Communications Specialist, Government Systems

US - CA - San Diego, US - DC - Washington Ref #7500 21-Oct-2020

Job description

Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the world’s fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide.  

We’re looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning, and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. Our team is fearless in pursuit of new ideas and uncompromising in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today.

Job Responsibilities

The Corporate Communications & External Affairs team is part of the larger Marketing organization and is comprised of Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Executive Communications, Social Media and Editorial teams.

We are creators. We are storytellers. We are passionate about sharing the Company’s mission, vision, values and stories in order to establish Viasat as a premier global communications company—bringing high-speed, highly-reliable internet and communications services anywhere—on the ground, in the air and at sea.

The Communications Specialist, Government Systems will focus on creating and implementing integrated communications programs around Viasat’s defense business that will generate positive media coverage, strong storylines and drive increases in social engagement. The right candidate will be fearless in their approach to creative story-telling and have a passion for media relations and social media.

Responsibilities include:


  • Develop and implement strategic, compelling, and impactful PR & Social Media programs that tell Viasat’s defense business narrative—highlighting key initiatives, industry trends, company news, leadership and technology/customer/partner program

Public Relations

  • Create and execute proactive PR plans around key themes, announcements, and launches—secure leadership approvals
  • Draft press releases and pitches, inclusive of new product, service, customer, and partner content
  • Build, cultivate and maintain relationships with key business, local and defense trade press

Social Media

  • Elevate Viasat’s Government social media presence through targeted content and engagement strategies
  • Collaborate with blog, marketing, and creative teams to plan, create, curate, schedule and execute a regular social media content cadence of compelling on-brand visual and written content to support business objectives, PR strategies, and events
  • Manage community of social media followers and grow relationships with key defense/government influencers, where appropriate
  • Stay abreast of social media best practices and trends, and utilize them to inform content strategy

Thought Leadership

  • Develop and execute thought leadership campaigns, inclusive of planning, drafting and submitting for awards, keynotes, and high-level speakerships
  • Works with our editorial content team to generate ideas for the corporate blog, podcast series and more


  • Track, benchmark and analyze media coverage and social media KPIs; provide recommendations for continuous improvement
  • This position reports to the Vice President of Corporate Communications & External Affairs, and works directly with the Head of Social Media and the Government Systems Marketing & Leadership teams

This position can be based in Carlsbad or Washington, DC

    • 7+ years of communications experience – either agency or in-house
    • Strong knowledge of MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and social media platforms
    • Passionate, positive self-starter who enjoys working in a cross-functional team environmentAbility to plan and execute multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
    • Superior project management and time management skills
    • Highly organized with depth in planning and executionImpeccable writing, editing and proofreading; must be able to communicate concepts effectively
    • Confident communicator and presenter, with an ability to present plans to senior leadership teams
    • Strategic, creative thinker comfortable with generating ideas, plans and getting those plans across the finish line
    • Ability to collaborate with design teams to develop content, as well as create visual and written content independently
    • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
    • Ability to travel up to 30%
    • Ability to work after-hours and occasional weekends

    • Experience working in defense/government markets a plus
    • Experience with working on social media programs for a large brand a plus
    • Proven ability to manage and track cross-functional projects
    • Ability to plan and execute multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

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    Additional Requirements and information

    Minimum education:


    Years of experience:



    Up to 25%


    US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status required



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