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Supervisory Test Project Management Element Chief

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  • Air Force Test Center

About the Air Force Test Center:
The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) is where tomorrow’s Air Force is tested! Long considered the “Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe”, AFTC is truly where Air Force superiority begins. Home to many Aerospace establishments and records, AFTC remains the state-of-the-art leader in Aerospace testing, and provides the warfighter with cutting-edge technology. AFTC does not only celebrate its past, but we continue to lead from the front. Join our team today and make Aerospace history!

About the Role:
The Air Force Test Center is looking for a Full-Time Supervisory Test Project Management Element Chief (NH-801/1515-03) to work at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, 704th Test Group, 846th Test Squadron, Project Management Flight (846 TS/TGTP) at Holloman Air Force Base, NM.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Test Project Management Element Chief in the field of rocket sled testing of weapon systems. The Project Management Element Chief is the first line supervisor over an element of 5 – 7 government civilian, military and contractor test project managers with diverse technical backgrounds and is responsible for planning, directing, organizing and exercising control over the element. The Element Chief interacts with other squadron flights and elements, 704th Test Group, other government agencies, national laboratories, government contractors and private industry. He/she will monitor and evaluate activities assigned to subordinates to ensure technical accuracy and compliance with applicable directives, procedures and policies, and establish processes to improve organizational efficiency. Responsibilities require organizational leadership, sound judgment and discretion, knowledge of a varied scope of professional engineering and scientific principles, concepts, methods and practices. Specific knowledge and experience in the application of the project management discipline to weapons testing is desired.


Location: Alamogordo, NM
Typical 2024 salary range: $86,962 - $134,435 (includes locality)
Telework Information: Up to 20% telework possible (must reside in local area)
Travel Requirements: Up to 25% Travel possible
• Supervisory stipend may be authorized. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official.
• Relocation/recruitment incentive may be authorized. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official.
Direct Hire Authority: NO 6-MONTH WAIT! Recently retired and/or retiring from MILITARY service ARE eligible for immediate appointment for AFTC positions. The 180-day waiting period has been waived for AFTC to hire recently retired and/or retiring service members.

Desired Skills:
- At least 3 Years of technical project management experience desired.
- At least 5 years of technical experience in defense acquisition and/or test and evaluation desired.
- Proficiency using information management and/or project management software desired.

Major Duties:
- Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities at least 25% of the time. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short/long-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
- Evaluates work performance of subordinates. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training.
- Develops, applies and enforces organizational project management standards and processes.
- Advises leadership and subordinates in the application of project management best practices. Finds ways to improve production and increase the quality of the work directed.

- U.S. Citizenship.
- Obtain & maintain Security clearance.
- This is a designated Drug Testing Position.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in an engineering, scientific or mathematical discipline that meets OPM engineering ( or operations research ( requirements.
- Must obtain Practitioner Level Test & Evaluation Acquisition Professional Development Program Certification within four years of hire date.
- Knowledge of the principles of technical project management.
- Knowledge of professional engineering and scientific concepts, principles, practices, standards, methods, techniques, materials, and equipment to effectively apply advanced theories, principles, and concepts to project development, execution, and advisory services.
- Knowledge of the mission, roles, functions, organizational structure, and operation of the DoD, Air Force, and organizations that govern, interface with, and/or influence systems acquisition, development, and/or sustainment; and knowledge of planning, programming, and budgeting cycles, financial systems, contracting, and restrictions on expenditure of funds.
- Ability to analyze, plan, organize, and direct the functions of an organization and mentor, motivate, and appraise the staff of an organization.
- Knowledge of safety, security, personnel management, and EEO regulations, practices, and procedures.
- Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy, as well as work in a professional manner with subordinates, peers, management, customers, contractors, academia, and other agencies across a broad range of functional areas.

Air Force Civilian Service Employment Benefits:
Paid Time Off:
- 11 Federal Holidays off per year
- Vacation time (Annual Leave) accumulates based on length of employment. Starts at 13 days (104 hours) per year and up to 26 days (208 hours) per year
- 13 sick days per year (104 hours)

- Pension: Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
- 401K: Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) available with up to 5% agency matching

Health & Wellness:
- Various Medical, Dental & Vision packages to choose from for entire family
- Flexible Spending Account
- Federal Long Term Care Insurance, and Life & Disability Insurance

Work/Life Balance:
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Flexible Work Arrangements (dependent on position)

Career Development:
- Tuition Assistance & Professional Development opportunities
- Career enhancement and promotion opportunities

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Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.

Air Force Test Center is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We recognize diversity encompasses many parts of one’s identity including but not limited to race, color, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, genetic information, disability status, and veteran status. AFTC encourages ALL candidates to apply as our employees’ points of view are key to our success.

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