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Program Manager - Civil Works

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About the Position: Serves as a Program Manager and Project Manager for assigned programs and projects. Serves under a Section Chief in the Civil Works Branch; PPPMD. May concurrently be working on one or more projects throughout any stage.

This is a Direct Hire Authority solicitation utilizing the DHA for Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.


  • Manage and direct accomplishment of the investigating, planning, scope, development, design, and construction of major projects for assigned program areas through a matrix management process.
  • Represent the District Commander, serving as the district's primary point of contact for assigned projects with sponsor/customer, Federal, state, local government agencies, Congressional interests, other external organizations and higher authorities.
  • Identifies, coordinates, and integrates sponsor and stakeholder requirements into a comprehensive, management plan.
  • Controls and manages assigned project budgets and schedules to ensure District commitments are met.
  • Coaches, advises and guides project managers within their program area.
  • Prepares project budget estimates for current and future year funding.
  • Initiate and maintain contacts with potential customers to further the development of the mission and workload of the District.

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.

Qualifications Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described for one of the series listed below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

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A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.


B. Degree and Work Experience OR Combination of Education and Experience: Please see Occupational Assessment to view all combinations.

Basic Requirement for Economist (0110):
A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Requirement for Biologist (0401):
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Requirement for General Engineer, Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Mechanical Engineer or Electrical Engineer (0801, 0810, 0819, 0830 or 0850):

Basic Requirement for Architect (0808):
A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in architecture or in a related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following: (1) Related Curriculum - Degree in architectural engineering provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in statement A above, or (2) Experience: 1 year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of any college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that you have acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

Basic Requirement for Physical Scientist (1301):
A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


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In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, to qualify you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing work as a project/program manager responsible for oversight and technical work supporting activities directly related to Civil Works water resource programs and operations in one of the following areas: flood risk reduction, power production, environmental infrastructure or ecosystem restoration. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job at the GS-13 level, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: