Senior Nuclear Specialist

McLean, Virginia
Jun 25, 2019
Jun 28, 2019
Full Time


Component Mission

The National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC) coordinates strategic planning with the Intelligence Community (IC) to enhance intelligence support to the United States (U.S.) efforts to stem proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related delivery systems. It works with the IC to identify critical intelligence gaps or shortfalls in collection, analysis, or exploitation; and develop solutions to ameliorate or close these gaps.
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Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
  • Lead a nuclear-related priority CP threat campaign by working with key IC stakeholders to identify and close key intelligence gaps through integrated collection and analysis strategies.
  • Develop briefings, reports, and other communication vehicles and brief NCPC leadership and staff, policymakers, and other major stakeholders on mature and incipient nuclear threat topics affecting the IC.
  • Engage in community outreach programs and represent the interests of NCPC within the ODNI, to the broader IC & other government entities, and with non-government scientific experts (academic and private sector).
  • Develop and maintain substantive expertise by staying abreast of advancements in the nuclear discipline; represent the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in inter- and intra-agency meetings, teams, and task forces.
  • Assist the ODNI and NCPC in determining the status of the ICs analytic, collection, and interdiction efforts against the pursuit of nuclear weapons, material, related technologies, expertise, and security; formulate recommendations for senior leadership and policymakers to address any shortfalls and lead follow-on activities to ensure key critical gaps are addressed and required changes are implemented.
  • Establish, cultivate, and lead initiatives, and projects that enable or document community activities aimed at identifying and developing strategic approaches that close priority counterproliferation intelligence gaps.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Desired Requirements
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills required to represent the NCPC at meetings, conferences, and other public fora.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), IC organizations, and relevant customer organizations or operations (e.g., military, policy makers, and law enforcement), to effectively translate their requirements and provide appropriate output or responses to meet customer needs.
  • Expert knowledge of US WMD counterproliferation goals and objectives, understanding of relevant IC Agencies, and understanding of IC collection needs and their relationship to the analytic and production process.


Position Information
This is an opportunity for a GS-15 staff reserve position in the ODNI. Staff reserve appointments are time-limited appointments made for a period of up to 3 years, with a possible extension up to 2 additional years.
This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal or external candidate to fill a GS-15 cadre position.
  • A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.

Who May Apply

Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
  • For a cadre assignment:
    • Current ODNI permanent cadre.
    • Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply).
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Gvernment employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply).

Salary Determination

  • The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
  • A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.


Mandatory and Educational Requirements
  • Demonstrated leadership, experience and knowledge of nuclear counterproliferation issues.
  • Expert knowledge of intelligence collection and analysis to include HUMINT, SIGINT, MASINT, GEOINT, or other related disciplines.
  • Develop and manage strategic plans and monitor and report on project and program performance.
  • Exert influence, exercise independent judgment on time-sensitive issues, manage competing priorities, and work collaboratively across the IC.

Additional information

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-874-8360, by TTY at 703-874-8554, or by FAX at 703-874-8651. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION BELOW.

JOB INTERVIEW TRAVEL: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the position description and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. The description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the work performed. The best qualified applicants will be further evaluated through an interview process.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

All Applicants:


Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration. To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call or email at Phone: 703-275-3663 ; Email:

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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