Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0005
Post Date 2/6/2018
Title Public Affairs Specialist/Writer
Division Office of Public Affairs
PT/FT Full Time
City Washington
State DC

Our Mission

The PCAOB is a nonprofit audit regulator in Washington, established by Congress after the accounting scandals at firms such as Enron and Arthur Andersen, to protect investors and promote high quality audits of public companies. The Board reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Job Description

The PCAOB has a full-time position for a Public Affairs Specialist/Writer in the Office of Public Affairs at its Washington headquarters. This key position reports to the Director of Public Affairs.

The Public Affairs Specialist is responsible for writing and editing press releases, fact sheets, and website copy for the PCAOB. The Specialist is a key member of the PCAOB creative team, participating in the branding strategy with the ability to work and innovate across all communication platforms.

Confidence in one’s excellent writing, copyediting, and proofreading skills is essential; expertise in use of AP style.

And, as part of a fluid and fast-paced team, the Specialist needs to be proficient in communications software and technology, including photography, video production, web content management systems, and user analytics.

The Specialist writes creative, effective and accurate copy that helps reporters and the general public understand why audit issues are important to investors, public companies, academics and others. He/she strives to provide Plain English external communications.

Working closely with subject-matter experts in the other divisions and offices of the Board, the Specialist also manages the review and approval process for these documents, and is instrumental in posting them on the website.

Being part of a small public affairs team, we wear multiple hats and have an opportunity to learn and advance new and different skills. The Specialist may work with the Director to respond to media inquiries, work directly with PCAOB board members, and practice more advance public affairs skills.

The Specialist also represents OPA and manages OPA logistics for Board open meetings where media are invited, and assists in OPA administrative duties.

This job often requires managing multiple tasks simultaneously, including multiple document versions and tight deadlines to provide high quality, creative, accurate and consistent copy. Salary is commensurate with experience.

**All applicants should submit a cover letter and writing samples to be considered for this role.


  • Provide expert writing, copyediting and proofreading (AP style proofreading and copyediting proficiency test given);
  • Work proficient with communications software and technology, including photography, video production, web content management systems, and user analytics.
  • Write, edit, and manage OPA public documents for Board review and publication;
  • Manage the PCAOB public email distribution channel (MailChimp) for press releases and other public releases;
  • Participate in the website content management system and social media;
  • Represent OPA at PCAOB events;
  • Work closely with Board members and senior staff;
  • Update/maintain PCAOB style guide on grammar, punctuation and word usage;
  • Work on media issues and coverage;
  • Work on communications strategy and tactics;
  • Maintain standards of confidentiality with respect to all matters and documents;
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment on a daily basis; and,
  • Perform other duties and special projects, as needed.


  • Minimum of seven to 10 years of progressive experience writing, copyediting, and proofreading in journalism, public affairs or media relations;
  • Excellent proofreading and copyediting skills; well versed in AP style;
  • Maturity to deal with organizational leadership and senior managers on complex and sensitive matters;
  • Ability to translate technical ideas into Plain English and creative writing;
  • Contemporary communication technology skills to work with website CMS, MailChimp, HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, and other communications technologies
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently, meet deadlines, know when to seek help;
  • Federal government experience helpful.

Our Values

The PCAOB encourages a spirit of cooperation and teamwork, and fosters an environment of professional growth where employees can exercise their leadership ability, creativity, technical competence, and public interest focus in helping the PCAOB fulfill its mission.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission. The PCAOB will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.