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The MITRE Corporation Department Manager, Deterrence Technologies in Bedford, Massachusetts

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Department Summary:

The Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center is seeking a Department Manager (DM) to lead the Deterrence Technologies Department (L543). This leader will strategically shape our growing multi-disciplinary team, and drive innovation in all areas of cybersecurity contributing to cyber deterrence relating to mission and critical infrastructure systems, including cyber physical systems, operational technology systems, etc. The Department Manager (DM) will be responsible for setting the technical direction of the Department's capabilities, growing a team of world-class talent, supporting development of new opportunities, and building collaborative relationships across MITRE, our sponsors, industry, and academia. The department’s vision is to be internationally recognized for expertise in technologies and approaches to cyber deterrence, including defense, response, entanglement, and establishment of normative taboos.

The department is responsible for advancing the technical state-of-the-art and providing expertise in defensive technologies for mission and cyber physical systems (e.g., aircraft, vehicles, spacecraft) and throughout the critical infrastructure (e.g., operational technology and industrial control systems). Technologies of interest include technologies to deter, prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks, including reverse engineering, cyber forensics and attribution, adversary emulation, command and control, and automation. Technologies relevant to U.S. and worldwide critical infrastructure are of interest, and include software-defined networking, zero trust, cloud IoT, and foreign hardware/software.

The DM will be responsible for attracting, developing, and retaining an outstanding workforce; refining the department’s mission, vision, and goals; and forging partnerships across MITRE program divisions, MITRE Labs, and academic and industry partners. The DM will also serve as a member of the Cyber Infrastructure Protection Senior Leadership Team, helping to set the direction for MITRE’s cyber operations.

Job Description:

  • Advancing the Department’s capabilities through innovation, external partnering, and work program application in alignment with innovation center strategy. Pushing the technology edge, extending and adapting cybersecurity advances from enterprise IT into OT and other critical infrastructure environments, and engaging in new mission areas to have a greater positive impact on our Nation’s most urgent challenges.

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

  • Foster an environment of innovation, technical leadership, collaboration, camaraderie, and technical quality.

  • Collaborating across the innovation center’s capability areas, other innovation centers, and program divisions to envision, create, and apply cross-cutting, practical, and impactful solutions

  • Support and oversee Capability Area Leads across MITRE Labs to advance the state of the art in mission and critical infrastructure threats and cyber technologies.

  • Support, oversee, and partner with Group Leads to mentor and grow the department team. Ensure staff are aligned to high priority work that leverages their strengths, recognize staff for their accomplishments, and work with under-performing staff. Lead pay and performance actions throughout the year.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 12 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 8 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 5 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of related education and work experience.

  • Proven track record of servant leadership with demonstrated experience leading programs and mentoring people.

  • Hands-on technical expertise in at least one of the department’s capability areas.

  • Experience supporting DoD, DHS, and/or Intelligence Community sponsors and passion for supporting these missions to ensure a safer world.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively at high levels within a matrixed organization, as well as across partner and potential customer organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, shape and follow through on new strategic partnerships and business opportunities, or to forge new opportunities with existing MITRE customers.

  • Applicants must hold an active Top Secret clearance.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Top Secret clearance with a active SCI with current polygraph is preferred

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

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

Top Secret/SCI

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