Data Architect

Springfield, Virginia
May 25, 2019
Jun 03, 2019
IT, IT Architect
Full Time


JOB DESCRIPTION: Data Architects apply documented architectural practices to define data and information resources. They develop, influence, maintain, sustain, and govern standards-based models and methods in order to enable the creation, sharing, and use of data and products across the Agency and within the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) and Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). The

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Architects are responsible for applying a structured approach to collection and integration of data and information about business processes, mission functional needs, and current and in-development IT (Information Technology) solutions across the NGA (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency), and then using these data to form architecture products to guide investments and development efforts across NGA. This position will be the Lead Data Architect, developing and maintaining standards and respective baselines that enable the creation, sharing, and use of data and products across the Agency and within the National System of Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) and Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). The person will represent the Agency's interest in national and international standards forums, define performance and evaluation criteria that assess compliance with a standard, and work with mission partners to create and establish standards implementation practices which achieve target levels of interoperability. The person selected for this position will lead a dynamic team of government and contractor experts in the life cycle management of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) data interoperability standards, in response to specific capability requirements from both within NGA and across the NSG and ASG, managing the development lifecycle and interaction across those teams. The selectee will develop and manage a program of work ensuring the development of relevant, agile core GEOINT standards that meet the objectives of the NGA Strategic Vision 2025. In addition, the selectee interfaces collectively across the NGA as well as with members and partners of the NSG and ASG to create an open and agile standards-based architecture, enabling NGA's Strategic Vision 2025. The selectee will represent NGA's GEOINT interests in various standards development organizations and standards setting organizations at the federal, national and international levels. This position is eligible for a RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE: The selected candidates may be offered a recruitment incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, the selected candidate must sign a service agreement for up to 2 years depending on the approved amount of the incentive. If the employee leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel Required 25% or Less

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. - U.S. Citizenship Required - Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) - Polygraph Test Required - Position Subject to Drug Testing - Two Year Probationary Period - Direct Deposit Required

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.


MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. Demonstrated experience in developing, adopting, implementing, and/or utilizing GEOINT data, imagery, and/or web service standards. 2. Demonstrated experience managing a program, project, or process employing related skills such as objective and requirements development, task break-out, developing schedules, identifying risks and opportunities, identifying required resources, and assessing or evaluating progress and deliverables. 3. Demonstrated experience representing an organization or Agency as the subject matter expert regarding data standards and making decisions based on information available. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Geodetic Science, Geographic Information Systems, Information Science, Mathematics, Physics, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience in drafting standards, assessing processes and procedures against criterion, preparing technical documentation, coordinating technical issues with stakeholders, or in a closely-related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: Six years of experience in drafting standards, assessing processes and procedures against criterion, preparing technical documentation, coordinating technical issues with stakeholders, or in a closely-related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks associated with this work.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1. Understanding of an Analytical tradecraft and how the various analytic disciplines inter-relate to satisfy mission requirements. 2. Detailed understanding of analytic products and data, GIS programs, databases. 3. Knowledge and experience in working with data and/or imagery specifications, and an understanding of their relationship to the NGA, military, and/or civilian customers. 4. Knowledge of Standard Development Organizations (e.g. ISO, OGC, DGIWG, etc.) and their relationships to both government entities and industry. 5. Knowledge and understanding of Cloud Computing principals, transitioning data environments into a cloud, and the service oriented architecture.


Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents


If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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