Communications Specialist

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music, and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.

GDEcD’s Marketing, Communications & International Engagement division develops and manages marketing, communications, and interactive needs for GDEcD; upholds brand standards; and maintains websites including Georgia.org, Gaarts.org, and ExploreGeorgia.org.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Communications Specialist reports to the Director of Communications and will assist with all internal and external communications for the Global Commerce, International Trade, and International Relations divisions, among others as needed, supporting agency-wide communications needs of the Department. The Communications Specialist will help plan and implement the agency’s internal and external communications strategies; write and edit content and copy that includes press releases, publications, advertorials, newsletters, social media, web content, and speeches; and assist with special projects as required.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Functioning as a point of contact for media;
  • Day-to-day implementation of internal communication and messaging; partnering with creative design/production team to develop editorial content for collateral pieces;
  • Partnering with the content specialist and interactive team to create appropriate content for online distribution.

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or a closely related field AND 2 years professional level experience working in public relations or the media, OR 5 years of experience in a closely related position.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and speech-writing skills.
  • Expert proofing ability.
  • Experience with curating social media content for multiple platforms.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Superior interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule in order to meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Expertise in AP style.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in communications, journalism or closely related field.
  • Experience with print, broadcast, and online media relations.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience working with graphics and production/creative teams.

Application Instructions:

  • To apply for this position, please click here. You must submit your resumé and cover letter (PDF format preferred). If you do not have internet access or require an accommodation because of a disability, please contact GDEcD Human Resources at 404-962-4000 or email jobs@georgia.org.

Additional Information for Applicants:
All qualified candidates will be considered but may not receive an interview. Preference will be given to applicants who meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications. Internal applicants may be considered prior to other applicants. Information on publicly posted social media accounts may be reviewed as part of the screening process. Applicants who are not selected for interviews will not receive notification.

To be considered for a salary offer above the entry level (if a range is posted), the successful candidate MUST have most of the education and experience qualifications shown as preferred. To receive an offer at the top of the range posted, experience must exceed preferred level. Offers will not exceed the top amount posted.

Applicants selected for hire will be subject to a background check, including a criminal history record check. Depending on the position, the background check may include education verification, credit check, and driving record. Additionally, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must present proof of Selective Service Registration if hired.

Please note, if travel is required, the selected candidate will be required to pay travel expenses (hotel, meals, etc.) up front and will be reimbursed within one week of expense statement approval.

GDEcD is an Equal Opportunity Employer