Nakupuna Companies

Nakupuna Companies

Program Manager | Chief of Staff

Alexandria, VA
Jul 6, 2024
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Nakupuna Consulting is looking to hire a Program Manager and Chief of Staff to support a DoD client within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in executing the day-to-day administrative, analytical, and professional support requirements of a federal advisory committee. The Program Manager and Chief of Staff will support the client in the strategic planning and execution of the Business Operations Team’s stakeholder analyses and engagement plans. Our team will work to design and present informative learning sessions on business practices related to innovation, according to relevant legislative and executive guidance. The role requires an organized critical thinker with excellent communication and collaboration skills.


The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign additional duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

  • Oversee business operations support for the office, including but not limited to, meeting and event coordination, travel management, official meeting documentation, and financial and HR reporting.
  • Collaborate with senior DoD and Government officials on special projects that may cover topics related to strategic management, organizational change, national security, emerging technologies, industry disruptors, and other strategic concepts.
  • Develop high-level, professional briefings, reports, and strategic communications. Manage website and social media communications.
  • Monitor project execution and update leadership of any issues (e.g., technical problems, project delays) that may impact achievement of client requirements or that may exceed defined scope of work.
  • Encourage and foster creativity and innovative thinking among the team to deliver novel tools and concepts.
  • Manage contract personnel and operations to include financial tracking and performance management.
  • Supervise and track the team's progress to ensure cost, schedule, and performance requirements are met.


  • Experience drafting professional correspondence and presentation materials.
  • Experience developing recommendations and briefing senior officials.
  • Familiarity with software-based programs for scheduling, organization, and collaboration tools.
  • Experience developing, executing, and monitoring work plans, timelines, reports, briefings, studies, memoranda, and presentations, as well as experience with the review and approval process of these deliverables.
  • Keen interest in supporting an environment of innovation, entrepreneurship, process improvement, and other leading edge team leadership practices.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to adapt quickly in a changing environment.
  • Proven experience leading business operations teams and managing client relationships. OSD experience is highly desired.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.
  • Ten years of relevant professional experience, with experience working in or directly for the Government required. A master’s degree from an accredited university or college is also required.

Work Location: Work is performed in the National Capital Region with the option for ad hoc telework.

Clearance: This position requires a Secret security clearance. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Physical Requirements: The ideal candidate must at a minimum be able to meet the following physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation:

  • Ability to perform repetitive motions with the hands, wrists, and fingers.
  • Ability to engage in and follow audible communications in emergency situations.
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods at a desk and working on a computer.

Contact: The Nakupuna Companies are dedicated to fostering an inclusive work environment while providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require special assistance or accommodations during your job application process, please contact

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