Cost Analysis Positions with Department of Homeland Security

The Cost Analysis Division at DHS is responsible for providing objective cost estimates and analyses that enable DHS acquisition and resource decision making.  We report to the Department’s Chief Financial Officer and regularly interact and advise the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Component Acquisition Executives and Component Financial Officers.

Selected candidates will be responsible for developing Independent Cost Estimates and Assessments for DHS’s major acquisitions, reviewing program office LCCEs, conducting affordability analysis, establishing and implementing policy and tool sets to further cost estimating and advising the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute (HSAI) on career field certification, training, and education for the cost estimating and analysis community.  This is a unique opportunity to join a team that is actively building the DHS cost analysis function of the future.   Basic qualifications are provided below.  If you would like to learn more, we are hosting a webinar tomorrow 6 December from 12-1PM.

Webinar:  Tuesday, 6 December 201612PM-1PM

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6334928981535203588

Webinar ID: 807-174-507

GS14 Opening for Current or Former Fed with Status: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446134700/

GS14 Opening for all others:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/445189000/

To qualify for the GS-14 you must be a US Citizen and:

  1. Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in operations research or a related which included at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours were in calculus.
  2. Possess one of the following certifications: Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst or; DAWIA Level III Business – Cost Estimating (BCE) or; DAWIA Level III Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management (BCEFM) or; DHS Level III Cost Estimating.
  3. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-13 level in the Federal services as described in the vacancy announcement serving as the principal consultant to senior management on complex cost estimating and analysis policies and procedures for systems and programs.

Careers on Capitol Hill, October 18

October 18th | 6pm
Marvin Center 309
RSVP here

Hear from a panel of Capitol Hill staffers about how they successfully climbed the Hill,
and get the inside scoop on their day-to-day jobs.
The panel portion of the evening will be followed by an opportunity
to network with panelists and fellow students.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Career Services and the Office of Government and Community Relations.

Common Cause is Hiring Program Director

Program Director, Media and Democracy- Position Located in DC

REPORTS TO:  SVP for Strategy and Programs; Special Advisor

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Working with Common Cause staff and our Special Advisor, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, the Program Director leads a multi-year campaign to educate and engage the public and policymakers about: critical reforms needed to advance media diversity and to promote the local, diverse media that are so essential for the functioning of a healthy democracy. Key policy areas include: achieving universal access to the Open Internet; promoting affordable telecommunications; enshrining diverse media ownership; and winning full disclosure of political advertising.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Works closely with Special Advisor, consultant(s), and Common Cause program leaders to develop and implement strategic action plan with the following elements:

1)  developing complementary and collaborative strategies with key communications reform allies;

2) engaging Common Cause staff and volunteer leaders on state-based reform initiatives;

3) planning public events and speaking opportunities and venues to engage targeted constituencies, including activists, community leaders, academics, media, policymakers, members of the public and of Common Cause;

4) promoting reform initiatives through traditional and social media outreach, including drafting and placement of op-eds, editorial board meetings, blogs, interview opportunities on TV and radio;

5) developing materials to help educate Common Cause staff and activists on media reform issues;

6) working with development and program staff to secure additional funding for the Initiative;

7) conducting educational visits with federal and state policymakers; and

8) other Common Cause work as needed.

The impact of this initiative will depend in large part on strategic collaboration and coordination with public interest partners and with Common Cause state organizations working on campaigns and issues, where the participation of our nationally-recognized advisor can make a difference in advancing specific reforms and defending against industry efforts that undermine the public interest and jeopardize our democracy.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Advanced degree preferred, Bachelor’s degree required; extensive knowledge of public interest campaigns, including lobbying, grassroots organizing strategies, online and social media outreach and advocacy tactics; minimum 5 years advocacy or political campaign experience; commitment to Common Cause issues and agenda; excellent oral, written, social media, and communication skills, including public speaking; ability to handle a wide range of responsibilities; self-starter with high energy level; expertise in media and democracy strongly preferred; ability to work well with coalition partners; comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; working knowledge of social media tools – i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include PROGRAM DIRECTOR—MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.

ABOUT COMMON CAUSE: Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring core values of American Democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.Founded 45 years ago, Common Cause has 400,000 members and supporters, and chapters in 35 states around the country. At the national and state level, Common Cause is actively engaged in defending and advancing the core values of our democracy, which include politics not dominated by money, full access to voting and fair elections, economic opportunity for all, an ethical and accountable government, and an open and democratic media. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is hiring!

