Senior Director of Special Programs in Falls Church, VA

$250K - $500K(Ladders Estimates)

Northrop Grumman Corporation   •  

Falls Church, VA 22041

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


15+ years

Posted 34 days ago


The Senior Director of Special Programs will guide the company's interaction with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC), to develop and advocate for the company's special programs policy and government affairs strategy. This individual must establish executive relationships within the DoD and IC to ensure the company's special programs strategy keeps pace with the government's expectations. The Senior Director of Special Programs is responsible for developing and nurturing the business' enterprise management, administration, and oversight of Special Access programs (SAPs) and the enabling policy, processes, and infrastructure (e.g. information technology). He/she must optimally align and improve the business' secure and efficient delivery of capabilities, and inform strategic innovation, while protecting the business' brand, revenue, and reputation. The Senior Director is expected to communicate the enterprise SAP strategy, vision, and strategic and operational direction required to oversee the company's cross-functional integration and implementation. He/she will be expected to proactively maintain relationships across the business and with the government to educate and promote the special programs strategy and implementation. As a direct report to the Vice President of Government Affairs for Space, Cyber, and Intelligence, the Senior Director will be an innovative leader who can drive the special programs strategy and implementation to its next level of maturity. He/she will partner closely with the Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Director of Security, and other business executives in a uniform implementation. This individual must establish a modernized and sustainable strategy for special programs aligned to business objectives, as well as the infrastructure requirements to support it. It will also be critical to represent the business on Capitol Hill and within the defense industrial base community. This will be a highly visible role internally and externally.

Position Responsibilities include:

 Continuously assessing needs; developing, implementing, and monitoring a strategic, comprehensive enterprise-wide program security strategy for Northrop.

 Leading program security strategy, prioritizing client and enterprise initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future special program policies, processes, procedures, and supporting infrastructure.

 Establishing, implementing, and facilitating an effective enterprise-wide special programs governance structure that ensures the strategic alignment of special programs and broader government customer and corporate objectives.

 Creating and administering a Special Programs oversight council to enable executive awareness, informed decisions, and innovation that can lead to new and exciting capabilities for our government customers.

 Developing, managing, and administering an aggregate list of special programs contracted to Northrop, obtaining approval for information technology at the aggregate level, and revalidating the list of those briefed at a recurring interval. Developing and maintaining a consistent and repeatable process to continuously adjust the Northrop SAP portfolio as new contracts are awarded and contracts end--this includes recurring status updates to the Northrop leadership team.

 Building strong relationships and partner closely with Northrop senior leadership, especially within the information technology and security organization (Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, and Director of Security), and across the enterprise in order to implement appropriate special program enterprise initiatives.

 Acting as an advocate and primary liaison for Northrop's special programs vision via written and in-person communications with the executive team leaders, external government regulators, and federal officials on Capitol Hill.

 Promoting strategic relationships between internal resources and external entities, including government, vendors, service providers, and partner organizations.

 Engaging in special programs best-practice sharing with peer organizations and executive briefings.

 Developing, with Northrop peers, the global special programs and enabling the team to grow to its next level of maturity and scalability. Cultivating a high-performing team of engaged leaders who will continue to evolve to address the special programs needs of the company

 Frequently update C-Level executives and the Board on the special programs plan and provide real-time perspective on government policy changes or events that could impact the company.

 Consulting with company executives and business units to assist in addressing special programs challenges.

 Leading and prioritizing investments, projects, standards, policy, procedures, and controls that mitigate risks and strengthen protection in a manner that is in balance with business goals and government customer expectations.

 Eventually developing a world class special programs team with particular focus on building a bench of best-in-class special programs leaders for the future.

 Creating energy and enthusiasm at all levels related to the special programs strategy and implementation.

Personal Characteristics:

 Accountable and Influential – Global accountability for providing a special programs strategy and implementation aligned to government customer expectations and business objectives.

 Strong influence management skills are required to provide robust independent challenges and insights to business senior stakeholders. High level of personal integrity, and the ability to professionally handle confidential matters and demonstrate the appropriate level of judgment and maturity in balanced risk decision making.

 Intelligent and Creative – Ability to understand the complex government regulatory environment and how best to navigate within it. Ability to provide thought leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving to the most challenging issues.

 Sense of Urgency – Ability to operate in a highly-dynamic environment with the ability to respond and react decisively in a changing set of circumstances and priorities. Ability to quickly assess complex situations and take appropriate action.

 Strategic – Ability to identify and plan for multi-year opportunities and is prepared to invest time and patience in order to harvest a long-term, multi-year approach.

 Strong Communicator – Ability to communicate succinctly and clearly with peers, leadership, direct reports, and outside partner and stakeholders. Able to communicate at all levels up to and including the Board of Directors and external regulators. Excellent written and verbal communication skills; interpersonal and collaborative skills; and the ability to communicate special programs, security, Information technology, and risk-related concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences.

 Ability to work across interdisciplinary teams to achieve tactical and strategic goals. Project management, financial/budget management, scheduling and resource management skills.


Basic Qualifications:

 15+ years of relevant special programs and secure information technology experience with a minimum of 5 years at the executive level; experience in defense and intelligence sectors is a priority.

 Experience leading large security and IT teams is a priority.

 Past experience within the Department of Defense as a Director Special Access Program Central Office (SAPCO), Director of Security with oversight of SAPs, and/or Chief Information Officer with oversight of SAP IT is highly desired.

 Minimum Master degree in a security or relevant area.

 Cross-functional experience with demonstrated success leading transformation change in large organizations is a priority.

 Experience communicating special programs security related concepts to a broad range of technical and nontechnical audiences; will have to be an articulate and persuasive leader who can serve as an effective member of the Northrop senior leadership team.

 Exceptional communication skills necessary to advise and influence the executive management team, the Board of Directors, external regulators, and senior and executive-level government officials.

 Strategic leader who can drive a vision for special programs while maintaining a results-driven execution; an entrepreneurial spirit and ability to serve as a hands-on leader

 Deep background in special programs and information technology risk management and service delivery.

 Thorough understanding of special programs, including government governance models, policy, compliance, and existing and planned government infrastructure, applications, and tools that may be leveraged by the company.

 A track record of assessing threat and vulnerability from a business as well as a technical perspective and the ability to develop and champion affordable, efficient and timely security architectures and solutions that support growth of the enterprise's business.

 Strong influencing skills to get things done; a collaborative approach with the ability to partner with business leaders across the enterprise to overcome institutional resistance and achieve transformational change/results.

 Experience successfully implementing cross functional change.

 Experience identifying corporate policies, processes, and procedures that are not optimally aligned with business objectives and recommending and implemented changes that are.

 Proponent of continuous improvement process and the ability to challenge the status quo.

Valid Through: 2019-11-6