Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Targets and Countermeasures (TC) Program Manager - AP3

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Program Manager for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Targets and Countermeasures (TC) Program.

Job Summary: The MDA/TC Program Manager will be responsible leading the laboratory’s efforts in providing system of systems engineering, advanced concepts, requirements, and prototypes of target components to the Agency’s Targets and Countermeasures Directorate and developing a trusted relationship with the MDA/TC leadership including the Program Directors.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

Mission Effectiveness (15%)

Ensure Mission Effectiveness through collaborating with the Missile Defense Agency’s Targets and Countermeasures Directorate (MDA/TC) to evolve the vision for low-cost threat representative targets necessary to provide test, training and validation for the advances in Ballistic Missile Defense of the United States and its Allies. Provide thought leadership in developing concepts and algorithms to advance testing and verification.

Enhance Mission Effectiveness through collaboration. Effectively coordinate APL efforts with other FFRDC/UARCs to ensure that APL is playing a critical role in solving the critical challenges. Build and foster multi-institutional teams that can address the Missile Defense Agency’s most critical challenges.

Organization Competencies (20%)

Continually improve Organizational Competencies through the process of coordinate tasking with APL technical leadership both within Air and Missile Defense Sector and with other APL Sectors and Departments to build and lead the technical teams that maximize experience with target and space body requirements, design and prototyping. Work with stakeholder Group Supervisors and the program technical leadership team to enhance the competencies, facilities, tools and techniques used to execute work.

Staff Development (10%)

Prioritize Staff Development, committing time and resources necessary to provide coaching, mentorship and leadership to ensure staff development. Identify or develop the necessary training for staff to grow and learn target development competencies.

Resources (5%)

Continually evaluate and improve the laboratory’s resources in modeling, fabrication and computing facilities necessary to build space qualified hardware and target components.

Functional (50%)

Efficiently and effectively execute the functional responsibilities of an Air and Missile Defense Program Manager

a. Develop and negotiate engineering tasks with MDA/TC leadership. Lead the execution of those tasks to ensure that all milestones and products are delivered on time and within budget,

b. Provide technical leadership in the areas of target component development and/or space qualified flight equipment. Provide leadership and guidance to APL technical and program staff to ensure that sponsors performance requirements are met.

c. Ensure that appropriate Quality Management processes are utilized to deliver quality products to the sponsor, including developing Task Management Plans, Risk Assessments and Product Realization Plans.

d. Be familiar with Government Cost Accounting to help define the technical baselines associated with the Cost Estimates to assure that the impacts of reductions or delays are appropriately captured for the Government sponsor.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

MS in Engineering, Aeronautics, Physics, Mathematics, or equivalent, with at least 13 years of engineering/management experience. At least 2 years of those years must be in program/project management. Programmatic and technical knowledge and experience with target or space-based projects, missile systems, kill vehicles, discrimination, and/or advanced sensors. Demonstrated ability to lead/manage large complex system engineering activities. Excellent verbal and written communications skills and a willingness and ability to work with government sponsors, and external organizations to build effective and collaborative engineering teams.

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge and familiarity with launch payload programs, target development, MDA kill vehicles and discrimination techniques is desired.

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours):

Regular travel is required to MDA TC facilities in the Von Braun Center at Huntsville, Alabama. Occasional travel required to MDA Headquarters on Fort Belvoir. Occasional travel required to government and contractor destinations across the Continental United States.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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