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10 Feb 2021

Full-Time Program Director

National Security Innovation Network – Posted by Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Job Description

Position:  University Program Director

Organization:  National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

Compensation: GS-14-equivalent Compensation (contractor position) depending on education and experience. 

Primary Office Location: University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI

How To Apply:  Apply by sending your resume and cover letter to GXM at by March 3, 2021

Applications will be evaluated after the closing date.  



The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) is hiring a full-time University Program Director at the University of Michigan. Applications are due March 3, 2021.


Although the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of this role vary based on the needs of NSIN and the host university, the University Program Director spends his/her time: 

  • Engaging the University of Michigan and surrounding partners to create opportunities for University of Michigan students and personnel to collaboratively work on and solve Department of Defense problems through coursework, exposure to University resources and expertise, and creation of ventures;
  • Creating a national security problem-solving ecosystem in close partnership with the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor, MI venture ecosystem, and Department of Defense (DoD) end users from throughout the area; 
  • Planning, delivering, and evaluating NSIN programs in partnership with the University of Michigan; and
  • Creating bespoke collaboration opportunities between the Department of Defense and the faculty and students at the University of Michigan.


About Your New Team:

NSIN is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organization with the mission to build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems. NSIN does this by building communities of non-traditional defense problem solvers from the academic and venture communities, presenting these communities with national security problems through direct interaction with the DoD, and supporting the further development and transition of these solutions into the DoD. The principal way in which NSIN achieves its mission is through three mutually supporting portfolios of programs: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. NSIN’s Regional Network Team is physically located in more than 35 different locations throughout the United States and is responsible for building the new communities of problem-solvers through which NSIN executes its programs. For a better idea of who we are, check us out at   


About Your New Role:

The University Program Director helps build and grow a network of national security problem solvers at the University of Michigan by serving as the principal liaison between the University of Michigan and the DoD for all matters pertaining to NSIN. This includes leading the planning and execution of NSIN programming at the University of Michigan and the surrounding innovation ecosystem, coordinating and executing all NSIN led or co-sponsored events at the University of Michigan, supervising all assigned personnel to the University Program Director’s office at the host school, and evaluating all programs and projects between NSIN and the host school for measures of effectiveness and efficiency. (75%) 


The University Program Director interacts with staff, faculty, and students at the University of Michigan to develop programs, curricula, projects, etc., in support of host school goals and requirements. The incumbent contributes to the intellectual community of the host school, in general, and to her/his/their assigned academic school/college in particular. The incumbent reviews books, journals, and other primary sources to ensure currency with developments related to the NSIN program. As required, the incumbent represents NSIN at meetings, conferences and symposia at the host school that provide an essential information exchange with a wide variety of government agencies, academic institutions, and businesses. (15%)


The University Program Director acts as the liaison for the DoD and the host school with the local high technology, startup, and venture capital communities for the development of collaboration opportunities and potential partnerships. (10%). 


The incumbent serves as the University Program Director with principal duties located at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and will work to support NSIN’s Great Lakes Regional Director’s direction, which may include supporting the work of a university administrator.


What we are Looking for in a New Teammate:

  • Experience working with dual-use technology and national security policy communities
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the University of Michigan community and the entrepreneurial and venture ecosystems in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Broad knowledge of academic and commercial development relevant to emerging DoD capability needs
  • Broad knowledge of emerging national security needs and associated Science and Technology programs
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills, including oral and written skills
  • Foresight, maturity, and the ability to negotiate amicable solutions to complex problems
  • Travel requirements for this position are occasional. The incumbent may be required to travel up to 30% of the time
  • Possess at least a B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent)
  • U.S. Citizenship required


This position is a federal contractor position up to GS-14 Level Compensation, depending on experience and education.

GXM reserves the right to forward all materials submitted with applications to third parties that may be involved in the evaluation process. 


GXM is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and does not discriminate in the terms and conditions or privileges of employment on account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, hairstyles or hair textures, or otherwise that may be prohibited by federal and applicable state law.

How to Apply

If you want to be a part of the team who is changing the way the DoD solves its problems, then submit a complete application of your cover letter and resume to GXM Consulting at by March 3, 2021.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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