Job Overview


In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.

The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage.  Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce. 

For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, we welcome you to visit our website at

The incumbent serves as the Executive Director for the Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management (PARM) and reports directly to the Under Secretary for Management (who also serves as the Department's Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO).   PARM's portfolio includes approximately 88 active major programs whose total life cycle costs are valued at approximately $60 billion. These programs vary widely and include: ships and aircraft to secure the maritime and land borders; mobile surveillance; identity credentialing; assets to protect the President; cybersecurity; airport screening and biodefense.  

The PARM also provides oversight of the Department Component Acquisition Executives (CAEs).   The CAEs are the senior acquisition officials for each of the Departments 7 major components.   Components include: Custom and Border Protection (CBP); Transportation and Security Agency (TSA); Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); United States Coast Guard; Secret Service; and, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.


As the Executive Director of PARM, the incumbent serves as the principal oversight and risk management official for all department-wide acquisition programs.   Execution of responsibilities requires demonstrated executive level competency in leadership, program management, acquisition life cycle management, quantitative analysis, and critical thinking while overseeing all phases of the program's life cycle.   These phases include: Needs Development, Analyze/Select, Obtain, and Produce/Deploy/Support.  

The incumbent is required to work in partnership with the Chief Procurement Officer, who is responsible for the procurement/selection and contract management phases, to interpret acquisition policies and procedures to manage acquisition program management. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for:

1)  Strategic leadership and executive oversight over all phases of DHS' acquisition programs throughout the approved Acquisition Life Cycle Framework.  

2)  Providing executive-level advice and assistance in support of various governance boards and councils.

3)  Developing effective qualitative/quantitative methodologies and analysis to inform independent acquisition program reviews.  

4)  Ensuring that component acquisition executives comply with approved acquisition strategies and achieves cost, schedule and performance goals and targets.

5)  Ensuring that component acquisition executives maintain a competent and ready program management workforce and comply with establishing certification standards.

6)  Guiding component acquisition executives and the acquisition workforce through the development and implementation of effective program management policies, standards and procedures that improve the probability of success and mitigate programmatic risk.

7)  Planning and overseeing the conduct of independent reviews, special studies, and provides expert advice to managers of Headquarters functions, using tools such as: alternatives of analysis, business cases, best practices, and risk studies and analysis.

8)  Developing, implementing and monitoring sophisticated business intelligence and other program management systems that focus on program performance.

9)  Evaluating new or modified legislation for projected impact upon DHS acquisition programs.

10) Serving as the USM/CAO's executive lead with senior Departmental and external officials.

The incumbent reports to the Department's USM/CAO, who delegates authority to oversee assigned programs. The incumbent leads a staff of over 50 professionals.