Director of Project Management Office (req2216)

Posted: 11/4/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req2216


The Director, Project Management Operations Office (PMO), provides organizational leadership on project management, monitoring, and execution for the FFRDC. The primary objective of the PMO is to provide visibility into cost, schedule and performance on the project portfolio and address emerging issues in a timely manner with all stakeholders. This requires applying knowledge of the diverse customer mission, the unique role of the FFRDC, project management fundamentals, and issue resolution strategies. The Director ensures the oversight of key elements of project delivery including new project intake, project execution oversight and operational alignment of scientific and technical capabilities.

The PMO staff are responsible for overseeing key elements of project delivery including new project intake, project execution oversight and operational alignment of scientific and technical capabilities. The project portfolio is comprised of over 100 projects with a total value of over $610M primarily supporting intramural and extramural research for the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. The PMO staff share a variety of duties from monitoring project status, identifying emerging issues, developing resolution plans, and performing project management duties as needed on scientific, administrative and information technology projects. The PMO staff manage the intake of new work requests to the organization and provides support, oversight and monitoring of the development of technical and cost responses to new work requests.


The position reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer. The successful incumbent will lead the PMO staff and line organization project managers to execute established project management procedures. The Director leads personnel and allocates resources for:

  • Providing project oversight and management of a large Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract
  • Performing project management duties on surge requests or temporary assignments for the project managers in the scientific and technical programs
  • Evaluating data and metrics to develop new reports that portray the project landscape across the FFRDC
  • Providing scientific leadership in the proposal development and evaluation process
  • Training project managers on project management procedures
  • The Director is responsible for communicating and leading at multiple organizational levels and working in cross functional areas, understanding the needs and requirements across the organization
  • In addition, this individual proposes new strategies to improve project delivery; resolves project management or execution issues; and engages with key stakeholders including project and line management, executive leadership, and Government representatives


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of Master's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the life sciences field or six (6) years relevant experience in lieu of degree. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience, including eight (8) years of experience in a management capacity
  • Project Management Professional certification (PMP)
  • Experience in project management for science or technical projects for Federal or Commercial customers
  • Relevant leadership experience, with demonstrated competency in the full range of stakeholder management, either as a direct manager or influencer
  • Knowledge of life sciences laboratory operations
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of complex technical proposals with detailed schedule and budget
  • Extensive experience in the execution of complex life science projects with continuous risk assessment and mitigation, schedule and budget management, status reporting, project conflict resolution, customer relationship management, management of development projects and processes
  • Experience working in a highly integrated, multi-disciplinary environment


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Possession of a Ph.D. degree from an accredited college/university in the life sciences
  • Peer-reviewed scientific publications