Program Director - High Performance Computing

Clearance Level
Program Management
Remote, Based in the USA

REQ#: RQ139220

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Public Trust: NACLC (T3)
Requisition Type: Regular

At GDIT, people are our differentiator.  Our work depends on a Program Director joining our team to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputer System (WCOSS).  

WCOSS provides NOAA the operational High Performance Computing (HPC) resources essential to process sophisticated numerical models used to predict and understand atmospheric and oceanic phenomena for weather and climate operational use.  Operating 24/7, the next 10-year WCOSS program will deliver significant computational capability that will evolve over time to keep pace with NOAA’s growing environmental modeling needs.

We are looking for individuals to join GDIT’s team to deploy, operate and support leading-edge technology for WCOSS.  Specific technology training will be provided.

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  • Responsible for all aspects of the development and implementation of assigned projects, and provides a single point of contact for those projects

  • Serves as the Contractor interface for the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)

  • Takes projects from original concept through to final implementation

  • Interfaces with all areas affected by the project, including end users, computer services, and client services

  • Defines project scope and objectives

  • Develops detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports

  • Conducts project meetings, and is responsible for project tracking and analysis

  • Ensures adherence to quality standards and reviews project deliverables

  • Manages the integration of vendor tasks, and tracks and reviews vendor deliverables

  • Provides technical and analytical guidance to project team

  • Recommends and takes action to direct the analysis and solutions of problems

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred and minimum of 5 years of experience as a Program Manager for large ($500M), high-visibility federal government contract(s)

  • Possesses project management experience in a High Performance Computing (HPC) environment

  • Must be able to communicate clearly and succinctly to Government stakeholders (e.g. Program Offices, HPC end users, etc.), including senior level management

  • Demonstrated technical experience architecting or maintaining high-performance computers

  • Demonstrated experience managing teams of geographically dispersed staff

  • Demonstrated experience developing and sustaining productive relationships with demanding clients in a mission-critical operational environment

Critical capabilities:

  • Understanding of high-performance computing architecture and engineering, including, but not limited to, compute, storage, and interconnect

  • Understanding of high-performance computing software, including schedulers and file systems

  • Understanding of data center operations, including electrical power, cooling, and fit up and management basics

  • Understanding of all aspects of government contract program management, including overall program execution oversight and strategy, client relationship management, staff management, financial management, and schedule management


Desired Ideal additional capabilities and experience:

  • Informed understanding of the role that high-performance computing plays in weather forecasting

  • Experience with Top500 Cray EX systems, including Slingshot high-speed fabric, liquid cooling, Lustre file systems, and/or HPCM cluster management software

  • Experience with mission-critical high-performance computing programs, with challenging operational SLAs and low tolerance limits for system outages or issues

  • Graduate degree in computer or physical sciences

  • PMP certification

The likely salary range for this position is $160,000 - $240,000, this is not, however, a guarantee of compensation or salary; rather, salary will be set based on experience, geographic location and possibly contractual requirements and could fall outside of this range.

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About Our Work

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

COVID-19 Vaccination

GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.