Department Lead (BTRP/ A&AS)

Posted Date 2 months ago(4/29/2024 8:54 AM)
Requisition #
Security Clearance
Employment Type
Full Time
Portal Location : Location
Noblis ESI


This position leads the A&AS support for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) BTRP Department (CT-BT). BTRP strengthens the capabilities of partner nations and the international community to prevent, detect, and prepare for outbreaks caused by pathogens.


The BT Department Lead serves as lead A&AS support to the Government Department Chief and is directly responsible for overseeing a diverse team of A&AS Project Analysts, Subject Matter Experts, Project Managers, Financial Managers, Scientists, and Acquisition, Strategy, and FOIA Specialists. The Department Lead is responsible for the overall direction of the BTRP A&AS Team and is responsible for client delivery across all positions and functions of the team.


Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as senior program strategy advisor to and directly supports BTRP Department Chief on all facets of program execution. Maintains broad situational and scientific awareness in support of BTRP missions and future strategy, advising BTRP Department Chief, as appropriate.
  • Provides program management support for the full range of CT-BT deliverables across various missions and activities in one or more countries/projects.
  • Responsible for providing capable, competent, and qualified A&AS support to the BTRP Department and the CTR mission.
  • Ensures program-level deliverables across the Department meet quality and schedule requirements.
  • Leads a broad range of activities, including Department-level strategic planning; coordinating multiple projects and their interdependencies; managing and utilizing staff resources to ensure team success; and generally supporting government Project Officers and BTRP Department leadership with recurring and pop-up deliverables.
  • Supports management of a $230M annual budget for biological threat reduction activities across Africa, Eurasia, Middle East, Central Asia, and Indo-Pacific regions.
  • Leads over 80 A&AS personnel organized in four Teams: Project Management, Science, Operations, and Acquisitions and Agreements. Personnel expertise includes program and project management, financial management, technical biological, construction, and acquisition.
  • Directly supervises the Division Team Leads and the Deputy Department Lead.
  • Provides overarching leadership of the BTRP A&AS team in support of the full range of BTRP activities.
  • Ensures comprehensive project-level support for the full range of CT-BT deliverables across the BTRP mission and activities in approximately 30 country/regional portfolios.
  • Defines BTRP A&AS team tasking, metrics, and milestones; responsibilities and resources; and cultural and quality expectations across the team. Continuously monitors progress, on-time delivery, quality, and cost/schedule control to identify and resolve risks and issues early.
  • Champions best practices, innovation, and process improvement across the team.
  • Coordinates with the CTR A&AS Program Manager and fellow CTR A&AS Department Leads in support of BTRP needs and strategic objectives.
  • Proactively works with Team Leads and government counterparts to identify deficiencies in key knowledge, skills, and abilities, and coordinates/delivers training to mitigate potential risks.
  • Identifies risk areas across the Department, highlighting impact to mission and proactively developing solutions.
  • Adjusts A&AS organization and billets (including FTEs and LCATs) to manage activities and balance workload across A&AS teams. Monitors and, as needed, realigns A&AS staff to ensure mission coverage and program priorities, as well as pivot to address emerging threats/risks.
  • Monitors team travel, resolves conflicts, and ensures reasonable travel loads.
  • Ensures development, implementation, and tracking of the Director’s Operational Imperatives.
  • Prepares and monitors staffing realignments for A&AS and government members to incorporate personnel changes, policy priorities, and emerging threats/risks
  • Oversees Department-level travel planning and requirements (ATRIP submission, ATFP plans, logistics support requests, trip book development, trip report, and others as needed).
  • Leads oversight of program-level acquisition life cycle preparation, tracking, and management (monitor cost/schedule/scope, budget, deliverables, expenditures, and other needs).
  • Supports Department country assessments and validating project metrics on a recurring basis.
  • Ensures consolidation, review, and approval of quarterly project fact sheets and regional/country summaries for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
  • Leads annual management cycle activities, including Program Management Reviews (PMRs), Program Objective Memorandum, Annual Reports to Congress, Annual Spend Plans, and metrics reviews as required.
  • Prepares for and leads A&AS Program Management Reviews and Quarterly quality meetings with the client; follows up on action items and develops and implements solutions for areas of improvement.
  • Ensures the A&AS team is appropriately aligned and integrated to most effectively support the Government team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree (Biological Sciences) additional years of experience could replace degree. 
  • 3+ years of managing team or staff 
  • Active Secret or higher Clearance or ability to obtain a clearance
  • 10+ years of related experience
  • Experience and successful track record building effective relationships with clients
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage a diverse multi-level organization
  • Travel up to 25% of the time
  • Program and project management experience
  • Experienced with the Federal Acquisition Regulation
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office tool suites
  • Demonstrated ability to write for and brief Senior Leaders
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Strong attention to detail, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Must be available for in-person work in Lorton/Fort Belvoir, VA up to 5 days per week

Desired Qualifications


  • TS/SCI Security Clearance
  • PhD (Biological Sciences)
  • 15+ years of related experience
  • Certified Scrum Master or PMP Certification
  • International biological threat reduction experience
  • Previous DoD, DTRA, and or WMD experience


Noblis and our wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI, and Noblis MSD tackle the nation's toughest problems and apply advanced solutions to our clients' most critical missions. We bring the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise together in an environment of independence and objectivity to deliver enduring impact on federal missions. Noblis works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, intelligence and federal civil sectors. Learn more at Noblis -About Us


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Salary Range Explanation

At Noblis we recognize and reward your contributions, provide you with growth opportunities, and support your total well-being. Our offerings include health, life, disability, financial, and retirement benefits, as well as paid leave, professional development, tuition assistance, and work-life programs. Our award programs acknowledge employees for exceptional performance and superior demonstration of our service standards. Full-time and part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week on a regular basis are eligible to participate in our benefit programs. Other offerings may be provided for employees not within this category. We encourage you to learn more about our total benefits by visiting the Benefits page on our Careers site.


Salary at Noblis is determined by various factors, including but not limited to, the combination of education, certifications, knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, internal and external equity, location, and clearance level, as well as contract-specific affordability and organizational requirements and applicable employment laws. The projected compensation range for this position is provided within the posting and are based on full time status. Part time staff receive a prorated salary based on regularly scheduled hours. The estimated minimum and maximum displayed represents the broadest range for this position (inclusive of high geographic and high clearance requirements), and is just one component of Noblis’ total compensation package for employees.


Posted Salary Range

USD $145,100.00 - USD $253,900.00 /Yr.

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