First Responders and Detection Support - Flood Apex Support in Washington, DC at General Dynamics Information Technology

Date Posted: 8/12/2019

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Program Description

GDIT is seeking a highly motivated consultant to work closely with a team of direct and indirect personnel focused on providing program management; strategic planning, alignment, and implementation; program management planning and documentation; stakeholder engagement and communications; and research and development and standards support to successfully enable operational and mission effectiveness of a major Federal agency. The consultant will be responsible for working with Federal program managers to help meet customer needs, leverage partner resources, and achieve key milestones. This also includes coordination with working groups to gather user requirements and help identify solutions.

Specifically, the consultant will be supporting the following areas:

Flood Apex Program

Initiated in 2016 pursuant to a direct request from the FEMA Administrator, the Flood Apex program is researching three areas in which FEMA intends to improve its current flood management efforts: (1) improving responses to flood events, especially in improving flood warnings and speeding damage assessments; (2) expanding and improving flood insurance for individuals and businesses through the National Flood Insurance Program by making insurance more affordable and risk assessment more accurate; and (3) improving communities' resilience to flood events, mainly through more effective flood mitigation investments. Flood Apex is now in its fourth of five years, and is shifting from research to implementation of solutions.

FEMA Portfolio of the Office of Mission and Capability Support

Within the Division of First Responders and Detection, the portfolio of programs and projects supporting the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) covers all R&D activities conducted by the Science & Technology Directorate. There are currently 64 individual S&T activities operating under contracts, grants and interagency agreements. These are grouped into 24 different project under 9 general programs, the largest being the Flood Apex program (9 projects) and the Explosives & Rad/Nuc Attack Resiliency program (6 projects). The portfolio is overseen by DHS/S&T, working in close collaboration with a work group of senior FEMA staff. The work group is currently studying S&T's longer-range programs and projects with a view for modifying or canceling any that are not fully aligned with FEMA current FEMA priorities.  Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with program managers, stakeholders, and other performers to assess, plan, coordinate, and conduct activities related to project milestones.

•       Provide program management and thought leadership to clearly demonstrate and communicate program achievements, execution performance, and strategic direction. 

•       Develop executive briefing materials for regular program technical and performance reviews.

•       Develop program management and briefing documentation for program performance reviews and program communications, both internal and external, including to Congress.

•       Support the creation and update of program artifacts (e.g., project management plans, one-page summaries, PowerPoint presentations, meeting reports, charters, and After Action Reports).

•       Communicate status of program/project to internal and external stakeholders via written reports and meetings.

•       Manage the evaluation of risk and opportunity impacts to existing or proposed projects/programs and implement risk mitigation actions.

•       Ensure compliance with contract and corporate requirements including quality measures and quality assurance standards.

  • Coordinate with other S&T entities to reduce redundancy, increase efficiency and effectiveness, and ensure consistent messaging, by:
    • Developing and maintaining program documentation.
    • Establishing regular collaboration opportunities across FRG, S&T, DHS, and the federal government as well as with state and local first responders and industry.
    • Supporting information sharing procedures to improve awareness of the program status, scope, and messaging.

•       Facilitate external coordination with partners, performers, stakeholders, industry and innovators to increase program awareness and impact as needed. Required Qualifications:

•       Years of Experience: 8-10 years in program/project management, coordinating with stakeholders and working groups, and applying change management principles to cross-functional federal programs.

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Ability to obtain DHS suitability (to obtain a DHS badge)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to, among other things, assist with translating technical subject matter into plain language for public consumption.

•       Ability to manage all tasks and schedules to ensure activities are completed in a timely manner.

•       Familiarity with, and ability to communicate about, technical and scientific topics in relation to strategic planning and program development.

•       Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • A flexible and positive attitude, in the face of challenges and ambiguity
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize important, competing tasks and information
  • Accountability for results and deadlines
  • A strong desire to understand the client environment, provide the highest value to the team and clients, and take ownership of tasks in coordination with the team
  • A team orientation, collaborative thinking skills, and the ability to use discretion and good judgment to help identify and communicate to the team where client opportunities, risks, and important information may lie
  • Ability to think critically and strategically across multiple work streams to identify synergies and opportunities for coordination
  • A desire to seek and earn professional growth opportunities through this work
  • The ability to ensure consistency of fact and style across efforts and materials
  • Ability to act as “Thinking Partner” to clients to help them formulate their points of view and paths forward.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, Publisher) and SharePoint

Desired skills/education/experience:

  • Experience with DHS is a plus
  • Federal government consulting experience is a plus
  • Project Management experience is a plus

Project Details:

  • Full time, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, at client site (1120 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC)
  • Additional project team members are onsite as well
  • Some travel (3-5 trips) may be required each year
  • Department of Homeland Security suitability required to start and badge will be obtained to sit on-site full time; the selected candidate may be asked to seek a clearance at a later point after starting on the project
For more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology has served as a trusted provider of information technology, systems engineering, training, and professional services to customers across federal, state, and local governments, and in the commercial sector. Over 40,000 GDIT professionals deliver enterprise solutions, manage mission-critical IT programs, and provide mission support services worldwide. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.','industry