Deputy Project Director

Clearance Level
Program Management
Rensselaer, New York
Remote, Based in Tennessee

REQ#: RQ118540

Travel Required: None
Requisition Type: Pipeline

We are GDIT. We stay at the forefront of innovation to solve complex technical challenges for our clients. GDIT is your place. You make it your own by bringing your ideas and unique perspective to our culture. By owning your opportunity at GDIT, you are helping us ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. Our work depends on a Deputy Project Director joining our team to support the State of New York.

At GDIT, people are our differentiator. As the Deputy Project Director, supporting the New York Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), and reporting to the Project Director, you will be trusted to lead the implementation, deployment, and maintenance of an enterprise-wide COTS grants and financial management solution. You will work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing, and collaborative environment which requires strong troubleshooting and analytical skills, strong critical thinking, complex problem solving, appropriate judgment, and decision-making skills.

The Deputy Project Director is responsible for customer delivery and satisfaction. This person has the authority to drive production, realign staff, and ensure the delivery and timeliness of customer satisfaction. This person serves as a point of contact for HESC to relay priorities and business needs. The Deputy Project Director ensures alignment and coordination among all functional areas.

Additionally, the candidate for this position:

  • Manages and is responsible for the successful completion of all tasks including technical work, financial and business development activities.
  • Supervises technical and administrative staff, including subordinate supervisors, and performs personnel actions including hiring and performance evaluation.
  • Directs program activities to meet client and organization work objectives and serves as a liaison with clients to coordinate activities, negotiate tasks, and solve problems.
  • Responsible for profitability and revenue growth of the program.
  • Assures quality of program products, services, and deliverables, including participating in reviews, audits, and site visits.
  • Performs business development activities at all stages, including the preparation and review of technical and cost proposals.
  • Performs program financial management services, including financial analysis, budget and cost quote preparation, cost management, reconciliation, and profit enhancement.
  • Coordinates and monitors sub-contractor activities and administers subcontractor deliverables and finances.
  • Develops, reviews, and approves plans, schedules, consulting agreements and other program documents.
  • Prepares and provides various reports and technical reviews to senior management as requested.
  • Ensures compliance with relevant corporate and government policies and standards.

What you’ll need:

  • Have the ability and experience to manage a staff size between 50 – 100 technical and non-technical resources.
  • Preferred: Prior experience with grants management, COTS implementation, software development, and the management of a 50+ person service desk.
  • Have the ability to handle demanding situations with clarity, focus and professionalism, and to respond quickly to quick turnaround taskers.
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical or professional specialty AND 10-plus years of relevant experience, including 5-plus years of program/project management experience in an information technology setting. A Master’s or similar advanced degree may substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • Ability to resolve issues with little oversight; ability to gather and analyze information skillfully and develop alternative solutions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate complex topics to management and other stakeholders.
  • Supervisory or project management experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate with customers and internal cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work independently as well as interact regularly with government and non-government stakeholders at multiple levels of authority.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to integrate information from multiple sources.
  • Self-motivated, well-organized, and strict attention to detail.
  • Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; Critical thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Ability to understand and manage customer expectations and software implementation methodology.
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects at the same time, including the ability to plan, prioritize, and execute multiple initiatives/deadlines autonomously and shift priorities as necessary.
  • Recent system modernization project experience preferred.
  • Comfortable in a project start-up environment.


  • 401K with company match
  • Challenging work
  • Internal mobility team dedicated to helping you own your career
  • Rewards program for high-performing employees

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.