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Program Lead, Bogota ,Colombia, and/or Mexico City Mexico ID#16644

Cherokee Nation Red Wing (CNRW) is a military service company supporting war fighters with innovative, quality solutions for even the most challenging situations. With a focus on aviation weapon systems life-cycle support, the company maintains a presence at key commodity commands to provide critical sustainment/reset and repair services. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNRW is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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This position is responsible for the startup, growth, and successful operations under Cherokee’s Counternarcotic Division, to include the successful completion of all contracts related to counternarcotics contracts at the Department of State and any other Federal agencies as required.  Efforts will be initially focused in the Latin American region but could expand globally over time. 


Includes the following:

  • Strategically position Cherokee Nation Business for short and long-term growth by building core capabilities in the counternarcotic field. 
  • Assists with business development efforts accordingly, including proposal preparation, market research, and pricing consultation. 
  • Leads internal efforts to build a market leading, focused, credible, relevant line of business that successfully supports the client’s mission in a competitively superior manner.
  • Leads the overall execution of statements of work with appropriate staff, leads recruiting efforts, subcontractor relationships, client relationships and interface, and all other matters associated with the successful completion of the Statement of Works and accomplishment of superior work with the  Contractor Performance Assessment Reports System (CPARS)
  • Oversee program management and stakeholder interface for federal contracts based in Colombia and Mexico, and/or any other Latin American countries and agencies as assigned.
  • Draft, present, and execute strategy and business plan for operational success and business growth in the assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Act as principle subject matter expert for counternarcotics business across federal solutions
  • Work directly in support of federal programs when necessary, potentially as a directly billable position
  • Partner with business develop team to locate and position for future contract wins
  • And/or other related duties as assigned.


Supervisory and or managerial authority of professionals, within the Federal Solutions Division, will be assigned as required by the Program Manager and/or Operations General Manager.


  • Candidates must have as a minimum an Associate’s Degree with a Bachelors and/or Master’s degree preferred in International studies specific to Latin America, International Business and or related field of study.
  • A minimum of 7+ years of counternarcotics management experience in Latin America (DEA-Customs and Border Patrol and/or International Narcotic Law Enforcement) and/or other US law enforcement agencies. DOD and/or DHS experience is highly preferred
  • Direct experience with foreign government agencies and /or relations is required to include partnering with US allies to build and improve program operations. 
  • Willing and able to move throughout the Latin American region for Temporary Duty Leave (TDY) assignments and relocate to Mexico, Colombia, or elsewhere in the region as necessary.
  • Experience working extensively in leadership roles, either in government of private industry, over US federal contracts or federal departments. 


  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills in both English and Spanish and the ability to comprehend host country criminal/counternarcotic police and judicial terminology.
  • Proven knowledge of foreign government relations/diplomatic experience aligned with Program Management.
  • Strong knowledge of federal procurement practices.
  • Advanced knowledge of federal contracting.
  • Advanced knowledge of business process design and management.
  • Ability to learn and understand new software quickly.
  • Strong communication skills – ability to communicate within various levels of management.
  • Ability to work with different departments and cross-functional teams, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and changing schedules.
  • Strong analytical skills and strong business writing skills required.
  • Able to obtain and maintain an active and current Secret clearance and the ability to obtain a Top-Secret clearance if required.
  • Ability to pass a US Federal government background investigation and drug screen.
  • Must have a valid US Passport which its expiration date is not more than one year from hiring.
  • Fluent in Spanish (Oral, Reading and Written) at the native level in accordance with Department of State, Foreign Service Institute language school grade level 5/5 equivalent to full bilingual/native level.
  • Ability to immediately relocate to either Bogota, Colombia and/or Mexico City, Mexico and in due course relocate globally.
  • Direct experience with foreign government agencies and official’s relationship is required to include partnering with US allies to build and improve program operations.
  • Ability to move throughout the Latin American and Caribbean (LACRO) region for Temporary Duty Leave (TDY) assignments.
  • Experience working extensively in leadership roles, either in government of private industry, over US federal contracts or federal departments.
  • Must be US Citizens.


  • Work will be done in a US and or foreign country office facilities in a control office environment.
  • Must be able to use 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
  • Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.
  • Standing for extended periods of time in airport security check points and/or CONUS and/or OCONUS airport terminals.

With $400 million in annual revenue, more than 3000 employees and nearly 1,000 federal projects for more than 60 government agencies in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 territories, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) team of companies are well positioned to deliver the expertise needed to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Together, CNB’s companies provide an array of services — from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense — for 12 of the 15 Cabinet departments.

Why consider Cherokee Nation Businesses? The following links can help you learn more about what we do and the many great reasons to join our team!

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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