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Brody Helps ManTech Form Powerful Partnerships to Develop STEM Diversity
Jeff Brody is the chief human resources officer for ManTech, which provides innovative solutions in cybersecurity, big data analytics, enterprise IT and systems engineering to myriad agencies.
Brody sees diversity as the driver for the cutting-edge innovation that is ManTech. “It’s exciting working in an environment that thrives on innovation. Working with people who come from diverse backgrounds exposes each of us to new paradigms and new ideas that can best meet the needs of our customers, and further delineate our culture as one that’s open and appreciative of all.”
So how does ManTech find diverse talent? According to Brody, ManTech posts its positions on diversity employment boards and conducts outreach to diverse organizations. “We offer many career and educational opportunities that further expand our reach with diverse talent.”
ManTech also partners with other organizations, he further notes. “We maintain university partnerships to offer continuing education options. We also offer internships to college students, and we maintain a relationship with The Academies of Loudoun, a local high school, where we provide STEM career exposure to selected high-school students prior to their entry into college.”
The military is one of the most diverse organizations in the world, and ManTech taps that diversity, also accessing its mission orientation, high-tech expertise, and esprit de corps.
“ManTech boasts a workforce that consists of an approximately 45% veteran population,”shares Brody. “Based on the type of services we provide; the military population is uniquely qualified to perform on some of the most critical national defense contracts.”
ManTech specifically looks to hire wounded warriors. “Much of our outreach, to date, consists of our work with veteran organizations whose missions include assisting exiting military and wounded warriors in finding careers after their military service,” he continues.
“To further support these efforts, ManTech partners with Purdue Global in offering apprenticeships to current employees, exiting military members, and others to enhance career mobility for existing employees, and develop a pipeline of new employees with the cybersecurity skills to meet our nation’s security needs.”
There are still more partnerships with the military to facilitate veteran recruiting, according to Brody. They include ManTech’s participation in the military’s SkillBridge program to provide exiting military a transition period in fine-tuning their skills for the public-sector marketplace.
“ManTech also participates in Women Hack events as a form of outreach to identify and hire the brightest women seeking careers in STEM fields,” he adds.
And once women are hired by ManTech, they’re further supported. “As a leading cybersecurity/IT employer, we like to highlight women in our workforce paving the way as the next generation of cybersecurity/IT emerges. To that end, ManTech annually hosts a Women in Leadership seminar,” explains Brody.
“For the past two years, ManTech has sponsored and held the Women Hack Event in our ManTech University Facility. The event is focused on connecting female engineers, designers and product managers with career opportunities.”
The support has paid dividends. “On leading internal research and development (IRAD) teams, half of the team members are women,” Brody points out.
ManTech further supports the entirety of its diverse STEM workforce via free education for all. “Our partnership with Skillsoft Learning means each employee is given a license to access hundreds of courses, which affords them the opportunity to not just develop their skills, but to seek mobility through the company,” says Brody, who also notes ManTech’s planned expansion of HBCU outreach.
As powerful a draw ManTech’s many outreach efforts are, the company’s mission might be just as powerful a draw for STEM candidates.
“The type of services ManTech provides in support of the defense of this nation, coupled with our cutting-edge developments in cyber, space, big data, and cloud make ManTech appealing to STEM professionals by offering them growth and development, and career mobility.”
And ManTech couldn’t do what it does without its diverse workforce. “A diverse workforce is critical to all missions. As a government contractor we want to demonstrate to the public our commitment to not only ensure our workforce looks like the nation we serve, but that it’s also inclusive of the people who comprise our nation,” underscores Brody.
Learn more about Herndon, VA-headquartered ManTech via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Glassdoor. Explore open positions at mantech.com/careers.
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