Part Time/On Call: Information Operations Strategic Consultant

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Senior Strategic Consultant to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in support of USCENTCOM Information Operations. This position will be located in New Orleans, Louisiana with travel as required to HQ, USCENTCOM at MacDill AFB, FL.

This is a Part Time/On Call position.

The successful candidate will primarily work with a multi-disciplinary, operational team to help develop and assess measures of performance and effect for operational plans that support USCENTCOM strategic communications plans and theater campaign assessments. The candidate will also help the team develop a broader understanding of indigenous area of responsibility (AOR) populations and inform larger command-wide assessments. The selected applicant will serve as a co-principal investigator on several projects designing and analyzing primary research on several populations outside of the U.S. Provide critical, contextual assessments of Information Operations plans based on the socio-cultural frameworks of the USCENTCOM AOR. The candidate will help coordinate multiple projects on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis, and help prepare proposals, reports, etc., as required.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  1. Contribute to USCENTCOM strategic communications planning efforts.

  2. Duties include supporting military operational plans and development of innovative solutions to complex problems.

  3. Participates in meetings, conferences and technology related events and experiments.

  4. Contribute to the development of relevant Measures of Performance and Measures of Effectiveness for USCENTCOM strategic communications.

  5. Provide technical expertise, support and management on the implementation of various programs, projects and capabilities.

  6. Interface, coordinate and leverage ongoing research and development (R&D) efforts across industry, US government and academia.

  7. Coordinate multiple projects in support of USCENTCOM strategic communications.

The candidate should be flexible in arrival and departure times and be willing to work weekends and holidays when circumstances apply.

Basic Qualifications:

  1. Must possess an advanced degree (M.A., J.D., D.C.L.S., etc.) in a social science or Law and extensive campaign experience using information or communication strategies and a minimum of 9 years of directly relevant experience.

  2. Must have strong writing skills for concise and succinct executive summaries of large disparate data and contextual campaign analysis is necessary.

  3. Must have experience in design of polling, focus group, or dial group or other opinion survey instruments (excluding research based on social or news media) to survey non-western populations.

  4. Must have a broad understanding of quantitative methodologies for polling.

  5. Must have expertise in making recommendations for Information Operations or information campaigns as to narrative, themes, and messages based upon data or results derived from quantitative or qualitative research.

  6. Must have experience as a principal investigator on a large research grant, political campaign or work for a large corporation.

  7. Must have access to an expert in using statistical analysis software (i.e. SPSS, R, etc.)

  8. Must have knowledge of Joint Military assessments.

  9. Must have a working knowledge of contemporary USG security and foreign policy concerns in the Middle East, Pakistan and North Africa.

  10. Must possess the ability to assist in developing CONOPs and coordinating approvals with internal and external stakeholders.

  11. Must possess a current Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility.

  12. Must possess or be able to obtain a current U.S. Passport and must be willing and able to travel to both CONUS and OCONUS locations as required by the program. (Some locations may be hazardous)

  13. Must possess the ability to synchronize and coordinate USCENTCOM IO activities with the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, other USG agencies and offices, and Coalition allies, partners and friends.

  14. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in a DOD or Intelligence Community research environment is also valuable.

  2. Publications in peer-reviewed journals related to the qualifications above.

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