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3 May 2021

Full-Time Program Director – Posted by Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Position: University Program Director

Organization: National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

Compensation: GS-14-equivalent compensation range depending on experience (contractor position)

Primary Office Location: Boston, MA

How To Apply: Email a full application of cover letter and resume to: by 5pm EST Friday May 21, 2021.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.



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

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   

NSIN’s commitment to diversity and an inclusive work environment extends beyond our network to our team. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, or other non-merit factor.

About Your New Role

The University Program Director helps build and grow a network of national security problem solvers at Northeastern University by serving as the principal liaison between Northeastern University and the DOD for all matters pertaining to NSIN. This includes leading the planning and execution of NSIN programs at Northeastern University and the surrounding innovation ecosystem, coordinating and executing all NSIN led or co-sponsored events at Northeastern University, supervising all personnel assigned 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 Northeastern University to develop programs, curricula, projects, etc., in support of host school goals and requirements. She or he contributes to the intellectual community of the host school, in general, and to his/her assigned academic school/college in particular. She/he reviews books, journals, and other primary sources to ensure currency with developments related to the NSIN program. The incumbent also 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 technology, startup, and venture capital communities to develop collaboration opportunities and potential partnerships. (10%). 


The incumbent serves as the University Program Director with principal duties located at Northeastern University in Boston and will work to support NSIN’s Northeast Regional Director’s direction, which may include supporting the work of a university administrator.


What We Are Looking For in a Teammate

  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Northeastern University community and the entrepreneurial and venture ecosystems in Boston.
  • Experience working with dual-use technology and national security policy communities.
  • Broad knowledge of academic research and commercial research and development relevant to emerging DOD capability needs.
  • Broad knowledge of emerging national security needs and associated Science and Technology programs.
  • Recent experience in technology projects involving inter-agency, inter-departmental, and international partners.
  • 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 may be required up to 15-20% of the time.



This position is a federal contractor position with GS-14 equivalent compensation range.

How to Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Northeastern UPD Position by 5pm EST on May 21, 2021.

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

Job expires in 14 days.

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