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Homeland Security Systems Engineer

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Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.
Are you looking for an opportunity to deliver high-impact work for a company with an unsurpassed work-life balance? MITRE’s Homeland Security Center partners with the Department of Homeland Security to help protect America and make the world safer. We help defend our nation against terrorists and cyber threats, and we are working to increase resilience in the face of man-made and natural disasters. Our systems engineers apply their expertise to solve challenges in transportation security, cybersecurity, immigration reform, and critical infrastructure protection. We are looking for innovative, motivated, and self-directed early-career candidates with demonstrated systems engineering skills and a variety of interests.
Day to day responsibilities:
You will provide thought leadership and problem solving for government customers in collaboration with homeland security stakeholders across federal, state, local, and private sectors.
• Help government leaders to translate their mission, vision, goals, and strategies into achievable programs that will acquire and deliver required operational capabilities.
• Work closely with operational users to assess needs and opportunities to deliver homeland security capabilities.
• Analyze operational requirements to develop and refine technical and system requirements.
• Improve the effectiveness of solutions to improve mission operations.
• Identify capability and technology gaps and assess alternative options to meet technical, cost, schedule, and risk constraints.
Required Skills:
• Analytic thinking to organize diverse inputs and postulate new, achievable technical approaches.
• Ability to work and lead by example in a highly collaborative environment with peers and senior government officials at multiple levels.
• Ability to assess complex operational risk quickly and accurately, to make suitable decisions in a fast paced and challenging environment.
• Experience with the Department of Homeland Security or one of its operational components.
• Strong verbal and written communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
• Must be a U.S. citizen and be eligible for a government security clearance (Secret level or higher), including DHS Fitness.
Minimum Qualifications:
• Completed Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering or related technical equivalent.
• Strong academic record of 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with homeland security mission areas is highly desirable.

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