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Acquisition Program Manager

Company: Penn State University
Location: University Park
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


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The Modeling & Simulation, Innovation, and Training & Education (MSITE) Division the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking an Acquisitions Program Manager, to be located at sponsor site in Suitland, Maryland.

The successful candidate will have a proven background in Research and Development program management, acquisition support, and external communications/outreach. The position requires that the candidate work hand-in-hand with the Sponsor to link priorities, technology investments, and acquisition efforts directly to the overall mission related to enabling and protecting the warfighter. The candidate will directly support Action Officers in the acquisition design of technical program strategies though collaborative engagements with sponsor organizations, as well as participating in Integrated Project Teams (IPT), as necessary.


  • Interact and collaborate regularly with program sponsors and stakeholders
  • Provide acquisition expertise and consulting to sponsor stakeholders
  • Facilitate determining funding requirements and coordinating strategies to enable
  • Research emerging technologies and best practices for program and portfolio management
  • Support appropriate acquisition plans for implementing requirements across a broad range of programs and initiatives
  • Support program and requirements documentation that satisfy sponsor's expectations
  • Participate in the development of effective processes and procedures
  • Conduct relevant studies to meet sponsor requirements

This job will be filled as a level 3 or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Bachelor's degree in an Engineering or Science discipline is highly desired plus four years of related experience. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher-level jobs.


  • Able to identify and analyze technical issues and bring them to the attention of leadership
  • Propose solutions in order to minimize/mitigate risks
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team oriented, and creative
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Able to maintain a high level of productivity supporting multiple projects simultaneously

Preferred experience:

  • Industry and/or government certifications (e.g. DAWIA/PMI)
  • Broad working knowledge of Electronic Warfare (EW) and cyber topics applicable to evaluating the feasibility and implementation o potential concepts

An active TS//SCI clearance is required. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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