Program Manager (Asst. Dep. Admin. Nonproliferation Arms Control)

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 29, 2019
Full Time


NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing;works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction;provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion;and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies.

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The Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) is responsible for the overall direction and management of DOE/NNSA's nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear and radiological security, and arms control programs.

DNN carries out its mission in a dynamic global security environment characterized by the persistence and escalation of regional conflicts; continued diffusion of dual-use technology and information; continued expansion of civilian nuclear energy; ongoing challenges related to managing existing nuclear and other radiological materials; increased sophistication of trafficking networks; continued evidence of terrorist interest in procuring nuclear materials; challenges to the nonproliferation regime, and the growth of cyber threats that can directly affect nuclear safeguards and security. DNN is a key contributor to interagency and international nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear and radiological security, and arms control efforts.

The incumbent serves as the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, reporting directly to the Deputy Administrator in the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN). He/she will be responsible for all activities of the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) relating to the development and coordination of DOE/NNSA nonproliferation and arms control policies, plans, strategies and programs including nuclear safeguards, nuclear controls and nonproliferation policy. The incumbent will direct the Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) activities.

The incumbent will interact with the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretaries, and DOE/NNSA first tier officials, as well as senior officials in DOE/NNSA program offices, and senior officials of the White House, Congressional committees, and other government agencies on program-related matters. He/she will serve as DOE focal point for other government agencies on nonproliferation and arms control matters; and represents DOE and the U.S. Government in relational international negotiations and consultations.

The incumbent will provide expert advice and assistance in carrying out the full spectrum of operational and managerial functions; and provides supervision to federal employees and managerial oversight to laboratory and contractor personnel.

Incumbent will represent the U.S. Government and DOE/NNSA in international nonproliferation and arms control negotiations as well as in interagency and intergovernmental meetings. Oversees strategic planning, administrative, and budget formulation and execution activities.

The duties and responsibilities of the position require the incumbent to have access to highly classified documents and/or materials that are related to the nuclear weapons program protected by the Atomic Energy Act. The position demands the highest degree of public trust and requires the incumbent possess a DOE "Q" clearance.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - This position does not have promotion potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • A DOE "Q" level clearance is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278).
  • The position is subject to drug testing and random screening.
  • The incumbent is subject to SES mobility.

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating ability to manage people and resources. Candidates must fully address all Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) in order to receive consideration. Your responses must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive program for a large organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see resume are considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment; eligible for reinstatement into the SES; or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs; but MUST address all MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service member to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and MTQs will result in loss of consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): NOTE: Please limit your written statements to a two page limit per ECQ. Each response to the ECQs must be written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Results (CCAR) model.

Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. This ECQ requires the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment

Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. This ECQ requires the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. This ECQ requires the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by appling technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Business Acumen - This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Building Coalitions - This core qualification requires the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

For detailed guidance on ECQs and ECQ Competencies, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): NOTE: Please limit your written statements to one page per MTQ.

1. Please describe your demonstrated experience and knowledge in the oversight of technical and policy analysis programs related to nonproliferation and arms control.

2. Please describe your demonstrated experience in budget formulation and execution of major activities supporting the goals and objectives relative to nonproliferation and arms control in planning and executing support of the President's nonproliferation, national security, and foreign policies.

3. Please describe your demonstrated knowledge of, experience in and ability to manage the interagency nonproliferation and arms control processes.

4. Please describe your demonstrated experience in interfacing with high level officials in various entities, including large government agencies, Congressional staff; national laboratories; heads of scientific, academic, and special/public interest groups; and other individuals of comparable stature related to international nonproliferation and arms control meetings and negotiations.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.

Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Candidates will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted within their application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) AND demonstrated experience, training, and/or education in support of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) by answering ALL the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be determined ineligible for further consideration. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Once a candidate has been identified for selection, the Executive Resources Board will make final approval, and in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualifications Review Board (QRB), will certify qualifications. This process can take up to 90 working days.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please upload a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status. If you are a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Candidate Development Program (CDP), please also upload a copy of your CDP certificate.

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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