Operations Analyst


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 Senior Operations Analyst.

Job Summary:

Conduct and lead a broad range of operational analyses focused on sponsor critical national security challenges. Core technical contributions would include threat and risk assessments; analysis of alternatives; capabilities based assessments; the development of concepts of operation (CONOPS) or employment; identification of metrics or measures of effectiveness and performance (MOEs/MOPs); acquisition support; as well as requirements and scenario development.

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

  1. Analyze operations for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other sponsoring government agencies. Develop capabilities-based perspectives, concepts, and requirements for defense organizations, commanders and staffs. Participate in or support other sponsor related studies. (60%)
  2. Lead technical teams to develop analysis plans and tools. Facilitate requirements development, analysis, testing and evaluation to support related systems and technologies development. (20%)
  3. Provide subject matter expertise to conduct mission related analysis and research. (15%)
  4. Present results and conclusions to sponsors in both oral and written form. (5%)

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:

PhD degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Military or Operational Studies or other relevant discipline. 5 years combined graduate education and professional experience in operations planning, analysis, and providing impactful analytic products resulting in solutions. An ability to provide positive change to top-level military or civilian leaders in security positions. Knowledge of the development of policy, and analysis of doctrine, organizations, training, logistics, personnel and facilities for solutions. Superb written/oral communications skills; ability to articulate complex technical issues to technical and non-technical decision makers. An ability to obtain a US government Secret security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

Working knowledge of the development of service or department policy, planning and execution of current operations in areas related to special operations forces (SOF), cyber operations, and Homeland Security. Demonstrated accomplishment as a technical leader in analysis and in successful interface with Service Chiefs, Combatant Command (COCOM), and other senior military staff and government officials. Understanding of DoD / DHS policy development, acquisitions processes and studies such as JCIDS, JREM, Analysis of Alternatives, Mission / Utility assessments, and cost-benefit analysis. In-depth knowledge of analytical methodologies, including data and collaborative analysis techniques. Demonstrated accomplishment as a technical contributor. Active Top Secret clearance.

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours): Some Travel (15% +) including frequent local travel will be required, occasional extended hours required to meet product deadlines. Potential for work in closed areas or in government sponsored offices two or three days a week.

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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