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Facilities Project Manager – Arlington, VA, US ID# 16882

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

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The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

The DEA is seeking a Facilities Program Manager to serve as the facility project manager for centrally managed activities and perform a full range of program/project management functions.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work for a major Federal agency in the Arlington, VA, area.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing project budgets and reviewing funding proposals to meet the requirements for new facilities and/or renovation or expansion of existing facilities.
  • Evaluating and resolving problems or issues with widespread impact on the organization's large procurements, some of which have new or unusual requirements.
  • Serving as the facilities representative to the Field offices on various repairs and upgrades to the existing office location.
  • Traveling on market surveys with the GSA, DEA Headquarters Security Officer and the local DEA office representatives to survey office sites for future office relocations.
  • Traveling to various field offices for inspection of new construction and renovations of ongoing projects.
  • Preparing space utilization and layout design plans using the Computer Aided Design (CAD) to develop and prepare detailed drawings and specifications for telecommunications, furniture, electrical and other equipment.
  • Reviewing facilities design criteria, guidelines, and procedures to assure optimal effectiveness in meeting specialized organization needs.
  • Preparing space layouts and basic building plans and reviewing closely for deviations from requirements.
  • Discussing plans with lessors, contractors, GSA representatives, DEA Headquarters entities and Domestic Field management.
  • Developing project milestones and reviewing cost estimates and project schedules.
  • Determining technical project requirements and design specifications and concepts.
  • Applying the rules and regulations governing the acquisition, construction and/or alterations of leased or owned spaced.
  • Analyzing proposals and considering numerous factors related to ability to meet requirements, utility access, cost, employee convenience, etc.
  • Acquiring space based on the development of program requirements, preparing design, reviewing technical drawings, specifications and cost estimates, and working with occupancy agreements and tenant improvements.
  • Conducting pre-construction meetings to assure complete understanding of space designs and technical specifications.
  • Overseeing construction and renovations, assuring all requirements and expectations are met. Discussing plans with lessors, general contractors, architects, and management.
  • Considering GSA’s offers of buildings and sites proposed for buildings built to specifications.
  • Managing delivery and installation schedules.
  • Developing life cycle office relocation/renovation schedules and attendant funding plans and proposals to assure facilities meet specialized requirements with maximum cost effectiveness.

Supervisory/Management Authority:

· This position will not have supervisory or management authority

Education and/or Experience:

  • Three (3) to Five (5) years of Federal / GSA affiliated services
  • Experience with the specialized technical design and security requirements of a Federal Law Enforcement Agency is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and orally, to field staff, management, other federal agency contacts such as GSA, other trades, i.e., security, telecommunications and furniture teams, and the Lessor’s design and construction representatives.
  • Experience serving as a project manager representing a client organization through the requirements development, market survey, interior design, construction and fit out phases of a project.
  • Experience in tracking and working to contain budgeted projects costs.
  • Experience developing preliminary project schedule; tracking project design and construction schedules and; working to ensure project timelines are met and unnecessary delays are prevented.
  • Experience using existing space allocation standards to develop requirements packages.
  • Experience evaluating various office and other spaces (both interior and exterior surroundings) for compatibility with the client’s existing program of requirements.
  • Experience developing design intent drawings, using CAD software that complies with life safety codes, ADA requirements, etc.
  • Experience resolving overlapping responsibilities among technical disciplines, and meeting total project objectives and schedules.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects, all at different project phases.
  • Experience in developing and leading project assignments until completion.
  • Has well-developed leadership skills in building staff and executing projects.
  • BS or BA degree required in related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Secret Clearance
  • Ability to successfully pass a drug screening test and federal background check
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Work Environment:

· This position is performed in a secured federal office setting.

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster

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We maintain an Affirmative Action Plan for the purpose of proactively seeking employment and advancement for qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Upon request, we will schedule time to make our Affirmative Action Plan accessible. If you are interested, please submit a written request with the email subject line: 2018 Request to View Affirmative Action Plan to the Compliance Administrator at “” This email box is not for resumes or follow up on job applications.