Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Project Planning and Review

Pentagon, Virginia
Jun 25, 2022
Jul 04, 2022
Full Time

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Project Planning and Review) (DASA (PPR)) serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) (ASA (CW)) on the development, evaluation, authorization, and implementation of Corps of Engineers water resources projects. Those projects include flood damage reduction, harbor and inland navigation, ecosystem restoration, hurricane and storm damage reduction, recreation, water supply, and hydropower projects. The incumbent also has oversight responsibilities for the Corps' water resources planning, and Civil Works technical and policy review functions. The incumbent represents the ASA (CW) with Congressional interests, Administration officials, Corps of Engineers personnel, other Federal Agencies, non-Federal officials, national interest groups, project sponsors, and stakeholders regarding assigned functional areas. The incumbent collaborates with others in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) in the development of the Army's Water Resources Development Acts, and in support and defense of the Army budget proposals for the Corps of Engineers. The DASA (PPR) develops processes to inform the ASA (CW) on the status of major programs and projects that are part of the Civil Works Investigations Account (approx. $1B program), develops performance indicators, evaluates and analyzes the status of program and/or project actions, and recommends appropriate corrective actions and changes in program emphasis. The DASA (PPR) works under the direction of the ASA (CW). The incumbent acts on behalf of the ASA (CW) in carrying out responsibilities in all assigned functional areas.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this position.
You must be able to submit and pass designated and/or Random Drug Testing as required.
You must be able to obtain/maintain the appropriate clearance and access level for this position.
You must sign a mobility agreement.
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  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required. You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • The incumbent is required to travel on both scheduled and unscheduled aircraft, and other modes as required, under conditions specified under the DoD Joint Travel Regulations.
  • The incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high level meetings to obtain resolution of problems and gather information to assist in the decision making process.
  • Mobility: An essential element of the SES is mobility across geographic, organizational and functional lines. Individuals selected for Army SES positions may be subject to reassignment that requires them to be mobile. The U.S. Army senior leadership considers mobility to be an integral part of employment as an SES member with the Department of the Army.


Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required--this information should be embedded within the application package (Resume and Technical Qualifications).

To meet minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) defined below: 1) Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 2) Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 3) Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in the ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high- quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 4) Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 5) Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

*** TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION(S) (TQ) (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQ must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Total TQ write-up may not exceed 1 page per TQ using 12pt, Arial or Times New Roman with 1 inch margins. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

TQ 1: Knowledge of, and experience in, the management of a large, complex, and diverse organization requiring executive level leadership skills.

TQ 2: Demonstrated knowledge of the development, evaluation, authorization and implementation of large water-resource infrastructure projects, especially with respect to policy compliance, engineering soundness, economic justification, and environmental acceptability.

Please Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), who have been certified by OPM must load your SF-50 or certificate (under other).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

  • ***Section 1118 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 provides initial appointments into the Senior Executive Service (SES) within the Department of Defense (DoD) without subject to certification of Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualifications Review Board (QRB).
  • Career SES appointments made under this authority does not guarantee you may be eligible to noncompetitively transfer to another career SES appointment outside of the DoD. Other Federal agencies may require submission of ECQs to OPM's QRB prior to appointment in that agency.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • Veteran's Preference: By law Veteran's Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
    • False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
  • Non Discrimination: All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.
  • Adverse Information Screening: Applicants proposed for selection are subject to inquiries as to any incidences of misconduct, malfeasance, neglect of duty, or the appearance thereof. Information gained in this check will be considered in the approval decision.
  • E-verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" system. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment. The U.S. Department of Army is an E-Verify Participant.