Program Manager

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(11/8/2021 10:27 AM)
Service Delivery (Health, Digital, Communications, & Mission Support)

Job Summary

Aptive is seeking a Program Manager to support the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. In this position, you will have overall management of the contract team, including overseeing 30+ person strategic communications team, overseeing communications planning and tactics, and allocating resources.

This senior-level, full-time position is located on client site in Washington, DC, though there may be opportunities for telework during Covid-19. This is a contingent hire position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Program Manager for the contract and primary client contact for the government customer.
  • Support project staff providing administrative support to on-board/off-board staff as required.
  • Oversee and track contract financials on an ongoing basis.
  • Oversee a team of 30+ staff, including subcontractors.
  • Oversee and manage strategic communications, creative, outreach and digital media deliverables.
  • Identify innovative and creative ways to enhance the delivery of the communications missions.
  • Provide oversight for research, planning and execution of project marketing and communications strategy to meet contract requirements.
  • Duties include developing plans, initiatives, and evaluating a comprehensive communications plan and implementation strategy.
  • Plan, develop, and implement marketing research, audit, and analysis to ascertain perceptions, attitudes, and expectations of audiences.
  • Use market research techniques that include but are not limited to the development and use of appropriate survey instruments, focus groups, and statistical analysis of results to assist in identifying target population.
  • Implement marketing objectives and monitor and evaluate effectiveness of implementation strategies.
  • Employ creative thinking to formulate goals and objectives and integrates them into a cohesive project implementation approach to satisfy customer mission requirements.
  • Plan and execute information and promotional campaigns and disseminate information on projects and special programs, orally and in writing.
  • Assemble, classify, and summarize reported progress results and present verbally, graphically, or in written form indicating current status of program progress deficiencies, outstanding accomplishments, and reasons for deviations from plans.
  • Develop, review and edit briefings, articles and speeches. Strong writing and editing skills are essential.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience leading multidisciplinary communications and marketing teams for federal clients.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or a related area of study. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Active DHS Suitability Determination.
  • Experience with organizing and assigning responsibilities to subordinates (including subcontractors).
  • Adept at reviewing the workload of each team member and assigning them to support high-volume programs and projects based on the mission, current speed, volume, and demand of the client.
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated management and leadership skills.
  • Proven experience supporting one or more DHS components.
  • Ability to get up to speed quickly on complex issues; desire to work in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment.
  • Capable self-starter with a drive to get all types of work done and high attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • Good time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well within a team environment.
  • Ability to carry out multiple tasks under tight deadlines.

Client Information

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the science advisor to the Secretary and serves as the research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Established by Congress in 2003, S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, testing and evaluation activities in alignment with the DHS mission. S&T does the science that strengthens the nation’s overall security and develops and transitions the technologies that allow those on the front lines to complete their missions effectively and safely.

About Aptive

Aptive is a modern federal consulting firm focused on human experience, digital services, and business transformation. We harness creativity, technology, and culture to connect people and systems to impact the world. We’re advisors, strategists, and engineers focused on people, above all else.


We believe in generating success collaboratively, leaving client organizations stronger after every engagement and building trust for the next big challenge.


Our work inspires people, fuels change and makes an impact. Join our team to be part of positive change in your community and our nation.


What’s in it for you?

· Competitive compensation

· Health, vision, dental and disability plans with company contributions

· 401K plan with immediate vesting and a competitive company match

· Generous paid time off and flexible work schedules

· Flexible savings accounts

· Commuter benefits

· Company-sponsored professional education and training opportunities

EEO Statement

Aptive is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, veteran status, age, disability or any other protected class.


Veterans, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and transitioning active-duty service members are highly encouraged to apply.

COVID 19 Vaccine Statement

This position supports a federal government contract and is subject to compliance with Executive Order 14042, requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated for the COVID 19 virus or be granted an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination or an adjudicated accommodation is requirement of employment for this position.


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