Communications Strategist - Force Projection

COMM - Communications Department

Are you a creative communications professional, who loves using your skills to craft compelling stories? 

Do you enjoy working with teams of scientists and engineers, leading them through the communications strategy process to ensure their message comes alive? 

Do you have an unbridled curiosity along with the ability to translate highly technical information and ideas?

We're seeking a communications strategist to work with our Force Projection Sector (FPS), to tell outstanding narratives to both internal and external audiences. A newly-created position at the Lab, strategists will serve as trusted advisors to our technical staff and collaborate with our creative team to create compelling content.

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

As a communications strategist you will...

  • Coordinate and execute communications strategies by working closely with the FPS leadership team and technical staff.
  • Translate complex technical topics into understandable and visually compelling communications products.
  • Act individually and with a team of creatives to craft captivating content for external and internal audiences, including, but not limited to: articles, graphics, presentations, marketing materials, displays, events, digital media, and more.
  • Serve as a trusted strategic advisor, crafting clear messages and selecting appropriate channels, as needed.
  • Champion partnerships both inside and outside the Laboratory to share our important work.
  • Provide thought-leadership on emerging trends in communications and design.
  • Demonstrate how the state-of-the-art in communications can be combined with detailed audience research to truly make our work come alive!

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Bachelor's degree in communications, graphic design, English, journalism, marketing, public relations, science, social sciences or a related field.
  • Six+ years of proven experience in communicating highly technical subject matter, branding, collateral creation, and integrated campaigns based on research and analysis.
  • Familiarity with the military, Department of Defense, and government communications.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing dynamic situations and collaborating across complex organizations.
  • Experience working with creative teams.
  • An aptitude for analyzing and using data in the development and presentation of compelling messages.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, analytical thinking, project management and organizational communications skills.
  • An ability to operate independently, set priorities, and adjudicate competing needs in a large organization.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.  

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • 10+ years of proven experience in communications.
  • Experience with reputation management and executive communications.
  • Proficiency in developing, managing, and marketing successful and sophisticated cross-channel communications campaigns.
  • A Secret-level (or higher) security clearance

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.




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