Principal Military Trainer - SOCOM Joint Exercise Support Team (JEST) Lead Suffolk, VA

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Principal Military Trainer - SOCOM JEST Lead to join our growing team of diverse professionals in Suffolk, Virginia . The Joint Exercise Support Team (JEST) Lead will provide direct support to the Joint Staff (JS) J7 event planning teams as required in their mission of planning and assisting in the execution of Joint Combatant Commands (COCOM) exercises. The candidate will be the lead of one of the various COCOM JEST Teams as required in preparatory and support activities throughout the Joint Event Life Cycle (JELC) to include planning conferences, academic seminars, event execution, and post event analysis. JEST Leads directly interact with active-duty senior NCOs (E-7 - E-9), military officers (O-4 through O-7), government civilians (GS 13 through GS 15) and numerous stakeholders within the JS J7 and supported COCOM.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acts as the Joint Event Support Team Lead (JEST Lead) to provide planning, management, liaison and coordination for assigned exercises/events within the joint training system, and special projects

  • Serves as the alternate point of contact to the JS J7 Joint Exercise Division Desk Officer and/or Event Planner for contractor support to assigned exercises/events

  • Builds exercise planning schedules; forecasts labor and travel; assists development of exercise/event budgets; and facilitates as well as monitors Joint Event Life Cycle (JELC) progress

  • Develops and maintains the team calendar; coordinates team member assignments; deployment; and assists functional area planners as required

  • Coordinates on a continual basis with SOCOM staff entities and various interagency staffs and personnel, as well as on a limited basis, FVEY nations

  • Develops familiarity with the supported organization, JELC processes, and contract deliverables in order to successfully design, plan, prepare, execute and assess supported exercises/events

  • This position includes travel to locations within the supported organization's area of responsibility

Basic Qualifications:

  • One of the following:

  • High school diploma or GED with a minimum of 10 years of professional leadership experience

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 6 years of professional leadership experience

  • Master's degree with a minimum of 4 years of professional leadership experience

  • Special Operations Forces (SOF) service and joint doctrine experience to include combat, combat support, and combat service support operations

  • Experience with Special Operations exercises and programs at levels comparable to Joint Special Operations Task Force, Combatant Command ELLIPSE series exercises, and service-related Special Operations exercises; specifically the planning, design, and execution and assessment of exercises

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) operations, doctrine, and planning

  • Familiarity with the Joint Exercise Life Cycle for exercises, Senior Leader Seminars (SLS), and Senior Leader (4-Star) Engagements

  • The ability to: prepare and conduct seminars/work groups; conduct training in large and small groups; conduct post exercise analysis, all with the requisite writing, recording and briefing skills, oftentimes at the General / Flag Officer level.

  • Ability to travel to both CONUS and OCONUS locations in support of the task order (up to 25% of the time)

  • Active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Top Secret security clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI)

  • Current U.S. Passport or ability to obtain a Passport

  • Ability to work on-site in Suffolk, Virginia

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Graduate of a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Service or Joint school, or for Officer, Military Education Level (MEL) - 4 (Command & General Staff College (CGSC))

  • Graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College or Service/agency equivalent

  • Combatant Command (Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC), Combatant Command Special Operations Command (SOC), Special Operations Joint Task Force (JSOTF)) or JS J7 Staff experience with the SOCOM Desk

  • Service experience assigned to, as part of, or with Special Operations Forces (SOF) to include components (Combat, Combat Support, Exercises, etc.)

  • Knowledge of Program of Activities and Milestones (POA&M), scenarios, and vignettes for joint training events, CWMD SLS, and JSOTF rotations

  • Knowledge of scenarios/MSELs for joint training events

  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills

  • Experience working with and around senior military and government personnel

Salary Range: $71,400 - $107,000

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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