Technical Project Manager
Technical Project Manager Custom Software Systems, Inc. (CSS) is seeking a Technical Project Manager to assist the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center in a six-month project to create a new data warehouse from existing P20W SLDS (State Longitudinal Data System) data for the University Research team to utilize for their SLDS Synthetic Data Project (SDP). The existing data is warehoused in an Oracle 11g system with custom identity matching and data quality improvement capabilities. See Project Background discussion at the end of this announcement for more detailed information. Six Month Assignment Anticipated Start date June 5, 2017 Baltimore, MD 21201 Duties/Responsibilities 1. This position reports directly to the MLDS Center Systems Management Director & Chief Information Officer and is responsible for all technical aspects of the SLDS SDP interagency collaboration with the University Research team. 2. This position will be responsible for the appropriate application of the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the State's Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) in managing the project. 3. Coordinate in development of a new SDP data warehouse that contains data as defined by the MLDS Center and University Researcher teams. 4. Coordinate in development of Source-to-Target Mappings (STMs) from the existing P20W SLDS data warehouse to the new SDP data warehouse. 5. Manage the schedule and process for Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) activities to transfer data from the P20W SLDS to the new SDP data warehouse. 6. Design, create, and manage three new datasets derived from existing P20W SLDS data sets. 7. Create data models from existing P20W SLDS education and workforce data. 8. Perform programming activities to populate the new fields in the data warehouse. 9. Create and manage project schedules for all SDP tasks, resources, and deliverables. 10. Manage the implementation of IT infrastructure needed for SDP. 11. Maintain data privacy in accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the State of Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) security requirements Minimum Qualifications 1. Education: . Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Business or other related discipline. 2. General Experience: . At least five (5) years of experience in project management. . PMI certification as a PMP or equivalent, as determined by the PO. 3. Specialized Experience: . At least five (5) years of experience in managing IT related projects. . Must demonstrate a leadership role in at least three successful projects that were delivered on time and on budget. . At least one (1) year of experience creating data warehouses containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Preferred Qualifications 1. Education: . Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Business or other related discipline. 2. General Experience: . At least one (1) year of IT technical experience in creating data warehouses with student-level education and/or employee-level workforce data. 3. Specialized Experience: . At least one (1) year of experience working as an IT Technical Project Manager in a government, public education, or higher education environment. State of Maryland Project background: The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is a State agency that was established in 1916, and is directed by The State Board of Education. The Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) was established by State law in 2010. In July of 2013, the MLDS Center began operations as an independent unit of State Government. The Center is overseen by a 12-member Governing Board. The Center has fifteen full and part-time positions and a partnership with the University of Maryland, School of Social Work which provides research services and houses the Center's headquarters. The Center staff is also located at the MSDE building in Baltimore. The Center is supported primarily through State funds with additional funding from federal grants. The purpose of the MLDS is to generate timely and accurate information about student performance that can be used to improve the State's education system and guide decision makers at all levels. To accomplish this task, the MLDS collects and organizes individual-level student and workforce data from all levels of education and the State's workforce. This data is warehoused in an Oracle 11g system with custom identity matching and data quality improvement capabilities. The Center's primary research partners are the University of Maryland School of Social Work (at the University of Maryland Baltimore) and College of Education (at the University of Maryland College Park). These two institutions comprise the Research Services Branch of the Center. These schools are both national leaders in research and evaluation and have compiled a team that will ensure in-depth, scholarly analysis of the Center's research questions. The schools are also committed to training new scholars in the use of data and both have engaged various graduate students and doctoral candidates to work on Center related research. On September 17, 2015, MSDE was awarded the 2015 State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant. The SLDS Program awards grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to design, develop, and implement statewide longitudinal data systems to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data. The Department's long-term goal in operating the program is to help all States create comprehensive P20W (early learning through workforce) systems that foster the generation and use of accurate and timely data, support analysis and informed decision-making at all levels of the education system, increase the efficiency with which data may be analyzed to support the continuous improvement of education services and outcomes, facilitate research to improve student academic achievement and close achievement gaps, support education accountability systems, and simplify the processes used by SEAs to make education data transparent through Federal and public reporting. The objective of this RFR is to contract with a Technical Project Manager to create a new data warehouse from existing P20W SLDS data for the University Research team to utilize for their SLDS Synthetic Data Project (SDP). The term of this engagement will last six (6) months. Company Description: Company Background: Headquartered in Leesburg, Virginia, Custom Software Systems, Inc. (CSS) is a Woman-Owned (WOSB) and HUBZone certified small business. Built on a foundation of trusted client partnerships, CSS has fostered a stakeholder-centric yet disciplined approach to IT solutions development. This ensures our ability to consistently meet or exceed our customers' expectations. Benefits: CSS is a very employee oriented company knowing that well trained, professional associates are what make our company great. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: paid holidays and paid time off; medical insurance that includes vision; dental insurance; company paid long and short-term disability and life insurance; a Simple IRA plan (similar to 401k); parking and commuter reimbursement. We also work with our employees on training and professional certification plans that benefit the employee, the client and CSS - a win-win-win strategy. 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