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is currently hiring for Communications Officer, Website and Social Media position.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Maintain the GMF website (www.gmfus.org) through Drupal. Facilitate relationship with web developers and consultants as project lead during website redesign and microsite redesign (www.brusselsforum.org).
  • Develop strategy to promote GMF content through social media, website, and partnerships. Identify new and creative opportunities to promote the work of GMF Experts.
  • Laisse with GMF programs and leadership to best represent publications, events, and other content generated by programs on the website.
  • Record web statistics, set traffic goals, manage Google Adwords and Google Analytics.
  • Monitor and promote social media assets; stimulate conversation and engage with followers of GMF social media handles, proactive social media outreach, Twitter and Facebooks ads.
  • Create and execute social media strategy for GMF events and major conferences including live tweeting, livestreaming and ad buys.
  • Work with and manage outside website vendors and contractors when necessary, including budgeting and priorities management.
  • Oversee contract workers on website and social media projects.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in English, Communication, Information Technology, or related field and 5 years of experience managing websites and social media campaigns.
  • Strong ability to work within a transatlantic team.
  • Excellent English-language skills.
  • Experience managing vendor relationships and contracts.
  • Strong website editing and management skills in Drupal and WordPress. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS a plus.
  • Experience in a website redesign and migration project.
  • Comfort with Google Analytics and reporting to leadership teams on key metrics.
  • Demonstrated background in successful social media campaigns using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Ability to assess new social media tools and weigh their benefit for GMF use.
  • Experience reporting on social media campaigns using Sproutsocial or similar tool.
  • Familiarity with ad buys for Facebook and Twitter.
  • Ability to travel internationally on occasion to manage online communications for major conferences.

For more information, click here.

MSPM: In the KNOW, September 20, 2016

1-Reminder, application deadline for the upcoming Winter Short Term Study Away Programs is 25 September. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, 25 September. This experience would count toward your elective requirement for MSPM degree. Check out available programs here.

2- Join us at the PMI Global Congress North America 2016! GWU MSPM will join the largest gathering of project, program and portfolio professionals at the PMI Global Congress in North America in San Diego, CA. If you are in the area or if you are attending the PMI Global Congress North America, visit our exhibit booth (#402) at the San Diego Convention Center from 25-27 September. Exhibit schedule is below:

Sunday, 25 September 2016  Exhibit hall open  10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 Exhibit hall reception    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  
Monday, 26 September 2016  Exhibit hall open  7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016   Exhibit hall open  7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Interested in volunteering for the exhibit? E-mail aesocrates@gwu.edu no later than Thursday, 22 September.

Professors Young Kwak and Julia Keleher, and MSPM Alumnus, William Davis (’14) are presenting at the event! Show your support by coming to their presentations. Read more about William’s presentation. See Drs. Kwak and Keleher’s presentation here.

3-Immediate Hiring for Project Manager at AARP! The Project Manager position is a full-time, 8-month contract with extension potential with the same client. The current position is based in Washington DC with AARP as Client. If interested, email your resume to Raj Iyer (MSPM alum) who will do the initial screening, riyer@aarp.org.

WGL holdings, Inc. is hiring!  WGL Holdings, Inc. is a public utility holding company and the parent company of WGL, a diversified energy business that provides natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction and energy services.  The company is hiring Sr. Enterprise Category Manager to work in Springfield, VA. Check out the blog for more details.

 

WGL Holdings, Inc. is Hiring Sr. Enterprise Category Manager!

PenFed Credit Union is Hiring Project Coordinator!

PenFed Credit Union is hiring for a Project Coordinator position.  The primary purpose of this full-time job is to orchestrate and produce all project documentation and coordination. This includes project coordination and documentation through all phases of the system development lifecycle – initiation, design, development, implementation and operations. This position will also administer, develop and implement a SharePoint based Document Management for the IT division and its application, engineering and project teams.

Requirements

-Fundamental understanding of the following programs

  • MS Project
  • SharePoint
  • Visio
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Contact Bryan Lima, Talent Acquisition Specialist, if interested:

O: 703-838-1586 | 2930 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22314 | Bryan.Lima@PenFed.org

MSPM: In the Know, August 30, 2016

 

Top 3 for 30 Aug

1- Fall Course Reminders. The fall semester began yesterday, 29 August. The courses will appear on Blackboard once the faculty make them available to students. In some instances this will not occur until the first lecture. Review the Blackboard Collaborate schedule on the blog if you are registered for the online section of a course. Textbook information is also on the blog, see textbooks for Fall 2016. Specific questions about a certain course? Contact the professor for details. The last day to add a course via GWeb is Sunday, 11 September. If you plan to add a course, make the decision early to avoid missed lectures and/or assignments.

2-MSPM Professors and alumnus, selected as speakers for PMI® Global Congress 2016. Professors Young Kwak and Julia Keleher, and MSPM Alumnus, William Davis (’14)  were selected as presenters for the PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America! The Global Congress will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from 24-27 September 2016 in San Diego, California. Congratulations to our esteemed faculty and alumnus!

