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Employment Type:
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Posted:
8/10/2018
Job Category:
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Industry:
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Compensation:
$45,972 - $73,105
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Program Manager - Entry Level - 30000972
National Security Agency | Fort Meade, Maryland
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Job Description

NSA Overview:

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.

In support of the NSA mission, as a Program Manager (PM) you will be responsible for ensuring the optimum mix of cost, schedule, performance, and system supportability throughout the life cycle of a program to realize mission outcomes. While operating at a high ops tempo, the selectee will interface with various levels of personnel, management, and organizations throughout the Agency, as well as with external customers and contractors.  PMs leverage their expertise from a variety of areas (e.g., computer science, systems engineering, infrastructure and logistics, intelligence and language analytics, among others) to effectively and efficiently deliver the programs that protect the nation.


Description of Position:

We are seeking passionate Program Managers to lead and shape the future of program management functions. Entry-level PMs will be hired directly into an organization or hired into the Program Manager Development Program (PMDP) ' a 3 year development program that combines advanced training and diverse work assignments, followed by a 2 year post obligation in a Program Manager position.

As an entry-level 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.
    
Skills
    
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning; who possesses strong communication (both oral and written), problem-solving, and interpersonal skills along with a great eye for detail; and who is adaptable.  Strong preference given to applicants with a major 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).

Knowledge and experience in the following areas is desired:

- Leading people and/or projects

- Understanding information technology and telecommunications products, programs, tools, and processes

- Working effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a collaborative environment

- Managing multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables

- Effectively using Microsoft Office suite of tools (e.g., Word, Excel, Project)
    
Qualifications
    
*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).
    
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
    
Salary Range:  $45,972 - $73,105 (Entry/Developmental)

On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

If you choose to participate in the Program Management Development Program a condition of your employment will be contingent upon the following: During this three-year commitment you will receive specialized training and rotate throughout the business organization.  Following successful completion of the program you will assume a position within NSA's Business Management & Acquisition Organization to fulfill a two-year post program obligation.
    
How To Apply - External
    
To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page.  After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email.  Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically.  Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov.

***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.

Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application.  Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position.  Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position.  Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.
    
DCIPS Disclaimer
    
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.
   

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.