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Senior Program Manager

Chickasaw Nation Industries

Washington, DC

Chickasaw Nation Industries
Washington, DC
30+ days ago


It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.


The Senior Program Manager implements, manages and controls all program directives related to contracts. This position ensures the timely accomplishment of all specified requirements and works with senior management to establish program priorities. The Senior Program Manager is responsible for all related contract execution including personnel, deliverables and customer management. The Senior Program Manager operates the program according to established policies / procedures and within stipulated budgetary confinements. 


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.

Serves as a focal point, and provides program management guidance and expert support for the contract. Responsible for overall assignment of work, management of personnel, financial budgets, as well as all operations and technical aspects for the successful completion of the contract / program requirements.

Possesses and exercises general knowledge of all technical and management areas of the contract.  Acts as a technical advisor, and implements processes and procedures for effective program management. 

Ensures program goals and objectives are set and that all related program responsibilities / projects are assigned, completed on-time and within budget. Monitors progress, and resolves any identified issues affecting successful project / program completion.

Responsible for ensuring deliverables are on time, internal and customer reports are delivered and maintained and that progress, issues and results are appropriately documented. 

Ensures all deliverables are of highest quality.

Manages costs for the contract for both CNI and the customer. Uses an understanding financial management for both Time and Materials and Firm-fixed Price contracts. Prepares periodic reports regarding status of contract schedules and budgets. Reviews invoices for accuracy (customer and subcontractors). Supports CNI Accounts Payable when issues arise.

Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities. Leads resource selection/replacement by working with CNI recruiting. Responsible for onboarding of program resources. Responsible for daily management of program resources. Performs or ensures all performance reviews are done on time. Ensures project schedules are developed in the tool used by the customer and adhered to. Manages risk and prioritizes tasks when necessary. Effectively responds to unplanned issues.

Ensures responsiveness, and negotiates submitted proposals and contract modifications with the Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Ensures all contractual documentation is correct.

Supports the development, execution, maintenance and modifications for Sub Contracts when necessary. Knows when to execute a subcontract for the best of the program.

Performs a variety of complex deliveries. Effectively interfaces with senior customer officials, management and field operations. Manages relationships with project stakeholders (including customers and subcontractors). Applies strategic thinking and creative solutions to problems and fosters collaboration and teamwork.

Ensures compliance with all contractual requirements.

Serves as primary point-of-contact with government contract staff for reporting project status.

Possesses strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate people to work towards achieving the customer’s goals.

Possesses strong communication skills. Prepares and delivers solid presentations and effectively facilitates/presents to various stakeholders. Has strong oral and written communication skills to clearly instruct the project team.

Delivers regular reporting to customer as required leveraging the customer tools when appropriate and necessary.

Responsible for effective communication with Contracting Officer and field operations.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. 

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.


Bachelor’s degree and minimum of ten (10) years direct experience in program management, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Master’s degree preferred. 


Project Management Institute (PMI) / Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification preferred.


Demonstrated competency in working with a wide range of government departments with diverse business needs, interests, expectations and requirements

Skilled proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and project management software programs

Knowledgeable of and skilled in implementing “best-in-class” concepts / principles within the areas of planning, scheduling, budgeting and operations for successful achievement of program objectives

Excellent leadership, capital planning, financial management, cost control, estimating and contract negotiating skills

Ability to manage multiple services and task order projects simultaneously

Ability to make sound, well-informed and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions

Ability to prepare, justify and administer program budget and to assess financial conditions

Ability to persuade others to accept recommendations and to negotiate to find mutually acceptable solutions

Ability to organize work, set priorities and determine resource requirements

Excellent supervisory and management skills with ability to recruit, train, mentor and motivate others

Skilled in facilitating teamwork and coordinating efforts for the successful achievement of goals

Ability to manage and resolve conflicts, grievances, confrontations or disagreements in a constructive manner

Exceptional organization, problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Exceptional customer service and relationship-building skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with solid presentation skills and ability to write federal contract proposals

Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment


Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.

If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

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About the Company

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Chickasaw Nation Industries

Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. (CNI) is a federally chartered corporation wholly owned by the Chickasaw Nation. Headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma, CNI serves as a holding company with over a dozen subsidiaries that operate as Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) engaged in multiple lines of business. We are proud to support the economic development of the Chickasaw Nation and to contribute to the tribal mission of enhancing the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people. A portion of our profits is used to support Chickasaw citizens through a multitude of programs and services such as education, health care, nutrition services, housing programs, legal services, elder and child care and community support programs. Successful economic development is an integral part of the Chickasaw Nation’s operations. As the tribe continues to expand the number of economic opportunities, it is providing a positive impact for both Oklahoma and Chickasaw citizens.

CNI offers the prospect of working for a family of companies that blends the traditional values of integrity, honesty and hard work with potential career experiences in some of the most technically-advanced career settings available.

Providing work opportunities with desirable federal customers like the DOD, DOE, DOT, DOJ, and DHS motivates many of our employees and contributes to our outstanding employee retention rates. With several large, diverse contracts on-going, CNI provides opportunities in many areas of expertise. CNI prides itself on providing innovative solutions that lead the way in setting new industry standards.

CNI employs the best and brightest. We have worked hard to build an environment that provides employees with excellent benefits, career advancement and performance recognition programs. With locations across the United States, CNI offers the opportunity to match your area of expertise with the place that best suits your needs and interests. See what CNI has to offer you. You will be glad you did!

Equal Employment Opportunities Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protects status.

2,000 to 2,499 employees
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