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Deputy Assistant Director for Strategic Operational Planning

McLean, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) leads our nation's effort to combat terrorism at home and abroad by analyzing the threat, sharing that information with our partners, and integrating all instruments of national power to ensure unity of effort. The Center serves as the primary organization in the United States Government (USG) for analyzing and integrating all intelligence possessed or acquired by the USG pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism, and its Director serves as the Counterterrorism Mission Manager. NCTC also serves as the central and shared knowledge bank on known and suspected terrorists and international terrorist groups, as well as their goals, strategies, capabilities, and networks of contacts and support. In addition, NCTC conducts strategic operational planning for counterterrorism activities, coordinating and integrating the efforts of departments and agencies across the Federal Government.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDR)

Lead and Provide oversight, direction, guidance, and communication to internal senior staff in management operations; coordinate internal and external initiatives to foster successful integration among interagency partners.

Serve as a principal contact between NSC staff senior directors and DSOP planning and implementation staff for substantive planning and implementation matters.

Coordinate and collaborate closely with NSC elements and staff to ensure integration and de-confliction of CT policy planning direction and resultant activities. Translate NSC staff direction into DSOP planning and implementation guidance and activity.

Brief the NSC and members of the Deputies' and Principals' Committees regularly regarding CT planning and implementation developments and issues.

Manage, direct, and set strategies to facilitate NCTC support to U.S. Government departments and agencies regarding CT to ensure operational alignment with national CT strategy, goals and objectives.

Develop and maintain a network of senior-level contacts within NCTC and with interagency CT partners to promote habitual communication and collaboration for CT strategic operational planning and implementation.

Oversee the development and implementation of initiatives to monitor and assess the progress of CT activities to ensure alignment with strategic and tactical planning objectives.

Establish effective internal controls to identify and implement strategic objectives defined in national counterterrorism plans.

Create and manage review mechanisms, including interactive monitoring for interagency working groups and research efforts, and international polling. Refine the integration of such findings and incorporate into planning and implementation activities.

Compile analysis related to strategic operational planning from expert sources both internal and external to the USG, and develop performance measures for maximizing planning and implementation effectiveness and addressing outstanding CT issues.

Lead, manage, and direct a professional level staff, evaluate performance, collaborate on goal setting, and provide feedback and guidance regarding personal and professional development opportunities.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a current permanent ODNI employee or a current Federal Government employee applying for a 24-month detail within ODNI.


Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to exert influence with senior leadership and communicate effectively with people at all staff levels, both internal and external to the organization.

Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively, independently, and in a team or collaborative environment.

Strong strategic planning, analytic, and critical thinking skills, including the ability to conduct program and management assessments, to implement and manage strategic and tactical operational plans, identify interagency planning objectives, and to develop non-linear process improvement recommendations for implementation across the IC.

Demonstrated experience overseeing or performing resource management functions, to include reallocation of resources to meet mission requirements.

Demonstrated experience overseeing the development of assessments of performance of one or more agencies against mission specifications.

Demonstrated success in working with challenging partners and developing approaches to gain support when authority to direct does not exist.

Demonstrated success in briefing senior USG leaders, Congressional members and staffs or other external oversight organizations on controversial topics and developing strategies to meet compliance requirements and mitigate concerns from these offices.

Expert knowledge of the functions of the U.S. Government and the IC-focused, CT Community to include experience with international terrorism and combating terrorism programs and policies.

Working knowledge or experience with U.S. military and intelligence operations and understanding the dynamics of country teams working overseas to implement USG policy across regions.

Extensive working knowledge and experience with USG and IC strategic operational plans and programs to include a background in planning, collection management support, and strategy development.

Working level knowledge of the collection management process and oversight mechanisms. Demonstrated experience addressing collection and analytic management challenges and developing courses of action for consideration by senior policy officials.

Expert knowledge and familiarity with CT and national programs, including diplomatic, financial, military, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement programs and activities.

Desired Requirements

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

1. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to 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. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.

2. 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. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision.

3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management.

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. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating.

Additional information

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview.

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the ODNI 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. Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance on other Federal agency safety protocols based on vaccination status remain in effect.

Therefore, the ODNI may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purpose of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodation Office Representative by classified email at and, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-275-3900 or by FAX at 703-275-1217 . Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE .

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