Position Description

Project Management Office (PMO) Head
Location NIH/NCBI--Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code PMOH0621
# of openings 1
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Computercraft is helping to grow a Project Management Office (PMO) team at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We are looking for a PMO Head to lead this team in cultivating Agile work practices and project management concepts across all levels of the organization. The successful candidate will lead a PMO in this life sciences organization, maturing frameworks and best practices in Agile software development, coaching software development product teams, and liaising with program heads and senior leadership of the organization.

NCBI is the world’s premier biomedical center. It has one of the top 400 most visited websites worldwide, and its wide range of applications serve more users and more data than nearly any other U.S. Government agency. NCBI provides free access to petabytes of biomedical and genomic information, and scientists all over the world use its cutting-edge web products. These preeminent, open-source tools and technologies contribute to scientific research and discovery, facilitate the work of clinicians, and improve human health. Working on NCBI products, the PMO team can help to accelerate the development of cures for diseases like COVID-19.


  • Assist leadership in overall program management of NCBI offerings and associated products
  • Review strategic and tactical plans for NCBI offerings and participate in all quarterly reviews of products and high-visibility initiatives
  • Manage a team of project managers and scrum masters assigned to support the product development and program management of NCBI offerings
  • Work with various stakeholders within the organization to establish and revise procedures, best practices, and operational frameworks to ensure efficient and effective use of resources
  • Work with others in the organization to define and establish training and coaching programs in support of Agile methodologies
  • Assist leadership in establishing organizational budgets
  • Manage administrative PMO support staff in generation of monthly budget/progress reports and management of quarterly reviews

Required Skills/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field
  • Experience establishing and running a PMO within an Agile development environment
  • Managerial experience within a software development arena
  • Exceptional project and program management experience in an enterprise environment
  • Strong experience managing and coaching software development product teams using Agile methodology
  • Demonstrated experience defining organizational governance
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, unstructured environment
  • Experience working with product management leadership
  • Experience managing external vendors and vendor contracts
  • Experience establishing and managing product and projects budgets
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to adjust plans as needed to reach organization goals
  • 8 years of relevant experience

Desired Skills/Experience

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience with scientific or biological data
  • Experience as a software development technical lead and/or technical manager
  • Experience in a research and development (R&D) environment with demonstrated ability to analyze problems and propose multiple solutions

This is a full-time position working on site at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland, but the new hire will initially telework. Currently, all Computercraft employees at NIH are teleworking full time to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Employees will return to onsite work as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Computercraft offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, the opportunity for a positive work–life balance with a standard 40-hour work week, and the chance to work alongside a team of highly accomplished professionals.

Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer.

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