MITRE seeking Director – Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center (CIPIC)

“The successful candidate will lead the Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center (L540) and provide direction across a range of technical, business, and talent development activities. This innovation center is the corporate steward for a set of technical capabilities for protecting critical infrastructure from malicious cyber or non-kinetic attack, including CPS/ICS protection, cyber adversary engagement in OT, mission modeling and analysis for critical infrastructures, mission-oriented and risk-informed full-spectrum cyber operations in critical infrastructure and operational technology environments.  The innovation center is at its early development stage aiming to grow to be over 100 employees in McLean, Bedford, Ft. Meade, and several other sites and supports a diverse work program across multiple portfolios. The Director is responsible for building an integrated team, fostering thought leadership in technical capabilities, applying these capabilities to achieve sponsor and mission outcomes, recruiting and hiring to enable a growing work program, implementing quality practices, and providing direction on future investments. The Director will reside in McLean and will require local or overnight travel to geographically dispersed sponsor and MITRE locations.” 

“Key Functions 

There are several core responsibilities for innovation center directors. These include strategic planning, work program execution and shaping, workforce development, recruiting future talent, engaging with the external technical community, managing center operations, and serving as direct supervisor to department heads and center staff. 

For the director, there are three specific priorities: 

  1. Strategic Planning and Technical Experience. The director leads the center’s strategic planning and execution.  The director should have walked a mile in this domain. That is, the director has “technical chops” to critically review work, assess, and set direction in the areas of cyber infrastructure protection. A technically-rooted understanding of the challenges and support to these mission areas is essential for building a vision for this new division.
  2. Collaboration with Partner organizations: The director needs to focus on connections withkey  missionand technology stakeholders working in the critical infrastructure protection mission areas. Demonstrated experience in building and furthering these relationships is essential to the innovation center’s credibility and level of excellence in this domain. Having established relationships with key stakeholders across MITRE business sectors and external sponsors is an advantage. 
  3. Transparency and Communications: This innovation center is geographically dispersed and often immersed in operational settings. The director needs to establish regular, collaborative venues to communicate with staff regardless of their location. Transparency bolsters trust and confidence in leadership.”

“Required Qualifications: 

  • Experience leading and building geographically dispersed organizations with a highly technical work program and significant number of employees. 
  • Technical depth in at least one of the innovation center’s core capabilities, demonstrated through direct work program impact. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and shape a technical work program through collaborative and effective partnership with portfolios, program divisions, and other innovation centers. 
  • BS and 15 years of related experience. 
  • Must have and retain an active Top Secret/SCI with Poly …”

Read the full job description here. 

G2X TAKE: This not-for-profit corporation that operates Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) is seeking a leader to grow this cybersecurity center that is the steward for a set of technical capabilities for protecting critical infrastructure from malicious cyber or non-kinetic attack, including mission-oriented and risk-informed full-spectrum cyber operations in operational technology environments. 


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