Deputy Chief, Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research, National Security Agency

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Deputy Chief, Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research, National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD

Posted: 2019-09-13 – Closing: 2019-10-03

This key leadership position provides an exceptional opportunity for a high-performing Senior Executive Leader who combines exceptional “people” leadership skills with strong technical credibility, and has strong collaborative skills.

The Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research (LACR) is a vibrant multi-disciplinary group of scientists conducting in-house research to advance the science of cybersecurity. This research is facilitated by a rich set of industry, academic, and cross-government partnerships to create leading edge Cybersecurity Mission outcomes for the Nation. Researchers apply their subject-matter expertise to explore the limitations of today and invent new cybersecurity tools and tradecraft for tomorrow. They also focus on hard problems in areas of importance to national security stakeholders. The Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research solutions are regularly transferred to the commercial sector through open source accomplishments such as Security Enhancements for Android, through special CRADA and license agreements with industry, and direct mission partnerships with stakeholders in NSA, DoD, and the IC. LACR maintains a significant external presence and regularly publishes and presents at leading conferences in the field of cybersecurity. LACR also conducts an extensive structured engagement with academia through the Science of Security program which includes six major academic research institutions and hundreds of secondary collaborators to shape and influence the approach to cybersecurity research for the Nation. Located in Laurel, MD, in spaces designed to enhance innovation and collaboration, LACR operates its “living lab” to create cybersecurity prototypes to lead the way for the Cybersecurity Mission.

In partnership with the Chief, the specific duties of the Deputy Chief include, but are not limited to:

– Engagement and partnership across NSA to include major Cybersecurity mission elements.
– Setting the Information Assurance / Cybersecurity research agenda, focusing the research staff on the most critical problems and inspiring collaborative (NSA and RES-wide) activities and innovation.
– Setting technical priorities and providing clear objectives while recognizing and encouraging high-risk approaches as the norm rather than the exception.
– Putting in place and overseeing the necessary business processes to support employee performance evaluation and recognition (awards and promotion)
– Personnel administration of 80+ government employees; mentorship and leadership of office leaders.
– Planning, programming and executing of a LACR budget from mixed ISSP and CCP sources
– Active participation in the RES leadership team and other NSA-wide initiatives where RES representation is needed.
– Establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with industry, academia, broader DoD research, and other government agencies
– Recruiting and hiring, with a strong emphasis on diversity.

Leading Change:

– Creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation.
– Understands near-term and long-range plans and uses the information to posture an organization to be competitive and forward thinking.
– Adapts behaviors and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
– Determines objectives and sets priorities while anticipating potential obstacles or opportunities.
– Takes a long-term view and acts as a catalyst for organizational change; builds a shared vision with others.
– Deals effectively with stress and fast-moving events.

Leading People:

– Inspires, motivates, and guides the workforce towards achievement of mission objectives and goals.
– Establishes clear performance metrics and job objectives.
– Empowers people to lead change and take responsibility.
– Resolves conflicts and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner to minimize negative impact.
– Leads and manages an inclusive workplace that maximizes the talents of each person to achieve sound business results
– Instills mutual trust and confidence; creates a culture that fosters a high standard of ethics.
– Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishments. Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships.
– Develops leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding and guiding employees.

Results Driven:

– Holds self and others accountable; monitors and evaluates plans; focuses on results and measuring attainment of objectives.
– Anticipates and meets the needs of customers; is committed to continuous improvement in services.
– Balances interests of a variety of customers; readily readjusts priorities to respond to pressing and changing demands.
– Perceives the impact and implications of decisions; makes effective and timely decisions, even when data is limited.
– Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies.

Business Acumen:

– Assesses current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals and budget realities. Using merit principles ensures staff is appropriately selected, developed, utilized, appraised, and rewarded.
– Develops strategies to enhance overall mission effectiveness.
– Recognizes and assesses changing requirements and their resource implications.
– Selects well-qualified employees to fill critical mission needs.
– Assesses changing needs and advances in technology and customer requirements in order to effect responsive actions.
– Markets effectively to senior leadership, partners and customers to achieve and promote mission success.

