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Program Manager – Tunneling Robotics RDT&E ( ID # 13363 )

Washington, DC Area


Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.


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CNSP is seeking a Program Manager with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) development experience to lead and manage a team of professionals supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Borders and Maritime Security Division. 

This person will be an important part of a team to support the DHS and their mission.



  • Provide technical and management support to DHS S&T to include, but is not limited to; provision of technical support services, provision of management and administrative support as well as technical oversight of all facets of the planning, execution, analysis, and summation of the Tunnel Robotics Technology Program and ancillary projects
  • Assist and manage the development of a Tunnel Robotic Demonstrations and Evaluation (T&E) Strategy by working with DHS S&T customer operators to meet their needs
  • Working with ICE and CBP to develop scenarios and use cases for testing and demonstration; work with S&T to develop a request for information (RFI) for a tunnel robotic demonstration and review and organize RFI responses for S&T review
  • Able to survey industry for capabilities as well as develop a consistent test plan, and provide on-site support of tests conducted
  • Coordinate with suppliers for bringing their robot and already-integrated sensors to the designated tunnel test site
  • Provide system unique support materials and equipment to the site such as ancillary control, data collection, processing, and analysis equipment
  • Acquire frequency clearance, if needed; and coordinating test range logistics
  • Provide subject matter expertise for requirements gathering and CONOPS development
  • Assemble cogent reports to capture analytic findings and recommendations



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent experience is required
  • Direct experience with RDT&E projects is mandatory
  • Familiarity with program management execution “cradle to grave” and product development to deplorable commercialization is required
  • Able to perform project management to meet all customer requirements on budget and on-time
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with little to no supervision
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written
  • Ability to multi-task and use critical thinking
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite
  • The ability to pass a federal background check is required


Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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