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KRI- Senior Director Program Management Office

Northeastern University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 15, 2023

KRI- Senior Director Program Management Office

About the Opportunity

The Kostas Research Institute (Kostas) is growing to be the applied research arm of Northeastern University, primarily focused on DoD-related S&T R&D. Kostas is headquartered in part of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security Building on the Northeastern University Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA (ICBM), with a presence at other sites. Affiliated with Kostas is the independent 501(c) 3 KRI at Northeastern University, LLC (KRI), a wholly owned special-purpose subsidiary of the University.

The KRI is a vital component of the University as it executes its mission to discover and translate new knowledge for the benefit of society and educate people for a lifetime of fulfillment. The organization is looking to grow its top-line revenue rapidly to and beyond an annual level of $500 million, winning and executing S&T R&D programs for the US government mission-driven agencies, other allied governments, and corporate customers, and transitioning the outputs of these programs for the benefit of the nation and its allies, and commercial success. To ensure efficient and successful execution of Contract Research and Development (CRAD) programs, KRI is seeking an executive who will have the role of Senior Director of the Program Management Office (DPMO).

The DPMO is responsible for overall program management and is accountable for execution, customer satisfaction and financial performance through the day-to-day supervision of the Program Management Team. The role will facilitate the successful interface between customers and the internal organization for the planning, processing, and implementation of CRAD programs. The DPMO will implement PM best practices and will ensure that PMO staff are properly trained and resourced.

The DPMO is an executive leadership role within the organization with responsibilities that include: forming and maintaining strong relationships with customers, sponsors and partners; assist in identifying funding opportunities and supporting the development of competitive proposals and ensuring that the program budget and schedule are competitive yet realistic; ensuring that funded programs are exceptionally executed; identifying opportunities for follow-on funding to existing programs; and recruiting, mentoring, and managing PM staff and support personnel.

The successful candidate for DPMO will work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams across the KRI consortium, consisting of academic, industry and government partners to support the development of technical solutions and prototypes with a focus on application to real-world problems and requirements.

  • 10+ years program management experience in DoD CRAD program execution
  • Experience leading program management teams
  • BA or BS required
  • Strong understanding of DoD organizations and funding
  • Strong understanding of technical program management in a fast-paced setting
  • Required: willingness and ability to obtain a DoD security clearance. Preferred: Active DoD secret clearance or above, ability to obtain Special Access clearance
  • Strong working knowledge of industry regulations and standards
  • Strong management skills with an impeccable ethical approach to work and leadership
  • Demonstrated results in creating a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Ability to travel domestically & internationally as needed

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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