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Strategic Communications Manager

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Job ID: 209713
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Oct 8, 2020
Category: Communications
Subcategory: Communications
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: 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 strategic communications within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, 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:

  • In coordination with leadership, develop a strategic communications plan for the customer.
  • Facilitate engagement with the defense S&T community.
  • Coordinate with leadership to arrange, host, and/or represent the office as speakers at technical conferences and symposia.
  • Support meetings with industry at senior leadership levels.
  • Serve as editor for the development, production, and maintenance of the organization's 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.
  • Support academic community outreach activities.
  • Coordinate with appropriate DoD agencies for public release of briefings, papers and other communications products.


  • Minimum Active SECRET, must be able to obtain and maintain TS/SCI
  • Possess experience providing strategic communications and public affairs support to senior-level management
  • Bachelor’s plus 5 years of experience. Masters plus 8 years of experience
  • 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
  • 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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