Job Description

Acquisition Strategy and Documentation SME

Contract Assignment 12 months, M-F 40 hours weekly

Us Citizen with Active Secret Clearance.


Major Duties & Responsibilities: Support implementation of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) at the program level.  Ensure all products, services, capabilities, and Platform Information Technology (PIT) have completed the appropriate cybersecurity evaluation and configuration processes prior to incorporation into or connection to an Information System or IT system. ? Ensure capabilities are compliant with cybersecurity requirements in accordance with DoD and DoD Component cybersecurity and information assurance policies and guidance.  Work closely with senior contractor representatives to provide adequate Certification and Accreditation (C&A) support to group capabilities and programs.  Work closely with Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Force Approving Officials (AO) POCs within the cybersecurity C&A community.  Provide oversight for Cybersecurity inputs to group acquisition documents, are prepared.  Ensure security controls and requirements have been communicated and appropriately resourced by program budget documents and are reflected in the program's requirements database.  Support the PM and ISSM in development of a POA&M and budget that addresses the implementation of cybersecurity requirements throughout the lifecycle of the system.  Support and review artifact entry into Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) and programmatic actions resulting in obtaining and maintaining an Authority to Operate (ATO).  Ensure that group processes are aligned to, and adequately documented in the program's Systems Engineering Plan (SEP) and Program Protection Plan (PPP), and are executed with sufficient rigor to ensure required security controls are implemented, resulting in the lowest level of residual risk to system operation.  Provide input into the key acquisition and program management processes and documentation, to include, but not limited to: the Acquisition Strategy (AS); Acquisition Program Baseline (APB); Cybersecurity Strategy; Program Protection Plan (PPP); System Threat Assessment Report (STAR); Systems Engineering Plan (SEP); Cost Analysis Requirements Descriptions (CARD) for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAISs), and rationale for lifecycle cost estimate for other programs; contracts.  Maintain situational awareness and conduct cybersecurity assessments to identify vulnerabilities and deficiencies, initiating plans and actions to improve or restore cybersecurity posture.  Ensure that the program's contractual documents, such as specifications, statements of work, or Contract Data Requirements Lists (CDRLs) incorporate appropriate cybersecurity engineering principles and requirements.  Ensure that security controls and requirements are properly allocated and documented in design specifications, technical publications and manuals, etc.  Review and support risk assessment and recommended mitigations with the ISSM, PM, Security Control Assessor (SCA), and AO.  Continuously monitor the system or information environment for security relevant events and configuration changes that negatively affect security posture. Maintain and report systems assessment and authorization status and issues in accordance with DoD Component guidance.  Ensure security controls and requirements are properly allocated and implemented in program planning documents.  Support SETRs by ensuring that entry and exit criteria include cybersecurity and are satisfied, and that design documentation meets the specified cybersecurity engineering requirements.  Determine control status and make recommends to the SCA or AO for reassessments of any or all security controls at any time, as appropriate.  Provide clarification and direction to Information System Security Officers (ISSO) in accordance with DoDI 8500.01.  Advise on strategies and best practices for accommodating Cybersecurity integration needs of operational stakeholders during the AFNET connection approval process for new systems and capabilities as related to accreditation boundaries and processes.  Ensure that integrated logistics support documentation (e.g., LCSP) incorporate cybersecurity considerations throughout the lifecycle of the system.

Qualifications: 20+ years experience in acquisitions including at least 5 years experience support DoD programs.  Bachelor’s degree in a related field.  Additional years of experience may be substituted for degree requirements.  DAWIA Acquisition Professional Development Program APDP Program Manager Level II or III Certification desirable; 10 years FMS Case Management experience desired.  Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of principles, policies and practices of systems acquisition and program management, as defined in DoDI 5000.2, as well as knowledge of roles and relationships within the DoD and the Air Force to provide strategic and tactical program planning (short-term, mid-term, and long-term plans) in furthering system mission capabilities.  Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques for gathering, analyzing, and measuring the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of acquisition programs.  Knowledge of support activities that assist the program manager in assessing what is within schedule and cost baselines, be able to recommend viable solutions to problems, and pursue alternative courses of action.  Able to work proactively, with minimal supervision, and effectively communicate orally and in writing, providing quality acquisition and program documentation (briefings, documents, plans, etc.).  Possess the advanced knowledge, experience and recognized ability to be considered an expert in their technical/professional field and possess the ability to perform tasks and oversee the efforts of junior and mid-level personnel within the technical/professional discipline.  Able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of their technical/professional discipline as well as possess a comprehensive understanding and ability to apply associated standards, procedures, and practices in their area of expertise.  Experience in identifying acquisition strategy issues and proposing alternative solutions.  Experience in assisting with strategic level issues and ability to work independently as well as a team member under tight deadlines with changing priorities.  Possess proven leadership, team building, strategic planning, and organizational development skills.  Possess pertinent experience with an ACAT I level program, including development of new programs with the Acquisition community.  Possess pertinent experience in the development of RFP documentation and support of Acquisition Strategy reviews.  Experience in packaging and presenting briefings for senior level reviews.  Experience initiating and managing high visibility programs.  Program control and Program Execution Group experience highly desirable.  Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.


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