MIT Lincoln Laboratory Leadership Development Program
for Contracting

Participants meet monthly with both the program's peer advisor and its manager.Participants in the Leadership Development Program for Contracting meet monthly with both the program's peer advisor and its manager.

The Leadership Development Program for Contracting utilizes academic and rotational assignments to prepare participants to support the Laboratory's research programs. The 3–4-year program is designed to advance participants from an entry level position to a subcontracts administration staff role.

Progress through a series of structured assignments and academic activities culminates in full proficiency in government procurement and contracting. Throughout the formal program period, candidates receive formal reviews and scheduled salary increases.

Program Candidates
Lincoln Laboratory seeks to recruit and train motivated staff members who hold BA, BS, MS, or MBA degrees in business. Individuals who demonstrate teamwork and leadership through community, work-related, or university extracurricular activities are highly competitive candidates for this challenging program. Participants typically selected have a record of work and/or academic achievement that is complemented by excellent communication skills. As openings for new candidates become available, these positions will be posted on the Employment Opportunities page.

Rotational Work Assignments
During the 3–4-year program, participants develop subject-matter skills through a series of rotational work assignments within the Contracting Services Department. These assignments provide experience in a broad range of areas:

  • Operational contracts
  • Construction contracts
  • Subcontractor services
  • Research and development support  

To understand the various contracting needs of the Laboratory, participants are also assigned to rotations within the following:

  • Technology and Contracts Office
  • Financial Services Department
  • Technical divisions

Each assignment provides a challenging developmental opportunity within the context of a short-term work assignment.

In each year of their program, participants practice presentation skills by giving the department a briefing on an assigned research project.In each year of their program, participants practice presentation skills by giving the department a briefing on an assigned research project.

Contracting Training
Under the Leadership Development for Contracting Program, attainment of a university-level certificate in Government Procurement and Contracts Management is a requirement  to progress from entry level to the advanced level of contract management. This certificate is acquired through university-sponsored training courses that are offered online. Lincoln Laboratory provides tuition reimbursement for these courses.



Mentoring

Participants in the Leadership Development Program for Contracting interact frequently, both informally and through regularly scheduled meetings, with the program’s manager and a peer advisor. Quarterly activity reports, completed by the candidates and their assigned rotational work assignment supervisors, ensure that the program continues to match candidates with challenging work assignments.

Opportunities upon Completion of the Program
Upon completion of the formal contracting education and rotational work assignments, participants assume administrative staff responsibilities within the Contracting Services Department. Prior to graduation, the candidates consult with the program manager and the peer advisor to identify the staff assignments that best match their skills and interests and that meet Lincoln Laboratory's organizational needs. Typically, initial assignments are as subcontracts or contracts administrators supporting the prime contract or the outside procurement requirements of Lincoln Laboratory's research mission.

Career Development Program
Graduates from the Leadership Development Program continue their professional development through the Contracting Services Department's formal Career Development Program, which helps administrative and support staff members create and sustain productive career paths. Utilizing individual development plans and career-broadening special assignments or work reassignments, this program strives to maximize each staff member's potential.

 

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