If you have an unquenchable passion to change the way the Department of Defense sovles its problems, you need to join our team at NSIN!

The following positions are available for application until April 17, 2020.

Communications Director

The NSIN Communications Director is charged with developing and implementing a national communications strategy that supports core NSIN programming, helps the regional network team to expand NSIN’s footprint, and elevates NSIN’s brand and profile in the defense innovation space. Additionally they will recruit and manage a three person communications team that is responsible for managing all communications work including its website, social media, newsletters, press releases, and media requests. NSIN’s mission and lines of effort require engagement with academia, the early stage venture, and defense communities. The communications director must be able to effectively communicate with all three of those communities and be able to craft the message around NSIN’s core mission and operations that will help to pull those groups into the network. Travel will be required to support NSIN programming and personnel throughout the network. NSIN has a story to tell about the communities of problem solvers all across the country who are stepping up to help change the way the DoD solves problems, and we need your help to tell it! This is a federal contractor position (GS-14 Level Compensation).

To crush this job you will need to bring:

  • a working knowledge of the venture, academic, and defense ecosystems
  • prior experience working in two or more of the following communities: national security, academia, and/or the start-up world so that you can operate most effectively with NSIN’s three constituencies;
  • at least five years of relevant communications experience;
  • an eagerness to serve as a strategic thought partner of the Managing Director, shaping the voice and messaging for the organization based on his/her vision;
  • an innate need for teamwork, and the desire to support and highlight the great work being done across the organization;
  • a desire to take complete ownership of the development and implementation of a communications strategy;
  • an unquenchable passion to change the way that DOD solves its problems. NSIN is engaged in hard work and there are long, tough days fighting a daunting bureaucracy;
  • a willingness and aptitude to operate successfully as part of a dispersed team. The Communications Director is based at NSIN HQ, but will be required to support NSIN personnel throughout the country.

How To Apply for the Communications Director Position

Email your resume and cover letter to Jobs@nsin.us, with the subject line: Comms Director Position by 5:00PM (EDT) on April 17, 2020.

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant (EA) directly supports the NSIN Managing Director (MD) by acting as a personal aide, principal scheduler, and travel coordinator for the Managing Director’s day-to-day activities. The EA also works as part of a small executive team that includes the MD, Chief of Staff, and Special Assistant to the Managing Director; together this team is responsible for maximizing the ability of the Managing Director to lead NSIN and its assigned personnel throughout the United States. The EA routinely interacts with Congressional staff, the staffs of General and Flag Officers, the staffs of Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed senior executives throughout the Department of Defense, and the staffs of senior administrators from NSIN’s network of colleges and universities to schedule and confirm meetings. Additionally, the EA serves as a personal aide to the MD by planning the logistics for team celebrations and events, coordinating travel arrangements based on guidance received from other members of the executive support team, and maintaining relevant administrative databases. Finally, the EA coordinates the logistics related to all internal NSIN meetings chaired by the MD.
This is a federal contractor position (GS9-level compensation).


  • an unscrupulous attention to detail. The dependency of the MD on near-perfect work by the EA means that no job can ever be too small, and no detail is ever too insignificant;
  • a work ethic that just won’t quit. The EA role can entail long (or non-standard) hours and you’ve got to be ‘all in’ on the idea that doing this job well matters to your principal and your new Team;
  • an innate recognition that success in this role means service to a specific principal. Your daily work as the EA is really about allowing the MD to perform at his very best;
  • a strong willingness to totally own the MD’s calendar and schedule. This means finding joy in the iterative work of scheduling and learning to say ‘no’ in order to protect his time;
  • a willingness and aptitude to operate successfully as part of a dispersed team. The Executive Assistant is based at NSIN HQ but will be required to support the MD’s interactions with NSIN personnel throughout the country.

How To Apply for the Executive Assistant Position

Email your resume and cover letter to Jobs@nsin.us, with the subject line: Executive Assistant Position by 5:00PM (EDT) on April 17, 2020.

About NSIN

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.