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Pentagon, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

  • You will assist in the oversight and direction of all phases of the organization's technical work, including models, studies, assessments, and other analytic activities.
  • You will serve as the senior civilian technical expert and provide technically sound solutions that address complex problems associated with Information Warfare (IW) systems and concepts.
  • You will manage and assess the adequacy of deliverables from technical and scientific contractors.
  • You will review all contract documentation related to operational and technical issues for mission objectives.
  • You will be responsible for conducting and coordinating the review of innovative new operational concepts and applying new hypotheses and concepts to improve effectiveness and efficiency of IW operations.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to obtain/maintain an interim or final top secret/SCI security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain/maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or fail the test. You will be subject to random testing.
  • Occasional travel is required, approximately 15%
  • You may be required to work overtime.


There is a Basic Requirement to hold a GS-1515 position in the Federal Service. See the "Education" Section of this announcement for details.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lowest grade (GS-13) in the private or public sector performing Operations Research Analysis using the systematic examination and development of alternative courses of action to define and clarify the advantages and disadvantages of available choices in order to provide decision makers with sound, scientific, and quantitative information as a basis for making decisions, and performing the following:
1) Applying of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluation methods and techniques to identify and advise on programs and issues.
2) Applying advanced, analytical, mathematical, or statistical theories, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques to solve problems in need of immediate material solutions using statistical analysis; non-parametric analysis; modeling; simulations; decision theory; mathematical programming; regression analysis; and economic analysis.
3) Using expert knowledge and competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry, mathematics, statistics, and other related scientific/analytical disciplines to manage performance/price model accreditation.
5) Managing and assessing the adequacy of deliverables from technical and scientific contractors;
6) Conducting and coordinating the review of innovative new operational concepts and applying new hypotheses and concepts to improve effectiveness and efficiency of operations; and
7) Conducting studies and assessments to inform resource allocation and/or leadership decisions.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 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.


There is a Basic Requirement for the 1515 Operations Research Analyst series in the Federal Government. In order to meet the Basic Requirement you must possess:
A Degree: in Operations Research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
Evaluation of Education:
The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area.
Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.
The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications ( Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Education Substitution - If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit:

Additional information

The Assessment Division (N81) is responsible for providing the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) (Integration of Capabilities and Resources, (N8) with analytic capabilities to evaluate the relative effectiveness, costs and risks of alternative programs and proposals. The Division provides advice to senior Navy leadership on all programmatic and policy issues and helps to structure the decision-making process. The Director serves the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) as an independent assessor providing a broad-view perspective across the Navy staff apart from resource sponsors, with an integrated look at both warfighting and warfighting support programs. The Division also provides the CNO alternatives in assessing the implications imbedded within resource decisions in a quantified context of cost versus capability versus risk. The Division analyzes planning, programming and policy issues in the Navy's POM review cycle and prepares comprehensive assessments of the Navy in all areas, collectively accounting for the entire Navy budget. The Division provides independent analytic support to Navy leadership in conjunction with various executive level decision forums. This often requires "quick turn" analysis and assessment, using previously completed studies, mission/campaign analyses as well as lower fidelity, rapid modeling to derive insights or issues regarding warfighting capability, force structure and CONOPS.

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

You will serve as an Operations Research Analyst in the Assessments Division (N81) of the Integration of Capabilities & Resources Directorate in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The Division provides advice to senior Navy leadership on all programmatic and policy issues, and helps to structure the decision-making process. The duty location is the Pentagon, Arlington, VA.

Several vacancies may be filled.

This position is eligible for part time, full time or ad-hoc telework at the discretion of management.

Relocation expenses (i.e. PCS) or relocation incentives as described in 5 USC 5753 may be authorized in accordance with applicable travel regulations.

Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.

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