Oct 25, 2021

Program Manager Development Program (Technical)- Entry Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

Description of the Position The Program Manager Development Program (PMDP) develops technically educated individuals who can successfully participate in and eventually lead current and future designated NSA/CSS programs in accordance with appropriate DoD and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) statutes, regulations, policies, and instructions governing Program Management. Historically, this function has been performed by Engineers, Computer Scientists, and other technically educated/trained personnel. The rapid advance of technology and its accompanying effect on DoD program development and management has highlighted the need for Program Managers (PM) with broad backgrounds who can work in, communicate with, and move effectively between the acquisition and technological worlds. PMDP aims to develop future National Security Agency (NSA) key leaders by providing guidance and opportunities for professionally broadening experiences and career progression. This program will introduce program participants to the leadership skills necessary to enhance program stability, strengthen management accountability, and ensure effective use of all assigned resources. The PMDP is a 3-year program designed to develop new hires by providing direct program manager experience as well as developmental opportunities through formal classroom training, on-the-job training, and professional certifications. Participants complete defense acquisition training as well as National Cryptologic School (NCS) training in acquisition, systems engineering, leadership, and resource management. Each participant, assigned to one of the official NSA programs, completes four specific tour rotations based upon requirements, development gaps, and professional interest. As a Program Manager at the NSA, your responsibilities may include: - Establishing and managing cost, schedule and performance baselines for programs - Implementing best practices and processes to track progress of services and development of capabilities in terms of defined cost, schedule, and performance outcomes - Adjusting priorities and resource allocation based upon objective program performance data - Providing metrics and analysis to support forward-looking decision-making based on data - Establishing governance processes for program and related reviews - Overseeing testing that satisfies DoD/ODNI/Industry guidelines while demonstrating that an acceptable level of customer expectations have been assessed and met - Leveraging data and analysis from systems engineers, configuration managers, contracting officers, and/or financial managers to inform program performance measures - Providing program status reports and briefings to internal management, NSA senior leadership and government oversight officials in the DoD, ODNI, and Congress - Collaborating with senior leaders, senior technical leaders, system engineers, and fellow program managers to help develop a strategic vision and goal for the organization - Supporting the development and decomposition of technical requirements for programs and communicating those requirements to software and/or hardware development teams - Using technical expertise to propose new, or changes to, existing technical architectures or processes - Reviewing government or contractor developed technical documents (e.g. proposals, whitepapers) and using that information to inform programmatic decisions

The PMDP is a 3-year program designed to develop new hires by providing direct program manager experience as well as developmental opportunities through formal classroom training, on-the-job training, and professional certifications. Participants complete defense acquisition training as well as National Cryptologic School (NCS) training in acquisition, systems engineering, leadership, and resource management. Each participant, assigned to one of the official NSA programs, completes four specific tour rotations based upon requirements, development gaps, and professional interest.

Salary Range: $73,076 - $91,057 (Entry/Developmental) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Degree must be in Computer Science (CS) or related field (e.g., Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Network Engineering). Degrees in Information Technology, Information Systems, Information Security, Networking (Systems Administration), and Information Assurance may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and upper-level mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Relevant experience must be in engineering hardware and/or software over their lifecycle (i.e., requirements analysis, software design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance), and/or programming. Experience leading a software or hardware development team, Project Management Professional (PMP), and/or DAWIA certifications are preferred.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills who is adaptable and has a great eye for detail. Knowledge and experience in the following areas is desired: - Conducting quantitative and qualitative program/project analysis such as Earned Value Management - Leading people and/or projects at a significant level of responsibility preferred - Delivering program requirements - General understanding of financially-centric matters - Identifying, assessing, and tracking risks - Monitoring contract performance and execution across its life-cycle (for example, perform duties of Contracting Officer's Representative) - Working in a blended environment with civilian, military, and contractor personnel - Understanding information technology and telecommunications products, programs, tools, and processes - Possessing technical expertise in applicable area - Effective utilization of the Microsoft Office suite of tools The follow certifications are preferred: - DAWIA in program management or equivalent (level depends on position) - Project Management Professionalization (PMP) -Other Program/Project Management certifications considered Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas is required: - Computer Science - Computer Security - Computer Forensics - Network Engineering - Computer Engineering - Software Engineering - Systems Engineering - Mathematics - Physics - Electrical Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.