Interdisciplinary Project Manager,  GS-12
US Army Corps of Engineers

Fort Shafter, HI 96858

About the Job

**Salary includes applicable locality pay and Cost of Living Allowance**

**Currently authorized 11.32% Cost of Living Allowance - subject to change**

Position Overview

Serve as a Project Manager (PM) in a branch office of the Programs and Project Management Division, Honolulu District (POH), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Responsible for managing and facilitating the efficient and effective coordination and accomplishment of the planning, scoping, design, construction, and direction of projects to support the District's Military program, Support for Others (SFO) program, and cultural resources program to include Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS), and/or Department of Interior (DOI).

May serve as the technical expert in Engineering/Architecture field to render advice, provide consultation, and assistance in highly technical matters within the organization. Able to develop scopes of work, review design costs and schedules for reasonableness, and obtain appropriate funding to facilitate execution. Design projects include maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, alteration, applicable environmental permits and restoration type of work. Responsible for providing guidance, as required, to clarify project requirements, changes in scope and budgetary limitations. Responsible for the review of contract drawings, plans, specifications and estimates for accuracy, adequacy, engineering feasibility, cost reasonableness, compliance with policies to include Biddability, Constructability, Operability, Environmental, and Sustainability (BCOES) certification, and to coordinate the review with all interested parties in a timely manner. Ensure that statutory limitations are not exceeded. During project construction, validate requests for modifications and change orders, review construction funds requests for reasonableness, and request construction funds.

Negotiate and integrate District functions with customer requirements and participation into a comprehensive management and regulatory plan that is fully coordinated with all contributing agencies and organizations including various functional elements within the district, establishing responsibilities and setting expectations. This includes comprehensive knowledge, practices, and procedures in working with archaeological sites and historic preservation structures.

Establish, control, integrate, and manage assigned projects’ scope, criteria, milestones, budget, and schedule from planning through construction, assuring the District commitments to the customer and regulator are met within established costs, schedules, and quality parameters.

Serve as the district's primary point of contact for customer and other external agencies on assigned projects.

Key Responsibilities

• Successfully plan and execute projects to achieve intended business benefits

• Position the project for success by defining a structured delivery approach based on best practices and intuition, establishing project 

   governance standards and structures, and defining individual and collective roles and responsibilities

• Lay out a clear plan for project execution by developing detailed schedules, defining milestones and deliverables, identifying resource

   requirements, and coordinating day-to-day activities across resources in a matrixed environment

• Create a cadence for diligent management of project financials by forecasting, monitoring, reporting on, and controlling project costs on an

   ongoing basis

• Ensure achievement of the project's intended business benefits remain paramount by applying an appropriate amount of discipline to

   evaluate changes to the core aspects of the project that are proposed during execution or arise as the result of project conditions (e.g.,

   scope, requirements, timelines, and cost)

• Proactively minimize the probability of adverse project conditions by establishing risk and issue management procedures, driving the

   creation and oversight of mitigation plans, and aggressively resolving conflict where needed

• Communicate the right things about the project at the right time in the right way by developing communication plans, tailoring

   communications to intended audience(s), and delivering information consistently and in a perceptive manner

• Provide insight into project health by defining appropriate metrics to measure project performance, comparing actual performance to

   planned performance on an ongoing basis, identifying root causes of situations that could negatively impact project performance, and 

   preparing and delivering executive-level briefings when needed

• Foster relationships across functions and levels of the organization

• Establish a reputation for collaboration through openness, empathy, employing an objective approach to decision making, and an

   awareness of politics without getting mired in them • Remain composed when project progress, workload, or resource allocations are less

   than ideal and stress can be sensed across project stakeholders

• Display resiliency when assignments appear difficult or complex, and when dealing with uncertainty or ambiguity

• Facilitate relationships between customers, Federal/State/Local Agencies, and business groups to ensure costs/resources are considered

   in alignment with project schedule • Enrich the delivery capabilities and overall performance of the District

• Embody accountability by taking responsibility for individual actions and encouraging others to do the same, and supporting the District’s

   strategy and values

• Promote unity by demonstrating confidence in self and peers, and placing the success of the team over success of the individual


• Occasional travel may be required.

• Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering or architecture

• 10 years of design, construction, or project management experience, with at least 5 years of direct work experience in a project

   management capacity (large, complex individual projects, or multiple concurrent projects of varying size and complexity)

• Lead: Positively influence others to work collaboratively to set and achieve aggressive goals, facilitate timely and relevant decision making,

   and retain composure while coping with uncertainty, risk, and competing priorities

• Solve problems and think independently: Proficient ability to identify and structure complex problems, rapidly prioritize issues and solution

   development, plan and conduct complex work, process information quickly, and place information in to an intuitive context or framework

• Communicate effectively: Deliver clear and concise written and verbal messages in a structured manner, manage differing points of view,

  tailor communications/style to audience, and craft presentations with quality expected for senior level executives

Preferred Qualifications

• Professional registration or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) by any State, the District of Columbia,

  Guam, or Puerto Rico.

• Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

• Utilize project management tools: Advanced ability to build and maintain project schedules using Microsoft Project or Primavera P6

   scheduling software; high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Other Job Requirements:

• Proof of U.S. Citizenship.

• Two year trial/probationary period will be required.

• Incumbent is required to complete Form 450, "Confidential Financial Disclosure Report" annually.


Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

As America's Engineers in the Pacific, the District's civil works, military construction and environmental missions evolved over time -- in periods of peace and war -- for more than 100 years. Today, Honolulu District is a full-service district, well prepared to provide a wide range of timely, effective, innovative solutions to meet our customers' engineering, construction and environmental needs. Honolulu District offers project management, design, construction management, contracting, cost engineering and more. Examples of our Civil Works projects are everywhere in Hawaii and in U.S. Territories in the Pacific, including Guam, American Samoa, Kwajalein and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Many of our studies and projects are conducted under the Corps' Continuing Authorities Program. Our military construction work (e.g. headquarters, clinics, housing and other facilities) and environmental restoration responsibilities cover the same geographic region.

Salary Range

$84,662 to $98,385 (includes locality and COLA)

How to Apply

You may apply online or send your resume to Any questions regarding this announcement may also be sent to this email. 

Posted January 26, 2018

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