Instructor of Security Cooperation Management, GS-1701-13

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 19, 2017
Jun 26, 2017
Full Time

The Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) conducts effective Security Cooperation education that enables whole-of-government efforts to build and maintain networks of relationships that achieve U.S. national security goals. DISCS is the educational institute of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) located at Arlington, Virginia, which is responsible for DoD management of USG Security Cooperation and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs and for related policy guidance and management for the Security Cooperation Community.

WHO MAY APPLY:   Applicants must be citizens of, or owe allegiance, to the United States.  If selected, applicants must produce proof of citizenship at time of appointment. 

This announcement will result in a 90-day register which may be used to fill vacancies for 90 days after the closing date of this announcement. Referrals may be made as vacancies occur.

Position Summary:  To support the organizational goals through effective instruction.   The DISCS (formerly DISAM) serves as the Department of Defense single educational institution dedicated to the Security Assistance Community offering a multitude of courses for US government personnel in both the U.S. and overseas as part of a security assistance office (military and civilian), U.S. Industry, and International Customers/Foreign Purchases.  

NOTE: Initial appointment is under Schedule B appointing authority, Excepted Appointment Not-to-Exceed 3 years.  At the time of the expiration of the initial appointment an employee who adequately demonstrates professional competence can be extended in increments of 1, 2 or 3 years or for an indefinite period.    An initial appointment can be allowed to expire for an employee who does not adequately demonstrate professional competence.  The appointment cannot be converted to a permanent tenure in the competitive service. 

Position Location: Located with Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA),which is Department of Defense (DoD), located at Arlington  VA.

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position requires the employee to occasionally travel away from the normal duty station to world-wide locations. Travel locations are sometimes hazardous or involve imminent danger.

  • No

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Prog.
  • This is a drug testing designated position
    A. Successful completion of a degree from an accredited college or university that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject matter field appropriate to the position. 
    B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.  

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12).   Specialized experience is experience training, teaching, or instructing AND experience in security cooperation management in areas such as:  Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process, logistics, finance, legislation and policy, International Program Security (IPS), acquisition, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Security Cooperation Office (SCO) operations.

    To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:  Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof of the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For more information click here.


    • Your latest resume will be used to determine qualifications.
    • Employee may be required to work overtime.
    • Employee may be recalled to duty.
    • This is a testing designated position.  The incumbent may be subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment and participation in random drug testing.
    • The employee must be willing and able to travel on military and commercial aircraft.


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