Director, Cooperative Threat Reduction Department (J3CT)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Apr 10, 2017
May 11, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

Department of Defense (DoD)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Director, Cooperative Threat Reduction Department makes the world safer by leading worldwide efforts to reduce, eliminate, and safeguard weapons of mass destruction in cooperative environments.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) and high yield explosives (CBRNE) and enables the Department of Defense (DoD) actions to counter improvised threats by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter improvised threats and mitigate effects.  In order to adapt and shape the dynamic Global Security Environment, DTRA develops new, and continues to expand existing, bilateral and multilateral engagements, supports the cooperative elimination of WMD threat abroad, improves the security and accountability of vulnerable nuclear, biological and chemical material globally, continues to strengthen inter agency and international partnerships, and continues to improve strategic global situational awareness to respond to emerging threats. Additionally, DTRA provides counter WMD capabilities to meet current threats and challenges by enhancing Combatant Commanders' ability to eliminate and respond to WMD threats and vulnerabilities to provide operational and technical support for a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent, to develop a robust reach back capability to facilitate United States Government counter WMD operations, and to develop analytical tools and technology to detect, characterize, confront, defeat, protect against and remediate the full spectrum of CBRNE threats. DTRA enables the Department to counter improvised threats with tactical responsiveness in support of Combatant Commanders' efforts to prepare for, and adapt to, battlefield surprise in support of counter­ terrorism (CT), counter-insurgency (COIN), and other related mission areas, including counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED).

The Director, Cooperative Threat Reduction Department (J3CT) reports to the Director, Operations, Readiness, and Exercises Directorate (J3/7), and is responsible for the implementation of DoD's Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program. The Director leads CTR efforts to prevent the proliferation of WMD related materials, technologies, and expertise from former Soviet Union (FSU) states and all other countries and regions as directed in Public Law, or DoD guidance.  This includes providing for the safe destruction of Soviet era WMD, associated delivery systems, and related infrastructure.  The CTR Program is actively operating in 30 countries.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Foreign and Domestic

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station expenses are authorized

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • Must obtain/maintain a Special Sensitive/Top Secret SCI security clearance.
  • This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position.

    You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of the position that has given you particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the requirements of the position.  Typically this type of experience would be found within this field or a field that is closely related.

    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the three mandatory Technical Qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications.

    You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) related specifically to this position as well as the EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) related to all positions in the SES. Your narrative statements should include specific examples of experience, education, and accomplishments applicable to the position. Please limit your narrative statements to one page per factor for the mandatory Technical QualificationsPlease do not exceed 2 pages per Executive Core Qualification for your narrative statements.  For further information and assistance in preparing your narrative statements, please see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) publication. "A Guide to SES Qualifications," available on the OPM web site at:

    If you do not submit separate statements addressing the TQs AND THE ECQs, you will not receive consideration for the position.


    1. Demonstrated ability to lead a large organization of professional and technical members in Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) management functions. Must have experience in organizational administration, oversight of subordinate organizations, and coordination and interaction of activities with a wide variety of Federal and private organizations, nationally and internationally.

    2. Extensive experience in program formulation, defense, and execution to include all phases of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution cycle or equivalent large scale budgeting system.

    3. Knowledge of operations involving WMD threat reduction programs, including nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons.

    In addition, the Department of Defense (DoD) requires an Enterprise Perspective consisting of a broad point of view and awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should 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 statement is not required to address the DoD Enterprise Perspective this experience should be reflected in your resume and ECQ narratives.


    All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Your total ECQ write-up should not exceed 10 pages.

    (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 n continuously changing environment.

    (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 work-place that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    (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.

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

    (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.


    This is an Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Workforce Critical Acquisition Position in the Program Management career field.  The incumbent will be required to become certified, Level III in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. The incumbent must meet requirements for membership in the DoD Acquisition Corps immediately upon assuming the position unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved. The Selectee for this position will be required to sign a written agreement to remain in this critical acquisition position for a minimum of 3 years.  The incumbent of this position must also complete training required for Level III International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) within 24 months.

    TDY TRAVEL: Occasionally, both foreign and domestic
    TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
    SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Special Sensitive (Top Secret w/SCI)
    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: Please visit for more information.
    PROBATIONARY PERIOD: If you are not currently a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), you will be required to serve a two year SES probationary period. 

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: This position is designated as special sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish eligibility for appropriate security clearances.

    This position is designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R. "Personnel Security Program," and therefore requires a personnel security investigation to be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis.  This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process.  The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be able for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI). 

    FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:  Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE 278), upon assuming an SES position. This must be submitted annually and upon termination of employment.

    MOBILITY AGREEMENT: All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.

    Top Secret/SCI

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