Director, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA)

Department of Defense, Office...
Arlington, Virginia
Mar 07, 2017
Apr 07, 2017
Full Time

The Secretary of Defense established the DPAA consolidating the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), and select functions of the U.S. Air Force's Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL). 

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, and program evaluation responsibilities.

  • As a member of the Senior Executive Service you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.
  • As the Director, DPAA works in coordination with the military services, other DoD components, Federal Agencies, and partner nations toward the goal of providing families and the Nation with the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel from past conflicts. 
  • This position reports directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)). 


  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel to offices across the United States, Asia and Europe.

  • Yes
  • PCS expenses may be authorized.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret SCI Security clearance.
  • This is a Resume based hiring method. Resumes must not exceed five pages.
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

You must identify your executive leadership experience by addressing the ECQs and MTQs within your five page resume (Your resume must also emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, accomplishments, and the results of your actions).  Please do not submit separate statements addressing the ECQs or MTQs.  Written statements addressing ECQs or MTQs will not be considered.


ECQ 1 - 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.

ECQ 2 - 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.

ECQ 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.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 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.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement

In addition, DoD requires the Enterprise Perspective.  The incumbent should possess the ability to apply a broad point of view and an understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences.  A separate narrative statement is not required.  This information should be embedded within your resume.  Only the first five pages of your resume will be considered for this announcement.


1.  Ability to provide guidance and support to senior defense officials in internal decision-making and inter-agency deliberations.

2.  Demonstrated experience with leading or implementing U.S. foreign policy, national security strategy, resourcing, and operational planning.  Knowledge of POW/MIA issues is desirable.

3.  Strong executive leader with a demonstrated ability to lead/manage diverse or large teams to integrate complex issues into a unified policy framework and successfully implement the resulting policy initiative. 
4.  Superior communication skills with a demonstrated ability to represent the government in public settings, and to lead/manage negotiations with counterparts from across DoD, non-governmental organizations, other agencies, Congress, and foreign governments.

Education Requirement:  This position does not have an education requirement.


•All newly appointed career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
•You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.
•In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
•Submit application and resume online by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, April 06, 2017.
•Provide all other required documents by the closing date of the announcement.

Top Secret/SCI

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