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MIT Lincoln Laboratory IT Programs Lead in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Cyber System Assessments Group performs software and hardware reverse engineering, vulnerability research and discovery, and system exploitation. We develop and prototype cutting-edge capabilities for our operational partners in the U.S. Government. We identify and demonstrate exploitability of cyber vulnerabilities so that vulnerabilities in U.S. systems can be corrected, and so that vulnerabilities in other systems are better understood. Our U.S. Government sponsors consider our technical expertise to be vital to the success of their missions.

Job Description:

The IT Programs Lead is responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day operations of the Group's program/project portfolio in Lexington and at field sites. The IT programs lead will manage all aspects of IT systems in the Group’s special program spaces and will interact directly with U.S. Government sponsors and with Laboratory service departments to ensure that program activities can be executed successfully. The IT Programs Lead will be expected to exercise independent judgement and utilize strong problem-solving skills to arrive at solutions to new challenges on a frequent basis.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate approvals, procurement, delivery, installation of equipment

  • Coordinate staff specialized network development needs

  • Create, document, and execute risk acceptance and mitigation plans

  • Request, schedule, and manage installation/keying of encryptor(s)

  • Define encryption and other equipment procurement requirements

  • Establish goals and action plans to address IT system initiatives

  • Prioritize work efforts w/sponsor needs

  • Function as an advisor on IT systems recommendations, project operations and solutions

  • Address complex IT systems issues and achieve challenging goals or outcomes

  • Coordinate delivery/installation of encryptor with COMSEC team

  • Coordinate re-key schedule for COMSEC equipment

  • Architect and coordinate the deployment of classified transport network interconnections between multiple special program facilities

Responsibilities will also include:

  • Create and manage accounts as needed in support of rollout phases for which they would be required to configure and deploy systems/networks

  • Review network requirements with Information Assurance security staff to develop a TEMPEST plan

  • Coordinate with enterprise information technology and security service departments

  • Define special program VTC requirements and manage VTC system deployments

  • Draft/review/submit Interconnection Security Agreements for initial and annual renewal

  • Architect and design shared transport layer network infrastructure for classified network enclaves

  • Provide co-use agreement (CUA) inputs

  • Provide justifications for new networks/hardware/software

  • Provide special program access justifications for staff

  • Review and provide input for POA&Ms/AMSOPs/etc

  • Coordinate with government POCs, security, IT, group office, and staff project leads to deploy mission-critical sponsor networks to MIT LL closed areas


  • Degree in IT management, business, or related field preferred; commensurate experience will be considered. 5+ years of directly related experience required.

  • Experience working with special programs at all classification levels.

  • Project management experience.

  • Demonstrated experience communicating with project stakeholders and key management personnel.

  • Familiarity with government security & accreditation requirements (both physical and IT).

  • Familiarity with information system security processes and IT management tools.

  • This position requires on-site availability with the option of approximately one remote work day based on operational tempo.

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must have and maintain an active TS//SCI DoD security clearance and be willing to maintain computer accounts at that level.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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