Riverside Research Institute

Program Manager

Location US-VA-Centreville
ID 2024-3335
Technical Management
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

Riverside Research is seeking an experienced Program Manager to oversee successful execution and provide staffing oversight on an enterprise-wide DoD engineering and technical support services contract within the Commercial Innovation Center (CIC). The CIC is built upon a research and development environment designed to evaluate and integrate commercial capabilities, data, analytics, and related technologies to accelerate the prototyping, demonstration, and delivery of innovative solutions to address challenging national security missions. As a Program Manager, you will be responsible for leading a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team of commercial technology experts in support of one or more DoD innovation and mission partner support organizations. This includes architecting technical solutions for diverse stakeholder bodies; directing and managing resources across multiple lines of effort and functional teams; designing and instituting agile standard operating processes; and hands-on day-to-day execution of contract activities.


  • Manage day-to-day contract execution across multiple DoD R&D and innovation portfolios and maintain project repositories and collaboration sites across several lines of effort
  • Serve as the program management lead for key CIC DoD innovation projects and manage project execution to drive growth on new and adjacent R&D programs
  • Work directly with government clients to serve as a trusted agent and primary focal point and to help translate mission goals into realizable requirements and proposed solutions
  • Communicate cross-functionally with other CIC program portfolios to identify and implement organizational and operational efficiencies
  • Create and document programmatic staffing and technology solutions in the form of presentations, white papers, and proposals for delivery to internal and external executive stakeholders
  • Supervise and mentor a staff of technical team leads, subject matter experts, and subcontractors across a diversity of commercial technology and defense engagement sectors
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in engineering, computer science, business, program management, or related field
  • 10+ years minimum experience in project or program management and business operations
  • 5+ years of specialized experience directly managing large technical and engineering-focused defense innovation programs
  • 5+ years of experience working with commercial satellite, communications, component, or GEOINT processing and analytics technologies in support of the defense and intelligence communities
  • Ability to supervise others and lead projects and deliverables across a geographically dispersed, collaborative, and cross-functional environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ensuring customer goals are met satisfactorily
  • Active TS/SCI clearance 


Preferred Requirements:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree
  • Project, Program Management, or PMP certifications and experience
  • Prior relevant business operations experience in the commercial technology sector or non-profit organization desired
  • Experience with commercial innovation, R&D best practices, and go-to-market strategies in one or more of the following areas: space systems, AI/ML, high-performance computing, autonomous systems, cybersecurity, energy optimization, and health and human systems

Global Comp

$180,000 - $220,000 This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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