Program Manager, Missile Defense Applications

Job Summary: JHU/APL is seeking a program manager (PM) with space system or weapon system development expertise to lead the Missile Defense Applications Program. The program is focused on developing space systems that enhance the nation's missile defense capabilities. It has active projects for the Missile Defense Agency, including the Spacebased Kill Assessment, and the opportunity to develop projects with other sponsors

For decades, APL has conceptualized, developed, prototyped, tested, delivered, and operated space systems to support the defense of our nation. This program focuses on using space systems to improve our nation's ability to defend itself against missile attacks. The PM will lead a diverse team that develops, deploys, and operates space systems; serves as a government technical advisor; and develops competitive proposals based on the team's innovative designs. The sponsors are primarily located in the National Capital Region and Colorado Springs, Colorado. As part of the National Security Space Mission Area, this PM will be accountable for program execution, opportunity identification, and proposal development.

1.Program Execution: Manage the program's technical, resource, contract, schedule, cost, quality, risk, and security baselines. Develop and maintain relationships with the sponsors. Provide strategic planning and goals for the various projects and the overall program. Identify, develop, and capture new work. Direct the on-going effort of process improvement. (60%)
2.Thought Leadership: Provide thought leadership in the design, implementation, and sustainment of space systems for missile defense; identify future directions and roles for APL. Work across the enterprise on space system technologies, missions, and initiatives. (15%)
3.Team Leadership and Development: Build and lead a highly competent and collaborative team from across the enterprise to execute the work of the program. Recommend candidates for project leadership. Manage and mentor project managers, task leads, and technical leads. Coordinate program efforts through the project managers to ensure on time and within budget execution of program tasking. Provide coaching, mentorship and leadership to ensure technical staff development. (15%)
4.Program Strategy: Develop and maintain a vision and strategy for the program, consistent with the mission area and program area strategies and objectives. Coordinate strategy and execution of programs and projects with partner program managers in the mission area to provide most effective value to the government. Develop and maintain effective working relationships within the Space Exploration Sector and across the Laboratory. Understand the mission area strategy and how the program contributes to it. Advise the mission area executive and program area manager in making portfolio management decisions. Contribute to the shaping, selection, and management of internal research and development (IRAD) activities in support of the program, program area and mission area. (10%)


1.MS degree in an engineering or scientific discipline or equivalent technical management experience
2.8 years technical, operational, or organizational experience, preferably in space systems
3.5 years of experience in team supervision
4.Experience in sponsor engagement and/or project management
5.Strong interpersonal skills
6.Strong oral and written communication skills
7.Strong leadership qualities and skills in team building and managing multidisciplinary technical teams
8.Current SECRET clearance

Desired Qualifications:

1.15 years of experience in space systems, missile defense systems, technical management, or systems engineering
2.Experience leading programs with widely varying tasks, such as studies, analyses, and hardware development
3.Experience with all program elements through the full life cycle of a project, including proposals, technical performance, schedule, cost, funding, scope of task, activity networking, critical system interfaces, requirements management, resource allocation, risk allocation and management, staffing considerations, and quality management system guidelines
4.Current TS/SCI clearance

Special Working Conditions: Ability for regular travel within the National Capital Region and occasional travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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. A SECRET clearance and ability to acquire a TS/SCI clearance are required.

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