Monthly Archives: August 2012

Project Manager Position with the Institute of Industrial Engineers

Institute of Industrial Engineers – National Chapter

Position Title: Project Manager – Workforce Analysis

Job Description: Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector, based in Alexandria, VA, is a global management consulting business with the mission of providing responsive and innovative financial, performance management and systems solutions to government and international organizations. We are committed to capitalizing on our strengths and serving dynamic organizations that share our values and drive. Our global values of collaboration, leadership, excellence, agility, respect and responsibility guide our behaviors and fuel our ambition-to be the firm that makes a difference, every day. Please visit Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector at

The successful candidate will manage workforce studies in Federal agencies. This will include providing technical thought leadership in the design and development of solutions in addition to project management duties. Activities include work measurement, data collection, process analysis and technical report writing.

The candidate must demonstrate:

  • Proven capability to lead project teams to successfully deliver results
  • Proven ability to provide the thought leadership needed to design a solution in response to client requirements
  • Ability to work independently using large data sets to support business or analytical requirements using MS Excel (formulated spreadsheets)
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Solid analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Strong skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio
  • Knowledge of statistics and statistical software

Expected Travel: 10% domestic

Minimum Qualifications: BS in Industrial Engineering or related discipline; 5 years experience

Position Location: Alexandria, Va.

How to Apply: Applicants should send resumes to our

Message from New MSPM Director, Cambria Happ

MSPM Faculty and Students,

It is my great honor and pleasure to assume the directorship of the Project Management Program at The George Washington University.  Last week I attended the new student orientation for those beginning the MSPM this fall.  The orientation session provided a fabulous introduction to the program, the faculty, and to the incoming students.  I look forward to meeting the balance of the faculty and students in the coming months.  With regard to the MSPM students, I intend to meet with each of you by the end of October to not only plan your Spring semesters, but to map out your degree plan and to better understand how we may be able to improve your experience at GW.

To better understand me and the path that led me to GW, I’ll briefly outline my background.  I earned my BS in Geography from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Following graduation, I worked in the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) field for a number of years.  In fact, my work in GIS brought me to the DC metro area in 2005.  I eventually found my niche and my professional passion in non-profit management and administration.  So much so, that I recently attained the Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification.

Most recently I was the Director of Operations and Corporate Secretary at the National Contract Management Association, based in Ashburn, Virginia. My responsibilities included management of the association’s 21,000 members, oversight of the 118 volunteer-led chapters, administration of the 27-person office, and management of the association’s board of directors.  Via the contract management profession and its practioners, I gained exposure to the project management profession.  As it turns out, the two professions share multiple commonalities as core business functions, including the necessity for its practioners to obtain professional expertise in risk management, cost estimating, and scheduling.

My goals for the next 6-12 months include continued promotion of the program to attract high-caliber candidates; to provide superior advisement to incoming and current MSPM students; and to achieve accreditation of the program by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs.  In addition, I will be working closely with the Project Management Student Association (PMSA), as well as the Project Management Alumni Association (PMAA), to assist them in achieving their goals and to establish a greater sense of community.

Bear with me as I learn each of your names and backgrounds in the coming weeks.  I look forward to this adventure and working with each of you along the way.


Cambria Happ, CAE
Director, Project Management Program
202-994-6122 office

Federal Technology Management Program – Open Position

A contractor for a federal information technology program close to the GW campus is looking for a scheduler or project manager with scheduling experience.  Ability to work well in a team environment and diligently with a variety of stakeholders is critical.  Communication is very important.  Experience with Microsoft Project is needed but expert knowledge of the application is not needed.

PMP certification is not required.

The position is open for immediate hire.

If interested, please email a copy of your resume and questions to MSPM Alumnus Janna Covitz at