Mid-Level Program Engineer

Mid-Level Program Engineer


Perform a variety of duties to include program management, scientific analysis, technical support, and engineering, financial administration and general administrative duties as necessary.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Contractor must demonstrate prior technical experience in the technologies related to Code 35 to include: High Energy Laser (HEL) and High-Powered Microwave (HPM) weapon systems, Hypersonics, Aircraft Propulsion, Aircraft Structures and Materials Aerodynamics, and Flight Controls, Electric Weapons, Autonomous Systems, Energetic Materials, Weapon Technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize diverse sources of information.
  • Understanding of military tactics and employment of new weapon systems.
  • Proficiency in office automation software (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Required fiscal basic skills (e.g. excel and basic accounting/forecasting of execution budgets) – to coordinate with contract support fiscal staff, should also have rudimentary knowledge of DoD annual budgetary cycling, to oversee fiscal execution of highly technical efforts and identify risky behavior by Principal Investigators.
  • Deep knowledge and experience in Navy S&T and acquisition organizational structure.

Job Requirements

  • Supports the Program Officer in strategic analyses, market research, special studies and road mapping activities for improving planning, processes and S&T program investments.
  • Conceptualizes technology development strategies, creates integrated program plan including interdependencies and products from companion projects. Develops options tailored to various opportunities or constraints.
  • Assists in technology assessments and evaluations
  • Provides input to the Program Officer in meeting the objectives of their programs and in carrying out associated technical and program management responsibilities, including assessments of the current state of the art, assistance in evaluation of white papers (in an advisory capacity, vice as an evaluator) that may be submitted from universities/industry in response to Broad Agency Announcements or other calls for proposals.
  • Assists in preparation for internal reviews of ONR sponsored programs. The Contractor will gather information and data on progress and accomplishments from the various performers and assemble information for use in internal reviews.
  • Organizes and administers conferences, symposiums and workshops, steering groups, program reviews, technical meetings and other events as required, including coordinating and tracking of certifications, proposals, and completed reviews. The contractor will assist in identifying subject-matter-experts to serve as peer reviewers, preparing and providing background information of each project for the peer reviewers, providing logistical support for the review, and gathering the results and assembling a report for the program manager to document the process and results.
  • Attends meetings; coordinates with government organizations; organizes, coordinates schedules of invitees, hosts and coordinates meetings; prepares program presentations; and provides audio-visual services/equipment at meetings.
  • Assists the program officer in the formulation and execution of science and technology programs; Monitors both the technical and programmatic progress of various performers and keep the program officer informed, including participation in teleconferences and meetings, such as design reviews, program and financial status reviews, or technical interchange meetings. Additionally, the contractor will keep the program manager abreast of progress through monthly reports and other reports as needed.
  • Attends design reviews and coordinate key demonstrations and testing.
  • Provides input to draft briefings, and draft letters for the Program Officer, enabling him to respond to inquiries related to the relevant programs.
  • Uses SharePoint and Viewnet to setup and modify pages and upload briefs, reports, papers, etc.
  • Coordinates and consolidates departmental responses to Requests for Information from Congress and other relevant government organizations, such as OSD, DON, Senior ONR management, relevant Joint Technology Offices, DARPA, Naval Directed Energy Steering Group (NDESG), ASN (RDA), etc. Interfaces effectively with physicists, scientists and engineers from Department of Energy Laboratories, Department of Defense Laboratories, Industry, Academia, as well as Congressional Liaison, and other key partners and stakeholders.
  • Clearly and effectively communicates complex issues verbally and in writing for senior executive audiences, both inside and outside of DoD.
  • Drafts, reviews, and edits high level communications products to include PowerPoint presentations, white papers, technical reports, ghost emails, etc.
  • Tracks, obtains approval of appropriate offices and maintains database of all technical abstracts, papers, journals, briefs and posters on work performed on program funds. Coordinates with all performers to ensure that any publication on work funded by program is reviewed by program manager, management, public affairs office and security as appropriate.
  • Compiles and coordinates paperwork for human subject and animal use in research
  • Provides Subject Matter Experts (SME) on an ad hoc basis to provide critical technical and Navy programmatic knowledge. SME support is dependent on future programs within the Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department but is to provide key skills in the areas of physics, aerospace materials, energetic, surface and air launched weapons, kinetic and directed energy weapons, robotics and unmanned aerial systems, air vehicle design, structures and subsystems, air vehicle structures and subsystems, vehicle self-protection and survivability and air vehicles design, modeling and simulation. SME support is primarily used for the Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) programs, but may be provided for other programs, as required. SME support provides insightful alternatives to program options prior to decision making milestones. Collects, advises and informs through information collected.


Required Education and Experience

  • Experience with the application of System Engineering to technology development programs.
  • Experience with the management of Science and Technology Programs and program transition to the warfighter.
  • Experience interfacing with various performer types such as academia, industry and government performers.
  • Experience in assisting in the management of large complex technical development programs.
  • Experience in preparing program material and answering data calls from senior Navy leadership and Congress.
  • 5 Years of Experience with a Master’s.


  • 10 Years of Experience with a Bachelor’s.


  • Project Management
  • Technical Capacity
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Problem Solving/Analysis

Supervisory Responsibility

No direct supervisory duties, though management of projects includes directing project related activities of the project team members.

Work Environment

This job generally operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at job sites.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Full-time/40 hours weekly


Travel is occasional.

Work Authorization/Security Clearance

Must be a U.S. Citizen due to government contracts.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.