Entry Level Strategic Communication Specialist

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This entry-level position is for a recent graduate looking to use their passion for science and communication to create meaningful public engagement. You will join CDM Smith’s growing, cross-discipline strategic communications team, with the opportunity to work on projects across the U.S. in the water and environment sectors. Projects you may work include water lead service line replacement program and PFAS risk communication efforts.

With strong writing skills and a sense of how to visualize content, you will work under strategic communication experts, helping create effective public engagement materials and campaigns. When someone thinks something cannot be done, your first instinct is to find a solution anyway.

The core of your work will be supporting creation and implementation of public engagement and risk communication plans for diverse projects focused on improving community health and infrastructure. Your day-to-day duties will include:

Working with a public engagement and/or risk communication team, including CDM Smith personnel and subconsultants, for each project

Helping develop public engagement plans, timelines, highly visual presentations and professional communications

Organizing logistics for targeted virtual and in-person engagement efforts

Creating postcards, fact sheets, fliers, social media posts, and door hangars meant to communicate targeted messages and translate technical information into something the general public can understand

Interacting with the public, especially disadvantaged communities, via virtual and on-the-ground community forums

Conducting demographic and other related community research

Working with social media and electronic methods of survey and data collection

Communicating regularly with project stakeholders (elected officials, citizens, business community representatives, and environmental justice communities)

Some weekend and evening hours may be required to attend project public engagement events. Your work will support public engagement and risk communication efforts nationwide, starting with projects in the Northeast U.S.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. 0 years. Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications

1 year of related experience.

Experience with graphic design and related software is a plus

Experience with GIS and related software is a plus

The ability to speak multiple languages, including Spanish, is a plus

Amount of Travel Required


Skills and Abilities

Basic knowledge of corporate governance practices, organization design principles, accounting principles, finance, supply chain management, and organization management. Good written and oral communication skills. Ability to understand complex technical, professional and business materials.

EEO Statement

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

U.S. Vaccine Status

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) are committed to your health and safety. CDM Smith and its employees adhere to all applicable government and client COVID-19 requirements.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant’s criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Agency Disclaimer

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

Additional Compensation

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

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No – We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position.
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