IARPA IT Project Manager

Bethesda, Maryland
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 07, 2022
Full Time

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is an activity within ODNI, aligned to P&C. IARPA invests in high-risk/high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries. IARPA addresses cross-agency challenges, leverages expertise from across the IC, and works transition strategies and plans with other IC partners.

Lead, plan, manage, and coordinate complex Information Technology (IT) projects in support of IARPA's classified and unclassified research and technology portfolio. Serve as the lead technical resource providing strategic oversight and planning for IARPA's IT and data architecture design while working under minimal supervision; ensure alignment with strategic or corporate objectives; develop and review customer and stakeholder requirements; ensure plans and schedules are developed and followed throughout the life of the IT project. Develop cost estimates, schedules and performance plans to ensure IT projects are effectively executed. Collaborate with the ODNI C2E Cloud Team to ensure that ODNI developed solutions support IARPA's mission. Lead technical discussions for complex projects and communicate with customers, IT service providers, and technical components to fully understand problems and challenges. Ensure continuity of IT operations for IARPA and maintain the Authorization to Operate for the IARPA Unclassified Collaboration Cloud Environment (I-CUE).

Independently manage, lead, and/or oversee complex IT projects or programs that may include ill-defined requirements, ambiguity, parallel tasks, multiple dependencies, high risks, and multiple interfaces; ensure alignment with IARPA mission objectives; lead the definition and review of customer and stakeholder requirements; ensure plans and schedules are developed and followed throughout the life of the project.

Develop and communicate project plans and schedules based on a clear understanding of customer requirements and information on project cost, schedule, quality, and performance; provide expert oversight of cost and resource estimates; participate in budget planning activities and develop cost estimating strategies for future projects.

Oversee the development, and implementation of cloud services across IARPA is support of all programs.

Develop, execute, and communicate spend plans for IT services and systems in support of IARPA. Monitor and assess variances from cost and schedule baseline and communicate impacts to IARPA leadership.

Manage and lead IT project implementation and quality assurance by effectively evaluating and monitoring program progress against schedule and cost, overseeing performance and executing corrective actions as necessary. Lead project performance reviews and control gates, gather important information, and make authoritative decisions about required next steps; oversee the development and maintenance of appropriate project documentation.

Oversee the work of IT Contractor team; monitor work activities to ensure counterintelligence and security policies and procedures are followed; provide oversight, guidance, help or assistance to team members or others when needed; communicate needs and requirements to project team members.

Lead all aspects of IT contract management and oversight to include leading competitions and contract renewal from beginning to end; work closely with mission customers, organizational management, and the Contracting Officer (CO); serve as the Contractor's principal point of contact for technical management after contract award; direct and coordinate technical and program issues, establish objectives, develop requirements, establish schedules, estimate costs, develop budgetary controls, monitor technical aspects of the contract, and monitor the contractor's performance; work closely with the CO to assist in contract negotiations, including determining viable options for cost.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a current permanent ODNI employee.


Experience providing leadership, oversight, and guidance to the effective management of IT projects; including managing and mitigating risks, assessing customer requirements, identifying dependencies, and developing responsive project plans; in estimating costs and other resources using quantitative analysis to project requirements.

Knowledge of cloud computing and cloud computing services as well as how those service offerings combine to provide secure, cost effective solutions that satisfy mission requirements.

Experience effectively interacting with a broad range of internal and external IT resources supplying or seeking information on specialized and non-specialized matters to include senior leaders, customers, contractors, and other stakeholders.

Demonstrated ability to balance responsibilities among competing project activities; ability to manage transitions effectively from task to task, adapting to varying customer needs.

Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, including a demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in a team or collaborative environment and to lead and mentor junior colleagues.

Demonstrated ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex information in a clear, concise manner that is targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.

Demonstrated ability to effectively listen, clarify, and convey understanding of others' ideas, comments, and questions as well as to integrate and build upon diverse opinions in a manner that encourages the formation of integrated solutions and positions.

Demonstrated ability to develop or implement information systems security plans and procedures.

Proven knowledge of one or more computer disciplines or specialties (hardware, software, networks); broad knowledge of other related disciplines.

One year of specialized experience at the next lower GS-grade (or equivalent). IT related experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT Certification). IT- related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies (Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem Solving).


Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

Additional information

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview.

Reasonable Accommodations:

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