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Draper Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

The Air Force and Missile Defense Strategic Systems program area at Draper is seeking a seasoned Program Manager (PM) to work closely with our program staff as we increase our contributions to the warfighter and supporting program offices. We are seeking Program Managers who excel in fast-paced, dynamic work environments. This position will operate as an integral member of the mission area team and also work across the breadth of the Draper enterprise to ensure adequate coordination and collaboration across laboratory functions.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Drive execution, innovation, and provide oversight that ensures Sponsor satisfaction, on-time delivery of product and contractual deliverables

  • Manage, strengthen, and grow Warfighter and Sponsor relationships and support capture activities to include leading proposal efforts as required.

  • Project execution to include leading a team of diverse skillsets, driving requirements, on-time delivery and budget management

The required qualifications of this position include:

  • Engineering, science, business or similar degree

  • Experience with Air Force and Missile Defense warfighters, program offices and/or supporting S&T organizations

  • 15+ years professional experience in a high paced organization in one or more of the following domains: strategic and long range offensive or defensive weapons, NC3 and/or C2BMC (including supporting algorithms), assured communications, trusted microelectronics and MEMS devices, non-kinetic warfare capabilities, conventional and nuclear weapon component/subsystem development and sustainment, highly reliable systems and components.

  • Experience in program/project management of technology development and fielding activities and integrating new technology into existing, fielded systems

  • Program/project management in complex technical activities

  • Agile leadership skills, ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and adjust priorities as needed in order to meet need dates

  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams

Security Requirement:

Active secret clearance required, Top Secret clearance desired.

ID: 2023-7139

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc