Deputy Assistant Administrator, Information Systems Division

Arlington, Virginia
Aug 10, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Full Time

Serves as the principle advisor to the Assistant Administrator for all matters involving the Drug Enforcement Administration's Information Technology programs. The incumbent provides authoritative advice on all IT program areas.

Conceives plans, directs and coordinates through subordinate managers, the full range of IT services required to meet the needs of DEA. Incumbent oversees the management, development, implementation, and evaluation of state-of the-art, cutting-edge, global information technology solutions, ensuring that they meet DEA's mission requirements.

Responsible for response to the requirements identified by information systems users in the development, testing, integration, implementation, evaluation, operation and maintenance of information technology systems used to secure DEA's mission.

Designs and develops strategic plans to ensure a sound integrated IT architecture and promotes effective system design and operation of all IT systems.

Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of IT projects and operations, ensuring that technical performance measures are met and that projects remain within budget and on time.

Provides guidance and recommendations to senior agency officials and subordinates on advanced systems projects and resolves critical problems in a timely, cost-effective manner.

Develops and defends budget estimates and related justifications, accountable for ensuring that funds, positions, property and other assets are properly used and within the operating budget.

Incumbent takes necessary measures to ensure consistent interpretation of the laws, policies, plans and procedures within the OCIO. Responsible for planning, directing, and managing special government-wide IT initiatives and projects.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Drug testing designated position
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period
  • This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) - Excepted Service Position. Please review Federal Hiring Paths for more information:
  • Please review the COVID-19 statement listed under the "Required Documents" section.
  • Please review the Political Appointee Disclosure Requirement paragraph listed under the "Required Documents" section"


Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer for either the ECQs or MTQs. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address all of the ECQs and mandatory MTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: To receive serious consideration, applicants for this position must demonstrate successful performance and creative leadership in prior managerial position(s). Applicants must submit a statement for each of the five ECQs listed below. Statements shall be limited to a maximum of TWO pages per ECQ. One page statements are acceptable.
  • LEADING CHANGE: Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside an organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • LEADING PEOPLE: Demonstrated ability to lead people effectively toward the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive conflict resolution.
  • RESULTS-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP: Demonstrated ability to successfully meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • BUSINESS ACUMEN: Demonstrated ability to strategically manage human, financial, and information resources.
  • BUILDING COALITIONS/COMMUNICATION: Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofits and private sector organizations, foreign governments, and/or international organizations to achieve common goals.
  • MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must submit a statement for each of the MTQs listed below. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Statements shall be limited to a maximum of ONE page per MTQ.

    MTQ 1 - Expert knowledge of best practices in information technology management and acquisitions, and skill in managing complex IT programs that support an enterprise vision, create improved customer service, and ensure IT program performance in a large, geographically-dispersed organization.

    MTQ 2 - Experience in applying knowledge of system development methods, IT operations and cybersecurity to major acquisition programs to achieve the desired outcome of supporting the mission at the best value for the government.

    MTQ 3 - Successful performance in this position requires progressively responsible experience in the management, administration, direction, and control of Information Technology programs.


    Education: All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions

    Desired Education: Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

    Additional information

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Drug testing is required for this position.

    All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

    It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire. .

    Selective Service: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    EEO Policy Statement:

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

    In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-VERIFY - E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.