Strategic Communications Planner – US Forces Korea


Full-Time  |  Integrated Communications  |  Pyeongtaek, South Korea

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Barbaricum is seeking a senior-level Strategic Communications Planner to provide services to a fast-paced and dynamic program supporting the U.S. military 4 Star-led, joint command United States Forces Korea (USFK) in South Korea. This individual will organize and lead inter-departmental meetings focused on strategic communications initiatives including making recommendations for internal and public messaging and conceptualizing public relations campaigns and activities at both the strategic and tactical levels to support the commanding general's objectives and desired end-states. The Senior Planner must be a United States citizen and possess an active Secret U.S. Government security clearance or higher.


  • Responsible for leading the creation and communication strategic planning efforts for the UCJ CS Division to align with the commands’ vision.
  • Reinforce the reputation and branding of the UNC/CFC/USFK tri-command across the information environment.
  • Provide professional recommendations on concepts, principles, practices, methods, strategies, laws, policies, and regulations related to international relations and communications specialties.
  • Ensure on-time delivery of regional media monitoring, key command messaging development, and command engagement.
  • Support senior leader engagement process by recommending Communication Strategy options with thorough risk analysis.
  • Demonstrate maturity and expertise to liaise with industry, technology, business, and strategic collaborators in developing messaging and engagement opportunities for shaping/supporting efforts for the command.
  • Serve as a skilled planner with ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with media and engagement representatives, community leaders, higher HQs, Congressional staff, and others.
  • Facilitate command engagement calendar synchronization process and the ability to coordinate with command group representatives ensuring the communication strategy interests
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of communications strategy, international relations, and the Northeast Asia region.
  • Write clear, concise, and compelling content and articulate complicated, technical strategies and insights for a variety of audiences and channels including (but not limited to) presentations, announcements, point papers, and process updates.
  • Provide copywriting and editing support, including rewriting, optimizing, and editing content from subject matter experts.
  • Plan, organize, and/or direct team efforts to present communications strategy ideas/concepts/plans to senior leaders.
  • Monitor a variety of sources both classified and open source.
  • Maintain situational awareness of regionally prominent think tanks and their published literature and prepare analyses of how this information affects the communications strategy environment. 


  • Active DoD Secret clearance required (TS and above desired)
  • Master’s Degree in one of the following disciplines: International Relations, International Policy, Media Relations, International Affairs, International law, Political Science, Information Operations, Economics, History, or Security Studies
  • Minimum five years of professional experience in communications and/or media relations, and working in the communications equities for executive-level portfolios directly supporting international relations, national security, executive communications (i.e., commanders action group experience), or equivalent senior-level foreign affairs experience
  • One or more years of experience working in Korea, USINDOPACOM, or the National Capital Region
  • Mastery knowledge to develop and present synthesized information that is meaningful to inform, educate and influence intended audiences
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of written and oral communication and skill in applying principles and using methods in conducting a public affairs program involving public information, internal information and community relations activities for internal and external audiences
  • Expert knowledge of U.S. and non-U.S. public affairs, public relations, and editorial/publication organizations, tools, and processes, including organizational structures, roles, missions, and functions to plan and develop the communication strategies for the tri-command mission
  • Practiced in the techniques of analyzing news stories, social media postings and feature articles
  • Working knowledge of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of written and oral communications that allows the employee to apply principles and use to engage the command’s audiences via a wide variety of public affairs tools
  • Fundamental knowledge of Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, and internet security regulations and protocol
  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with local and national media representatives and community groups
  • Skilled in making oral presentations to various internal and external groups to explain the command’s use of social media platforms to disseminate the command’s themes and messages
  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with a variety of UCJ staff agencies, the UCJ public affairs community, and a wide spectrum of public and private groups who are engaged on social media platforms to support the development of UCJ communication strategy
  • Demonstrated skill in presenting written ideas through publications, position papers, correspondence, news releases, and a variety of other media; skills should enable the employee to convey information clearly, completely and accurately with an ability to analyze and evaluate a wide variety of input from the digital media outlets to develop appropriate recommendations and decisions to achieve communication strategic objectives
  • Ability to write succinctly and proficiently to prepare Communication Strategy publications and deliverables for daily battle rhythm events (perform or approve copyedits, ensure necessary approvals, and arrange for formatting and publication)
  • Ability to identify opportunities to keep U.S. policy agenda priorities in the news, on Capitol Hill, and in the executive branch, and establish governance studies with scholars as key resources for reporters, policymakers, and thought leaders
  • Ability to draft correspondence to competing tasks by the senior leadership; and working with Public Affairs Offices to identify and engage media interest
  • Mastery experience in developing and implementing robust media strategies for high profile events and research publications
  • General knowledge in drafting command messaging guidance, talking points, themes and narratives to target intended audiences.
  • Must be able to step in to manage a team and work alongside the Lead Communication Strategy Planner to create 4-start level executive effects for UNC/CFC/USFK
  • Prior executive-level experience required and must be able to excel on a 4-star staff
  • String ability to speak confidently with senior leaders, international stakeholders and demonstrate keen understanding of ROK and U.S. news media
  • Experience in analyzing incomplete and conflicting information to produce research products that assess pol-mil environments and anticipate trends to forecast results of U.S. and partner nation actions
  • Experience in reviewing products for accuracy, relevance, timeliness, soundness of analysis and adherence to commander’s intent and guidelines of national policy