This position is with the Software Acquisition Pathways (SAP) team within the Transforming Software Acquisition Policy and Practice (TSAPP) directorate. You will join a group of technical professionals and researchers who are having a substantial impact on modernizing DoD software acquisition policy and workforce, amidst a larger team of technologists who provide a variety of impactful guidance to DoD programs and federal and state agencies. With your knowledge of modern software development and acquisition methods, you will work with an experienced, high-performing team of skilled professionals and researchers to contribute to the evolution of DoD software acquisition and the acquisition of emerging and disruptive software technologies and methods (eg. AI, quantum). In this position, you can expect to:
Research software-related risks in the types of modern software-intensive systems being acquired by the DoD;
Work with DoD acquisition programs to develop and review acquisition strategies that incorporate modern software approaches and technologies;
Work with stakeholders from across the acquisition enterprise to address their needs in software-related policies;
Research acquisition and policy implications of emerging software technologies and methods
Abstract data and experiences from all of the above types of activities to inform programmatic strategies, research projects, and/or policy and regulatory recommendations.
Through direct interface with DoD policy teams and DoD clients, you will lead teams and participate as a team member on client and research projects focused on software acquisition issues. The ideal candidate has experience with modern DoD acquisition, backed by software engineering education and professional experience. You will be asked to contribute to a culture of collaboration, transparency, and the delivery of timely, high-quality, high-impact work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor's degree in a software-related or quantitative field and an equivalent combination of training with 10 years of experience, or Master's degree with 8 years of experience, or PhD with 5 years of experience or DAWIA Level II certification in a field supporting software acquisition
Experience developing or applying one or more of
DoD 5000.87 Software Acquisition Pathway
Middle Tier of Acquisition strategies for software-enabled capabilities
Other accelerated/innovative acquisition approaches for software-enabled capabilities
Technical experience and demonstrated thought leadership in at least one of the following
DevOps or software factories
Agile software methodologies
DoD contract and financial planning and integrated performance management
Experience creating case studies, conducting data analysis, synthesizing and/or with other methods to support evidence-driven decision-making, and effectively communicating results
Ability to work on problems of diverse scope where analysis requires innovation, creativity, and evaluation of multiple factors
Collaborative problem-solving skills
Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Willingness to travel to various locations to support the SEI's overall mission. Will be required to travel on overnight assignments, occasionally for several days. There will be an expectation to be on site at client locations in the Northern Virginia/DC area on a weekly basis.
Active Top Secret Clearance preferred, or ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance
Track record of leading timely, high-quality delivery of projects or products
BS and 10 years of experience in a related field, or MS plus 8 years of experience, or PhD plus 5 years of experience
7 years of recent experience
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