Project Manager Biometric/IT Project Management Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Arlington, Virginia
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 1 year non-reimbursable assignment.

This position serves as a biometric/IT Project Management Subject Matter Expert (SME) in a complex matrix organization exploring new/novel biometrics and identity-based technologies in the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM).
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Serves as a biometric/IT Project Management Subject Matter Expert (SME) in a complex matrix organization exploring new/novel biometrics and identity-based technologies.

Assesses the value and organizational impact of projects, ensuring the target benefits are measurable and related to business goals.

Drafts and maintains all project management documentation including project charters, project management plans, System Engineering Life Cycle Tailoring Plans (SELC TP), Integrated Master Plans (IMP).

Updates relevant plans and communicates approved changes. Facilitates Integrated Project Team (IPT) meetings.

Creates IPT meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and manages the action item register.

Ensures project closeout is complete and lessons learned are documented.

Develops and documents a project work breakdown structure (WBS) and project schedule with input from the IPT using common project information systems technology and software.

Develops and accurately maintains high level project schedules derived from detailed project schedules utilizing specialized scheduling software.

Incorporates project schedules into the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) utilizing Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) solutions.

Establishes the project schedule baseline and identifies when baseline change requests are needed.

Ensures project activities are completed per the project schedule.

Oversees execution of the project and responds and adapts plans to changes.

Tracks status and progress of activities on the project schedule.

Identifies and reports critical path slippages and develops schedule recovery plans.

Responsible for briefing project status and progress at recurring schedule management reviews.

Develops detailed project management plans, tasks, schedules, and identifies milestone dates ensuring proper sequencing of events, work efforts, and resources needed to accomplish objectives.

Identifies and coordinates with stakeholders and private industry as required.

Coordinates with senior managers and technical staff within OBIM ensuring compliance with regulatory policies, communication, and software standards and with user requirements.

Utilizes Project Management Institute standards to manage all stages of a project (project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and controlling, and closure).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must currently be at the grade level of the detail or equivalent in other pay system . ? *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.
  • Must complete DHS 250-2 Application Form.? Supervisory signature is required.? Please see "Required Documents" section for form.


Qualifications required:

You qualify for the GS-14 level if you are currently a GS-14 and meet the qualifications below.
  • A Level II Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM), a DHS Program and Project Manager (P/PM) Mid Specialization, and a FAC P/PM-IT Specialization.
  • A Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) is highly desirable.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • 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 resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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