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Engineering Project Manager, Kadena AFB, Japan (ID# 16056)

Cherokee Nation Management and Consulting (CMNC) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CMNC 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. CMNC 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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Cherokee Nation Businesses is seeking an experienced Engineering Project Manager to support Cherokee and the 718 Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) at Kadena Air Base, Japan to provide planning, programming, design, and construction support. The 718 CES engineering flight directs more than $1B in US- and host nation-funded programs. We are under contract to provide the 718 CES with assistance in managing the planning, programming, design, and construction program for locations managed by 718 engineering flight.

Candidate will work as part of our company’s on-site engineering team to assist across a variety of facility repair and construction projects throughout the lifecycle of project management. The Project Manager will work with clients, experts, and other contractors to develop project documents proactively, anticipate project needs, and communicate effectively. Project Manager will liaison with the Army Corps of Engineers or other design agencies and coordinate projects with team members and other stakeholders and contractors in a variety of disciplines on technical issues throughout the project lifecycle.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Project Manager will be responsible for managing specific projects and assisting in all aspects of project planning, design, acquisition, and execution.
  • Project work will include analysis and application of UFC and Japan-specific codes to design and construction facilities. Will serve as liaison with the Army Corps of Engineers or other design agencies. And will provide detailed technical reviews in functional engineering area.
  • Provide Planning, Programming, Engineering, Production Control, Inspection, and Project Management support.
  • Must be able to work with a wide cross section of clients (e.g., engineers, real property, contracting) and Cherokee employees to find solutions for the repair, modernization, and construction of military facilities and infrastructure.
  • Perform other job-related duties as required.

Supervisory/Management Authority:

  • This is not a supervisory position, but will require providing mentorship, peer review assistance, and technical and professional leadership to colleagues (Cherokee, other contractors, and government personnel).

Education and/or Experience:

  • Candidates will be required to undergo a US federal government background investigation and favorably pass a drug screen test.
  • Candidates must have a valid US passport whose expiration date is at least one year from the positions start date.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Air Force NACI/SF85 for unescorted access to on-base facilities and access to government computer systems.
  • Candidate and their family members will be subject to the Status of Forces Agreement.
  • Five years of relevant experience working with US military/DoD facilities and requirements.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or relevant field; advanced degree or certification is a plus.
  • PMP desired.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience managing programs with similar complexity with US Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marine Corps.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment of working across disciplines such as contracting, engineering, finance, contractors, and stakeholders so proactively manage project cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Air Force NACI/SF85 for unescorted access to on-base facilities and access to government computer systems.
  • Excellent English communication and computer skills.

Work Environment:

  • Both outdoors and/or indoor controlled office environment on a US military base in Japan
  • Requires local travel to project sites in Okinawa, Japan.

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!

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