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Program Manager

McLean, VA

Our client, a distinguished contractor specializing in professional service deliverables for the federal government, is actively seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Operations (DOO) to lead and optimize day-to-day operations. The primary work site is located in Tysons Corner/McLean, with occasional visits to client teams in the DMV area and potential travel to remote CONUS work sites. This role typically requires a minimum of two to three days in the office.

Role Overview:

As the Director of Operations, you will play a pivotal role in driving operational excellence. Key responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting: Collaborate with HR to establish a robust hiring pipeline, manage advertising, select candidates, extend offers, and oversee the seamless onboarding of employees and individual contractors.

  • Project Monitoring: Partner with project managers to structure and monitor projects. In certain instances, the DOO may step into project or client management roles as needed.

  • Partnerships: Work closely with Contracts and Accounting teams to structure and monitor agreements with subcontractors, prime contractors, and individual contractors. Ensure compliance with subcontract terms.

  • Audits: Collaborate with HR and Accounting to provide necessary data for annual audits.

  • Invoicing: Partner with Accounting to ensure timely and accurate invoicing.

  • Human Resources: Collaborate with HR and project managers to implement effective performance management strategies for employees.

  • Information Technology: Work with IT support to ensure personnel have the required equipment, access to SharePoint/Teams, and necessary software and service subscriptions.

  • Business Development: Collaborate with business development personnel to respond to RFIs and RFPs. Engage in discussions regarding go/no-go decisions with upper management.


Experience: The ideal candidate should have a minimum of five to ten years of proven experience in overseeing operations for federal government contractors, managing a workforce of 50-70 employees. Ideally, the candidate's background should be in science and engineering-based professional services companies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in physical sciences (environmental, chemistry, biology, physics) or engineering.
  • MBA or MS in Management.


  • U.S. Citizenship with a clear financial background and no criminal history.
  • Active Secret or Top-Secret clearance is strongly preferred for the DOO role.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished and strategic leader to make a significant impact in a dynamic and mission-critical environment. If you meet these qualifications and are ready for an exciting challenge, we encourage you to apply.

Join us in shaping the future of professional services in the federal government sector!

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