National Security Communications Business Partner

MITRE   •  

Mc Lean, VA

Industry: Information Services


8 - 10 years

Posted 406 days ago

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Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.


MITRE is seeking a candidate who will serve as a National Security Business Communications Strategist for the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs 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 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 communications lead or consultant 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
  • Manage projects and supervise graphic designers, writers, photographers and videographers to create effective pieces for print and online distribution
  • Occasional overtime and travel (including international) needed, including weekends

Minimum Education/Experience:

BS and 10 years of related experience, including 2years of leadership experience


Required Skills

  • Strong leadership, team building and collaboration skills
  • Experience in Congress working on national security issues or experience in the Department of Defense
  • 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
  • Politically savvy, able to maintain composure and clarity of thought and purpose when confronted with stressful situations
  • 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 manage indirect teams, vendors, and customers from multiple locations
  • 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
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance  

Desired Skills

  • 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.