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Enterprise IT - Network, Telecom, and Video Dept Head


McLean, VA
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Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challengesand we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every dayworking for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITREand make a difference with us.

MITREs Enterprise Information Technology (R100) organization is seeking a Department Head (DH) responsible for networking, video, and telecom technology in support of MITREs business needs. The selected candidate will be a member of the Division Leadership team (along with peer Department Heads, Associate Department Heads and Program Leaders) supporting aspects of leading and managing our dynamic and growing service delivery work program. R100 provides systems engineering, infrastructure, and application services to support and enable MITREs information technology business needs.


The DH will be responsible for department tactical & strategic operations.  They will aid in establishing and implementing division initiatives, to include defining, coordinating and executing initiatives, training and developing our technical leadership, managing the program pipeline, and ensuring quality across the work program.


Key Functions:

The Department Head (DH) for Networking Services must possess solid technical, management, financial, and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will lead by example and help build a world class team. The DH must ensure quality of deliverables, and work with the division management to identify strategies for new initiatives and develop strategic partnerships.  The DH must have demonstrated technical depth and hands on expertise in several functional work areas, such as communications, networking, systems engineering, process automation, and cybersecurity.


The selected candidate will work in partnership with the Leadership team to execute a range of department and program leadership activities, to include:


  • Maintain department vision and strategy by working with division leadership and chief engineers to establish the vision and plans for the department to enable and support execution of MITREs work programs including coordinating/documenting strategic roadmaps

  • Develop and provide oversight of the department work program, conduction program execution reviews of all services aligned to the department, establish new work across any/all MITRE services

  • Increase efficiency and quality work life balance of department workforce through significant automation of the configuration, management, testing, deployment, and operations of physical and virtual devices within MITREs network

  • Acquire, develop, foster and enable the department workforce.  Develop and maintain a strategic workforce plan to acquire, develop and shape the required skills, capabilities and diversity of the workforce to enable fulfillment of division workforce shaping strategy.  Conduct continuous hiring of new staff focusing on lower-level staff and diversity

  • Ensure quality of project work - implement, delegate, and/or oversee peer review, Quality Management, Strengthening the Core processes, and engagement in Center and corporate technology initiatives

  • Manage internal and external relationships.  Foster healthy relationships among staff, resolve interpersonal and technical disputes and guidance between engineering staff and engage key vendors as strategic partner

Level 6




  • Masters Degree or equivalent experience in electrical engineering, computer science, software system engineering or related information technology field with minimum 10 years of experience in relevant engineering field.

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a highly technical team

  • Technical depth in a technology or domain applicable to the divisions work program

  • Demonstrable operational knowledge of networks, telecom, and video systems

  • Prior experience migrating an organization from manual processes to automation while addressing changes to workforce, tools, and business processes

  • Must excel in all areas of strategy development, including project management, business analysis, problem solving, executive communication, consensus building, and people development.

  • Strong people development and influencing skill

  • Demonstrated ability to build and drive extended and virtual teams

  • Strong analytical, acquisition, and financial skills to work on complex business issues with minimum supervision