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The MITRE Corporation Managing Director in Bedford, Massachusetts

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The MITRE Center for securing the homeland (CSH) is seeking a Managing Director (MD) for its Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Division, located at MITRE’s McLean campus. The Managing Director reports to MITRE’s VP, CSH and serves as a member of CSH senior leadership team. The Managing Director is accountable for the leadership of the division and the planning and implementation of MITRE’s work program in support of the CISA. The Managing Director is responsible for the development and execution of the Division strategy, and the delivery and execution of the CISA work program by aligning the workforce and technical capabilities to deliver mission impact and value. The Managing Director must be familiar with the missions, organizations and technical areas of key importance to the CISA. These include cybersecurity best practices and capabilities for federal civilian agencies as well as industrial stakeholders; Cyber threats and response including nation states; critical infrastructure security and resiliency, supply chain resiliency; risk management to critical infrastructure sectors; emergency communications; election security; partnerships and collaborations; cyber analytics; securing cloud infrastructure; cyber protection capabilities guidance for federal civil agencies and departments; test and evaluation of continuous monitoring and diagnostics infrastructure capabilities; vulnerability management; and etc. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in cyber security areas and technologies, managing a large organization, a record of engagement at senior levels of the sponsors, and the ability to operate and interact effectively in a large, complex, matrixed, and dynamic organizational context. They will have demonstrated outstanding and timely results in leading projects that have significant enterprise-wide mission impact, while building trusted relationships and exemplifying MITRE’s values and professionalism. As a technical thought leader, the Managing Director is expected to apply their areas of expertise and contribute to sponsor projects and corporate strategic initiatives.

The primary responsibilities of the position must be carried out in person in Mclean, VA or Bedford, MA. Applicants in Bedford, MA are still required to fully carry out all the responsibilities of the role, including in-person engagement and availability with the workforce and sponsors. This means establishing a regular presence at Mclean, multiple days each week and availability to travel on very short notice. This may entail frequent, flexible, and/or extended travel as mission and organizational needs dictate.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management

  • Leading all aspects of the CISA division.

  • Serving as a partner to the sponsors through thought leadership in critical mission areas.

  • Demonstrating thought leadership.

  • Managing a large division with multiple sponsors and customer organizations.

Strategic Planning

  • Identifying and anticipating major sponsor and environmental trends, opportunities, and issues; continually shaping the plan and strategy accordingly to achieve mission impact, critical outcomes, and enable good growth through our work program.

  • Leading executive-level engagements with sponsors and stakeholders to build trusted relationships across the Intelligence Community.

  • Shaping work to deliver mission impact and achieve sponsor mission and outcomes.

  • Developing and executing a broad engagement plan with organizations that the federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC) isn’t currently supporting to seek new mission impact opportunities for the FFRDC


  • Collaborating and partnering with senior MITRE leadership in other divisions and innovation centers to plan and align growth strategies in delivering sponsor solutions.

  • Building relationships, networks, and potentially new organizational constructs across MITRE driving cross-sponsor approaches to increase the value of the FFRDC Platform.

  • Developing and deploying cross-agency solutions to solve national security challenges.

Technical Oversight

  • Leading, planning, and executing the work program to ensure mission impact and technical quality while bringing forward consistency, innovation, and best practices.

  • Overseeing technical and strategic quality of division project plans, capabilities, and deliverables.

Staff development and workforce shaping

  • Shaping a high-caliber team to deliver high-value, high-impact work, ensuring that staffing levels are maintained for critical skills and that the right people are placed in the right jobs.

  • Recruitment and retention of a highly skilled technical workforce

Business and Financial Acumen

  • Estimating, informing, and meeting targets for revenue and delivery to MITRE sponsors

  • Setting and managing overhead and indirect budgets for division operations

Building “Differentiated Capabilities”

  • Lead the division in conceiving with the division team, implementing, and creating value for our sponsors in new “differentiated” labs, software platforms, ranges, etc. aligned with the sponsors’ mission objectives.

  • Ensures that the new capabilities are leveraged by multiple sponsors that MITRE supports, in addition to Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of 15 years of related experience with a bachelor’s engineering degree; or 12 years and a Master’s engineering degree; or a PhD in engineering with 10 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of related education and work experience.

  • Deep working knowledge of defensive cyber security

  • Broad knowledge and familiarity with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  • Experience meeting cost, schedule, performance, and quality for sponsor work.

  • Experience executing large complex endeavors from strategic, operational, and financial perspectives.

  • Successful record of engagement, relationship-building, and collaboration in a complex national security environment

  • Proven leadership skills managing and motivating employees.

  • Proven ability to recruit and develop a top-quality team

  • Significant exposure to and experience solving mission-oriented challenges of our sponsors.

  • Excellent communication skills with all levels of sponsors and internal staff

  • Strong technical skills with thought leadership and technical vision

  • Demonstrated ability to work across organizations and integrate efforts to achieve more impactful outcomes.

  • DHS Suitability security clearance

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced graduate degree in cybersecurity, engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, or comparable related fields.

  • Demonstrated leadership of projects that provide innovative solutions leading to game-changing capabilities.

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):


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

Fitness - DHS

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