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Our client, the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic candidate to fill the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The venue is Pittsburgh, PA. 

Since 1984, the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has served the nation as a federally funded research and development center. As part of Carnegie Mellon University, which is well known for its highly rated programs in computer science and engineering, the SEI operates at the leading edge of technical innovation.  Its mission is to support the Nation’s defense by advancing the science, technologies, and practices needed to acquire, develop, operate, and sustain software systems that are innovative, affordable, trustworthy, and enduring.

CMU SEI is positioned at the nexus of academia, government, and industry and undertakes the following activities to fulfill its mission as a national resource:

  • Performs research to advance and mature the discipline of engineering and securing software systems
  • Builds proof-of-concept and demonstration systems that are used in conjunction with stakeholders, to assess the viability of new approaches to mission challenges
  • Widely disseminates recent advances and proven solutions relevant to its mission statement
  • Deploys domain expertise on-demand, in short order to assist with critical, urgent, or sensitive government program challenges

CMU SEI aspires to bring software-reliant capabilities with confidence to the DoD, Intelligence Community, and other government entities. Confidence is multi-faceted—in cost and schedule, in functionality, in security, and in desirable architectural properties (i.e., the “ilities” or non-functional requirements such as reliability, sustainability, extensibility, flexibility, availability, safety, etc.). It is also the confidence that people with conventional levels of education and training are able to operate software systems effectively and safely.

The SEI is recognized internationally for its work in software engineering and cyber security. For more information, you may visit the SEI web site at www.sei.cmu.


The CTO is a close working partner with the Director/CEO and Deputy Director/COO. The position reports to the Director/CEO.

Key Responsibilities

The CTO’s focus is strategic in nature. The CTO role is to support the Director in formulating technical and business strategy that is responsive to the needs of the sponsor, and that leverages a view of the future of technology. Total budget for the organization is approximately $149 million, and the CTO has line responsibility for $20 million of research funding which SEI would like to grow, and technical oversight and influence over the entire SEI program.

While the CTO provides input and shares in the development of the overall SEI strategic plan, the CTO has responsibility for the creation and maintenance of the research strategy plan. The CTO develops this plan based on current and predicted future trends of technology in industry and government, and input from the research programs and performance measures. The CTO ensures that the programs’ research plans are aligned with the overall research strategy plan. The CTO is responsible for the technical and business reviews of line funded projects, and for an exploratory program that nurtures new research that develops and realizes the strategic research vision. The CTO is also responsible for understanding the breadth of technical work at the SEI.

The key responsibilities of the CTO are:

  • Managing and reviewing the funded research program
  • Creating a long range vision and developing it into an executable strategic research program
  • Conducting activities to predict the future of technology in industry and government
  • Creating and overseeing an exploratory program
  • Enhancing the brand and reputation of the SEI with current and future constituents
  • Supporting the Director/CEO and Deputy Director/COO in conducting reviews (programmatic, financial, technical)
  • Presenting SEI research strategic direction and technical overviews at professional and technical meetings (e.g., representing the SEI at professional meetings such as IEEE or ACM SWE Conferences, DDR&E and DARPA program reviews, and to forums associated with ASD(R&E), USD(AT&L), Service SAEs, PEOs, and other key stakeholders in the DoD, IC, USG, and industry)
  • Identifying opportunities for technical integration among initiatives
  • Acting as a strong liaison between the SEI and Carnegie Mellon faculty

Selection Criteria

The qualified candidate will have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related discipline. He/she must have a minimum of 15 years of progressively increasing CTO responsibilities managing large complex research projects in a University, the Department of Defense, or in a software intensive systems environment. The ideal candidate must have experience in building and managing high technology teams. They must have knowledge of the software engineering discipline and the software acquisition process, as well as cyber expertise and familiarity with cyber missions. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate experience managing large, complex, research projects that were strategic in nature and the content of which have focused on information technology, software technology, assurance, cyber, and/or software engineering. Management experience within a university, government, military, and/or Fortune 500 technology-based organization is preferred. 


Additionally, the candidate should possess:

  • Tier one academic experience with a stellar reputation
  • Strong business acumen
  • He/she must be a visionary, with a strong sense of purpose
  • A reputation for applied and/or theoretical research and be well published
  • Success in securing support and funding for research projects
    • Track record of accomplishment in leading the research agenda for technology-based organizations
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Demonstrated abilities in strategic planning
  • Demonstrated understanding of the DoD and Federal acquisition and developer communities
  • Reputation for highest level of integrity
  • High comfort level with ambiguity
  • Success at building consensus within a matrixed organization
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills
  • Cleared or the ability to be cleared at the Top Secret level

Compensation and Benefits

This is an outstanding career opportunity for an individual interested in a genuine professional challenge. With this position comes a very competitive compensation and benefits program.


The Officer-in-Charge of this engagement is Tim McNamara, Managing Partner. Linda Kearschner, Principal, is leading the recruiting effort for the project. Interested parties should submit, in electronic format, a resume with salary history and a cover letter outlining reasons for interest in this opportunity to, or may call our toll free number at 1 877.2.BOYDEN (226-9336) or 1 202.536.5168 for additional information.

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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