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Alaka'ina Foundation Family of Companies Senior Cost Estimator in Fort Meade, Maryland

Senior Cost Estimator

Location MD- Fort Meade

Job Code 9927

# of openings 1

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The Alaka’ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) has a potential need for a Senior Cost Estimator to provide the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS) with Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) support out of Ft. Meade, MD.


  • Develop, evaluate, and analyze cost models, estimates, budgets, spend plans, business cases, and performance metrics for the client's projects and initiatives.

  • Develop a Program Office Estimate and reconcile it with an independent cost estimate to arrive at a Life Cycle Cost Estimate on a high-value Program.

  • Support a Program developing all the financial documents required for a Program in the Adaptive Acquisition Framework.

  • Quickly adapt to rapidly changing priorities, identify and help develop integration between various efforts.

  • Identify the customer base from which to gather clear, concise requirements and legacy costs.

  • Provide tactical and strategic analysis of changes to be considered.

  • Integrate with the Government Financial/Budget/Acquisition counterparts and be the SME for all Business Case development and analysis and development of future and evaluation of past Program Office Estimates and expenditure actuals.

  • Use DoD Cost Estimating Tools and run-of-risk scenarios to ensure fully funded programs over the Program life cycle.

  • Work is expected to be accomplished from an Ft Meade, MD Government location with potential infrequent local travel.


  • Understanding of various cost estimating methodologies and the correct application of those methodologies

  • Knowledge of Defense Working Capital Fund and experience developing cost estimates to move programs to cost recovery.

  • Proficiency in cost estimating software (e.g., ACEIT, Crystal Ball).

  • Experience in reviewing and validating cost estimates and identifying potential shortfalls in the WBS/funding structure.

  • Experience with Acquisition Planning.

  • Knowledgeable of DoD instructions for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (e.g., DoDD 5000.01, DoDl 5000.02, DoDI 5000.73, DoDI 5000.82, DoDD 5105.84, or similar instruction).

  • Demonstrated experience developing and analyzing cost and schedule risk-adjusted life-cycle cost estimates (LCCEs), cost risk analysis, Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCEs), Business Case Analyses (BCAs), Analysis of Alternatives (AoAs), program office estimates, and other cost analyses.

  • Demonstrated ability to brief executive leadership on program cost positions, the impact of budget changes on supported programs, and other cost issues.

  • Understanding of how Will Cost and Should Cost are implemented and used in the DoD.

  • 5+ years of experience performing cost estimating and analysis on government programs.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and Outlook.

  • Ability to critically assess data and communicate priority findings to teams.

  • Ability to work with multi-stakeholder, technical, and matrixed organizational environments.

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and manage client and team relationships.


  • Experience performing cost analysis on services/programs transitioning into Cloud such as AWS.

  • Experience supporting programs and contracts within the DoD.

  • Experience ensuring work products are in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). regulatory guidelines and processes, Better Buying Power guidance and processes, and Will Cost guidance and processes.

  • Experience working with diverse teams of contractors.

  • Experience with DoD acquisition and support of the evolving Adaptive Acquisition Framework.

  • Ability to be flexible, show initiative and innovation, and deal with ambiguous and fast-paced situations.

  • Possession of excellent data gathering, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

  • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of Cost Estimation experience, or 5+ years with Professional Certification.


  • Must be a US citizen.

  • Must have an active or interim secret clearance prior to the start of performance.

    ​The Alakaina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is a fast-growing government service provider. Employees enjoy competitive salaries. Eligible employees enjoy a 401K plan with company match; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; tuition reimbursement; paid time off; and 11 paid holidays. The Alakaina Foundation FOCs is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

    We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of individuals with disabilities and veterans. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you are a person with a disability and you need an accommodation during the application process, please click here ( to request accommodation. We E-Verify all employees.

    The Alakaina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-owned and 8(a) certified businesses. The Family of Companies (FOCs) includes Keaki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kūpono Government Services, Kapili Services, Pookela Solutions, Kīkaha Solutions, LLC, and Pololei Solutions, LLC. Alakaina Foundation activities under the 501(c)3 principally benefit the youth of Hawaii through charitable efforts which includes providing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science & technology, and environmental stewardship.

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