The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.
Description of Position
The Program Management Development Program (PMDP) develops individuals who can successfully participate in and eventually lead current and future DoD integrated acquisition, technology, and logistics activities. 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 comfortably 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 to develop new hires (GG 7-9) to successfully participate and eventually lead current and future DoD integrated acquisition, technology, and logistics activities. PMDP introduces leadership skills and provides opportunities to learn via formal classroom training, on-the-job training, and professional certifications. Participants complete defense acquisition training as well as NCS training in acquisition, systems engineering, and resource management. Each participant, assigned to one of the official NSA programs, completes four specific tours 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
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
- 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
- Utilizing effectively using 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)
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.
Participation in the Program Management Development Program will be contingent upon the following: During this three-year commitment you will receive specialized training and rotate throughout the business and capabilities organizations. Following successful completion of the program you will assume a position within NSA's Business Management & Acquisition or Capabilities Organization to fulfill a one-year post program obligation.
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.
The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a critical role through budgetary and contract activities that support our nation's security every day. We rely on the skills of our acquisition, finance, and accounting professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. You formulate and execute budget resources, develop and allocate manpower resources and even provide guidance on implementing policy on cost, finance, and accounting. Start a career where you become a steward of taxpayer dollars, seeking the greatest return that money can provide: a superior intelligence service for the safety and security of our nation.
Salary Range: $48,670 - $77,396 (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. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or 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 a Business Field (e.g., Program Management, Business Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, and Economics) or a Technical Field (e.g., Engineering, Systems Management, Computer Science, and Information Technology).
Relevant experience must be in program management (e.g., trend and forecast analysis, earned value management, cost benefit analysis, balanced scorecard, activity based costing, life cycle cost estimating, activity based budgeting, and gap analysis).
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
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The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.