Position Summary: The CERT program of the Software Engineering Institute is looking to fill a leadership position improving the cyber security of acquisitions in the Air Force. This high visibility, high impact position will be responsible for helping senior leaders of Air Force programs improve the cyber resiliency of software intensive systems throughout the acquisition lifecycle, from requirements to development to deployment and sustainment.
This Senior Member of the Cyber Security Foundations directorate will be responsible for leading cross functional teams that enable the organizations within the Air Force to enhance the predictable performance and mission assurance in the acquisition, evolution and operations of software-reliant systems. Key activities include understanding customer requirements and key challenge problems and addressing them with tailored solutions; applying, adapting, integrating, verifying and transitioning applicable research and practices to maximize impact; creating, applying and codifying new approaches to support customer needs and advance the software security state of the practice; and maintaining situational awareness in technical and DoD domains. The candidate will coordinate closely with technical staff in CERT and other SEI programs to deliver cyber security technical expertise to customers throughout the life-cycle.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
Education/Training: BS or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with ten (10) years applicable experience; MS or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with eight (8) years applicable experience; PhD or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with five (5) years applicable experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Experience: The candidate must have experience in software engineering, development or management, and/or systems engineering. Must be knowledgeable of the software engineering and system engineering disciplines as well as understanding the DoD acquisition processes and relevant cyber security processes, such as the Risk Management Framework (RMF). The candidate should have experience building, leading, managing and participating on cross-functional, high technology teams, should be able to operate effectively with all organizations within the software and acquisition communities and be able to interact diplomatically with partners, customers and sponsors.
Skills/Abilities: Detailed knowledge of cyber security and mission assurance in the acquisition process; detailed knowledge of at least one core competency: requirements, architecture and design, program and acquisition management, performance improvement, or assurance. Experience in five or more of the following: DoD software systems acquisition on major programs (For the purposes of this announcement, our definition of major is at least 100K SLOC of custom developed code, and/or significant integration of COTS/GOTS products); solid technical breadth and understanding of all aspects of the end-to-end software lifecycle (e.g., requirements, design, implementation, testing, etc.); alternative life cycles (e.g. waterfall, agile); major DoD software acquisition policies and directives; enterprise architecture ; software architecture development and evaluation, software architecture patterns (e.g. SOA) and concepts (e.g. Cloud computing); information Assurance/survivability; systems engineering on software intensive systems; COTS product integration; performance measurement including definition and application of goals, measurements and metric; system of systems engineering; requirements development and management; software integration and test and software/hardware integration; deployment of software intensive systems, especially including transition from legacy systems; cost estimation.
Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to present to high visibility stakeholders internal and external to the organization. Proven program and project management skills including: interfacing with clients, developing proposals, and establishing relationships with new DoD and/or government clients and programmatic and project management skills (e.g., ability to develop project plans, track deliverables, manage risks, perform staff planning, provide budget oversight). Ability to lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams.
Mobility: Will be required to travel on overnight assignments.
Environmental Conditions: Usual office setting, close contact with computer for prolonged periods of time.
Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:
Education/Training: Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, or Acquisition Management.
Licenses: Certified DoD Acquisition Professional. Certified PMP.
Accountability: The member will be directly accountable for understanding DoD acquisition and cyber security needs, applying new technologies, and establishing delivery capabilities to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization and the acquisition community.
Direction: As a technical staff member, he/she will be expected to operate with minimum supervision using CMU and SEI defined practice, policies and procedures, in concert with the SEI mission.
Decisions: Will be required to work with government program offices to identify strengths and weaknesses within the acquisition program and their contractor base and build solutions to address the weaknesses and recognize and encourage the strengths.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Must be able to lead and supervise others.
Job Functions or Responsibility:
65% Participate as a leader or member of technical teams in support of government acquisition program offices or participate as a member of a technical team performing research. Identify and support the implementation strategies for the capture and application of learning and knowledge transfer from assignments (e.g. dissemination of research results, case studies, guides, reports, presentations, articles, workshops, courses, and blog entries).
20% Work with managers, business developers, current customers, and prospective customers to identify and define value-delivering opportunities and capture work.
10% Other duties as assigned by management.
5% Serve in an advisory capacity to other SEI technical programs on acquisition or technical issues.
100% TOTAL EFFORT
Organizational Chart: SEI Director’s Office < Director, CERT < Technical Director, Cyber Security Foundations < Technical Manager
Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran.