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ICONS Project Director and Senior Researcher

Position Announcement: ICONS Project Director and Senior Researcher (University Rank: Open Professional Track Faculty Rank)

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) seeks a new director for the ICONS Project, an in-house educational and policy simulation and wargaming team which joined START in 2016. The ICONS Project creates simulations and scenario-driven exercises to advance participants’ understanding of complex problems and strengthen their ability to make decisions, navigate crises, think strategically, and negotiate collaboratively.


The ICONS Project Director will oversee a staff of simulation and web developers to advance the project’s education, training, and policy research missions. The Director will also serve as a START Senior Researcher and be part of the senior management team providing input on START’s strategic development and day-to-day operations.

These duties include but are not limited to:

Direct the ICONS project to include policy, training and education initiatives, ensuring rigorous development and delivery of project and leading the strategic development and overall program direction in conjunction with START leadership;
Manage and oversee the ICONS team, including four to five full‐time employees;
Lead business development, including through relationship-building with stakeholders and identifying appropriate funding opportunities and writing proposals in response to solicitations;
Represent ICONS both internally to university stakeholders and externally to strategic partners, key end‐users, policy makers, and media;
Supervise simulation content and delivery design in coordination with other ICONS personnel;
Serve as a Principal Investigator for sponsored research awards, providing technical oversight; and
Provide input and advice on START’s strategic development and day-to-day operations as part of START’s senior management team.
Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in relevant field with minimum two (2) years’ experience in simulations and wargaming
Superior knowledge of simulations and wargaming methodology
Knowledge of the use of wargaming and simulations for the U.S. Government
Experience working on sponsored projects funded by the federal government
Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in relevant field
Specific experience working with the Department of Defense or other components of the U.S. national security community
Current funded relationships that can translate to START’s environment
Experience leading sponsored projects funded by the federal government
Past experience with providing curricular or professional education using simulations/wargaming
Evidence of grant or competitively awarded funding, or revenue growth of a mission-driven organization
Familiarity with federal granting and funding processes
The annual salary for this position will depend on education and experience. Applications will be accepted until position is filled, with a best consideration date of Monday, October 11, 2021, and a final closing date of Monday, October 25, 2021. START anticipates a start date (to be negotiated with the successful candidate) in late fall 2021/early winter 2022.

Please submit application materials by email with the subject line “START ICONS Project Director” to Devin Ellis at [email protected]

a cover letter,
resume/CV with contact information for three references,
1-page document highlighting current and future research interests

Successful candidates will be eligible for standard University of Maryland benefits, including 22 days of annual leave, 3 personal days and 15 days of sick leave; paid parental leave; tuition remission; health and dental insurance; and retirement. Telework of up to 3 days per week is allowed, pending supervisor approval. More information regarding University of Maryland benefits is available here.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


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