Program Manager Job Profile

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What is a Program Manager?

The Program Manager leads, coordinates, communicates, integrates, and is accountable for the overall success of the program, ensuring alignment with agency or enterprise priorities.

Professional Certification

Program Manager must know:

  • computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk).
  • laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles.
  • cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  • specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses.
  • information technology (IT) architectural concepts and frameworks.
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements.
  • resource management principles and techniques.
  • system life cycle management principles, including software security and usability.
  • the organization’s enterprise information technology (IT) goals and objectives.
  • how information needs and collection requirements are translated, tracked, and prioritized across the extended enterprise.
  • Supply Chain Risk Management Practices (NIST SP 800-161)
  • the organization’s core business/mission processes.
  • import/export control regulations and responsible agencies for the purposes of reducing supply chain risk.
  • supply chain risk management standards, processes, and practices.
  • functionality, quality, and security requirements and how these will apply to specific items of supply (i.e., elements and processes).
  • risk/threat assessment.
  • information technology (IT) supply chain security and supply chain risk management policies, requirements, and procedures.
  • Cloud-based knowledge management technologies and concepts related to security, governance, procurement, and administration.
  • Import/Export Regulations related to cryptography and other security technologies.
  • organizational process improvement concepts and process maturity models (e.g., Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Development, CMMI for Services, and CMMI for Acquisitions).
  • service management concepts for networks and related standards (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library, current version [ITIL]).
  • how to leverage research and development centers, think tanks, academic research, and industry systems.
  • information technology (IT) acquisition/procurement requirements.
  • the acquisition/procurement life cycle process.

Key skills of the Program Manager include:

  • identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • translate, track, and prioritize information needs and intelligence collection requirements across the extended enterprise.

Program Manager must be able to:

  • apply supply chain risk management standards.
  • oversee the development and update of the life cycle cost estimate.
  • evaluate/ensure the trustworthiness of the supplier and/or product.
  • ensure security practices are followed throughout the acquisition process.

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