The Army DACM office will be accepting applications for both the FY19/FY20 Project Director’s centralized selection board and the FY19 Product Director’s centralized selection board in spring/summer 2018.
FY19/20 Project Directors Centralized Selection Board:
- Announcement Open: 30 April – 20 June
- Board Dates: 6-10 August 2018
- Tentative Board Results: November/December 2018
The FY19/FY20 Project Director selection boards will be combined in order to incrementally bring the PD board in alignment with the COL/GS-15 Project Manager (PM) centralized selection list (CSL) board cycle.
FY 2019 Product Director (PD) Centralized Selection Board:
- Announcement Open: 18 June – 9 August
- Board Dates: 16-19 October 2018
- Tentative Board Results: December 2018/January 2019
Eligible civilian applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements in order to compete for either board (Project Director/Product Director). No waivers will be granted.
- Be a permanent Army acquisition civilian in a career/career conditional appointment in the grade of
- GS14/broadband equivalent – Product Director Board
- GS15/broadband equivalent – Project Director Board
- Be a current Army Acquisition Corps member; and
- Have a Level III certification in the Program Management career field. Certification status must be reflected in Section X of the Acquisition Career Records Brief (ACRB).
The civilian PD boards will immediately follow the FY20 Project and Product Manager’s Centralized Selection List (CSL) Board.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply via the Career Acquisition Management Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAMP/CAPPMIS) Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS).
In FY15, the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) initiated a civilian only centralized product director selection board as a talent management initiative to identify high performers with leadership potential and key program management skills to lead many of our acquisition programs.
The Product & Project Director (PD) concept is to centrally select high performing Army acquisition civilian program management personnel at the GS-14 and GS-15/broadband equivalent level to serve in PD positions within the Program Executive Office (PEO) structure. The DACM’s objective is to direct personnel assignments within the PEOs to facilitate the placement of high performing civilian personnel for these PD positions. This central management of civilian PDs is the core of the civilian talent management concept.
The Army DACM Office manages this process and PD board selected civilians much like the U.S. Army Human Resources Command’s Acquisition Management Branch manages and assigns our military acquisition workforce. A post-utilization plan as the combined responsibility of the DACM Office Talent Management team, PEO and individual, will identify follow-on positions or opportunities after a successful tenure as a PD.
Product Directors are GS-14/broadband equivalent and similar to the Centralized Select List (CSL) Product Managers (PM). Project Directors are GS-15/broadband equivalent and similar to the CSL PMs. They are alike in level of cost, schedule, and performance responsibilities, differing by position in the lifecycle. Positions are identified by the PEOs and are validated utilizing the annual Military Acquisition Position List (MAPL)/CSL review process. Thirty-four (34) positions have been identified/validated as meeting the requirement of a Product Director and eight (8) positions as a Project Director.
A common Position Requirements Document (PRD) designates all PD positions. Selectees are required to sign a Tenure and Program Management Agreement for three years.
PD Board application requirements mirror those for the CSL PM Board: Acquisition Career Record Brief, resume, performance appraisals, Senior Rater Potential Evaluations, and regional/geographic preference statement. Applications are submitted through an electronic application tool – the Career Acquisition Professional and Personnel Management Information System (CAPPMIS), Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). AAPDS is the same electronic tool currently used for other DACM Office acquisition leadership development and selection opportunities.
The initial Product Director Board was conducted in December 2014 and followed the FY16 COL/GS-15 CSL PM Board. Fourteen (14) principals and fourteen (14) alternates were selected from among 47 highly qualified applicants. To date a total of seven PD CSB’s (4 Product Director and 3 Project Director Boards) have been successfully executed resulting in the placement of over 43 high performing/high potential AAW civilians in positions to lead an Army acquisition program or program management office designated by the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA (ALT))/ Army Acquisition Executive.
Talent management of both our civilian and military Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) is a high priority for the Army DACM and the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE). Developing a pool of the right people in the right jobs with the right skills at the right time to deliver decisive-edge capabilities to our Soldiers at all times is the DACM’s goal. The Product and Project Director Centralized Selection Board is just one of the initiatives in support of this effort.