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Senior Project Manager, Lakewood, CO

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. Cherokee Federal owns CNSP, 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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CNSP is looking for a Senior Project Manager – Planning and Implementation to support the Department of Energy (DOE) Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Headquartered in Lakewood, CO, and support our team providing technical services to the under this Technical Support Services contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

WAPA is in the early stages of developing and implementing consistent and effective means to ensure data and information about changes in the power system are accurate and flow to and through consuming processes and functions promptly. This is a far-reaching and complex change control effort that, when done correctly, will achieve a broad spectrum of objectives.

Most importantly, accurate power system data in our information systems and various system software models will facilitate informed decision-making, thereby improving our workers' safety, the reliability of our power system, our ability to manage assets best, and our ability to maximize our power marketing capabilities.

Accurate and timely data derived from known good sources and stored correctly in approved and accessible, authoritative systems will improve the efficiency of our processes and utilization of our highly talented WAPA staff.

  • Served as an expert project manager for implementing an effective WAPA Power System Change Control system; planning, implementation, team management, and assessment and improvement of supporting and impacted processes. Duties support multiple business lines across the organization, including but not limited to Maintenance, Construction, Asset Management, Operations, Planning, and Engineering Design.
  • Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget, and at the required level of quality.
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase.
  • Communicate the project outcome with a project closure document that includes lessons learned, etc.

This Senior Project Manager has an unusually broad purview, requiring team leadership and matrix management of 17 team members, and interactions with 50-60 additional people feeding and synthesizing information. This change management system touches 75 % of the WAPA organization. The SPM will follow the ripple effects of change, ensuring information reaches the right processes at the right time. Without this capability, the organization can't make the right decisions, and the wrong choice could cause injuries or fail to maximize capacity, availability, and marketability.

The Senior Project Manager should be able to stay ahead of team members with tasks and deliverable assignments, keep the work on track, and communicate effectively, including capturing their knowledge and sharing it with counterparts across the region.

This Senior Project Manager must be someone who not only manages to a plan, but can determine what needs to be done, develop and enact a plan, hold people accountable to deadlines and quality, and prioritize tasks and targets.  

Supervisory/Management Authority:

This position may have supervisory or management authority designated as needed.

Education and/or Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree required. 
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management, risk analysis, quality .management, budgeting, and system change control.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience scheduling tasks and working with fieldcraft, equipment vendors, and contractors.
  • Combined 5 years of experience in transmission and distribution systems, substations, or generation in the utility industry.
  • PMP certification (preferred). 
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (preferred)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Candidates must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Candidates must successfully pass a U.S. government federal background investigation and a drug screen.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, improving, and implementing process improvement strategies.
  • Microsoft Office applications to include Visio, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, Process mapping, matrices, slides.
  • Proficient in system integration tools.
  • Skill in accurate and useful oral and written communication of the technical subject.Ability to deal with a variety of people professionally and courteously in diversified situations.
  • First-rate project management skills, including the use of project management software tools.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to connect the dots, and understand the interrelation of multiple disparate processes.
  • Some knowledge of I.T. systems, because some of these processes need to be automated.
  • Ability to design and drive a change control dashboard and workflow.
  • Understanding of methodologies such as PMBOK, LEAN, etc., with the ability to adapt and apply those principles appropriately to this unique environment.

Work Environment:

This position is primarily performed in a secured federal office setting, a controlled office environment, as well as working outside in a job site diverse and changing weather environment.


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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