Director, Sensors & Electron Devices Directorate

Washington D.C.
Aug 01, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

Applications will be accepted from all interested qualified individuals.


The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. You should not address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, however, evidence of each ECQ must be clearly reflected in your resume. Applications will be accepted from all interested qualified individuals.  Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37)

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (e.g. Resume-Based Method, Mandatory Technical Qualification, Occupational Questionnaire, and other qualifications as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.

This is a Tier 1 position.   Salary for Tier 1 positions in Army is normally between $163,519 and $172,100.   Pay is set based on consideration of selectee's current salary and other factors.

The Department of the Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) which is a small elite group of top government leaders.   SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.   As a Senior Executive, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will only be occasional.

  • Yes

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • Prior to SES appointment, selectee must sign a mobility agreement
  • Education Requirements: This position has a positive education requirement.

    Additional information on this requirement may be obtained at:

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: THIS IS A SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES) LEVEL CRITICAL ACQUISITION POSITION. By statute, 10 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1733, specific Acquisition positions, GS-14 and above, are designated as Critical Acquisition Positions (CAPs). All CAPs must be filled by individuals in or otherwise qualified for membership in the Acquisition Corps (10 U.S.C. Section 1733).

    Army Acquisition and Technology Workforce applicants must have an Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) on file. A selectee without Acquisition Corps membership is required to become a member of the Army Acquisition Corps prior to appointment to the position.

    As a SES Level CAP, the following specific statutory and regulatory requirements summarized below must be met in addition to the managerial and technical qualifications specific to this position. There are three components to the assignment qualification standards for Acquisition positions that are CAPs: 1) Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) membership requirements; 2) Tenure Position requirements, and 3) Position Education, Experience and Certification/Training requirements.

    Note: The failure to satisfy/meet some of these Acquisition requirements as discussed below can be waived by the designated agency officials in the appropriate circumstances.

    1) In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. Section 1732, to be a member of or otherwise qualified for membership in the AAC, the individual must:

     a. Currently be serving in a position in Grade GS-13 or above (or equivalent military or private sector position).

    b. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees or have been certified by the appropriate agency official as possessing significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority based on demonstrated analytical and decision-making capabilities, job performance and qualifying experience; and

    (1) Have completed at least 24 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of study, from an accredited institution of higher education from among the disciplines of accounting, business finance, law, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, qualitative methods, and organization and management, OR

    (2) Have completed at least 24 semester credit hours (or equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education in his/her career field along with 12 semester hours (or equivalent) in the listed disciplines.

     c. At a minimum, possess at least four years of experience in a DoD (or comparable industry or government) position.

    d. Fulfill other specific requirements imposed by the Secretary of Defense.

     e. Note, exceptions and alternatives to the requirements stated above in paragraphs 1a-1d are as follows:
         (1) An individual who has at least 10 years of experience in acquisition positions (or comparable position in other government agencies or the private sector) on October 1, 1991 is qualified for AAC membership without meeting the education standards cited above.
         (2) An employee who served in an Acquisition Corps position on October 1, 1991, and who does not have 10 years of experience, may meet the management education standard by equivalency examination considered by the Secretary of Defense to demonstrate skills, knowledge, or abilities comparable to that of an individual who has completed at least 24 semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education from among the disciplines listed in paragraph 1b(1) above.
         (3) An employee may be exempt from the eligibility requirements in paragraphs 1a-1d above if the appropriate career program board certifies that he/she possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance and qualifying experience.

    2) In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. Section 1734, Tenure Position Requirements for filling a SES Level Acquisition Position are:

    Any person assigned to a CAP shall remain in that position for not less than three years. An employee may not be assigned or selected to fill a CAP unless the person executes a written agreement to remain in Federal service in that position for at least three years. The service obligation contained in such a written agreement shall remain in effect unless and until waived by the Secretary under the appropriate circumstances.

    3) In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. Section 1723 and 1734 (b)(4) and DoD statutory requirements (DoD 5000.52).

    At a minimum, the selectee for this position must have Level III certification or training in S&T Manager Acquisition Career Field at the time of selection. Within 24 months, the selectee must become Level III certified in S&T Manager Acquisition Career Field.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:


    Top Secret/SCI


    The Sensors & Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) Director, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, acts as the Army's Executive authority in basic and applied research in sensors, electron devices, and power and energy to ensure U.S. military superiority. Responsible for the execution & management of basic & applied research in sensor & electron device technologies for the Army. Research & technology areas include advanced electro-optics and opto-electronic technologies, advanced RF technologies, electronic materials and devices, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for autonomous technology, platform and pulse power, advanced lasers, soldier and portable power generation and storage, living materials, acoustics, quantum information science, and signal, image and information processing. Plays a key role in domestic and foreign collaborations such as university centers of excellence and industry research and technology alliances and ARL's Open Innovation Campus. Interacts extensively w/ higher echelons in RDECOM, AMC, DA, DoD & OGAs. Responsibilities include leveraging industry, academia, & other research centers' work & providing leadership to the military electronics sector. Manages a total annual budget of approximately $800M. Serves under the supervision of the Director, ARL, who provides guidance in terms of broadly defined Army, AMC, RDECOM & ARL policies, mission and functions. The Director oversees a workforce of 500 comprised of civilian professionals, scientists, administrative, technicians, military and contract support personnel including STs & DBVs (above GS-15 division chiefs and Senior Scientific Technical Managers (SSTMs)).

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