Department of State IIP - Scrum Master

Location: Alexandria, VA

Req#: 477794
Company Information
Job Description

Our team is what makes Octo great. At Octo you'll work beside some of the smartest and most accomplished staff you'll find in your career.  Octo offers fantastic benefits and an amazing workplace culture where you will feel valued while you perform mission critical work for our government.  Voted one of the region’s best places to work multiple times, Octo is an employer of choice!

Tired of half-hearted Agile implementations that never quite meet the goals of Agile?  Want to implement SAFe and DevOps?  Do you have great customer communication and skills as a Business Analyst?  Octo Consulting Group is seeking a senior-level Scrum Master/ Business Analyst to join our growing team at the Department of State, International Information Programs (IIP) in support of one of the most interesting WordPress implementations across the Federal Government.  As a Scrum Master you will facilitate all Scrum processes, from requirements gathering, requirements definition, and all the way through sprint planning. This includes working with the product owner and the development team to maximize productivity; maintain the product and sprint backlog; remove impediments and obstacles the team is experiencing; create and update various statuses and productivity reporting; ensure all standards and processes are followed; and generate all required reports and related artifacts. Responsible for the day to day oversight for the project(s) under the directions of the Program Manager and in coordination with the Operations Lead, ensuring the overall scope and technical requirements for assigned sprints are understood and implemented. You will interface heavily with internal and external development life cycle group representatives in the areas of requirements management, configuration management, quality assurance, release management, technical writing and network support from project inception, and throughout, to ensure technical requirements for assigned sprints can be effectively carried out.


  • Demonstrated experience working with Agile, and/or Continuous Delivery approaches and best practices, especially those that support scaling Agile to an enterprise such as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).
  • Demonstrated experience in using an Agile development framework including task estimation, test automation, deployment automation and Continuous Integration to improve overall execution speed and product quality.
  • Demonstrated ability to orchestrate the management of technology scope and risks.
  • Demonstrated experience ensuring that the technical expectations of deliverables are met through Agile processes; additionally, support the continuous improvement of those processes.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering agile software solutions using best practices such as Test-Driven Development (TDD) or Adaptable Software Design.
  • Schedules and conducts task level meetings with assigned technical staff to gain insight into the state of individual release and sprint plans, schedules, deliverables, milestones, project risks and mitigation.
  • Develops SCRUM reports and artifacts to include User Stories, Velocity Charts, Burn-down Charts, Sprint Retrospective notes etc.
  • Complies with implementation of baseline contractual plans and tools for configuration management, systems development methodologies, quality assurance, testing and technical writing.
  • Performs multi-hat roles to include one or more of the following: Requirements Management (User stories, Epics, Product and Sprint Backlogs), Configuration Management, Change Management.
Skills & Requirements
  • At least 6 years of post-collegiate professional experience
  • At least 4 years of experience as a Scrum Master
Desired Skills
  • Familiar WordPress or other CMS systems
  • Familiar with AWS or other cloud environments
Education: Bachelor’s Degree is required
Clearance: Public Trust

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to sit for extended periods up to 80% of the time; frequently required to move about to access file cabinets and use office equipment such as PC, copier, fax, telephone, cell phone, etc.
  • Occasionally required to reach overhead, bend, and lift objects of up to 10 lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include use of computer monitor screens up to 80% of time

Work Environment:

  • Individual’s primary workstation is located in an office area
  • The noise level in this environment is low to moderate

At Octo, our focus is on delivering results that matter. We are a premier provider of digital solutions and services to the federal government specifically in the areas of UI/UX, Agile, Data, and Cloud services.  We support and modernize our federal customer’s mission critical systems and functions. Agility is at our core: it is the mantra that drives us to succeed. We work quickly, analytically and deliver on agency priorities.

Octo is a growth-oriented firm that provides a unique, differentiated employee culture relative to our Federal market peers.  We leverage this growth-oriented and employee-focused culture to attract and retain a higher grade of talent than our peers to be an employer of choice.

  • Please no Corp-to-Corp or 1099 candidates; this position is W-2 only
  • We are unable to sponsor H1B applicants for this role
  • US citizenship required as per potential clearance requirements
  • Relocation will not be offered
  • Octo Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, protected veteran status, race, color, religious creed, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, or genetic information. Octo Consulting Group’s commitment to diversity and inclusive selection practices includes ensuring qualified long-term unemployed job seekers receive equal consideration for employment
  • Selected applicant will be subject to a background investigation