Basic Function of Position
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 adviseSpes 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. 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.
Education: Master’s degree in journalism, political science, international relations, or public affairs.
Experience: Minimum five years’ experience in professional positions dealing with Russian-language media, regional political and economic issues, or other foreign affairs-related fields.
Language Skills: Level IV (fluency) in English and Russian.
Job Knowledge: 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.
Skills and Abilities: 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.
Please submit your application in English, by May 31 at the latest, via the website of the U.S. Embassy: http://belgium.usembassy.gov/jobs.html