Building Coalitions:

– Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals; facilitates ‘win-win’ solutions.
– Builds teams/coalitions with leadership as well as across the workforce.
– Facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication.
– Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed.
– Develops networks and builds alliances, engages in cross-functional activities; collaborates across organizational boundaries and finds common ground with a wide range of stakeholders. Utilizes contacts to build and strengthen internal support bases.
– Expresses facts and ideas in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
– Possesses strong communication skills, both verbal and written; proven ability to write for audiences of varying levels, and to brief senior management.

Leading the Intelligence Enterprise:

Candidates should have a broad point of view of the Intelligence mission and an understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to the larger IC strategic priorities. Key factors to be considered include:

– Demonstrate knowledge, skill and/or ability to lead collaborative teams and stakeholders across the IC to achieve a joint multi-agency mission outcome.
– Demonstrate knowledge, skill, and /or ability to understand the roles, missions, capabilities, and organizational and political realities of the intelligence enterprise and apply that understanding to drive joint, interagency, or multi-organization accomplishment.
– Demonstrate the ability to understand equities issues and to advance a blended mission
– Ability to contribute strategic thinking about cyber and information assurance issues.
– Ability to create an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view.
– Ability to advance and reinforce IC Core values, especially a commitment to diversity of people, points of view, ideas, and insights.
– Demonstrate unflagging commitment to continually providing the highest possible degree of service to the customer.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Range: $126,148 to $176,900



Periodic extended hours may be necessary.

International and domestic travel may be required.

Position Summary
Leaders at the National Security Agency motivate, support, and cultivate employees at all levels. Leaders at the NSA, where people are a priority, are responsible for leveraging the diversity of their workforce to create innovative solutions that support the Agency’s mission.

This challenging position requires extensive experience in Information Assurance / Cybersecurity, technology, and Enterprise IT. It also requires successful leadership and management experience, and an ability to collaborate with research leaders in industry, academia, and government. The successful candidate for this position must have demonstrated success in building and leading teams embarking on new ways of doing the Agency’s mission. He or she must have a keen understanding of technical risk and be able to build a research portfolio that both pushes the state of the science and addresses future mission needs. The candidate must also be a strong advocate for the effective interworking of the Agency’s offensive and defensive missions, and lead activities to build solutions that leverage this mission diversity.

Candidates must have strong organizational leadership skills, a cybersecurity technical or leadership background, and keen business acumen. They should be effective communicators, both orally and in writing and be able to advocate for their personnel and mission. Building collaborative relationships is critical. The position is unique in that the dominant industry partnerships are not built via acquisition and/or contracting vehicles but rather via cooperative, collaborative engagements based upon mutual trust (e.g., open source community, CRADAs, MOUs, consortia, standards bodies, etc.), shared sweat equity, and shared intellectual property (i.e., patents and copyrights). The goals of these partnerships are usually to create publicly available, successful broad market solutions rather than unique government solutions. This requires an appreciation for business drivers of non-government, non-defense-industrial-base commercial IT providers.

The successful candidate must identify and resolve customer problems, respond quickly and decisively to issues, balance competing demands by setting and keeping priorities, pursue new and creative ways to deliver services, and ensure that LACR is exceeding the customer’s expectations while at the same time addressing future needs not yet envisioned by the customer. Therefore, solid decision making skills are essential as he or she will be required to make decisions with long-term impact. Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently and to multi-task are also required. He/she must be a quick study, self-directed, and have excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, the successful candidate must be able to work effectively with senior leaders, staff personnel and external customers at all levels and recognize and operate sensitively in politically charged situations. A good understanding of NSA, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the DoD is a must, as well as strong briefing skills. The candidate must be able to present ideas and information to all levels of audiences in a clear, convincing, and organized manner and be willing to be publicly associated with NSA through open-to-the-public speaking engagements.

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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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