Polaris Alpha

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Information Operations/Target Audience Analyst

Information Operations/Target Audience Analyst

Req # 
Position Type 
Full Time
FLSA Status 
Engineering - System Engineering
Security Clearance 
Required Secret

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In addition to competitive compensation, Polaris Alpha offers excellent benefits:

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
Life and AD&D coverage at 3x annual salary
401k plan, 4% gifted contributions for all eligible employees - 100% vested in plan from date of enrollment
4+ weeks of PTO and 10 Paid Holidays observed
Education Assistance Program
Relocation programs

Job Description

Polaris Alpha develops innovative solutions to the most significant challenges affecting our Nation's ability to collect, utilize, and defend digital information. We’re passionate about developing cutting-edge, creative solutions, and fostering a highly sought-out place of employment for many of the brightest minds in the industry. We are the best because we hire the best. At Polaris Alpha, we have developed a culture of going above and beyond the normal expectations in the delivery of our work. Our clients and employees are the number one reason why we’re successful, and that formula won’t be changing!
You will:
- Analyze perceptions and sociocultural data to identify and understand aspects of the civilian and adversary information environment and segments of regional populations in support of USFOR-A J39 Information Operations.
- Serve as principal Quality Control expert on atmospherics reporting in assigned tactical or operational level staff.
- Assist in the development of behavioral influence strategies.
- Identify requirements for additional observation, collection, and analysis of atmospherics, sociocultural information and other open source data.
- Provide deep level target audience analysis using professionally accepted operations research techniques (command-directed, customer requested, and initiative-driven subjects related to population sentiment).
- Review raw data reports and drafts for completeness, accuracy, format, and intended recipients. Edit and collate raw reports into products ready for distribution to senior staff cells.
- Prepare and provide oral and written briefs of deep target audience analysis to senior staff.
- Liaison with components of Psychological Operations (PSYOPs), Military Information Support Operations (MISO) and Information Operations (IO) to synchronize research, analysis, influence strategies and or recommendations for tactical messaging
- Possess ability to deploy for 6 months at a time in an austere environment

Required Skills

- BA/BS in a social science, political science, or cultural studies discipline plus 6-12 years of applied and customer-specific experience (8 years of additional experience, training and/or certifications may be substituted for BA/BS).
- Experience with atmospherics and sociocultural data products.
- Experience with MISO and or IO target audience analysis, plans, and programs.
- Experience and familiarity with the Afghan and regional media environment.
- Familiar with Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP)
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the culture, history, politics, economics and ethnographic makeup of Afghanistan.
- Current or previous support to the USCENTCOM AOR desired.
- Experience with customer-specific processes and infrastructure.

Desired Skills

- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Subject matter expert in atmospherics, sociocultural data, data cleaning, coding and manipulation, data exploration, visualization, qualitative and quantitative analytics
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Normal office setting, therefore the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking. Use of hands to operate computer equipment. Frequent near vision uses for reading and computer use.
Polaris Alpha is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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