Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0119
Post Date 1/29/2019
Title Communications Writer
Division Division of Registration and Inspections
PT/FT Full Time
City Washington
State DC

Our Mission

The PCAOB oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports.

Job Description Summary

The PCAOB has a full-time regular position for a Communications Writer in its Division of Registration and Inspections (DRI) at its Washington DC headquarters. This key role requires a proactive person that thrives in a multi-faceted, fast-paced, and professional environment.  This position reports to the National Associate Director of Outreach and Communications.


  • Develops engaging content for a variety of diverse external communications that delivers market-useful information effective in driving improvements in audit quality and meaningful to various stakeholder groups (e.g. investors, audit committee members, auditors and academics).
  • Design communications that educate stakeholders on the importance of understanding audit issues.
  • Writes clear, creative, concise and accurate communications in plain English.
  • Ability to identify trends and insights from large amounts of data to identify and further develop the message.
  • Assists in the preparation of speaking materials, including draft slides and speaker notes that are used in external presentations and status updates.
  • Review and edit inspection reports and briefs in order to provide recommendations on how to organize content to be most effective and to conform to best practices.
  • Collaborates with PCAOB staff, various teams and subject-matter experts within DRI and other divisions to develop and enhance content materials, analyze reporting findings and other information for use.
  • Assist in the preparation of internal DRI communications that deliver consistent, timely and transparent information on a variety of topics.
  • Assist in the development of new web based content and refreshing existing materials.
  • Provide support related to DRI press releases and web based content pages, as needed.
  • Assists in developing DRI’s outreach and communication strategy.
  • Perform other duties and special projects, as needed.


  • Education/Technical Expertise
    • BS/BA degree or equivalent required (English, journalism, communications, marketing or a related major).
    • Minimum of 10 plus years of progressively responsible relevant experience in delivering oral and written executive level communications.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a strong ability to communicate ideas successfully; clarity in speech and writing.
    • A basic knowledge of auditing/accounting terminology is a plus.
    • A demonstrated track record of translating technical ideas into Plain English and creative writing.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Access, Internet, Adobe InDesign, PhotoShop and Outlook applications.
    • Demonstrates flexibility, agility, and the ability to manage competing priorities.
    • Exceptional time management, organization, and prioritization skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
    • Enjoys working in a fast paced environment.
    • Maintains standards of confidentiality with respect to all matters and documents.
    • Ability to travel, if required.
    • A self-starter able to administer a number of open, ongoing assignments at any one time, where some assignments are routinely unstructured, requiring autonomy and independent judgment.
    • In-depth experience successfully harmonizing diverse and competing interests.
    • Ability to clearly articulate a position with sound logic, supporting empirical evidence, and impartiality.
    • Ability to effectively represent the organization to a variety of both internal and external constituencies.
  • Leadership/Management Skills and Abilities
    • Ensures that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with the highest ethical standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
    • Ability to promote collaboration by unifying teams, setting common goals and incentivizing collaborative behavior.
    • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
    • Strong ability to build credibility, organize effectively, solve problems quickly and communicate clearly.
    • Possesses the balance and emotional intelligence required to meet the diverse needs of the divisions/offices.
    • Proven ability to navigate and resolve various types of conflict in a timely and productive manner.
  • Transformational/Continuous Improvement Capabilities
    • Proven transformation skills that include the ability to consistently execute at a high level, drive positive change and desire to build established programs and teams.
    • Demonstrated agility and ability to navigate complex environments.
    • Ability to foster an environment of creativity and innovation, focusing on the empowerment and support of staff through tools and continuous process improvement.
    • Supports individuals and teams in process excellence, project management, problem solving, and value creation to drive toward required outcomes.
    • Surfaces capacity, pacing, resourcing and any other issues requiring leadership attention. Ensures organizational alignment, effective stakeholder engagement and communication.
    • Demonstrated ability to think broadly and strategically, including the ability to translate long-term goals and objectives into short-term tactical plans and operational activities.
    • Effectively assesses progress by identifying and articulating clear, consistent key performance indicators.

Our Values

As we seek to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we expect integrity, pursue excellence, operate with effectiveness, embrace collaboration, and demand accountability.

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.