The National Security Innovation Network is hiring a full-time Collaboration Deputy Portfolio Director in Arlington, VA.

Applications will be evaluated after the close date; December, 4, 2020.

About Your New Team

NSIN is a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) organization with the mission to build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems. NSIN does this by building communities of non-traditional defense problem solvers from the academic and venture communities, exposing these communities to national security problems through direct interaction with DoD end users, and supporting the further development and transition of these solutions into the DOD. The principal way in which NSIN achieves its mission is through three mutually supporting portfolios of programs: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. NSIN’s Regional Network Team will be physically located in more than 35 different locations throughout the United States and is responsible for building the new communities of problem-solvers through which NSIN executes its programs.

About Your New Role

The Collaboration Deputy Portfolio Director (DPD) supports the Collaboration Portfolio Director and helps lead their team as it pursues NSIN’s mission. The Collaboration Portfolio has the exciting and unique task of solving National Security Problems by generating novel concepts and solutions at collision events where new problem-solvers engage with DoD customers. The Collaboration Portfolio does this by collaborating with Partners from the Academic and Venture Communities to build these collision events in the form of hackathons, university course curricula, online collaboration platforms and more. NSIN Program Managers develop, manage, execute, evaluate, and improve their assigned programs, in partnership with the Deputy Director. Additionally, the Collaboration DPD works closely with NSIN’s other portfolios, Acceleration and National Service, and the eleven (11) Regional Directors to coordinate and synchronize the local, regional, national, and international delivery of NSIN programming.

The Collaboration DPD assists in providing daily oversight of all program development, execution, resource development and planning for any NSIN programs and services that fall within the Collaboration Portfolio mission or are otherwise assigned by the NSIN Managing Director. This includes helping develop an annual strategy to achieve the portfolio’s goals, managing the portfolio’s corresponding budget, and developing new programs to address unmet customer demand from the Regional Network Team. Finally, the Collaboration DPD is responsible for assisting programmatic and pilot execution of all Collaboration programs and services, as well as overseeing individual Program Managers in the evaluation of their assigned programs for efficiency and effectiveness. (70%).

The Collaboration DPD serves as the first point of contact between the Collaboration Portfolio and the other deputy portfolio directors to coordinate cross-portfolio programmatic collaboration. This includes transitioning program participant teams between portfolio programs and coordinating joint programming. (20%).

The Collaboration DPD is responsible for developing new portfolio pilot programs that are not owned by a portfolio program manager. (10%).

What We are Looking for in a Teammate

  • Demonstrated project management expertise with experience leading a team or teams.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills, including oral and written skills;
  • A willingness and aptitude to operate successfully as part of a remote, team-based culture;
  • Deep knowledge of and demonstrated experience with problem solving methodologies;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated combined experience providing analysis, policy, and technology support
  • Experience working with two of the following three communities: national security, academia, and start-ups;
  • Foresight, maturity, and the ability to negotiate amicable solutions to complex problems;
  • Possess at least an earned B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent);
  • US Citizenship Required


This position is a federal contractor position with GS-14 Level Compensation.

How To Apply:

Complete applications of a cover letter and a resume will be accepted until 5:00pm EST on December 4, 2020, to GXM.

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