Arlington, Virginia
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Full Time


This position is being filled under an Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA).

This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the Research and Development Directorate (RD); Improvised Threat Technologies Department (TT) Delivery Branch.
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As a PROGRAM MANAGER (OPERATIONS) at the GS-0340-13 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Serves as a DTRA-RD Program Manager (PM) for material solution development which includes serving the direct oversight for multi-million dollar counter-improvised threat material solutions and monitoring of their cost, schedule, and performance to ensure detailed acquisition strategy plans are written and in compliance with performance, schedule and costs goals.
  • Serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Technical Point of contact (TPOC) or the assistant program/project officer for a specific development effort related with the award and management of contracts in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR) and other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Responsible for leading the coordination and program integration teams (PIT) between program management, test and evaluation, and the technology strategy branch to develop an acquisition plan in support of the DTRA-RD acquisition approval process.
  • Responsible for the cost accountability with the DOD Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES) for the building of budget estimates in order to execute fiscal years appropriated funds, congressional budget quad charts and exhibits, funding release documents, and oversight of the obligation and execution rates of their program portfolio.
  • Responsible for answering Congressional inquiries and other formal request for information and submit formal responses back to DTRA-RD HQ addressing improvised threat detect and defeat technologies.
  • Performs a wide variety of analytical and administrative duties related to requirements planning with the formulation, justification, presentation, execution and review of materiel and non-materiel solutions designed to detect, defeat, or neutralize emplacement activity or emplaced improvised threats.
  • Coordinates with other Program Managers and deployed technical integrators for DTRA RD-TT funded programs to facilitate development, evaluation, deployment, employment and ultimate transition to service Program of Record (POR) or other disposition.
  • Continually monitors and reviews all assigned programs and projects to ensure that resources are consistent with obligation and expenditure goals and objectives to be accomplished, assuring any changes are made in an expeditious manner.
  • Monitors development, facilitates approval and oversees execution of program documentation to support an acquisition initial strategy session (ISS) or a development decision board (DDB).
  • Plans, coordinates, executes, and revises strategic actions that support integration of multiple materiel and non- materiel counter improvised threat solutions, specifically designed to detect, defeat, or neutralize IED threats.
  • Formulates and communicates recommendations on proposed technologies based on scientific and engineering knowledge of existing capabilities and the analysis of technical alternatives.
  • Serves as the primary interface between funded program managers, DTRA RD-TT, and forward operating forces to coordinate technology development, production, evaluation, deployment, and integration into contingency operations.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Occasional Travel
  • Work Schedule: Full-time
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible


You may qualify at the GS-13 , if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
  • Experience with services, activities, missions, functions, organizational and program goals and objectives to apply analytical methods and techniques to issue and study concerning efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Experience coordinating with principal organizational representatives as necessary to resolve problems and to achieve desired objectives.
  • Experience developing administrative policy statements, operating regulations and procedures concerning operations, plans and organization that affect or impact on all organizational elements.
  • Experience utilizing operations and functional manuals such as the Adaptive Acquisition Management Process (AAMP), and the DoD 5000 series.
  • Experience analyzing program requirements and to define non-standard methods of approach in problem solving for both short and long range objectives.

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


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

Other Notes:
This position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance for the duration of employment.

The incumbent is required to pass a pre-employment drug test prior to being appointed and submit to random drug testing for the duration of employment.

Travel up to 10% of the time may be required.

Incumbent is required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form, OGE 450, within 30 days of entering the position, annually and upon termination of employment in accordance with DoD Directive 5500.7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, August 30, 1993.

ACQUISITION POSITION: This is an Acquisition Workforce position in the Program Management career field. The incumbent is required to become certified, Level II in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a position requirements waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. The incumbent must obtain a minimum of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) for every 2 year CLP period, with a goal of at least 40 annually.

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.

1. Minimum Qualification

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For information on entitlement see

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Veteran's Documents
  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

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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