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Program Manager

Ocean Associates, Inc.
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Commensurate with experience.
June 14, 2019


Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Program Manager to support the NOAA (National Oceanic, Atmospheric Administration) NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service) effort to merge the Information Technology (IT) environments of its National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) into one IT environment. This position will be located on the NCEI site in Asheville, NC.

OAI supplies personnel support on contract to government and industry clients. OAI will provide administrative, managerial, and organizational services in support of NCEI and STAR’s science and stewardship mission requirements, including research and development, data stewardship, spaceborne and terrestrial environmental observation sensor calibration and validation, physical science and informatics algorithm development, and data and information product generation. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with strong Federal contract and program management experience.


Primary duties include:

Serve as OAI’s on-site representative (in Asheville, NC).

Lead, manage and direct OAI contractor personnel and projects.

Deliver presentations to the Government on program status, accomplishments, problems/analysis/solutions, requirements for support, and promotion of program objectives.

Help update contracting plans, budgets or contract scope of work, as necessary.

Exercise delegated managerial authority to oversee the overall planning, directing, and timely execution of a program, several program segments (each of which is managed through separate subordinate organizational units), or comparable staff functions, including development, assignment, and higher level approval of goals and objectives for supervisors or managers of subordinate organizational unit or lower organizational levels.

Approve multi-year and long-range contractor work plans developed by subordinate organizational units and subsequently manage the overall contractor work to enhance achievement of NESDIS goals and objectives.

Oversee the revision of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the tasked work when required.

Manage contractor organizational changes and any major change to the structure and content of the program or program segments under contractor tasking.

Support Ocean Associates, Inc. business development activities, as requested.

Expected position start date: September 2019

Location: NCEI site in Asheville, NC. This is non-negotiable. All applicants must currently be or capable of living within daily commuting distance of Asheville, be considered for this opportunity. Please confirm commuting capability in cover letter.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time 40 hr/week position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Salary commensurate with experience.

Required Knowledge and Experience (Resume or Cover Letter must describe required knowledge or experience.)

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in either: Business Management, Business, Management, Accounting, or Finance.

Five (5) to seven (7) years of cradle-to-grave experience/knowledge in IT Program Management, Federal Government experience preferred.

Three (3) to five (5) years of program management experience. PMP Certification preferred.

Experience applying best practices from among relevant frameworks and bodies of knowledge that include:

ITIL, ISO/IEC 20000, COBIT, CMMI-SVC, CMMI-DEV, Lean Six Sigma (both DMAIC and DMADV), ISO/IEC/IEEE 14746, ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207, Agile (Kanban and Scrum), and the PMI-PMBOK.

Knowledge of the policies, practices, regulations, and laws concerning the acquisition management process and initiatives.

Knowledge of safety and security regulations, practices, and procedures for government operations and research and development operations.

Knowledge of the missions, roles, functions, organizational structures, and operation of NOAA, and organizations that govern, interface with, and/or influence the systems acquisition process.

Skill to plan, organize, and direct the functions and staff in critical aspects of development and production, support of systems, subsystems, or equipment and to coordinate various aspects of systems acquisition such as engineering, contracting, financial management, configuration, test, and manufacturing.

Ability to supervise, mentor, motivate, appraise, and work with subordinate non-supervisory contractor employees.

Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy.

Experience applying management techniques, methods, theories, principles, and labor relations concepts, sufficient to assure optimum utilization of personnel, equipment, and space, and to accomplish program objectives through combined technical and administrative oversight.

Experience planning, directing, and evaluating work of subordinate managers, employees, and/or other contractor personnel.

Experience applying appropriate operations, policies, applicable laws, regulations, rules, practices, procedures, and techniques sufficient to provide oversight and direction in the planning, development and implementation of the technical aspects of programs directly related and/or specific to the position being filled.

Experience applying budget and fiscal methods used in establishing and maintaining an organization.

Experience with major programs segments, organizational structures and/or functional responsibilities specific to the position being filled.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, you MUST APPLY THROUGH OUR WEBSITE ONLY. Go to OCEANASSOC.COM, click on Careers, then click on Job Openings, find the position you wish to apply for.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.

Work history directly related to the duties and required knowledge and experience described above.

Education, including PMI-PMBOK.

Previous experience or training with similar requirements.

Three professional references.

Confirmation of ability to commute five days a week to Asheville, NC. by September 2019.

Confirmation of current US passport or ability to acquire a US passport by September 2019.

Confirmation of ability to pass a Federal government background check.

Include your name in the document file name.

Upload your resume in a readable (i.e. not scanned) PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

OAI is a government contractor and is required by law to invite applicants to self-identify their race, gender, national origin, disability status and veteran status. OAI is required to use the information it collects as part of its future affirmative action efforts in hiring. The information is collected anonymously by computer and is not connected to your application. You will see a place to check certain boxes in OAI's online application. Even though the information is anonymous, self-identification is voluntary. You can always check the box that says you decline to self-identify.

Note: If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the "Notes" section on the second page of the online application.