Nuclear and Delivery Systems Strategist

McLean, Virginia
Mar 30, 2023
Mar 31, 2023
Full Time


Contribute to the planning and evaluation of the IC's progress towards mission and enterprise strategic objectives and determine how well the IC is postured for future-environments.

Support the development and implementation of innovative approaches, and provide structured recommendations focused on the advancement of IC collaboration and analysis against the proliferation of nuclear warfare, or WMD delivery systems.

Maintain productive working relationships with peers and senior leaders across the IC.

Maintain productive working relationships with ODNI and the CP community to assist in the development, review, update, and implementation plans and policies to advance IC nuclear warfare, or WMD delivery systems analysis and collection.

Maintain situational awareness of global and emerging WMD state and non-state actors and provide leaders awareness of current intelligence issues as it relates to CP.

Develop campaigns for countries under the umbrella of the unified intelligence strategy for CP.

Participate in National Security Council meetings as necessary and provide read-outs to NCBC leadership.

Prepare talking points to support leadership engagements for key meetings.

Support NSC taskings related to WMD and counterproliferation.

Participate in developing reports and monitoring implementation of WMD-CT issues.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen residing in the United States
  • Appointment is be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on an SBI with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI)
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • A two-year trial period is required for all new permanent appointments to the ODNI.



Thorough knowledge of strategy development and planning and ability to identify emerging trends and strategic issues.

Knowledge to evaluate strategic trends, strategy and implementation plans, results, and programmatic data, to propose innovative solutions and implement change.

Knowledge of the IC's structure, roles and responsibilities, and intelligence capabilities.

Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in written communication, and demonstrated ability to filter and synthesize data, and produce clear, logical, and concise products.

Interpersonal, organizational, and management skills to conceptualize and effectively facilitate complex projects with limited supervision within NCBC and across the CP

Ability to exercise independent judgement on time-sensitive issues and work collaboratively across the IC.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by 06/01/2024.

Bachelor's degree in a field related to engineering, intelligence, physics, political science, program planning and evaluation, national security, nuclear warfare, or weapons of mass destruction delivery systems; Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. in field related to engineering, intelligence, physics, political science, program planning and evaluation, national security, nuclear warfare, or weapons of mass destruction delivery systems


Combination of education and experience: At least 7 years of experience in nuclear warfare, strategic planning and implementation, and weapons of mass destruction delivery systems, college-level education, and training that provided professional nuclear warfare, strategic planning and implementation, and weapons of mass destruction delivery systems knowledge. The overall rating evaluation of qualifications will also include the following competencies:

· Ability to Focus on the End Goal
· Attention to Detail
· Communication (Verbal and Written)
· Critical Thinking
· Customer Service
· Flexibility
· Influencing/Negotiating
· Interpersonal Effectiveness
· Positive Attitude
· Problem Solving
· Resourcefulness
· Think Effectively on Your Feet
· Understanding the Problem before Attempting Solutions

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

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.


Knowledge of nuclear warfare, or WMD delivery system issues, including the relationship between collection needs and the analytic process, foreign developments, research, scientific and technical advancements, and denial and deception capabilities.

Strong analytic and critical thinking skills, including ability to think strategically, to identify intelligence requirements, and to develop innovative recommendations and solutions.

Ability to communicate organizational vision, mission, and plans, and to logically analyze, synthesize, and evaluate multiple sources of information.

Demonstrated negotiations and leadership skills, and ability to exert influence and build consensus, and experience in reconciling competing interests.

Telework Options Available.

Additional information

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.

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant's personal expense.

Salary Determination:

The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.

For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.

Relocation Expenses: For new ODNI employees, reimbursement for relocation is discretionary based on availability of funds.

Reasonable Accommodations:

The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodations Officer by classified email at, 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary 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 quarantine.

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