The Russian-language media specialist supports the Department of State’s broader efforts to communicate authoritative, accurate, and timely U.S. policy information to Russian-language media throughout Europe and Central Asia. This position develops and maintains long-term knowledge of Russian-language media and contacts. Using those contacts and relying on his/her in-depth knowledge of the media landscape, he/she advises the U.S.-European Media Hub, U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and senior officials in Washington on strategies, programs, and tools for conveying U.S. foreign policy messages to Russophone media. He/she facilitates media engagement with Russian-language media outlets for the Department’s Russian-language spokesperson and other senior officials. Develops and engages in intensive media coaching and preparation sessions for the Russian-language Spokesperson in advance of Russian language interviews, including the translation of appropriate talking points and press guidance. He/she oversees the development of content for the Department’s Russian-language social media platforms, developing strategies for digital engagement in Russian. He/she monitors, analyzes, and identifies trends in Russian-language media and tracks Russian government narratives in European media coverage. He/she performs translation, interpretation, and transcription of Russian/English U.S. government material as requested.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in journalism, political science, international relations, public affairs, or related fields with minimum five years’ experience in professional positions dealing with Russian-language media, regional political and economic issues, or other foreign affairs-related fields,
OR Bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science, international relations, public affairs, or related fields with minimum seven years’ experience in professional positions dealing with Russian-language media, regional political and economic issues, or other foreign affairs-related fields.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Speaking, reading, and writing: Level IV (fluency) in English and Russian.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Extensive knowledge of economic, political, and social institutions of the Russian-speaking world. Must be an expert in the Russian-language media markets and have extensive familiarity with media issues in Russophone countries. Ability to develop high-level contacts in Russian-language media outlets around the world.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Recognized expertise in media relations and the ability to develop and nurture effective contacts at all levels; interpersonal skills to work with a range of contacts, both in Russophone media and within the U.S. government; ability to explain and promote U.S. foreign policies in an appropriate manner and advise senior U.S. Government officials on the best approaches for explaining U.S. policy to Russian-speaking audiences; ability to analyze and interpret media and public opinion in order to advise on the most effective way to communicate with Russophone audiences; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to interpret and explain political, social, cultural, and economic issues of importance to European and Central Asian populations; expertise in effective social media practices; operational proficiency with digital platforms.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their application in English through the website of the U.S. Embassy: https://be.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs by September10, 2017.