Become A Program Manager

IT STARTS WITH YOUR IDEAS!

IARPA attracts world-class Program Managers (PMs) who bring exceptional imagination and proven expertise to address cross-community challenges. PMs are vital to the success of IARPA. They are more than just advocates for their program(s); they are the originators of the innovative concept at the heart of the program that they shepherd.

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IARPA Program Manger positions are term-limited with an anticipated term of three to five years to ensure a constant infusion of fresh thinking and new perspectives. Those interested in becoming a Program Manager should submit a letter of interest, resume, and responses to the rigorous Heilmeier Questions via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HEILMEIER QUESTIONS

The Heilmeier Questions provide future IARPA PMs high-level guidance for what information should be included in their proposals as well as allow PMs to communicate to IARPA leadership what they hope to accomplish with the program.

  • What are you trying to do?
  • How does this get done at present? Who does it? What are the limitations of present approaches?
    • Are you aware of the state-of-the-art and have you thoroughly thought through all the options?
  • What is new about your approach? Why do you think you can be successful at this time?
    • Given that you've provided clear answers to 1 & 2, have you created a compelling option?
    • What does first-order analysis of your approach reveal?
  • If you succeed, what difference will it make?
    • Why should we care?
  • How long will it take? How much will it cost? What are your mid-term and final exams?
    • What is your program plan? How will you measure progress? What are your milestones/metrics? What is your transition strategy?

Each IARPA program starts with a good idea and a good person to lead it.  Without both, IARPA will not start a program.

 

PROGRAM MANAGERS ARE THE KEY TO IARPA'S SUCCESS!


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