William Davis (’14) is presenting his own estimation technique, Statistical PERT, which is a technique he created to compliment the work done by MSPM Professors Cioffi and Khamooshi who developed the Unified Scheduling Method.  Read more about William’s presentation. Drs. Kwak and Keleher will be presenting “Managing Risk and Implementing Strategy: The Importance of Leadership and Management Skills.”  Their topic will tackle how project management methodology supported the deployment of an innovative risk assessment tool. More information about their presentation including the schedule is posted here.

3-Atlas Research hiring Analysts, due 31 August. Internship Opportunity with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), due 4 September. More resources available on the blog. Check out Career Week 2016, GWSB Job Search Strategy Workshop and   2016 Career Management Program Prospanica DC.

 

Career Week 2016

cw

Career Week 2016 is almost here! Activities are open to both graduate and undergraduate students and all programming is designed at prepare students for their careers and connecting them with alumni and employers.

Career Week is September 12 – 16, 2016.

Activities include:

• Functional Panels & Receptions – Consulting, Finance, Accounting & Marketing
• Executive-in-Residence Program
• World Bank Meet & Greet
• Wall Street 101 (Part I & II)
• International Student Job Search Round Tables
• LinkedIn Clinic
• Professional Head Shots

For more information go to GWorkSB > Events > Workshops

 

Atlas Research Hiring Analysts Position, Due August 31, 2016

Atlas Research is seeking analysts to support performance management and continuous process improvement for the Military Health System (MHS) to improve patient safety, access, and healthcare quality. If this mission grabs your attention and you have at least 3-5 years of relevant work experience in project and/or program management for Federal clients, please see the Analyst 1 (850689) and Analyst 2 (850690) positions in GWorkSB!

Analyst Level 1 should possess demonstrated knowledge and experience applying analytic methodologies and principles to address client needs; apply analytic techniques in the evaluation of project objectives and contribute to the implementation of strategic direction; perform analyst functions including data collection, interviewing, data modeling, project testing, and creation of performance measurements to support project objectives; conduct activities in support of project team’s objectives; work closely with Analyst 2, task leads, or project manager; and direct the activities of junior staff as necessary.

Scope
This contract provides for services to assist the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Healthcare Operations (HCO) Directorate and all of its associated Divisions in the support of action plans resulting from the MHS Review to provide robust performance management and continuous process improvement support and integration professional services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Analysts Level 1 will conceptualize, design, and develop a wide range of solutions, to support:
• Integrating disparate authorities, responsibilities, and stakeholders to achieve collaboration and unified action
• Monitoring and report on progress on improving patient safety, access, and healthcare quality
• Change management and organizational development support to promote long lasting transformational change
• Applying industry best practice to the Military Health System (MHS)
• Data analytics capability and understanding of systems that comprise the MHS electronic health record
• Business process reengineering services
• In-depth review and needs assessment of an integrated quality and patient safety
• Conducting a business case analysis that identifies the most effective method for staffing the MHS
• Establishing project-specific standards and templates

Analyst Level 2 will lead the application of analytic techniques and helps define project objectives, strategic direction, and methodology; resolve complex problems, which require an in-depth knowledge of analytic methodologies and principles; direct the activities of more junior Analysts or other staff as necessary on activities related to the application of analytical techniques and methodologies; and demonstrate managerial and supervisory skills.

Scope
This contract provides for services to assist the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Healthcare Operations (HCO) Directorate and all of its associated Divisions in the support of action plans resulting from the MHS Review to provide robust performance management and continuous process improvement support and integration professional services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The consultants will be responsible for leading and managing projects to conceptualize, design, and develop a wide range of solutions, to support:
• Integrating disparate authorities, responsibilities, and stakeholders to achieve collaboration and unified action
• Monitoring and report on progress on improving patient safety, access, and healthcare quality
• Change management and organizational development support to promote long lasting transformational change
• Applying industry best practice to the Military Health System (MHS)
• Data analytics capability and understanding of systems that comprise the MHS electronic health record
• Business process reengineering services
• In-depth review and needs assessment of an integrated quality and patient safety
• Conducting a business case analysis that identifies the most effective method for staffing the MHS
• Identifying the optimal technical approach, work breakdown structure, resources, and timelines to meet specific client requirements
• Coordinating with consultants and subcontractors providing supplemental support
• Determining the optimum mix of skills and modalities to meet client requirements
• Establishing project-specific standards and templates
• Providing quality assurance for work products
• Effectively leading and managing teams
• Developing briefing documents, reports, and presentations