Project Manager (Acquisition), GS-0340-14

Washington, D.C
Jun 15, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Assistant Commandant for Acquisition (CG-9), Program Executive Officer (CG-93), in Washington, D.C.

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You will serve as Project Manager supporting the Aviation, Surface and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance domains within the Acquisition Directorate at the USCG. You will be responsible for planning, organization, execution, and coordination of the acquisition programs assigned in accordance with approved charters and applicable policies and procedures.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical duties include:
  • Developing strategies for planning and developing major and non-major agency acquisition projects.
  • Directing the development and documentation of short- and long-range planning efforts, comprehensive studies and detailed analyses in support of the acquisition.
  • Adjusting progress schedules and priorities to meet new requirements or unforeseen situations, and exercising overall responsibility for the periodic review of project operations, cost allocations, and the maintenance of performance standards for the acquisition projects.
  • Providing guidance and direction to matrix personnel and establishing guidelines and performance expectations.
  • Serving as an agency acquisition project management lead, overseeing the analysis of the acquisition project effectiveness.
  • Supporting and assessing Contract Officer planning and execution of contract documents, source selection planning and cost evaluation planning and oversight.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position may require a one (1) year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • This position requires a Secret clearance.
  • Obtain a Level II DHS certification in Program Management within 18 months

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


To be considered at the GS-14 level: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: managing cost, schedule, and performance of a project or program; optimizing system design and logistics support for minimum acquisition lifecycle cost; operating as a member of a system Configuration Control Board or source selection; developing project plans such as the Project Management Plan, Logistics Plan, Acquisition Plan, Test Plan, etc.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

Additional information

Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6272. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be referred for consideration. The following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed to perform this job:
  • Knowledge of project and organizational analysis principles, methods, practices, and techniques; analytical methods; and interpersonal relations practices.
  • Knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods plus a thorough understanding of how regulatory programs are administered to select and apply appropriate program evaluation and measurement techniques in measuring and evaluating Level I major acquisition projects or programs.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques to develop performance standards covering the agency surface acquisitions' functions and missions
  • Knowledge of acquisition process including rules, regulations, policies and procedures of various fields such as logistics, engineering, and overhaul and repair, to recommend /establish operating policies and practices for the Product Line.
  • Ability to adapt to changing requirements of the asset systems and the changing environment of the organization; and to review that evaluate the technical and administrative projects of the cells.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Your resume
2. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility.
3. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT CG-123HQ, ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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