Bethesda, Maryland
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Full Time

  • Participates in special, confidential studies and projects of high priority on designated policy issues as directed by the Director, ASO and Chief, Policy Strategy and Actions Division,
  • (cont'd) and accomplishes day-to-day staff functions for the development and coordination of policy positions and recommendations.
  • Provides technical advice and staff support to the Chief, Policy, Strategy and Actions division, Director, ASO, and other senior DoD leaders on highly complex policy matters related to national security activities.
  • Directly assists the Chief, Policy, Strategy and Actions Division to identify, coordinate and develop policy issues within OSD, the Joint Staff, the Military Departments, and other DoD agencies.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with policy representatives from other OSD organizations and the Military Departments.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • The incumbent will be required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS) security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) as a condition of employment.
  • PCS expenses WILL NOT be paid
  • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Designated a drug testing position; incumbent will be subject to random drug testing
  • Incumbent will be required to submit to a random counter-intelligence scope polygraph.
  • Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a DoD approved access to additional programs as a condition of employment.
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Superior Qualifications may be authorized upon request
  • Leave accrual may be authorized upon request
  • All of work is performed in an office setting.


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management Positions, 0343.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-13, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes knowledge of national security policy, issues and decision making processes; national defense strategy; national security; intelligence; program analysis methodology; knowledge of U.S. intelligence community to ensure that policies are effective and provide pre-decisional advice and assistance concerning proposed or developing DoD policy and strategy initiatives to senior DoD Officials.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of the policies, principles, concepts, guidance, procedures, techniques, and methodologies pertaining to development, staffing, review and approval of DoD policies.

2. Knowledge of the mission, roles, functions, organizational structures, policy issues and operation of DOD and Military Department organizations to provide pre-decisional analysis, advice and recommendations to senior-level decision-makers.

3. Knowledge of DoD programs, organizations and activities to assess the political and institutional environment in which decisions are made and implemented.

4. Skill in dealing with senior-level decision-makers and their immediate staffs, and in interacting with other specialists and experts in the same or related fields.

5. Skill in communicating highly complex technical material or highly complex issues that may have controversial findings, both orally and in writing, clearly, concisely, and accurately, so as to facilitate the ability to formulate a decision.

6. Skill in leading small, expert groups to generate ideas and analyze data in support of highly complex DoD initiatives. Ability to work effectively under the pressure of tight time frames and rigid deadlines. Ability to exercise judgment in all phases of analysis, ranging from identifying the most important issues when dealing with voluminous amounts of information to ensure thorough exploration of a policy issue, to evaluating evidence and developing feasible options or alternative proposals and anticipating policy consequences.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: MSP applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a completed copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for MSP. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 11587105.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and restriction from the workplace.

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