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Program Manager

$117,518 – $183,500 Per Year
Closing on Aug 14, 2023

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits.” Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service- connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Anywhere in the U.S. (remote job)
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Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS
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Job summary

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). CWMD's mission is to develop strategies to protect the country from threats. This position serves as the Radiation Portal Monitor Enterprise (RPME) Program Manger which provides oversight of RPME, a Level 1, multibillion dollar portfolio of programs and is responsible for the cost, schedule, and performance of all programs. This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Major duties

As a Program Manager, GS-0340-15, your typical work assignments may include: Providing supervision, leadership, oversight, mentoring and management of personnel engaged in acquisition program management and other support for procurement for major systems, component parts, kits, and services for all programs managed within the portfolio. Analyzing and evaluating the portfolio schedule, budget, and performance objectives to develop a comprehensive, time-phased, integrated, and consolidated approach designed to meet mission requirements. Applying Defense and DHS related acquisition principles in program management to assist with leading Acquisition program teams in life cycle management activities that include, but are not limited to: competitive procurement using innovative solutions and other transactional authorities, requirements maturation, technology development, integrated master schedule (IMS) development and management, cost estimation and tracking, system procurement, test and evaluation planning, sustainment planning and assessment, program analysis, and contract management. Providing advice and guidance to program managers on the development and execution of acquisition (concept, development, and deployment) plans, growth and development of Program Management skills and training, and all other aspects of acquisition activities. All DHS announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received. This announcement will be open for 5 business days OR until the first 100 applications have been received, whichever happens first. View common definitions of terms found in this announcement: Common Definitions.


Specialized Experience: You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal government, performing duties such as: Managing acquisition programs with responsibilities such as management of integrated master schedules, budgeting for and executing program funding, and performing risk management activities; Identifying issues and developing solutions to cost, schedule, and technical performance risks; Performing all functions typically associated with first- and second-level supervision of personnel engaged in acquisition program management; and Analyzing and evaluating the portfolio schedule, budget, and performance objectives. Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level. This position has a Selective Placement Factor (SPF). If you do not provide a copy of your certification with your application, you will be rated ineligible. In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following selective placement factor(s): This is a Critical Acquisition Position and requires certification, at the time of permanent selection, in the acquisition career field of Program Management at the Senior Level III, or (DoD equivalent) DAWIA Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Program Management Level 3 certification. All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Time-in-grade: Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service by the closing of this announcement. Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE. National Service Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


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We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job: Acquisition Strategy, Leadership, Partnering, Planning and Evaluating, and Risk Management If you are the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire and application, click If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be removed from consideration or your score may be lowered. Due weight will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards in merit promotion selection decisions in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3). Structured Resume Review: Subject matter experts (SMEs) will review your resume to determine your technical qualifications for this position based on the required specialized experience. SMEs will review ONLY five (5) pages of your resume, starting at your work experience. SMEs will not review additional information beyond your resume (e.g., cover letter, links embedded in your resume). Applicants passing the structured resume review will move on to the next phase of the assessment process. Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Department of Homeland Security, you are not CTAP eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.