The MITRE Corporation MITRE National Sector Strategic Communications Lead in Bedford, Massachusetts

MITRE National Sector Strategic Communications Lead


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MITRE is seeking a candidate who will serve as a MNS Communications Strategist for the Strategic Communications division. This is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned national security professional with strong project management and negotiating skills and proven ability to plan, execute, measure and improve internal and external communications programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and work collaboratively with the MNS Senior Communications Strategist and MNS Officers

  • Lead cross-center/cross-division strategy, messaging, content development and rollout

  • Lead and/or support high-visibility, complex projects within their domain

  • Lead strategic engagement strategies and outreach with external stakeholders and partners

  • Contribute to and evolve existing standards and processes utilizing best practices in communications and communications project management

  • Ensure a high level of quality and consistency in communications planning, project scheduling and project execution

  • Consult and work with senior management, analyze their needs, provide recommendations, and develop appropriate communications strategies

  • Recommend and conduct appropriate communications research

  • Analyze, measure, and document effectiveness of executed communication strategies

  • Write and edit messages, presentations and reports for executives and senior management about company and business unit direction

  • Serve as an interlocutor and conduit for center communications campaigns and major corporate initiatives

  • Provide support to public affairs duties that could include: developing proactive media strategies to showcase key programs, responding to press inquiries, scheduling and coordinating interviews, and developing effective measures of success where appropriate

Occasional overtime and travel (including international) needed, including weekends


Required Skills

  • Strong leadership, team building and collaboration skills

  • Advanced proficiency in communication strategy and execution with expertise consulting and developing communications solutions that align to business goals

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills

  • Ability to coach, mentor, counsel and direct the work of others

  • Proven success navigating complex, sensitive issues with poise and decorum

  • Outstanding project-management experience, including creating and managing schedules and budgets, tracking tasks and hours, and ensuring that projects remain on schedule and on budget

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to be flexible and work in a fast paced, high profile environment as both an individual contributor and as a member of a team

  • Strong results-orientation and demonstrated ability to manage communications plans from concept through execution

  • Strong consulting skills; demonstrated ability to work with executive and senior management to analyze problems, recommend appropriate communication solutions and facilitate more informed decisions

  • Ability to monitor best practices and deliver new, imaginative communication solutions

  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment and respond to changing schedules and priorities while successfully managing multiple projects

Desired Skills

  • Experience supporting legislative affairs and /or working on Capitol Hill on national security issues

  • Conference and events planning skills

  • Previous experience as a speechwriter or familiarity with the speechwriting process

  • Knowledge of federally funded research and development centers or not-for-profit organizations

  • 5 years’ experience serving as an advisor to senior executives

  • Bachelors or higher degree in communications, media relations, public affairs, or related field

Writing and project examples required.

Job Communications

Primary Location United States-Virginia-McLean

Other Locations United States-Massachusetts-Bedford

This requisition requires a clearance of Secret

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting Jul 20, 2018, 11:02:01 AM

Req ID: 00050129