Director, Program Management

March 03, 2024
Offerd Salary:$184,870 - $277,306
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Job Description


The Director, Program Management will oversee the Program/Project Managers responsible for scheduling, pricing, and technical performance of organizational programs. Provide leadership direction with proposal development, contract negotiation and contract compliance. Provide leadership direction on proposal preparation which may include assisting with plans, specifications and financial terms of various government and/or commercial contracts. Assists with business development initiatives. Ensures master plans and schedules are followed, developing solutions to program challenges, and directing others for successful completion of project on time and on budget. Directs people who lead cross-functional program/project teams that are focused on the design and delivery of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Position Responsibilities

  • Formulates and executes long-term master plans and schedules in the support of UAS design and development
  • Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the Program Management Office. Accountable for departmental objectives and deliverables
  • Typically will lead a team size of 5 to 8 Program/Project Managers
  • Develops, defines and executes project plans, schedules, budgets and deliverables.
  • Identifies needed resources for projects, defines and assigns major project roles
  • Monitors the product/program/project from initiation through delivery, interfacing with both internal and external customers and field-based employees on technical matters, as needed.
  • Assigns and monitors work of project/program management staff, providing leadership, mentoring, and technical support and direction.
  • Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications
  • Prepare budgets, bids, or contracts.
  • Supports the assessment of project feasibility by analyzing technology, resource needs, or market demand.
  • Support the development and implementation of policies, standards, or procedures for Program Management, engineering and technical work
  • Review, recommend, or approve contracts or cost estimates
  • Direct recruitment, placement, and evaluation of engineering project staff
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science or related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum of 7 – 10 years of directly related program management experience
  • Minimum of 5 – 7 years' People management of Project and Program Managers
  • Experience leading a major function or product area
  • Controls planning, staffing, budgeting, managing multiple priorities and recommending and implementing change
  • Requires regular interactions with peers/leaders and managers across functions to identify and resolve issues
  • Leverages talent across the organization and across functions to achieve predictable Program/Project results.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in development of technical plans, schematics, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Utilizes leadership and negotiation skills to influence outcomes both within and outside of department area.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S.
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advanced degree is preferred
  • Clarifies the functional or product strategy and long-term goals for others; implements strategy with some autonomy
  • Uses vision to think beyond the immediate situation, explores multiple potential paths, and adapts decision-making style based on the situational circumstances
  • Inspires, motivates and empowers people to deliver organizational goals, while also delivering value back to employees. Manages project outcomes by providing feedback & support in a sensitive and clear manner
  • Brings organizational values to life using personality, uniqueness and the creation of a shared vision; Ensures that individuals and teams are working in a manner consistent with organizational values
  • Champions the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation while helping others deal with the effects of change and leveraging change management best practices
  • Assesses the degree of risk and opportunity in plans or actions and takes appropriate action to mitigate them or makes plans to build on the opportunity
  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $184,870 - $277,306

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.

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