Master Key Consulting plans to hire about 10 people in the next month. Mark Arnold, executive vice president, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

QWhat does your company do?

AWe are primarily focused on IT consulting and management consulting. On the IT consulting side we do enterprise architecture, Web development, IT assessments and independent verification and validation, or IV&V. On the management consulting side we do program management, business process analysis and development and business process modeling. We work almost exclusively with the government, but we also have commercial customers and we work with Native American tribes and tribal colleges.

What do you think your employees would say were the best reasons for working at your company?

If you had to boil it down to just a few things I think it's because we offer valuable services to our customers, we have a quality reputation that's sustained by ethical behavior, and we attract and retain quality employees. Also, because we're Native American-owned, there's a large emphasis on diversity.

Who owns your company?

We have two co-owners: Jon Wilber, our president and majority owner, is Native Menomini Indian. His business partner is Dan Hull, an executive vice president. We're privately held.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

We maintain our quality reputation by attracting and retaining quality folks. Our core business model is hiring smart, trustworthy people and letting them go do their jobs and giving them the tools they need to go do their jobs. The folks on site with our customers run the show. They don't have to check everything with corporate before they make decisions or take action.

What are the demographics of your company?

Company-wide we're 59 percent female and 31 percent minority. Within the seven-person senior management team, we are 29 percent female and 43 percent minority.

What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?

We're looking for four mid- to senior-level Web site developers with J2EE experience certifications in ColdFusion, Flash and Dreamweaver. We're also hiring six midlevel software system testers who will work primarily with the Justice Department. Applicants don't need security clearances, but must be clearable.