Position Summary: The Assistant Director of Empirical Research for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is responsible to assist and support the Associate Director for Empirical Research to lead and grow the empirical research capability at SEI, help develop new research and funding opportunities with DoD and Federal Government organizations, the defense industrial base, commercial industry, National Labs, and academia, and work with SEI research and customer projects to advance their use of quantitative and experimental methods. Together, the Assistant Director and Associate Director for Empirical Research will drive the SEI to be recognized as the DoD’s “Go To” organization for empirically grounded information regarding software, software engineering, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and acquisition, specifically for data-driven analytical studies and state of the practice reports. The Assistant Director will also lead the effort to obtain and curate a comprehensive collection of data, findings, and benchmarks related to DOD software, software engineering, cybersecurity, emerging technology and acquisition concerns, and establish and nurture a community of interest regarding research methods and quantitative analyses. The Senior Scientist will also assist with generating revenue and expanding the SSD client base.
The mission of the Software Solutions Division (SSD) where this function and capability currently reside is to innovate for competitive advantage by assuring quality, timeliness, trust, and affordability of current and future software-reliant systems. In support of this SSD mission, the Assistant Director for Empirical Research will work closely with the SSD Division Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director, Chief Scientist, Technical Directors, and the Business/Program Development Team to define and execute technical, business, revenue, and operational strategies and work plans with the DoD, defense industrial base, commercial industry, academia, and global software community. The preceding will likely include engaging with the external software community and professional societies and boards to stay abreast of emergent software technologies, contributing to and building technical competencies, and working across the SEI technical divisions and units to create a coordinated and consistent unified SEI technical strategy. The Assistant Director for Empirical Research will work with the SEI leadership team to position SEI for global leadership, performance impact, superior quality products, and operational excellence in the software, software engineering, and cybersecurity communities.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
Education/Training: PhD in a technical field such as mathematics, computer science, software engineering with five (5) years applicable experience; Master’s degree in a technical field such as mathematics, computer science, software engineering with eight (8) years applicable experience, or equivalent combination of training or experience.
Experience: Fifteen plus (15+) years of progressively responsible experience in a technology- or research- based organization in higher education, industry or the government. At least ten (10) years of experience with software development projects including hands-on development, development team leadership and project management. Demonstrated management experience with responsibility for large scale projects, people, budgets and contracts. Strong record of scientific publication. An established and visible leadership role in the research community, including leadership roles with journals and conferences. A track record of conducting empirical studies, data collection, and data analysis in mission- and safety-critical environments including ones within the DoD. A track record of acquiring and executing successful research grants and projects.
Skills/Abilities: Mastery and broad understanding of software development, software engineering, software measurement, and software management practices; ability to manage diverse areas and large, complex projects; ability to influence, work with and manage technical staff; ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing priorities; excellent analytical, organizational, supervisory, reasoning and problem solving skills; ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies internally and externally; ability to interface directly with executives and other senior representatives of the Federal Government and the private sector; excellent verbal and written communication skills; computer literacy.
Physical / Mobility: Normally sedentary with some mobility; ability to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community as well as within the US and abroad; ability to travel to customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings with some frequency; ability to travel frequently and to adjust to a work schedule that requires weekend and evening hours.
Environmental Conditions: Work is performed in an office setting. Close contact with computer for long periods of time.
Mental: Ability to meet inflexible deadlines, remain calm during difficult situations, work under pressure and work with frequent interruptions.
Other: Candidate must pass a background investigation, be eligible to obtain a United States DoD Top Secret Clearance, and be a U.S. citizen.
Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:
Experience: Management experience in higher education, government, military, and/or Fortune 100 technology-based organizations is preferred.
Accountability: Provides advice and counsel to the SSD Director’s office which significantly influences decisions. Supports the SSD Director in defining a strategic vision for the organization and articulates this vision to SSD, SEI, and their constituents. Responsible for managing communication across program functions and brokering working relationships with other SEI management units. Responsible for executing projects within the Office of Empirical Software Engineering Research. Contributes to the establishment of overall goals and direction for the organization, including generation of revenue from new sources. Determines SSD priorities based on overall organizational goals, and may deviate from established procedures and practices as long as end results meet performance objectives and established goals. When required, assist the SSD Director’s office in the strategic technical operations of the SSD.
Direction: Performs under minimal supervision; all normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently. Functions within broad precedents and policies as defined by the SEI, Carnegie Mellon University and the SSD Director. Only the most difficult or unique situations are referred to the SSD Director or Deputy Director.
Decisions: Responsible for all facets of technical execution of research projects assigned by the Associate Director, Deputy Director, or SSD Director. Responsible for contributing to the long-range strategic technical and business plan for SSD. Works with SSD Division Director, Deputy Division Director, Associate Director, Chief Scientist, Technical Directors, and the Business/Program Development Team to ensure technical viability and relevance of proposed and on-going work. Approves procedures or precedents for others to follow.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Determines overall staffing needs for areas of responsibility and manages the supervision of MTS, professional and support staff, including hiring and training new staff employees; conducts performance appraisals; approves recommendations for salary increases and promotions. Coaches, develop, and motivate peers and subordinates.
JOB FUNCTIONS OR RESPONSIBILITIES:
20% Work with the SSD Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director, Chief Scientist, SSD Technical Directors , and the Business/Program Development Team to define and execute strategies and plans to establish an SEI Office of Empirical Research focused on research, analysis and benchmarking—develop CONOPS, FY14 plan, FY15 and beyond strategic plan, and funding plan for the office.
40% Help lead the establishment and execution of projects within the Office of Empirical Research that will: publish a prototype Fact Book (or DoD State of the Software Practice Report) by the end of FY14; amass and manage a repository of relevant software data; conduct studies on selected topics of interest such as state of the practice studies and studies related to specific DoD policy recommendations; mine data (e.g., DoD SRDR data, TSP Software Performance data, MDAP Data, Rally Software Agile data, CERT data, etc.) from actual programs/projects to develop a variety of benchmarks that can be used by acquirers and developers; advise research and customer engagements on experimental and quasi-experimental designs to maximize the yield of scientifically valid results and data from all of SEI research and customer projects.
10% Engage with the external software community and professional societies and boards to stay abreast of emergent software technologies, contribute to and build SSD technical competencies, and work across other SEI technical divisions and units to position for a coordinated and consistent unified SEI technical strategy and approach.
10% Work with SSD Director, Associate Director, Chief Scientist, and Technical Directors to identify opportunities for new technical projects and serve as interim leader on start-up of new, high-priority projects.
20% Work with DOD, Federal Government, industry, the software and software engineering community, and other technical communities to expand SEI/SSD client base and to increase work in areas worthy of the SEI to produce a revenue stream sufficient to ensure SEI’s dominant position in the community.
100% TOTAL EFFORT
ORGANIZATIONAL CHART: Software Solutions Division, Director > Software Solutions Division, Deputy Director > Assistant Director of Empirical Research