Technology Modernization Fund: Technical Leads

The Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) is hiring for the role of GS-15 Technical Leads to support the Customer Experience Portfolio and scale the TMF program generally. Technical Leads are crucial to helping the TMF invest and manage over $1 billion in funding (including through the American Rescue Plan) to modernize government systems. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of the public. This page contains a high-level summary of the roles we are trying to fill.

Opportunity overview

These opportunities are located in the General Services Administration (GSA), Office of the Deputy Administrator, Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) Program Management Office (PMO). The TMF works closely with the TMF Board, GSA leadership, and agency teams to build and evaluate sound business cases for modernization investments, and provide technical advice and assistance throughout project execution. We help agencies make their services more accessible, efficient, and effective through strategic technical project investments and following modern software development best practices.

Role summary

The TMF is looking for talented technical leads to help shape our investment strategy while working with partner agencies to deliver better digital services to the public. You’ll advise cross-functional teams that are solving large, complex problems and delivering user-centered products using modern software development practices. Technical leads can come from many disciplines – engineering, product, design, or acquisition.

Technical leads:

  • Advise cross-functional development teams to modernize government systems and help them deliver mission-critical software on an iterative basis
  • Advise the TMF Board and GSA leadership on project prioritization, selection, and investment decisions
  • Understand the mission and user-outcomes of projects and advise on the most effective solutions

These roles will be a great fit for you if you are a:

  • Strategic thinker who is comfortable helping agencies define a compelling vision and designing a strategy to achieve that vision
  • Strong collaborator that can influence cross-functional stakeholders and project teams effectively
  • Effective communicator who can translate technical progress, blockers, and impact to a broad audience
  • Strong executor that is able to deliver results to agencies and the public

Our ideal candidates will be equally excited about sticky technical issues and intricate human ones. The strongest candidates will have a background working on cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams that deliver digital products and services in an incremental, user-focused environment.

Key objectives

Key objective #1: Provide technical advice to agency leadership and the TMF Board

  • Collaborate with the TMF Board to develop and execute on strategic investment goals for the overall portfolio
  • Work with agencies to establish and clearly define a vision and business case for their modernization needs and help ensure that agency stakeholders and TMF board members have a shared understanding of the project’s objectives, goals, and metrics
  • Make recommendations for project prioritization and investment decisions, and the technical approach agencies should use
  • Keep up-to-date on policies, commercial trends and best practices
  • Identify and proactively monitor risks, both for the program overall and for individual projects
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with GSA and agency leadership

Key objective #2: Provide technical leadership and strategic guidance to TMF projects

  • Understand the mission, user needs, and policy landscape of both individual projects and the TMF portfolio overall
  • Advocate for and explain agile, open source, and user-centered principles so that teammates, stakeholders, and government partners understand the value these practices bring and have the tools to incorporate them in their work
  • Explain technical issues and concepts clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Help agencies iteratively deliver value to end-users. Review and revise project direction based on incremental results and milestones, such as the outcome of experiments, prototypes, and usability tests
  • Identify blockers and help agencies improve the speed of delivery
  • Develop new insights into situations and question conventional approaches
  • Identify and analyze problems in a constructive manner, and proactively articulate ways to solve them
  • Work with cross-functional development teams of user researchers, designers, product managers, and engineers to help agencies set and meet impact goals and quality standards
  • Help agencies take a long-term view on what organizational, policy, or process changes are needed to sustain outcomes for the public

Basic information

Location: Washington, DC or Virtual

Salary range: The salary range for this position is: GS-15, Step 1 - $128,078 to GS-15, Step 10 - $176,300.

Salary will be determined upon selection, depending on duty location. For specific details on locality pay, visit OPM’s Salaries & Wages page or OPM’s 2021 General Schedule (GS) salary calculator.

The current maximum salary available for the GS pay system is $176,300. However, you may not be eligible for the maximum salary as it is experience and locality dependent. Please refer to the maximum pay for your locality.

Who may apply: All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Islands).

Travel requirement: Occasional travel may be required up to 10%-20% per year

Security clearance:

  • All open roles require a Tier 4 (high risk, Public Trust) security background investigation.

Work schedule: Full time


To qualify, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-14 (or equivalent). This is defined as having experience in:

  • Delivering modern IT systems, products or services.
  • Designing IT systems, products or services using agile or iterative development methodologies.
  • Overseeing the planning, management, and direction of a program or projects.
  • Building alignment with stakeholders to coordinate, present, defend and negotiate programs, projects, policies and critical issues of significant impact on supported and potential IT systems.

Provide as much detail as possible on your resume so that we can evaluate your previous experience. Follow this guidance on creating a federal style resume.

Qualification determinations can’t be made when resumes don’t include the required information. Failure to provide required information may result in disqualification.

How to apply

We will be accepting applications through the Public Notice on USA Jobs.