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The MITRE Corporation Department Manager – State Dept. Work Program in Huntsville, Alabama

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Department Summary:

As part of MITRE's Center for Securing the Homeland ( , our support to the state dept. has grown to a diverse set of projects to include Allied Nation cyber capacity building, enhancing cyber capabilities for partner nations, large IT modernization/acquisition, Conflict observatory, and Data analytics that guides key international partnerships in areas aligned with US interests.

We are seeking a Department Manager to lead and grow the State Department work program. The Department Manager will be responsible for attracting, developing, and retaining an outstanding workforce and forging partnerships with MITRE Labs, MITRE Centers, and academic and industry partners to build a strong organic and softshell team; responsible for our good growth strategy with the state department, and the execution/management of the department’s projects by ensuring that our work is most impactful to the mission. The Department manager will serve as a member of the CSH Leadership Team, helping to steer the Department’s expertise and innovation to support sponsor missions.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Thought and People Leadership: Leads team to develop new technical capabilities and applies those capabilities to address sponsor mission outcomes. Serves as the direct supervisor for assigned staff and conducts regular performance and development conversations. Responsible for staff advocacy and recognition. Provides compensation recommendations. Serves as a resource to guide staff in navigating the MITRE organization and processes. Builds teams, communicates effectively, and maintains good interpersonal relationships to meet division and sponsor outcomes. Develops team and ensures team members can successfully achieve career objectives.

  • Impact Driven. Focuses on delivering impact in terms of sponsor mission outcomes. Ensures technical quality of department work and deliverables.

  • Proactively attract, develop, and support a diverse, geographically distributed workforce that has the expertise and capabilities needed for our partners.

  • Exhibits entrepreneurial spirit to proactively grow the portfolio and MITRE’s impact. Effectively develops new and innovative work.

  • Builds strong relationships with the sponsors, collects periodic feedback and continues to monitor the execution of the Department’s projects.

  • Builds diverse, and inclusive team through hiring and team development.

  • Exemplifies MITRE Cultural/Behavioral Attributes: Speed, Risk-taking, Adaptability, Grace and Respect, and Collaboration. Focus on delivering results in terms of both center strategy objectives and sponsor mission outcomes.

  • Effectively manages human capital (MITRE Technical Staff) in developing statements of work. Works with finance to obtain project cost proposals. Engages legal for non-disclosure agreements and conflict of interest review. Works with contracting managers on contracting actions needed on task order awards. Works with Operations on staff planning. Leverages technology resources (e.g., MITRE labs, intellectual property, etc.) to enhance portfolio projects and in hosting sponsor events.

  • Cultivate an environment of innovation, technical leadership, teamwork, camaraderie, and technical quality across this wide geography.

  • Support, coordinate, and partner with Group Leaders to mentor and grow the Department’s team. Ensure staff are aligned to high priority work that demonstrates their strengths, recognize staff for their accomplishments, and work with under-performing staff. Work with staff to take on greater technical and leadership roles.

  • Encourage and support staff to propose, create, develop, and apply innovative solutions on direct projects and MITRE research.

  • Ensure high technical quality of work products.

  • Ensure strong execution excellence.

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for Sponsor interacts and the development of Sponsor relationships.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of 12 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 10 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 7 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of related education and work experience.

  • Demonstrated examples of leadership experience in a professional environment (e.g., Building a new work program, developing cross-cutting partnerships between MITRE Labs and FFRDCs, inspiring staff to achieve career aspirations and expand their and business roles).

  • Demonstrated ability to take risk and lead work with partial insights.

  • This position has an on-site requirement of 5 days a week on-site

Our culture is a tangible asset that endures through our people and leaders. At MITRE, our leaders must also demonstrate and continually develop a consistent set of shared Leadership Competencies:

  • Lead with a Strategic Mindset: Drives alignment across MITRE to achieve our mission by engaging across and beyond the enterprise, making and executing decisions, and activating the Good Growth Strategy.

  • Create Value: Takes a broad approach to solving complex problems using a national and global lens. Unleashes the full capabilities of our people in a relentless pursuit of innovative solutions that are scalable, equitable, transferable, and sustainable.

  • Cultivate Inclusion: Creates an environment and opportunities, built on trust, where people can be their whole authentic self, feeling welcomed, supported, engaged, and respected for who they are and what they contribute to the organization. Embraces and engages all dimensions of diversity to exponentially expand MITRE’s impact in solving problems for a safer world.

  • Communicate for Impact: Conveys powerful messages tailored to the unique needs of stakeholders—and desired outcomes—in a style that engages and inspires action. Exemplifies active listening to foster collaboration, understanding, and alignment.

  • Commit to Action and Outcomes: Holds self and others accountable for acting on and achieving established objectives. Exemplifies cultural attributes while executing and delivering impactful outcomes.

This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):

Top Secret/SCI

This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

Top Secret

Salary compensation range and midpoint:

$182,000 - $227,500 - $273,000 Annual

Work Location Type:


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