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Job Vacancy Announcement - Information Technology Specialist (IT Project Manager)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Management (OM)
Information Technology Branch (ITB)

Program Overview

The NIMH seeks exceptional candidates to fill the position of Information Technology Specialist (IT Project Manager) in the Information Technology Branch (ITB), Office of Management (OM). The ITB provides leadership and management for Institute IT strategies and implementations, IT systems development, IT security, data management, technical support, and IT administrative policy. ITB also works with the broader NIH IT communities to coordinate policies and enterprise services across the NIH federated IT organizations. NIMH maintains a comprehensive suite of IT services and applications in support of Institute administrative operations, grants management and related activities, scientific collaboration, data management, IT acquisitions, and business process automation. The position reports to the NIMH Senior IT Project Manager and will support a broad range services provided by ITB, with the main focus being on implementation of management policy; project oversight, compliance, tracking and coordination of special projects within the ITB.

Position Duties

The IT Project Manager portfolio will include full lifecycle (discovery, development, delivery, maintenance) support for projects, primarily related to software applications. The incumbent will lead and coordinate the implementation of projects, interfacing with multiple teams, and ensuring compliance with established Enterprise Performance Lifecycle (EPLC) and Project Management Plan (PMP) guidelines.

Additional responsibilities will include but not limited to making recommendations for operational policies, procedures, and criteria for interfacing with program systems resources, and coordinates with other IC and/or NIH staff on the development of information security system and application policies, guidelines, standards, requirements, and procedures.

The selectee must be able to provide expert advice, counsel, and instruction to employees and supervisors on enterprise project management issues. The selectee must also establish and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must have a mastery of, and skill in applying, advanced IT principles, concepts, methods, standards, and practices sufficient to provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues; the ability to apply new developments to previously unsolvable problems; and make decisions or recommendations that significantly influence important agency IT policies or programs.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing to communicate complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel and prepare and present briefings to senior management officials on complex/controversial issues is a must.

How to Apply

This is a pre-announcement. The upcoming announcement will be available through If you are interested in this position, please send your resume to Please contact Melissa M. Kopyto at or (301) 827-2862 if you have any questions and for the live links to announcement.


The IT Project Manager will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. In addition, full federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent), will be provided.

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.