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Public Engagement Assistant (Press & Media Coordinator)

U.S. Embassy Singapore  

Job Description

This position works under the direct supervision of the Information Officer.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Monitors Singaporean press and media coverage of issues of importance to the U.S. 
  • Identifies and advises Mission leadership on strategies for promoting accurate, balanced Singaporean press and media coverage of U.S. foreign policy and American interests; correcting misinformation; and countering disinformation. 
  • Builds productive relationships with press and media professionals in person and online.   

Job Requirements

All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item in their resume.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or local equivalent and at least four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank, university, NGO, international organization, foreign embassy, government office or corporation is required, with responsibility for public relations, public affairs, journalism, communications, marketing, managing public relations, outreach events, press conferences, and other media interactions as significant parts of the job is required;  OR
  • A minimum 2 years of full-time post-secondary study at college or university, or other equivalent post-secondary education and at least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank, university, NGO, international organization, foreign embassy, government office or corporation is required, with responsibility for public relations, public affairs, journalism, communications, marketing, managing public relations, outreach events, press conferences, and other media interactions as significant parts of the job is required.
  • Must have fluent, strong English oral and writing skills, and fluent Malay or Mandarin oral and writing skills.
  • Must have excellent, documented visual story-telling, written, and oral communication skills to create and adapt visual, audio and printed material for dissemination in English and Mandarin or Malay languages.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills in order to speak publicly; write reports, press releases and other products; engage in on-line fora; and contribute to publications in English. 
  • Must be able to brief U.S. officers and visitors on a variety of issues and interpret between English and Malay or Mandarin language for public programs. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of Singapore’s press/media institutions and professional journalism standards and practices, as well as trends in audience preferences for information consumption (print, TV, radio, online) is required.  Must have an understanding of communication trends in the region and internationally as they affect the Singaporean information landscape and must be familiar with influence patterns in information flow.  
  • Ability to identify, analyze, predict and continually assess attitudes of press and media outlets and information consumers across a wide range of thematic policy areas is required. 
  •  Must have excellent customer relations, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. 
  • Strong event and management skills are required.  Must be able to organize and run events such as press conferences, interviews, workshops and journalism training seminars, often on short notice or in emergencies.

Additional job details can be requested by emailing USEmbSingaporeHR@state.gov

Please note: 

  • Emailed applications and resumes are no longer accepted. 
  • To maintain an open and fair recruitment process, the U.S. Embassy only accepts applications that are completed in full and submitted via the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) website: https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/sgp/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms
  • To apply for the above position:  Please complete the on-line ERA form and upload any supporting documents (including educational certificates and/or transcripts related to the position requirements state above) using this site https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/sgp/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms by June 29, 2022.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.  Thank you for your interest in U.S. Embassy Singapore.
  • Permanent / Full Time
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