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IDA employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they
have been granted a medical or religious exemption.
Individuals who accept employment with IDA will be required
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The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit
corporation that operates three Federally-Funded Research Centers
(FFRDCs): the Systems and Analyses Center sponsored by the Office
of the Secretary of Defense; the Science and Technology Policy
Institute serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the
National Science Foundation, and other offices and councils within
the executive branch of the federal government; and the Center for
Communications and Computing serving the National Security Agency.
IDA provides objective analyses of national security issues and
related national challenges, particularly those requiring
extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise.
The Operational Evaluation Division (OED), one of eight research
divisions within the Alexandria, VA-based Systems and Analyses
Center (SAC), provides deep technical, analytical, and
subject-matter expertise to support quantitative
evaluations—including operational testing and evaluation for the
Department of Defense (DoD), assessment of anti-terrorism products
and services for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and DoD
program reviews. Our government sponsors depend on us to meet
complex challenges with determination, creativity, and unparalleled
insight. We support DoD and DHS to protect our warfighters, save
taxpayer dollars, and defend our nation.
The OED Director will be responsible for managing a 170-staff
year research program and for ensuring the quality of division
research and analytic products.
Key priorities for the Director are as follows:
- Integrate and focus IDA analytical capabilities – in active
collaboration with other IDA divisions – to meet complex research
and analytical challenges.
- Maintain deep knowledge and understanding of DoD’s test and
evaluation processes, methods, and organizations.
- Develop and maintain close contact with key sponsors, senior
stakeholders, and DoD leaders. Ensure they are aware of IDA
contributions and relevant analyses.
- Recruit, retain, and grow diverse talent at all levels, and
drive an inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes and supports
diversity and belonging. Demonstrate strong commitment to the IDA
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy.
- Work with colleagues, staff, and IDA leadership to continuously
refine Division vision and periodically communicate vision to
- Support IDA business modernization and process improvement
We seek a senior level manager with extensive experience in the
quantitative analysis and evaluation of defense systems; an
established reputation in the national security field; an
understanding of DoD’s decision-making processes, including the
planning, programming, budgeting, and the acquisition process;
strong demonstrated written and oral communication and
collaboration skills; and the highest level of integrity. The
selected individual must have a substantial defense-related
evaluation and analysis experience (DoD) and strong familiarity
with currently fielded DoD systems, as well as ongoing acquisition
programs. A graduate degree in science, engineering, applied
science, applied engineering, or related field is required. The
selected individual must be able to interact effectively with the
senior leadership in sponsoring offices and work cooperatively with
a diverse set of government organizations and advisory
IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package
and a superior professional working environment. To the right
individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on
key national programs and plans.
The selected individual will be subject to a security
investigation and must meet the requirements for access to
classified information. Ability to obtain and maintain
S/TS/SCI/SAP/SAR clearances is required. U. S. citizenship is
required. Successful completion of a criminal background check is
To learn more and to apply for this position, please visit our
website at www.ida.org. The Institute for Defense Analyses is proud
to be an equal opportunity employer.
U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is
IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a
fair recruiting process and working environment free from
discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or
protected veteran status.