Senior Associate, External Affairs

02 Jan, 2022


Senior Associate, External Affairs

Meta Special Aerospace Air Operations Inc
Washington, DC

Position Summary
This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and leading MAM Aerospace Management’s (MAM) external communications and relationship development, with a particular focus on customers and organizations within the U.S. government.

This role has two key areas of responsibility: (1) communications, and (2) government relations.  Communications includes managing all the external communications tools, systems, and content related to MAM’s product and service offerings.  This includes branding, web presence, and media relations related to Government interactions.  Government relations includes tracking budgets, policies, regulations, and Congressional activities on issues of interest to MAM. Both areas will require the candidate to work in the business on specific tasks and on the business by developing tools and systems. The position includes management of external advisors, consultants, and contractors.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement:

Process, Systems and Frameworks Development:

  • Lead the development of the External Affairs framework and how we (i) survey and orientate, (ii) plan & network, (iii) collect & understand, and (iv) shape & communicate with our market stakeholders. This includes identifying key budget, policy, regulatory, and communications objectives that will advance MAM’s Strategy Roadmap.
  • Develop the necessary business frameworks and models, and in partnership with MAM’s Strategy team, develop the systems that will best facilitate the sorting, prioritization, and decision support necessary to execute effective engagement.
  • Provide support to the larger MAM Strategy team in developing strategy and strategic plans, and then tracking and assessing progress against those plans.


  • Develop a systematic approach to identifying, building, and maintaining key relationships across the national security ecosystem.
  • Develop a talent pipeline, including managing the DC intern program for MAM.

Competency Statements

  • Must be able to balance multiple projects while managing day-to-day operations in a fast paced and growing environment.
  • Demonstrate an interest in and understanding of the legislative, policy-making, and regulatory process as well as the national security communications ecosystems.
  • Expert understanding of the policies, processes, priorities, and organization of the US Government in general, and the Department of Defense in particular, around national security matters.
  • Expert understanding in working proposals through US government budget cycles and procurement processes.
  • A deep understanding of either the legislative / budget process or communications tools and processes.
  • Intellectually curious, with strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn new environments and pick up new subjects quickly.
  • Ability to obtain and filter information and identify key issues relevant to the achievement of long-term strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve.
  • Strong organizational skills, discipline, with a high sense of reliability, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in, and leverage a highly collaborative, matrixed environment to achieve project ends.
  • Strongly oriented towards performance with solid and consistent ethical compass.
  • Demonstrated intellectual humility, high levels of emotional intelligence, and an innate ability to challenge own thinking and adjust to others.

Required Education, Experience and Certificates
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Experience: 5+ years of experience in the national security ecosystem.
Certificates and Licenses: COVID-19 Vaccination Card

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Must be able to accomplish any and all duties with little or no assistance.
Must have good command of the English language; oral and written.

Work Authorization/Security Clearance
Employee must be a US citizen.

Employee must be able to hold and maintain a Secret (or higher) Clearance Level.

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Job posted: 2022-01-02