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Executive Support Officer

McLean, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 11, 2023

The ODNI's Executive Secretariat Office (ESO) directly supports the organization's executive leadership, consisting of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI), and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

ESO is comprised of three groups (defined below), and this vacancy is seeking qualified applicants to support each of these groups:

One Group is responsible for task management; serves as the central point of contact, coordination, and control for correspondence and other communications for mission and support activities; ensures all appropriate offices are included in the tasking, correspondence drafting, and policy-making processes through a task management system; processes incoming and outgoing correspondence ensuring high quality, timeliness, and conformance with regulations and policies; develops and maintains standard operating procedures for tasking, coordination, formats, and records management.

Another Group is responsible for coordinating external engagements (e.g., meetings with academia, foreign counterparts, military officials, private sector partners, etc.) and executive travel, both foreign and domestic, for the DNI and PDDNI.

The third Group is responsible for finalizing and executing engagements (e.g., meetings, ceremonies, and other events) hosted by the DNI, PDDNI, COO, and/or other senior officials in the organization.

The following responsibilities are common amongst the three groups:

Review, compose, edit, and distribute incoming and outgoing communication materials ensuring key stakeholder coordination, high quality and timely deliverables, and conformance with regulations and policies.

Assign action items to appropriate ODNI components and Intelligence Community (IC) elements, log and track task status, negotiate extensions to deadlines, anticipate impediments to successful and timely responses, and report task status to senior management.

Ensure proper handling of highly classified and limited distribution materials and perform security control officer functions as required.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen residing in the United States
  • Appointment is 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.


Mandatory Requirements:

Basic knowledge of the IC mission, organization, roles, and responsibilities.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member, and proactively manage competing priorities under strict deadlines.

Ability to juggle competing priorities, and seek out, through a collaborative process, innovative solutions.

Knowledge and full understanding of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and executive-level correspondence.

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and sustain professional networks across organizational boundaries to exert influence.

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to think strategically and identify needs, requirements, and develop recommendations.

Ability to mentor and train new officers to ensure consistent quality and control of processes and documents.

Excellent communication, writing, and technical editing skills with demonstrated success producing clear and concise products.

Ability to support executives and/or senior government officials.

Desired Requirements:

Knowledge of the ODNI and IC mission, organization, roles, and responsibilities.


Bachelor's Degree.

Additional information

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

Salary Determination:

The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to GS employees on the basis of individual qualifications, experience, and performance.

Individuals whose current GS grade is equivalent to the grade of the advertised position will retain their current grade and step.

Individuals who transfer to the ODNI from a non-GS pay scale will have base pay converted to the appropriate GS grade and step as determined by the Director/ Human Resource Management.

On occasional instances when a current federal civilian employee applies for an ODNI position that is a lower grade than his or her personal grade, the candidate's personal grade will be downgraded to the grade of the advertised ODNI position and pay will be set at the step that is closest to but not less than the employee's current annual base rate of pay, not to exceed the maximum rate (i.e., step 10) of the GS grade to which assigned.

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.

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

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