Deputy Program Manager

Washington, DC

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Our staff provides cyber security support to the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.

This program provides cybersecurity support services for the CIO of a major US Federal Agency, securing classified and unclassified networks to the TS/Q level.  The Deputy Program Manager (DPM) is responsible to support the Program Manager (PM) in all PM duties, including serving in the role as Acting PM, for any reason. PM/DPM duties are extensive and cannot be fully listed but include every aspect of program performance: operations – for customer mission success; financial – for corporate business success; personnel – for each employee’s career growth/success. These duties include, but are not limited to:
·        Responsible for overall contractor performance & financials on the Task Order.
·        Organizes, directs, and manages Task Order operations involving multiple, complex and inter-related project tasks.
·        Manages Team Managers of Task Order support personnel at multiple locations.
·        Maintains and manages the customer interface at the senior levels of the client organization.
·        Meets with operational customer and contractor personnel to formulate and review task plans and deliverable items.
·        Ensures conformance with program task schedules and costs. 
·        Utilize expert communication skills needed to direct the skilled technical resources and report on the technical progress, issues, and problem areas, as well as write and review technical documents.
·        Responsible for the technical integrity of work performed and deliverable quality and timeliness.
·        Guide program and customer leadership and staff in formulating requirements, advises alternative approaches, and conducts feasibility studies.
·        Assess viability of new products to meet the customer’s high-level Cybersecurity capability gaps or customer priorities
·        Collaborate with program leadership to ensure integration of solutions and compliance with governing policies. 
·        Provide oversight of the application of systems engineering and integration process rigor to ensure all deliverables and products are fully aligned with and meet the customer’s cybersecurity requirements.
·        Support and participate in the conceptualization and development of technology policy, methodologies, models, techniques and strategies.
·        Communicate frequently and regularly with program leadership of associated programs, government managers, and senior executives.
·        Closely coordinate and communicate with subcontractor program management personnel to ensure program success.
·        Closely coordinate and communicate with corporate support functions as necessary to ensure program success.
·        Minimum 25% travel required

Required Experience/Qualifications/Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree (Additional work experience beyond minimum listed below can be substituted for a degree: each year of related experience is the equivalent to a year of full-time bachelor degree studies.
  • Obtain PMI PMP certification within 6 months of hire 
  • US-only citizenship
  • TS or Q clearance
  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience leading teams/organizations of increasing size complexity, including at least 2 years of leading teams/organizations of at least 75 people.

Desired Experience/Qualifications/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics discipline
  • Masters Degree
  • Masters Degree
  • Current PMI PMP certification
  • Current ICS2 CISSP certification or equivalent
  • 10 years relevant experience leading teams/organizations of increasing size complexity, including at least 2 years of leading teams/organizations of up to 120+ people.

Criterion Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit



Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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Criterion Systems, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make decisions without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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