Associate Director for Messaging - EOM Office of Communications

Washington, DC, DC
Full Time
Executive Office of the Mayor
POSITION:  Associate Director for Messaging
OFFICE:EOM Office of Communications
OPEN:March 20, 2024
CLOSE:Open until filled
GRADE: Excepted Service, Grade 4

This is an Excepted Service position. Selected candidate must be a District resident or establish residency within 180 days of hire.
Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.


The Associate Director will work with the Messaging Director to ensure seamless strategic and effective communications. The position will assist in developing copy for the Executive Office of the Mayor communications.
This position is an excellent fit for someone who enjoys writing, is interested in District government, and has long-term career goals of becoming a speechwriter, public information officer, or other senior-level communications position.
This position is in the Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of Communications. The office operates as a resource to all government agencies, officials, and the media in facilitating the widest possible dissemination of information to the public.

Major duties

  • Writes and edits materials, including press releases, media advisories, statements, and remarks, that keep the public and the press informed about District services and programs.
  • Works with the Communications Director and the Director of Messaging to advise District agencies on messaging and communications tactics.
  • Supports the operations of the entire communications team, especially with drafting and reviewing content for social media and compiling and analyzing press coverage.


  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Experience drafting, writing, and editing press releases, media advisories, statements, scripts, talking points, and remarks.
  • Superior ability to manage multiple priorities and fast-paced work.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong research skills and the ability to take in large amounts of new information, distill critical facts, and write clearly and concisely about unfamiliar topics.

Work environment

The work is performed primarily in-person in an office setting. Times in the field are permitted when there is a related event.


There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either:
  1. be a District of Columbia resident at the time of appointment; or
  2. become a District resident within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.
 The law also requires that Excepted Service employees remain District residents during the duration of the individual’s appointment. Failure to remain a District resident for the duration of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

If you are interested in this role, please upload your resume and answer the questionnaire. Only the candidates deemed most suited for the position based on resume will receive a call to schedule further discussion.


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