Agile Delivery Lead (IT Project Manager 1/2) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Agile Delivery Lead (IT Project Manager 1/2)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the IT Project Manager 1/2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Research Library (https://www.lanl.gov/library/) seeks an Agile Delivery Lead to support the group in meeting its strategic goals, help facilitate continuous improvement, and provide servant leadership to Agile teams. We support the Laboratory's paramount mission to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence by delivering essential knowledge services. The value of these services depends on our ability to both make intentional decisions about where to invest resources and then to effectively execute elected projects, functions for which this role is instrumental.

The Agile Delivery Lead directly supports several Research Library development teams, helping to increase their effectiveness by removing impediments, fostering transparency, promoting their self-management, and driving continuous improvement. At the level of the group, the role also facilitates participatory decision making on and elaboration of strategic investment ideas, by serving as an impartial steward and process owner for our portfolio management framework. The Agile Delivery Lead is a leader and change agent for the organization, championing how we work and why, facilitating the ongoing renovation of our strategic goals, and helping to guide other complementary Agile organizational transformation efforts, in collaboration with Research Library senior managers.

Reporting to the Deputy Group Leader for Technology Strategy and Services, the Agile Delivery Lead will join a diverse and experienced group of nearly 30 technical specialists, library professionals, software developers, project managers, system administrators, and computer scientists. The Research Library leads in its contributions to open standards in the digital library and scholarly communications communities, and we are likewise engaged participants in the research library and special science library communities of practice.

We offer a creative setting in which information technologies and services are applied to scientific productivity; we passionately pursue new ideas, services, products, and approaches to satisfy research needs. The successful candidate is a versatile individual who works collaboratively, embraces learning, and has a strong user focus.

IT Project Manager 1: ($72,800 to $115,500):

At the IT Project Manager 1 level, the role will serve as a Scrum Master for several Research Library development teams as well as facilitate group-wide portfolio management processes. As a Scrum Master, this will entail enabling the capacity and performance of development teams by strengthening Agile practice in context, facilitating cooperation across all roles and functions, mediating external demands, keeping teams organized and on track, and supporting continuous delivery. As the portfolio management facilitator, this will entail facilitating portfolio synchronization meetings and reviews, configuring appropriate supporting tooling, maintaining artifact templates, documenting processes and roles, developing and reporting metrics for tuning, and providing mentoring on both process and substance for candidate investment ideas.

IT Project Manager 2: ($87,200- $142,500):

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the role will serve as an organizational champion and subject matter expert for Agile. This will entail exercising greater leadership with respect to organizational change initiatives, assuming greater responsibility for facilitating the timely evolution of Research Library strategic goals, and advocating for and supporting Agile ways of working within and beyond the group.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Scrum Mastering

Demonstrated effectiveness as a servant leader, with keen problem solving, conflict resolution, facilitation, organizational, and team building skills. Demonstrated ability to plan, lead, organize, and monitor team efforts to completion.

Facilitation and Coaching

Demonstrated ability to facilitate effective discussion and learning sessions, with creative engagement techniques, using tailored aids, and supported by organizational awareness and appropriate assessment activities. Demonstrated ability to provide effective coaching, mentorship, and training, in support of continuous individual and organizational growth.

Agile Expertise

Demonstrated knowledge and successful application of Agile best practices and frameworks (e.g., Scrum, Kanban).

Collaboration and Communication

Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic, team-based environment. Demonstrated record of success in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with colleagues, stakeholder partners, and customers. Excellent verbal and written communication, listening, and presentation skills.

Project Management

Demonstrated knowledge of traditional project management principles and practices. Demonstrated proficiency with tools for (Agile and otherwise) project management, communication, collaboration, and reporting (e.g., Atlassian Product Suite, Google Workspace, Microsoft Teams, etc.).

Software Development Process

Demonstrated knowledge of software development methodologies, tools, and processes.

Learning and Adaptability

Demonstrated ability to learn and apply new technologies and processes quickly. Openness to suggesting and adopting new approaches to improve work effectiveness and efficiency.

Additional Job Requirements for IT Project Manager 2:

Agile Leadership - At least three years having served as a lead for an Agile organizational transformation effort (e.g., introducing Agile to an organization with little to no prior experience) or providing Agile coaching to executive leadership.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a related field and 2 years of experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a related field and 4 years of experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Certifications related to the Scrum Master role.
  • Certifications related to facilitation or IT project management.
  • Demonstrated experience creating training materials and conducting training sessions.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting hybrid onsite and remote development teams.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting Agile for cultural heritage, research, or scholarly communications missions.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with DOE/NNSA Laboratories research and development mission areas.
  • A degree in a STEM field.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine: The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Employment StatusFull Time