Medicine, Dental and Maxillofacial, Immune Cell Biology, Environmental Medicine and Human Factors directly related to military requirements and operational needs.

Expected position start date: Fall 2018


Silver Spring, MD

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Salary commensurate with experience.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in any field of study with public relations/public affairs experience or course work;
  • Demonstrated experience with event planning and coordination;
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with news media representatives and members of the public on routine matters;
  • Demonstrated experience developing marketing packages, inclusive of newsletters, media kits, brochures, trade show displays, posters and other information products;
  • Demonstrated experience editing monthly newsletters to include all day to day aspects with attention to detail related to content, layout, final preparations for distribution etc. to meet established deadlines, as well as interviewing a variety of people and gathering information from many different sources for newsletter articles and other public affairs information products;
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining content for websites and social media sites;
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating the news value or communication potential of visual materials, including photographs, illustrations and graphics.
  • Typing skills with at least 5O WPM;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software;
  • Knowledge of general office machines and telephone system;
  • Ability to pass a USDOD background check;
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skill.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience as a USDOD employee or contractor and/or administrative support experience in the medical field.

The position requires access to Federal office buildings and communication networks. Applicants must have US citizenship or right to work documents that do not expire during the contract period, combined with two years of US residency before the start of employment.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OCEANASSOC.COM, ADP WEB PORTAL.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

OAI is a government contractor and is required by law to invite applicants to self-identify their race, gender, national origin, disability status and veteran status. OAI is required to use the information it collects as part of its future affirmative action efforts in hiring. The information is collected anonymously by computer and is not connected to your application. You will see a place to check certain boxes in OAI's online application. Even though the information is anonymous, self-identification is voluntary. You can always check the box that says you decline to self-identify.

Note: If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the "Notes" section on the second page of the online application.

Job Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in any field of study with public relations/public affairs experience or course work
experience with event planning and coordination
experience interacting with news media representatives and members of the public on routine matters
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software