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The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. The Commission is an equal opportunity employer.


Communications and Visual Information Specialist
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Washington, DC
$45,000-$60,000 per year (depending on qualifications and experience)

Closing Date

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal Government advisory body that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties. More information about USCIRF is available at www.uscirf.gov.

USCIRF is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Summary
USCIRF is actively seeking a Communications Specialist to be a key member of the Communication team. The Communications Specialist will support USCIRF’s activities as they relate primarily to media activities, public affairs, and the design and dissemination of visual information.  

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Resume and supporting documents (see How to Apply)
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation
  • Completion of a probationary period may be required
  • Selectee must be able to meet/maintain suitability and security requirements

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Specialist’s primary responsibilities involve the following:

  1. Website/Social Media accounts
  • Update and maintain USCIRF’s website;
  • Enhance USCIRF’s social media outreach, including Facebook and Twitter;Interact with website vendors;
  • Monitor USCIRF’s media and social media coverage, including receiving, coordinating, and tracking media inquiries;
  • Utilize website analytics to improve outreach effectiveness;

2. Media relations

  • Maintain media contact lists
  • Compile and distributing daily press clips;
  • Assist with promoting stories, op-eds, press releases, etc.;
  • Circulate press releases and other documents generated by USCIRF to global, local, regional, and national media contacts;
  • Pitch calls to media outlets as needed;

3. Graphic design

  • Create visual information products (for print and online use) using a variety of tools including Adobe Creative Suite products, particularly InDesign and Acrobat;
  • Create innovative graphics for online use, particularly social media;
  • Photograph and video a variety of material, subjects, and events, building and maintaining a database of such materials;
  • Coordinate with the Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Creative Design and printing services divisions;

4. Other

  • Work closely with the Commissioners and all USCIRF staff to accomplish the mission of the agency;Identify and cultivate audiences and constituencies that benefit from and/or support USCIRF’s mission;
  • Plan and promote special events;
  • Assist with development and implementation of communications strategy; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

This position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
Minimum one year experience commensurate with duties outlined above, and including:

  • Experience working with the media required;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including copy editing;
  • Experience drafting press releases, web content, and other communications materials;
  • Experience working with Adobe’s Creative Suite, particularly InDesign;Experience with website maintenance (Drupal or WordPress), or the ability to learn the necessary skills quickly;
  • Experience working with various contact management systems and/or email distribution programs such as Cision, Meltwater, Mail Chimp, etc.;
  • Ability to implement a social media strategy and experience with social media outreach including Facebook and Twitter;
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced setting, defining and meeting deadlines;
  • Ability to synthesize information from various sources;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Working knowledge of AP Style, MS Office, HTML, Google Analytics (and/or other metrics tools), and other web-related skills are helpful, but not required; and
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and collegial demeanor.


How to Apply
To apply, candidates should email a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample (no more than five pages; preferably a press release) to:



732 N. Capitol Street, NW
Suite A714
Washington, DC 20401
Fax: (202) 523-5020

Applications will be held in strict confidence. After submitting your application for this position, you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials. USCIRF will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview or if we require additional information or references.

No calls please

Evaluation of Applicants
This job is excepted from the competitive civil service. Applicants will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the relevance and quality of their experience and education and on the desired qualifications described above.
Pursuant to section 204(c) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, as amended, USCIRF staff members are hired “on the basis of professional and nonpartisan qualifications.”

USCIRF offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, ten Federal holidays, life insurance, and medical benefits. Please visit www.opm.gov for more information on benefits.

Other Information

  • Travel expenses related to the hiring process will not be paid
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid

Selective Service. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Reasonable Accommodation. USCIRF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact USCIRF at (202) 523-3240. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.