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Sr. Communications Specialist (Remote Eligible)

Job ID 2195

Position Description:
Mathematica is searching for a Sr. Communications Specialist! The Sr. Communications Specialist will provide a full range of dissemination and engagement services, including strategic planning and execution, message and content development, media relations, policymaker relations, and community engagement. Significant responsibilities include developing and implementing strategic dissemination plans in support of client deliverables and goals. The Sr. Communications Specialist will plan and execute diversified engagement activities that facilitate the application of evidence to policies and programs. Experience/expertise in communications for global development or international researchand/or working with the philanthropic sector is highly preferred.

Core Responsibilities:

• Translate and disseminate policy-relevant evidence through a variety of formats and channels
• Together with project teams, client representatives, and relevant external partners, co-create strategic messaging, dissemination, and engagement plans in support of project activities
• Together with project teams, client representatives, and relevant external partners, develop and implement strategic outreach campaigns, including the identification and engagement of primary and secondary audiences, appropriate engagement vehicles, and relevant engagement metrics
• Develop and maintain network of media/journalist contacts; regularly conceive, pitch, and place stories in relevant national, local, and trade media outlets
• Support government affairs and project colleagues in planning and execution of policymaker briefings and events
• Collaborate with thought leadership, external partners, and project/business unit colleagues in planning and execution of inclusive events, including thought leadership forums and project webinars that highlight expert voices and diverse perspectives from the field
• Partner with business unit leadership and enterprise business development teams to develop and implement strategies and engagement plans that help promote brand and offering awareness and support lead generation at professional conferences, events, in meetings, online, and in other fora
• Write and support development of compelling content for the company’s external website, engagement emails, electronic newsletters, blog posts, podcasts, and social media platforms
• Collaborate with subject matter experts and editorial, creative, and digital services colleagues to conceptualize, plan, and produce high-quality digital and print products that effectively engage priority audiences
• Support project and proposal teams by developing innovative strategies for community engagement and dissemination; contribute budget assumptions and estimates; provide proposal teams with strategic communications counsel and serve as an intermediary for graphic design and layout of proposals
• Actively support the advancement of organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and apply diversity, equity, and inclusion lens across job responsibilities
• Additional duties may be assigned as needed

Position Requirements:


• Excellent writing skills a must; work should require minimal oversight and editing
• Ability to synthesize and convey, through a variety of platforms and media, complex data and information for diverse audiences
• Thorough knowledge of international, federal, or state policy issues in health, education, early childhood, employment, family support, international development, and/or nutrition
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, a plus
• Exceptional project management and client service (internal and external) skills
• Exercise sound judgment and work independently to accomplish tasks

Education minimum requirement:

• Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Political Science, Journalism, or related field; Master’s degree preferred
• Seven years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in a government organization, public relations, or a research or policy-oriented organization, or other comparable experience
• A combination of equivalent education and work experience may be substituted for the above requirements.
• Excellent writing skills a must; work should require minimal oversight and editing
• Ability to synthesize and convey, through a variety of platforms and media, complex data and information for diverse audiences
• Thorough knowledge of international, federal, or state policy issues in health, education, early childhood, employment, family support, international development, and/or nutrition
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, a plus
• Exceptional project management and client service (internal and external) skills
• Exercise sound judgment and work independently to accomplish tasks

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $90,000-$125,000

This position is eligible for remote work. Candidates also can work hybrid from one of our locations listed below.

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Remote

About Mathematica:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Learn more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

At Mathematica, we understand the importance of building relationships with colleagues. If you’re not located near one of our offices but would like opportunities to meet up with co-workers, we offer coworking spaces where available. Ask your Talent Acquisition partner for more information about this opportunity and whether it’s an option in your area.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. Additionally, if you participate in/complete the application process and are denied, Mathematica may choose to terminate your employment.

Although Mathematica does not require vaccination from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, various projects or agencies may require documentation of vaccination (or an approved exception/accommodation).

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high quality work.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices—including decisions regarding recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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