NSIN is hiring a program manager for its Collaboration Portfolio

The application period for this position is now closed.


The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) is hiring a full-time Source Program Manager. Applications are due 21 April 2021.

Although the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of this role vary, the Source Program Manager spends their time:

  • Designing, executing, and evaluating online crowdsourcing challenges, including (but not limited to) Source program iterations
  • Managing relationships with NSIN industry and academic partners and DoD/military customers
  • Engaging with the NSIN Regional Network and Communications teams

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, presenting these communities with national security problems through direct interaction with the DoD, 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 is 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 Source Program Manager helps build and execute programming within the Collaboration Portfolio. The programs managed and program manager’s roles and responsibilities may change over time, but will start by managing NSIN’s Source program, which focuses on leveraging talent from industry and academia to solve some of DoD’s hardest problems. The Collaboration Portfolio increases the intellectual diversity of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) by bringing together innovators from defense, academia, and the venture community to solve national security problems. The programs within the Collaboration Portfolio provide opportunities for service members to engage with non-traditional partners to better understand problems and discover new solutions.

Program Managers serve as the principal owner for all programs and services given to them by their Portfolio Director. This includes development, planning, resourcing, and execution of all components and phases of program execution and measuring assigned programs (or services) through the development of Key Performance Indicators and/or other measures of efficiency and efficacy. The Source Program Manager will also help identify gaps and seams within the portfolio and have the opportunity to design pilot programs in order to fill these gaps. (60%)

Program Managers work directly with the NSIN Regional Team, composed of 11 Regional Directors and 35 University Program Directors, to deliver their NSIN program/s across the nation. This includes the management of DoD customers for all assigned programming, working with members of the Regional Team to create bespoke National Service programming that leverage unique competitive advantages of each region, and actively facilitating feedback to continually improve program design and execution. (30%)

Program Managers work with the NSIN Communications Team to collaboratively develop and manage the brand of the NSIN programs and capture the successes from programs so the Communications Team can effectively market NSIN’s work to both internal and external stakeholders and the public. (10%)

What We Are Looking For in a Teammate

  • A true passion for national security and national security problem solving
  • Demonstrated interest in technology and human capital
  • Proven track record of program management experience, including resource prioritization, budgeting and developing measures of effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Demonstrated experience in building new partnerships
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills, including oral and written skills
  • A desire to work in a distributed organization that highly values a team mentality
  • Foresight, maturity, and the ability to present thoughtful and data driven solutions to complex problems
  • Strong analytical skills
  • B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) preferred
  • Recent experience in projects involving inter-agency, inter-departmental, and/or international partners (preferred).
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Ability to work out of Arlington, VA


This position is a federal contractor position with up to GS-13 Level Compensation depending on experience and education.

How to Apply

The application period for this position is now closed.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to GXM Careers by 21 April 2021, 5 PM (EDT) to apply.

GXM reserves the right to forward all materials submitted with applications to third parties that may be involved in the evaluation process.

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