Senior Program Manager

Hybrid, Bethesda/Rockville, MD
Federal Civilian – Program/Project Management /
Full Time /
We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior Program Manager to oversee an IT program within the National Institutes of Health. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in managing large-scale IT projects for government clients, such as NIH, as well as a deep understanding of federal contracting regulations and compliance requirements. As the Senior Program Manager, you will be responsible for leading the planning, execution, and delivery of complex IT programs, ensuring adherence to contractual obligations, budgetary constraints, and quality standards. Strong leadership, strategic planning, and effective communication skills are essential for success in this role. This role is primarily remote with the ability to commute to Bethesda, MD as needed.


    • Lead the development of comprehensive program plans, including scope, objectives, milestones, and deliverables, in alignment with government contract requirements.
    • Oversee the execution of the IT program, ensuring adherence to project schedules, budgets, and performance metrics.
    • Coordinate with cross-functional teams, subcontractors, and government stakeholders to ensure seamless integration and collaboration throughout the program lifecycle.
    • Monitor program progress, identify risks, and implement mitigation strategies to address potential issues and ensure on-time delivery of project milestones.
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for government clients, managing contractual relationships and ensuring compliance with all contractual obligations and regulations.
    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with government contracting officers, subcontractors, and other key stakeholders to facilitate effective communication and collaboration.
    • Ensure all program activities are conducted in accordance with applicable federal regulations, including FAR, DFARS, and other procurement guidelines.
    • Prepare and submit required reports, deliverables, and documentation to government clients in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Develop and manage program budgets, forecasts, and financial plans, ensuring accurate tracking of expenditures and adherence to budgetary constraints.
    • Monitor financial performance against established targets and implement cost-saving measures or reallocations as necessary to optimize program resources.
    • Conduct regular financial reviews and reporting to senior management and government clients, providing updates on budget status, variances, and financial risks.
    • Identify and assess program risks, develop risk mitigation plans, and implement proactive measures to minimize potential impacts on program objectives.
    • Implement quality assurance processes and metrics to ensure that program deliverables meet established standards of quality, reliability, and performance.
    • Conduct periodic reviews and audits to evaluate program performance, identify areas for improvement, and implement corrective actions as needed.
    • Provide strong leadership and guidance to program teams, fostering a culture of collaboration, accountability, and continuous improvement.
    • Mentor and develop staff members, providing coaching, training, and career development opportunities to enhance team capabilities and performance.
    • Foster a positive work environment that encourages innovation, creativity, and professional growth among team members.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Information Technology, or related field.
    • PMP certification required.
    • NIH experience is required.
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in government contracting and program management, with a focus on IT programs and projects.
    • In-depth knowledge of federal contracting regulations, including FAR, DFARS, and other procurement guidelines.
    • Proven track record of successfully managing large-scale IT programs for government clients, including budgetary oversight, contract management, and stakeholder engagement.
    • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with government clients, subcontractors, and internal teams.
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively convey complex technical information to non-technical audiences.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically and make data-driven decisions to drive program success.
    • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and business needs, with a proactive and results-oriented approach to program management.

Preferred Skills

    • Experience utilizing Six Sigma Methodologies to manage process improvement and quality initiatives.
    • ITIL Certification
Join Our Team: If you are a seasoned Program Management professional with a proven track record of success in managing complex IT programs for government clients, we invite you to join our team as a Senior Program Manager. You will have the opportunity to work on challenging and impactful projects, collaborate with talented individuals, and make a meaningful contribution to the NIH’s mission. Apply now to be part of our innovative and dynamic team!

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Headquartered in McLean, VA, A-TEK is comprised of a team of experts in managing the data that drives federal missions. With employees in 13 states, and a 26-year partner to U.S. government agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DoJ), and the Department of Commerce (DoC). We deliver IT services and solutions coupled with a scientific capability across a myriad of government mission areas including public health, law enforcement, national security, environmental, and science. 
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