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Strategic Communications Manager

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Job ID: 208204
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Sep 2, 2020
Category: Communications
Subcategory: Communications
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Top Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: No

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Job Description


SAIC is looking for a Strategic Communications Manager to provide expert communications within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. The position requires close interaction with senior leadership staff within the Pentagon and across the Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology community, including Components, industry partners, academia, international partners, and associations. In coordination with senior government leadership, the communications manager will work with the team to achieve organizational goals and objectives by administering the communications and public relations initiatives as determined by the larger organizational strategic planning process; advance the importance of the promotion and protection of strategic technology with relevant constituents (government, industry, academia, international partners); develop and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external associations and organizations.


Duties include:

  • Develop high-quality written products, briefing materials, presentations, and other public facing products that convey accurate and compelling messaging.
  • Coordinate with leadership to arrange, host, and/or represent the office as speakers at technical conferences and symposia.
  • Serve as editor for the development, production, and maintenance of the organizations internal and external communication vehicles.
  • Develop and execute tactical strategic communications plans for customer initiatives, publications, and articles.
  • Manage and monitor engagements with technical and professional organizations.
  • Coordinate with appropriate DoD agencies for public release of briefings, papers and other communications products.


  • Active Top Secret clearance and ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or communications
  • 7 years relevant experience providing strategic communications and public affairs support to senior executive level government officials or C-Suite level in private sector
  • Experience working in the defense community (industry, military, government civilian, or contract support); preferably direct experience with an engineering organization
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism and discretion in performing a variety of duties and interacting with various levels of staff across multiple locations
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, prioritization, and organizational skills; proven ability to assess, select, and use a variety of methods and tools
  • Experience in planning and coordinating technical reviews, panels, or similar meetings with diverse participants; experience in preparing, coordinating, and presenting briefings
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software
Desired Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in communications, journalism, or media is preferred
  • Experience working in DoD Science and Technology
  • Experience working in Systems Engineering domain


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's most complex modernization and readiness challenges. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission solutions. Using our expertise in existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has pro forma annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom. For SAIC benefits information, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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