A government program manager oversees a number of projects and programs, managing performance and providing resources and oversight to the entities under their watch. These professionals have many duties, including the development of project/program management plans, working with various project management teams and forming personal relationships with them, and attending conferences and meetings to show support to various project-management teams.
A government program manager must also assess project successes and analyze and report on their potentials and risks. They should be able to properly review and approve projects and financial records with team members and other project managers. As a leader, a government program manager must communicate team performance to his or her team(s), as well as guide project managers as to make sure their project is going well and meets deadlines. Government program managers often need to travel extensively to work on-site with programs.
Typically, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field is needed, with an advanced degree preferred. A government program manager generally needs prior program management experience that displays strong leadership and accountability. Great communication skills are also needed, as well as knowledge of basic computer software. They also usually need a U.S. government security clearance and the ability to complete any required medical or drug screenings.
Government Program Manager Tasks
- Support program initiatives with marketing copy, samples, market research or other key data.
- Build and leverage community and federal relationships to promote and support the program.
- Execute and refine a portfolio of program initiatives to meet organizational goals.
- Develop and refine the scope of the program in response to evolving organizational and community context.