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DARPA Website Manager

This is a hybrid remote position with regular onsite support in Ballston, VA. A security clearance is required to perform this work. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Spire is a full-service communications firm supporting innovative programs in government, technology, healthcare, and science. We seek a full-time, highly skilled website manager for DARPA’s external-facing website.

A security clearance will be required. You do not have to hold a clearance to apply, but only U.S. citizens will be considered.

This is not an entry-level position. A minimum of five years’ experience managing websites required for consideration.

You would be responsible for providing direction for and coordinating architecture, design, development, and content for You would work closely with and provide direction to guide the work of agency developers, web designers, and content creators. This is not a writing position, but expert understanding of digital content is a must, including navigation, taxonomy, content models, wireframes, and on-page SEO.

The role resides within the agency’s public affairs team, whose charge is to promote DARPA programs and achievements to the research and academic communities, partner agencies, lawmakers, and the public at large. Your contribution to this team would be to ensure the website represents DARPA as the military’s innovation engine and transformational change agent.

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What You’ll Do

  • Translate agency communications requirements into technical requirements that elevate web architecture, design, and functionality in support of the mission.
  • Ensure development, design, and content milestones are delivered on time.
  • Facilitate user acceptance testing to meet requirements and reflect brand standards.
  • Triage requests for redesign, development, and site architecture updates and initiate projects with appropriate technology or content teams as needed.
  • Conduct website audits and analysis to measure performance, relevance, and accessibility compliance, and recommend content, design, or development updates as needed.
  • Measure ongoing site performance with Google Analytics, providing the public affairs team with data insights and recommending site updates as needed.
  • Oversee search engine optimization (SEO) strategy and ensure efforts are consistently embedded as reflect the agency’s communications goals.

What You’ll Bring to Spire

  • 5-10 years of experience managing large public websites
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Eligibility for a Secret clearance
  • Deep understanding of the needs and goals of website users
  • Advanced knowledge of on-page SEO, including keyword research, meta descriptions, page titles and heading structure, URLs, internal linking, and image optimization
  • Advanced knowledge of Google Analytics and meaningful content metrics
  • Fluency in web design and development concepts and processes
  • Professional enthusiasm for and interest in UI/UX trends
  • Ability to learn and work within DARPA’s proprietary CMS
  • High-level organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong client orientation
  • Meticulous attention to detail and service quality mindset
  • Effective teamwork and collaboration skills

Our benefits

Medical (United Healthcare), dental (CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield), and vision (United Concordia) plans paid at 100% (employee premium) plus 30% contribution to family premium

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. DARPA explicitly reaches for transformational change instead of incremental advances.

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