Job Details

Requisition Number 20-0039
Post Date 1/17/2020
Title Manager, Portfolio
Division Information Technology
PT/FT Full Time
City Ashburn
State VA

Our Mission

The PCAOB oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports.

Job Description Summary

The Manager, Portfolio is located in the Ashburn, Virginia office reporting to the Associate Director, Agile PMO & Portfolio. This role supports the Associate Director, Agile PMO & Portfolio in planning, managing, and evaluating the Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) portfolio of programs and projects.


  • Assists the Associate Director, Agile PMO & Portfolio in planning, managing, and evaluating OIT’s portfolio; helps ensure OIT’s portfolio aligns with its strategic objectives.
  • Organizes workstreams, manages resource allocation, and ensures OIT projects have everything they need to be executed successfully.
  • Facilitates project planning, prioritizes tasks and projects, sets deadlines, and assigns staff to various deliverables so that each project can efficiently and effectively hit the ground running.
  • Coordinates with the Agile Practice Manager to scale the PCAOB OIT project lifecycle processes to ensure efficient execution of projects across the organization.
  • Maintains an up-to-date Portfolio view of all projects at all times, consumable by stakeholders and execution teams alike, with adequate data to identify the financial health, the functional progress, and the risks for each individual project and in the aggregate.
  • Performs capacity planning to help OIT manage its portfolio of projects and forecasts future customer needs.
  • Modifies processes, ensuring all processes related to a project’s completion are carried out in the most efficient and effective manner while simultaneously upholding a given set of standards.
  • Helps define and oversee the production of key artifacts for the project lifecycle, including scoping documents and solution discovery artifacts.
  • Coordinates and ensures the timely and successful communication of decisions, progress, milestones, scope, risks, mitigation plans, and impacts to cross-functional teams, business unit leads, and senior leadership.
  • Performs the full range of supervisory duties, including evaluating employee performance; makes recommendations for appointment and promotion; hears and resolves complaints; identifies development and training needs of employees; and performs other related supervisory tasks, as needed.
  • Recruits, maintains, and develops staff consistent with business needs.


  • Education/Technical Expertise
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required in Business Administration, Information Technology, or related field.
    • Proven experience in establishing and running a successful Portfolio Management practice.
    • Minimum of 7+ years of experience in project management and execution, program control, financial planning, reporting, and analysis, preferably in an IT organization.
    • Minimum of 5+ years of experience as a Project Manager or equivalent Agile role, ideally within a PMO in an IT organization.
    • Proven success in a fast-paced, delivery-focused environment.
    • Substantial experience with project portfolio management tools and project management and agile methodologies.
    • Experience in creating and managing cross-functional plans and collaborating cross-functionally with teams to define project requirements and manage timelines.
    • Adept at end-to-end project scoping, managing dependencies, defining requirements, and managing timelines.
    • Adept at project, financial, and change management.
    • Ability to successfully navigate ambiguous circumstances.
    • Ability to overcome challenges of underestimating timelines.
    • Ability to interface with project and program managers, business unit leads, senior leadership, and customers.
    • Ability to problem-solve any challenge with creativity and patience.
    • Ability to contribute to organizational strategic planning.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Possesses strong technical and financial acumen.
    • Skillful in critical thinking, i.e., able to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment.
    • Demonstrated high level of organization and attention to detail.
    • Substantial leadership experience, preferably in an environment in which influence-based leadership and data-driven decision-making is dominant.
    • Ability to perform under pressure.
    • Willingness to travel to the PCAOB’s Washington, DC office or other regional offices occasionally, as required.
    • A self-starter able to administer a number of open, ongoing assignments at any one time, where some assignments are routinely unstructured, requiring autonomy and independent judgment.
    • In-depth experience successfully harmonizing diverse and competing interests.
    • Ability to clearly articulate a position with sound logic, supporting empirical evidence, and impartiality.
    • Ability to effectively represent the organization to a variety of both internal and external constituencies.
    • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Leadership/Management Skills and Abilities
    • Ability to drive a positive “tone at the top” of the organization and hold others accountable for doing the same.
    • Ensures that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with the highest ethical standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
    • Must be able to motivate and inspire employees at all levels of the organization in order to enhance team commitment and individual performance.
    • Proven ability to develop, coach, and mentor staff, providing constant feedback and clear direction.
    • Ability to promote collaboration by unifying teams, setting common goals and incentivizing collaborative behavior.
    • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
    • Strong ability to build credibility, organize effectively, solve problems quickly, and communicate clearly.
    • Possesses the balance and emotional intelligence required to meet the diverse needs of the divisions/offices.
    • Proven ability to navigate and resolve various types of conflict in a timely and productive manner.
  • Transformational/Continuous Improvement Capabilities
    • Demonstrated agility and ability to navigate complex environments.
    • Ability to foster an environment of creativity and innovation, focusing on the empowerment and support of staff through tools and continuous process improvement.
    • Ability to think broadly and strategically, including the ability to translate long-term goals and objectives into short-term tactical plans and operational activities.
    • Ability to identify and set goals and chart a path to those goals in order to achieve organizational maturity in critical practices and skills related to Portfolio execution.

Our Values

As we seek to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we expect integrity, pursue excellence, operate with effectiveness, embrace collaboration, and demand accountability.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission. The PCAOB will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.