Release Manager
Posted on Indeed on May 01, 2021

GovernmentCIO is currently looking for a Release Manager to join our team supporting Enterprise Services PMO Data Access Services (DAS) Project. The candidate should have experience with Jira for project management, a thorough understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and software development using agile methodologies (Scrum, SAFe, DevOps) within large organizations. The candidate will also provide technical management, and consulting support functions within a fast-paced environment including Project Management Office (PMO) tasks. The candidate needs to be able to effectively collaborate with diverse teams and cross functional stakeholders in geographically disparate areas.


  • Responsible for managing all aspects of the software release process for five release trains.
  • This includes coordinating with VA and contractor personnel (Service Line Managers) for implementing and managing release processes for code through development, test, and production environments.
  • Must create, track, and maintain all documents related to the release process to ensure all the VA requirements for software releases are met.
  • Assists with the documenting the project in Jira and Service Now, and assists the PM with other aspects of the project documentation as needed.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of agile development programs
  • Ability to work effectively with Government client in VA environment, preferably DAS
  • Support and follow the DAS Release process, pre-implementation activities, and provide all required release documentation
  • Strong analytical, abstraction, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle several tasks with various due dates.
  • Able to identify and engage the appropriate stakeholders to ensure tasks and activities are completed on schedule
  • Ability to digest technical requirements and evaluate testing to ensure it meets the standard for comprehensive test coverage. Able to identify the most appropriate release qualifiers that will provide a high level of confidence of production stability
  • Experience with the VA software release process and DAS software releases, providing full traceability from requirements elaboration, development, testing, through final release review
  • Coordinate with the PMO, Quality Assurance, development teams, SLMs, Security analyst and other VA stakeholders
  • Facilitate and assist in Integrated Release Management meetings, and other supporting meetings (critical decisions, release preparation, etc.)
  • Provide data for populating and updating the calendaring process for each release and deployment
  • Prepare build for national release by following DAS SOP’s, including the Release Readiness Review and inputting associated Change Requests in ServiceNow.
  • Provide release retrospectives to the client concerning the status of the team’s performance during the release process.
  • Consult in the coordination and validation of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for dependencies that highlight the commitment of partners to associated release
  • Design, apply and maintain pre-deployment checklists as necessary to assure that all DAS IT PMO activities are completed and all coordination dependencies with business deployment and training activities are completed on schedule
  • Ability to manage the Change Control Board process, including providing readiness assessment on items being prepared for review
  • Provide weekly deployment reports that summarize all implementation activity, with emphasis on those activities that are falling behind schedule
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Jira
  • A bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Skills and Experience
  • VA experience preferred
  • Requirements experience preferred
  • SQA/Testing experience preferred
  • Ability to read and understand test scripts, test cases and test execution records and compare to requirements acceptance criteria for completeness

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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