Director of Strategic Communications

 •  MITRE Mc Lean, VA and Bedford, MA

11 - 15 years experience  •  Information Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/31/17
Mc Lean, VA
11 - 15 years experience
Information Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/31/17

At MITRE, what we hold most dear is our commitment to mission; a commitment to having a higher purpose that is more important than any other driver of how one might choose what they spend time doing beyond sleep and time with friends or family.  Our Mission is based on two fundamental truths – we love cracking a hard challenge, and we are passionate about making really important contributions to society, for public good.  MITRE was established nearly six decades ago to solve a vexing issue in the national security space, and over the most recent decades we have applied our resources to numerous problems to reach the goal  of achieving a safer world.

We believe that information is the new super power.  With trusted access to proprietary data, MITRE brings insights that impact life or death decisions. We hold our mission as our highest principle and are resourced to deliver objective insight (non-commercial, we are not encumbered by lobbyists or profit incentives).  Through our unique vantage point of working across the whole of government, we have the ability to freely apply learning and experience to pinpoint opportunities for breakthrough innovation and the efficient application of existing solutions to new problems.  By pioneering together for public good, we are harnessing this power of partnership, data and technology to bend the mortality curve on opioid addiction and suicide, keep the US the safest airspace in the world and to bring that learning to other countries, to give our warfighters the advantage in information and cyber space to maintain the United States’ position as a world power, to name a few.

MITRE and its 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 in 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.

This position directs a broad and diverse set of communications capabilities and resources for the MITRE Corporation including leading transformational change through strategic communications; driving branding strategies and objectives; communicating to the public, media, external stakeholders, and employees.


Reports to and works in partnership with the Chief Operating Officer within the Corporate Operations organization. The Director of Strategic Communications supports the Executive Leadership team (ELT) and the rest of the corporate officers in:

  • Leading transformational change through strategic communications
  • Developing and refining external messaging in support of the MITRE Brand and Corporate business strategy
  • Identifying, developing, and managing communications channels appropriate to MITRE’s business
  • Leading strategic communications planning for the enterprise 
  • Accelerating digital transformation and delivery
  • Marketing MITRE’s offerings and capabilities
  • Managing Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leading creative approaches to delivery
  • Managing division in a flexible staffing model to deliver effectively and efficiently
  • Overseeing workforce development and talent management for staff


  • Overseeing and orchestrating work from teams of communications strategists and specialists, public affairs specialists, writers, editors, designers, multimedia producers, web developers, event planners, and other related roles.
  • Establishing metrics to monitor progress, align with industry standards, and demonstrate the value of their services
  • Transforming news and information channels to deliver content that employees and other stakeholders want, information that they need, and in the form in which they want to receive it
  • Evolving and redesigning the communications engagement model to respond to internal customer needs and changes in the external environment
  • Developing a multi-year strategic plan to serve as a guide for innovation, talent-building, workforce planning, and service evolution

Preferred Qualifications 

At least 15years in a corporate communications, media relations or government relations environment as well as demonstrated successful senior leadership capabilities. Experience working with government stakeholders is also a plus.

Minimum Education/Experience 

BS and 15years of related experience.


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