Senior Strategic Advisor (SME) TTI 074

Full Time
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Posted 4 weeks ago

Place of Performance: Washington DC (Telework Subject to Approval)

SCOPE The  Maasai Group is looking for a Senior Strategic Advisor for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) that will perform tasks as a senior level foreign policy consultant to assist in strategic reviews and assessments. The work will cover all elements of ECA operations, and require substantial interaction with member of ECA, the larger Department of State community, and stakeholders outside of the Department of State that require regular interaction and engagement.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Other government agencies,
  • Congress,
  • Implementing partners, and other affiliated members.

Each of these entities have deep interests in facets of ECA operations, often with varied goals in mind. In order to effectively engage these groups, detailed subject matter expertise and historical insights are required. The consultant shall serve as a Senior Expert in identifying and interacting with pertinent parties, as well as in providing historical knowledge and expertise to identify inconsistencies/discrepancies between the knowledge being acquired and analyzed, and the larger historical background and trends. The consultant will also share experience and knowledge of State Department cultural exchanges to objectively evaluate practices and operations.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain an active Secret Clearance
  • A minimum of five (5) to Ten (10) years of relevant experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Ability to work both independently and with others.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both written and oral).


  • Provide subject matter expertise in strategic reviews across ECA while maintaining awareness of interest and strategic drivers of stakeholder groups.
  • This includes providing expert advice to ECA leadership on ways to proceed with reviews while navigating sensitivities of stakeholder communities.
  • Maintain knowledge of Congressional activities related to ECA programs. Provide summations and strategic insight documents to ECA leadership as necessary related to the frequency of the Congressional activity.
  • Maintain awareness and document insights into broader educational and academic affairs communities, including lobbyist groups, as necessary related to the frequency of community activity.
  • For high profile engagement and speaking events, provide review of Assistant Secretary level speeches and talking points. This includes providing advice and guidance to ensure effective messaging, while simultaneously maintaining awareness of stakeholder groups interests.

DECISION MAKING/JUDGEMENT: This position involves projects and/or assignments requiring considerable decision-making authority regarding procedures, processes, plans, and schedules. Ability to work independently or in a team setting is necessary.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Needs ability to use a keyboard to enter and retrieve data.  . 
  • Must be able to lift 5-20 pounds.
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
  • Local travel may be required.

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