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Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator for Global Material Security

District of Columbia, D.C
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

The Office of Global Material Security seeks to prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear and radioactive material. It works with a broad range of international and domestic partners to build sustainable capacity to secure nuclear and radioactive materials and interdict and investigate the trafficking of those materials. The work is carries out as three distinct but linked lines of efforts. The International Nuclear Security Program seeks to prevent theft and sabotage of nuclear materials and facilities worldwide. The Radiological Security Program protects radiological material, removes disused sources and, where feasible, replaces radiological sources with alternative technologies both domestically and internationally. The Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Program works with a range of law enforcement partners internationally to detect, disrupt and prevent smuggling.

As the Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator for Global Material Security, you will:
  • Oversee the three programs describe above, which work with over 100 international partners and all 50 states.
  • Interact with the Secretary, Deputy and Under Secretaries, and Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) first tier officials, as well as senior officials in DOE/NNSA program offices, and senior officials of the White House, Congressional committees, and other government agencies on program related matters.
  • Have responsibility for direction and management regarding the development of policy and activities for the three Global Material Security (GMS) programs.
  • Responsible for overseeing the preparation of technical, nonproliferation, safety, budgetary, economic and other policy analyses necessary for the formulation of program decisions. Oversee safety and security for the extensive travel carried out by GMS staff and all office personnel and contracting activities.
  • Serves along with the Assistant Deputy Administrator for GMS, as the DOE/NNSA's principal point-of-contact for all matters involving management of issues associated with GMS activities involving protecting nuclear and radiological material and interdicting and investigating the trafficking of those materials.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of public outreach and communication plans for the program and serves as one of the DOE/NNSA's primary communication channel to the public stakeholders.
  • Serve as an alter ego for the Assistant Deputy Administrator and fully shares in the management and direction for GMS.


Conditions of Employment

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE (HSPD-12): A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity. May be required to pass a pre-employment drug test, random testing after appointment.

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

MOBILITY: A mobility agreement may be required based on mission needs.

E-VERIFY: New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .

OF-306: You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal Employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.


Resume-Based Resume: Applicants must show possession of the ECQs and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the entire application package. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) must be addressed in a separate narrative.

If you are a current SES and/or QRB certified, you do not need to provide a Resume Based ECQ write-up, but you must provide your SF-50 showing you are a current SES and/or QRB Certification from OPM.

A sample 5-page executive level resume documenting ECQs can be viewed at this link

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): The five (5) ECQs described below were designed to asses executive-level experiences and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: 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. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be uploaded and attached to your application addressing each MTQ listed below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs: Failure to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the MTQs will cause your application to be deemed incomplete and not be considered.

MTQ 1: Describe your experience leading a large, (e.g., multi-million dollar), fast-paced international nonproliferation or national security program, which involves collaboration with a broad range of domestic and international partners in close coordination with senior officials, a range of U.S. Government agencies, and Congressional stakeholders; emphasizing specific outcomes and successes.

MTQ 2: Describe your knowledge of and experience with leading (1) the internal operations of a large international nonproliferation or national security program, including budget formulation, and execution, contracting, human resources and administrative activities, and (2) developing staff and creating a positive work culture and inclusive environment.

MTQ 3: Describe your communications and relationship building abilities, including examples reflecting effective, tailored verbal and written communications for internal and external stakeholders and examples of building trusting relationships both within and outside an organization.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Additional information

  • EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.
  • Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES).
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  • A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant in accordance with Agency policy.

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