Senior Strategic Communications Analyst at Applied Research Associates (ARA) (Washington DC)

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Applied Research Associates, Inc. is seeking aSenior Strategic Communication Analystfocusing on support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The candidate demonstrates mature judgementrequired to interface with external stakeholders and seniorGovernment personnel and supports strategic messaging and outreach.

This position requires a candidate withexperience leading and performinga variety of tasks to support leaders in the Department of Defense including:

  • Developing strategic messaging themes and talking points
  • Creating products appropriate for senior leaders and Congress
  • Developing communications strategies and outreach campaigns
  • Researches, organizes, writes, edits, and produces technical data for major publication projects
  • Organizes material and writes descriptive copy according to standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology
  • Ensures technical documentation is accurate, complete, meets editorial and government specifications and adheres to standards for quality, graphics, coverage, format, and style
  • Coordination with portfolio managers
  • Supporting short notice data calls for senior leadership

Required Qualifications:

  • MS/MA Degree in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum of 9 years of related experience; 10+ years desired
  • Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Experience developing and promoting strategic messaging themes
  • Experience producing and editing technical material and documentation adhering to organizational writing standards and guidelines
  • Experience coordinating information and people across multiple organizations
  • Experience supporting DoD

Desired Qualifications:

  • 10+ years desired experience
  • Knowledge of Defense RDT&E
  • OUSD(R&E) experience
  • Strategic communications experience for S&T products/communities


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company's success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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