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Communications Officer

Communications Officer

Req No. 
2018-3481
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Category 
Brand and Communications
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Classification 
Exempt

More information about this job

Who we are

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At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.

 

Position Summary

Virgin Orbit is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Communications Officer—someone who can help us tell our story to the world at large and to our colleagues here in the company.

A key part of our quest to boost imaginations and to launch the small satellite revolution is telling the story of what we’re doing. From the shop floor of our rocket factory to the mind-boggling missions being undertaken by our customers’ satellites, there are plenty of great stories to tell; and we’re committed to sharing them in an open, transparent, and inclusive way.

 

If you join us in this position, you will make a major contribution to the way we communicate with the world at large. This will include both traditional and social media. In the past, we haven’t been very active on social media in particular—we’ve been kind of busy, you know, building rockets—but now, as we prepare to enter into routine commercial service with LauncherOne, it’s time to change that. Additionally, this job will help us communicate internally. As a growing company with multiple locations and a broad and diverse range of roles and backgrounds, it’s important that we clearly communicate what we’re doing, what comes next, where we have room for improvement, where we can celebrate challenges conquered and everything else.

 

We’ll bring the rockets, you bring a great work ethic, a love for space, and your internet credibility. Come be our Lt. Uhura! This is a great job for a space-lover who doesn’t necessarily need to have an engineering or science degree to make a meaningful contribution.

This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Regularly harvest information from all corners of the company and distill it into stories and updates that are useful and interesting to all of our teammates
  • Develop and maintain healthy, transparent, and successful relationships with our relevant media outlets, including trade, local, and general press
  • Prepare statements, talking points, op-eds, and the like for executives or on behalf of the company
  • Track our media coverage, noting what worked well and what didn’t
  • Respond to all media requests promptly, appropriately, and awesomely (often under very tight deadlines)
  • Help ensure the media outlets that should be talking about us are talking about us
  • Manage Virgin Orbit social media accounts and communities (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms that haven’t even been invented yet, probably)
  • Write and create awesome content for the company website, newsletters, customer communications, and education and outreach materials
  • Chip in with some metaphorical heavy lifting for external events, ensuring we treat our media and other related guests with legendary Virgin attitude and service
  • Represent our company, our employees, and our customers in a way that makes us all proud
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Define, refine, and deliver content in our distinct voice and tone
  • Act as a champion and driver of our Virgin Orbit culture
  • Spearhead new projects and experiments that ensure we are always improving
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field with 3+ years of professional experience
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • A driven, highly motivated nature and a commitment to improvement
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • An understanding of the key vocabulary and concepts of the satellite launch field, or a proven ability to quickly master similarly technical content
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’
  • Extremely flexible working style – depending on the day, almost anything might be part of your role on the team
  • Ties into Space Twitter and related online communities
  • Prior relationships with key reporters in the aerospace trade press or the more general tech reporting community
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Strong administration/time management skills
  • Ability to form connections with internal and external partners and maintain friendly, positive, and productive relationships
  • Availability to work odd hours when needed
  • Good judgment, particularly in high pressure situations
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 15lbs (unassisted)

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Relevant community management experience across all of the coolest global social platforms, plus whatever is coming next but is currently so cool that we haven’t even heard of it
  • Tolerance of (or even a strange craving for) occasionally long work hours and highly engaging but also demanding projects
  • Excellent practical understanding of online journalism, newswriting, and blogging
  • An aptitude for photography, videography, or other visual arts
  • Will-power to refrain from stowing away on rockets even when they just sitting there right in front of you
  • Ability to work under pressure and with ‘on the spot’ priority situations in a quick and effective manner
  • Ability to learn quickly and grasp the project and operational details
  • Willingness and ability to travel if required
  • Startup experience with an entrepreneur’s soul
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

 

Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

Search all of our job openings www.VirginOrbit.com

 

Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

 

 

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