May 23, 2024

STEM Technical Leader / Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Technical Leader - Experienced to Expert Level (CO, GA, MD, TX, UT)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

Representing the breadth of professional and personal diversity, NSA STEM Technical Leaders bring vision, innovation, and passion for solving unique problems that protect our Nation daily. These leaders have experience with advanced technologies, collaboration, and moving ideas from requirements to implementation. In the government and in today's ever changing technology environment, STEM Technical Leaders (STEMT TLs) have to be more adaptable, relatable and innovative. STEM TLs have to choose what information they keep and what information they take action on. STEM TLs have to evolve more rapidly than ever, and address the most pressing workforce challenges highlighted during the post COVID era (i.e., game changing technology to provide intelligence advantage). STEM TLs drive technical decisions, architectural design discussions, and systems integration within the context of their technical specialties coming from a full spectrum of backgrounds such as software development; systems engineering; architecture; electrical engineering; cryptography and cybersecurity engineering; networking; Nuclear Command, Control and Communication (NC3); cyber defense consulting; National Leadership Command Capabilities (NLCC); DoD Command and Control (NC2), innovation of critical and emerging technologies, and many more. They use their extensive experience leading advancements in technology, which may be at a project or organizational level, to influence technical direction. Although primarily technical, STEM TLs will possess skills to mediate alternative Course of Action discussions, negotiate strategic direction, and drive innovation across a variety of levels. These leaders know how to interpret senior leadership guidance and direction, and translate it into actionable plans, requirements, and strategies. STEM TLs have proven experience delegating resources and tasks as well as, transforming ideas into operational capabilities. While STEM TLs may or may not serve in a supervisory capacity; they will bear the responsibility of leading, mentoring, and developing the next generation of technical experts. In vertical or horizontal teams, STEM TLs push frontiers to advance the NSA mission to gather signals intelligence and protect our Nation's Defense Industrial Base and critical infrastructure. These leaders are adept at working across organizations with competing priorities to build consensus to achieve mission outcomes. These leaders actively engage in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility efforts to advance NSA's mission; show respect and appreciation for the unique skills, knowledge, abilities and perspectives of all colleagues; and, model inclusive behavior that enables everyone to contribute their fullest to the mission.

STEM Technical Leaders have expertise in one or more STEM disciplines and have developed a deep subject matter expertise, more broadly applicable skills (accountability, creativity and innovation, decisiveness, flexibility, influence, communication, partnering, planning, evaluating, problem solving, resiliency) or some combination of both, that enable them to be successful in advising, leading and/or performing STEM related efforts. The efforts can include leading technical projects, programs, research or workgroups; delivering, defending and explaining technical analysis & direction; building and motivating teams; and supplying timely, accurate, and relevant information to assist senior leadership, customers, or management in making decisions. STEM Technical Leaders may be assigned to technical positions according to their domain expertise, their broadly applicable skills or both in coordination with their interests and agency needs. The range of STEM domain knowledge needed by the agency is incredibly broad. Some examples include: computer coding; modeling and simulation; data gathering; instrumentation; computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, structural, systems and facilities engineering; computer, microelectronics, radio frequency design; and many more.

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Degree must be in Computer Science, Engineering, Physical Science, Mathematics, or a related STEM technical field (e.g., Computer Security, Networking, Information Technology, or Computer Information Systems). For engineering degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework in at least 5 of 18 subject areas in Engineering & Physical Science. Relevant experience must be in leading technical projects, research or workgroups; technical analysis. Must have demonstrated experience as a subject matter expert (SME) within the technical discipline related to the position in which the candidate is applying. SENIOR For Engineering & Physical Science, Mathematics, and Cryptanalysis disciplines, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. For Computer Science, Cyber, and Networking & Telecommunications, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may also be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. EXPERT For Engineering & Physical Science, Mathematics, and Cryptanalysis disciplines, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. For Computer Science, Cyber, and Networking & Telecommunications, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may also be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

The ideal candidate has excellent problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills; and possesses the following knowledge and experience: - Enables innovation in the organization through oversight of programs supporting NSA's modernization and transformation - Is detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to prioritize across multiple assignments - Motivates others to reach team goals - Establishes trust by effectively communicating with co-workers at all levels across multiple disciplines (e.g., mission, engineering, program management, finance, etc.) - Effectively communicates recommendations to enable Senior Leadership to take appropriate actions - Communicates effectively and employs negotiation strategies to achieve consensus - Collaborates effectively vertically, horizontally, and across a variety of functional areas - Uses domain knowledge to optimize alignment with applicable security, compliance, policy and accessibility requirements

Pay: Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Salary Range: $129,239 - $191,900 (Senior, Expert) Salary range varies by location, work level, and relevant experience to the position. This position is hiring for Maryland, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, and Utah locations. While hiring may occur at any of the locations, the majority of the hiring occurs in Maryland (~80%). On the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Benefits: NSA offers excellent benefits to include relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, paid personal fitness time, training and continuing education classes, health and life insurance, Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and a Federal retirement plan. Work Schedule: This is a full-time position, Monday - Friday, with basic 8 hr/day work requirement between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (flexible).

How to apply

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