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Project Manager – Physical Security and Anti-terrorism/Force Protection, Falls Church, VA ID# 18284 

Active Secret Clearance required. Top Secret/SCI preferred

Join the team who values your skills and expertise. Cherokee Nation Security & Defense (CNSD) provides strategic operational security solutions that mitigate the risk of modern-day threats for federal and commercial customers. CNSD takes a personalized approach to solving clients' toughest challenges, helping you make the most of your skills. This approach gives clients the support they deserve and the quality they expect from a team that can handle every detail – a team of experts, like you.

Cherokee Nation Security & Defense is part of Cherokee Federal – a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients.
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SUMMARY: The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is a Combat Support Agency responsible for supporting joint operating forces across the range of military operations and in support of combatant commanders executing military operations. The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high-quality health services throughout the Military Health System. It executes the Department’s medical mission, manages the execution of policy and serves as the program manager for TRICARE health and medical resources.

Under general supervision, oversee, plan, and coordinate all aspects of various DHA programs from initiation to delivery. Assembles project team, assigns individual responsibilities, identifies appropriate resources needed, and develops detailed project plans/schedules to ensure timely completion. Coordinates activities performed by staff and internal customers/partners by defining project scope and requirements, performing feasibility and needs/impact assessments. The Program Manager provides technical project management functions including technical leadership, quality assurance and decision oriented recommendations.

The PM will oversee and support the government’s day-to-day operations and management of Physical Security and Antiterrorism/Force Protection and planning for future growth. The Candidate shall possess expertise and provide leadership in the security functions of Antiterrorism and Force Protection, Physical Security, Access and Control, Collateral Facility, and Emergency Management.



Includes the following (Other duties may be assigned):

  • Ability to lead, direct, and oversee each respective area listed in the above Security support functions
  • Evaluates and develops project plans and budgets
  • Coordinates with multiple internal and external groups
  • Disseminates information on any problems or potential delays and mitigation plans
  • Ensures that projects remain on schedule and within budget
  • Communicates project progress to appropriate audience
  • Manages aspects of customer interface, including requirements of cost, schedule and technical performance
  • Manages project deliverables and progress through continuous communication with project members
  • Participates in negotiation of requirements and requirements changes
  • Responsible for Cost, Schedule, Scope, and Risk Management
  • Serves as focal point for and liaison between departments on project status or another project information
  • Partners with key cross-functional partners to solicit customer and associate feedback to identify program improvement opportunities for implementation
  • Negotiates with supply sources to meet technical requirements
  • Works in conjunction with various parties such as business development, field support and customer service to handle complaints and ensure support plans are in place to maintain long-term customer relationships
  • May perform other duties assigned as needed within the scope of the contract



  • Top Secret, SCI Clearance (or ability to obtain with a current Secret Clearance)
  • Bachelor’s degree, five (5) years of management experience and/or a combination of education and experience in the following: (1) acting as the primary interface with government program authorities and representatives on technical and project issues, (2) supervising project operations by developing procedures, (3) planning and directing execution of the technical support effort, and (4) monitoring and reporting progress.
  • Experience with project management, creating and implementing project schedules, managing project teams and budgets, as well as a strong technical background preferable.



  • Knowledge of management principles, organizational theory, and techniques of analysis and evaluation
  • Knowledge of administrative regulations and operating procedures
  • Knowledge of the mission, functions, and structure of the organization, and able obtain data and information regarding work operations and to prepare a report of findings
  • A working knowledge of the United States Military and the Department of Defense to include but not limited to ranks and titles of uniformed service members
  • Proficient knowledge of DOD Security protocols (including 5200 Manual)
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently
  • MS Office Tools required (Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)



Manage a department and provide input towards hiring/firing/performance decisions. Interact with Chief, Enterprise Security, Threat Management, and Safety on a regular basis along with periodic communication with high ranking military authorities in all branches and PFPA (Pentagon Force Protection Agency).



This position is performed in a climate-controlled office setting.
Some travel may be required.

About Cherokee – Federal
Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.
Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.
Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team.

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