Program Area Manager, National Security Space

Program/Line Mgmt - Other Technical
SES - Space Exploration Sector

Are you excited about leading in a forward-thinking organization striving to craft critical contributions to the most critical challenges in our nation’s space warfighting domain?

Do you seek to drive programs and emerging technologies toward impactful capabilities?

Do you enjoy working in a creative environment with a team of highly motivated scientists, engineers, and physicists?

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Program Area Manager (PAM) for our team to support the National Security Space Mission Area (NSS MA) space programs throughout the lifecycle ranging
from concept formulation through design implementation into operations and assessment.

As a PAM you will provide leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for the capture, execution and delivery of programs in the NSS MA. The PAM is responsible for a portfolio of programs and supervising many APL Program Managers and Project Managers. The PAM will lead, anticipate, and plan for critical contributions to critical challenges for very sensitive and highly classified programs with staff that may not be cleared in to all program aspects. As such, the PAM will provide leadership and develop a vision across all programs in the program area helping our nation achieve a coordinated and effective outcome. The PAM will also engage sponsors and foster positive relationships at the highest levels in our government institutions pursuing relevant capabilities in this area.

1. (15%) Strategic Leadership: Work closely with the National Security Space Mission Area Executive to compose the
Mission Area’s strategy, scope, internal investments, and sponsor engagement activities into a Program Area specific
implementation. Continue to develop and evolve the Mission Area’s strategy, scope, internal investments, and sponsor
engagement activities specific to the Program Area. Forecast Program Area funding, tasking, staffing, and critical skills
needed in future years.

2. (40%) Program Execution Leadership: Ensure for effective operation and execution of ongoing programs by working
with program and project managers to develop and monitor program plans and budgets. Resolve resource issues
within the program area, and across the Mission Area and support line management across APL. Manage availability
of APL funding and staff to execute the work and technical quality, and provide distinctive technical advice to sponsors.
Ensure proposals from within the Program Area are complete and comprehensive and take in to account availability
of staff, facilities, infrastructure, and classification aspects. Lead the coordination of APL stakeholders during proposal
development to include contracts, finance, line management, security, and others for all proposal efforts.

3. (30%) Sponsor Engagement Leadership: Provide thought leadership to assist Program Area relevant sponsors in
creating a strategic vision of the future and identifying critical technology and system needs for their programs. Develop
and maintain positive relationships with current and potential future sponsors, stakeholders, and advisors. Initiate high
visibility, impactful efforts. Provide direction for sponsor engagement and internal investment efforts in the Program Area,
with a focus on crafting and nurturing long-term opportunities and opening up new sponsors and areas of contribution.
Understand sponsor funding profiles and how they are likely to change in the future. Work with APL staff to develop and
pursue strategic initiatives that satisfy sponsor needs and support stakeholders ranging from operational users to senior
decision makers.

4. (15%) Line Management: As a Section Supervisor, provide mentorship, supervision, training, and support to a team of
program managers, assistant program managers, project managers, and administrator in the Program Area. Encourage
professional growth and leadership development of staff supervised. Promulgate best practices for high-quality program
management. Promote effective collaboration between program managers both internal and external to the Program Area as well as between program managers and line managers.

You meet our minimum qualifications if you have...


  • A Bachelor's Degree in math, engineering, physics or relevant technical field
  • 10+ years of experience leading sophisticated aerospace technology programs (especially for the National Security Space sponsor community)
  • Demonstrated leadership and excellent communication skills
  • A consistent track record of developing and growing new impactful opportunities; demonstrated success in developing and mentoring program or project leaders, and in developing strong relationships with sponsors
  • The ability to travel to sponsor locations
  • Hold an active Top Secret clearance and can ultimately obtain TS/SCI level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibilityrequirements include U.S. citizenship.


You will go above and beyond our minimum qualifications if you have...


  • A Master’s or Ph.D. in science or engineering
  • A consistent track record as a successful Program Manager and/or Line Manager in the NSS sponsor community


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical
defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering
new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you
can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous
benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/
life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at


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