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America’s oldest continuously active musical organization

The Communication Strategist will be an integral part of a team of six Marines who are responsible for protecting and promoting the brand of “The President’s Own” while building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external audiences and advising the band’s leadership of public relations trends, issues, and opportunities. The position includes annual travel during the spring for approximately two weeks to advance the Marine Band’s National Concert Tour. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and verbal communication skills and be fluent in the fundamentals of public relations and digital marketing. In this team-based position, the Communication Strategist will frequently collaborate with the Marine Band Recording Lab and Library on production and research projects. Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.

Duties and Responsibilities
– Writing, editing/proofreading and publishing feature articles, marketing content, biographies,
press releases, ads and copy for the organization’s digital properties
– Social media planning, content creation, scheduling and engagement
– Email marketing utilizing Constant Contact
– Media relations, including outreach and earned media coverage at national and local levels
– Event photography, photo editing and asset management
– Website management using the Marine Corps content management system
– Management of the organization’s participation and presence at conventions
– Interaction with concert patrons, both in person and online via livestreams
– Event management to include guest invitations/RSVPs, ticket distribution, publicity, etc.
– Meeting with performance venue representatives to ensure effective promotion, ticketing and
logistical matters for tour concerts
– Manage vendor/contractor relationships as needed
– Manage paid advertising as needed
– Assist in educational outreach as needed
– Support in other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications
– Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, related field
– Three years public relations or marketing experience
– Knowledge of AP Style
– Photography skills a plus (even if not professionally trained)
– An appreciation and basic understanding of music and/or the Marine Corps is a plus in order
to write and market effectively

Ideal software experience includes
– Adobe Creative Suite (Lightroom, Photoshop, Express)
– Cision or Meltwater or other media monitoring software

Enlistment Qualifications
Those selected for “The President’s Own” are exempt from recruit training and are appointed to the
rank of Staff Sergeant/pay grade E-6 under a contract “for duty with the U.S. Marine Band only.”
Current regulations authorize enlistment between ages 17 and 28. Age waivers may be granted in
some cases; however the maximum age for which waivers may be granted to those with no prior
military service is 34. Applicants must also pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
(ASVAB) and a complete physical examination, which includes complying with established
height/weight standards both at the time of enlistment and throughout one’s Marine Corps career.
United States citizenship and successful completion of an extensive background investigation are
mandatory in order to obtain a Secret Security Clearance with Category III White House Access.
Applicants holding dual citizenship will be required to renounce their foreign citizenship as a
prerequisite to obtaining clearance. This clearance is a requirement for the assignment of the Military
Occupational Specialty (MOS) 5511 – Member, U.S. Marine Band. Due to the length and scope of the
security clearance process, it is initiated following the member’s enlistment onto active duty. Failure to
obtain and maintain this security clearance may result in administrative separation from the U.S.
Marine Corps.

Application Process
Interested applicants should submit the following items no later than June 30, 2024:
– Application (attached)
– Cover letter and resume, along with three references with phone numbers
– Portfolio with at least three writing samples. Examples of graphic design and photography are
also encouraged, but not required.

All materials should be sent electronically using a cloud or file-sharing service to, with the subject line: Job Application, First Name Last Name
Only qualified applicants will be contacted after the requested materials have been received. The first
round of interviews will be conducted by phone. Those applicants who advance will be invited to visit
Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. for an in-person interview that will take place July 29-
Aug. 2, 2024, and will also include a writing exercise and lunch with members of the U.S. Marine
Band Office of Communication. Applicants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

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