DARPA Mid-Level PR Writer

The position is hybrid, with once-a-week onsite work in Ballston, VA.

Spire is a full-service communications firm supporting innovative programs in government, technology, healthcare, and science. We seek a full-time public relations writer to join our growing team. This position will support the public affairs team at DARPA, writing press releases, website content, social posts, and other materials.

We need a strong wordsmith and strategic communicator, able to work independently with minimal direction.

A SECRET clearance will be required for this position. Applicants do not need a clearance to apply.

Please respond only if you possess a minimum of 7 years’ experience directly related to a field based on writing. Marketing agency experience is a big plus.

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What You’ll Do

  • Lead proactive and reactive media relations strategies
  • Work closely with local, national, and global news media
  • Write, edit, and share stories to engage key audiences
  • Manage significant stakeholder engagement efforts
  • Write content for social media and web
  • Create messaging and positioning

What You’ll Bring to Spire

  • 7+ years of communications experience with a focus on content creation
  • Ability to write clear, concise, and grammatically correct copy
  • Experience writing about highly technical and scientific information
  • Understanding of different language styles that appeal to various target markets
  • Ability to communicate with a clear and consistent brand voice
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Our benefits

Medical (CareFirst BCBS) and Dental (United Healthcare) plans paid at 100%

Monthly $50 “wellness” stipend for gym memberships, spa services, etc.

Life and disability insurance (short- and long-term)

18 days PTO and 8 federal holidays per year (+Veterans Day for those who have served)

Flexible home/office environment

Home office expense reimbursement

401(k) plan with automatic 3% of salary employer contribution

Employee referral bonuses

Annual stipend for employee and/or job-related training

About Spire

We are a boutique, woman-led agency that specializes in technology, health, and science. Our clients are federal agencies and contractors charged with advanced R&D and vital national programs that make life better for all Americans. Our team is committed to the work of these pioneers and public servants. We believe in their missions, marvel at their innovations, and delight in telling their stories.

Every member of our team is a senior-level communicator. This means every assignment is an opportunity to work with and learn from the best strategists and storytellers—designers, videographers, writers, editors, media relations leads, social media managers, and web developers.


For sixty years, DARPA has held to a singular and enduring mission: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.

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