Program Manager (Acquisition), GS-0340-14

Washington, D.C
Nov 18, 2020
Nov 25, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Acquisition (CG-9), Program Executive Officer (CG-93), Office of Aviation Acquisitions (CG-931), H-65 Conversion/Sustainment Program (CG-9315), in Washington, D.C.

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You will serve as the H-65 Conversion/Sustainment Deputy Program Manager for acquisition, conversion, and sustainment efforts for MH-65E helicopters. You will also provide help direction and oversight of program budget requirements, acquisitions, manpower, materials, logistics, and services that provide the Coast Guard operating forces with the best means to accomplish their missions. The H-65 program includes acquisition of new cockpit avionics as well as replacement of certain airframe components to extend the service life of the Coast Guard-unique MH-65E configuration during programmed depot-level maintenance. The position requires experience with cost/ schedule/ performance responsibilities and accountabilities. As such, applicants should possess or be able to obtain a Senior Level (Level III) certification in Program Management within 18 months of onboarding.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.

Typical work assignments include:
  • Overseeing employees performing work at the GS-13 level and military staff performing acquisition, administrative, and technical tasks.
  • Helping the Program Manager lead a multi-million dollar portfolio of the H-65 Conversion/Sustainment Acquisition Project.
  • Directing the development and documentation of long and short-range planning efforts, and ensuring their subsequent implementation as appropriate.
  • Coordinating the work efforts of technical personnel in conducting conceptual business systems analyses and investigations of highly unstructured and interconnected problem involving both difficult technology and complex human relations or programmatic issues.
  • Provides leadership and administrative and/or technical guidance necessary for accomplishing the work of the H-65 Conversion/Sustainment Acquisition Project.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position may require 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.

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


To qualify for the GS-14: Applicants must possess specialized experience equivalent to 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-13) that is similar to experience gained in the Federal sector. Examples of specialized experience include:
  • Establishing guidelines for performance expectations and evaluating performance of staff members
  • Coordinating budget submissions, obligation and expenditure plans, and implementation strategies
  • Preparing reports and other presentations on project planning, evaluation, and execution
  • Originating and establishing unique methods and applications that provide innovative solutions to complex business issues.

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.

Moving expenses will not be paid.

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

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources . 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. See the required documents section of the 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 202-795-6255. 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 a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for assessing and improving program effectiveness and complex management processes and systems.
  • Knowledge of program management and organizational analysis principles, methods, practices and techniques; analytical methods; and interpersonal relations practices to develop new methods and approaches in planning, integrating and evaluation programs.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with senior management and study teams to accept recommendations, where studies and proposals involve substantial resources, require extensive changes in established concepts and procedures and may be in conflict with past precedence.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to coordinate and lead disparate efforts.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    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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