12140 - Security Executive Agent National Assessments Program (SNAP) Manager - GS-13

Montgomery County, Maryland
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 22, 2019
Full Time


Position Information

This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal or external candidate to fill a GS-13 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.

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Component Mission

The mission of the National Counterintelligence & Security Center is to lead and support the U.S. Government's counterintelligence (CI) and security activities critical to protecting our nation; provide CI outreach to U.S. private sector entities at risk of foreign intelligence penetration; and issue public warnings regarding intelligence threats to the U.S.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), Special Security Directorate (SSD) supports the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in his role as Security Executive Agent (SecEA) for the Executive Branch, as established by Executive Order (EO) 13467, as amended. As the SecEA, the DNI has established the SecEA National Assessments Program (SNAP) to assess personnel security processes and procedures in the Executive Branch. This program helps strengthen personnel security programs and gives agencies an opportunity to provide input into future SecEA initiatives. SNAP activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Distributing a self-assessment survey to capture a baseline of processes and procedures;
  • Coordinating and conducting site visits;
  • Disseminating feedback reports and combining findings in a summary report to the DNI;
  • Obtaining agency input to better inform policy-makers; and,
  • Codifying agencies' authorities to investigate and adjudicate national security cases through Memorandums of Understanding.

In support of the SNAP program, the selected candidate will:
  • Lead a small team of government and contract personnel in the conduct of in-depth, detailed assessments of personnel security programs within executive branch departments and agencies (D/A) consistent with the DNI's oversight responsibilities as the SecEA, and in accordance with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, EO 13467, EO 12968, as amended, and other related policies;
  • Prepare, review, and/or edit comprehensive written reports documenting assessment findings and recommendations to ensure delivery of high quality professional final products;
  • Plan, develop and present findings, conclusions, options, and recommendations to executive branch D/A leadership (to include Security Directors and other senior leaders) and to ODNI senior management;
  • Manage ODNI participation in applicable Intelligence Community (IC) and Executive Branch working groups and other interagency forums to develop, update, and implement SecEA clearance reform initiatives;
  • Serve as Adminstrator for the Quality Assessment Reporting Tool (QART). QART is a repository used to report the quality of background investigations across the federal government to ensure that investigative requirements have been completed. Work with the National Background Investigations Bureau Quality Support Team and technical experts to effectively maintain the database and provide training as necessary;
  • Initiate, cultivate, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders across the Executive Branch through an open, collaborative approach as part of outreach, assist visits, and assessments, which may require occasional CONUS travel; and,
  • Provide briefings and presentations to agencies across the Executive Branch on ODNI initiatives, policies, and procedures as well as emerging issues relating to security clearance reform initiatives.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Desired Requirements
  • The following qualifications are desired, but not required for consideration:
  • Completion of tours conducting both background investigations and adjudications;
  • Knowledge of IC and Executive Branch personnel security policies, programs, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of security clearance reform initiatives and challenges;
  • Supervisory or quality control/assurance experience in either investigations or adjudications; and/or,
  • Work experience at more than one federal agency.


Mandatory and Educational Requirements
  • Minimum of seven years of personnel security experience, to include successful completion of at least one tour conducting background investigations or adjudications;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and successfully engage with and brief senior leadership on difficult issues and foster a collaborative relationship with partners across an organization or agencies; excellent use of tact when expressing ideas and recommendations to senior leaders, customers, peers, team members, and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to balance responsibilities among security project activities; to manage transitions effectively from task to task, adapting to varying internal and external customer needs;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, including the ability to work effectively both independently and in a team/collaborative environment; and,
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate (both verbal and written) complex information in a clear, concise manner that is targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.



Additional information

***OPEN UNTIL FILLED: This announcement will be open until the position is filled. Cut off points are scheduled in two-week increments. After each cut-off point, all compliant applications received during the previous two weeks will be reviewed for consideration.***

Who May Apply

Only Current GS employees at the same grade as 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.)
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Only Current GS employees at the same grade as the advertised position grade may apply.)
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Only Current GS employees at the same grade as 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.
  • For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.
  • A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
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 DNI_Reasonable_Accommodation_WMA@cia.ic.gov and DNI_Diversity_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI_DRA@dni.gov, by telephone at 703-275-3799 or by FAX at 703-275-1217 . 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 .

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 vacancy announcement, particularly the MDRs, and construct their resume to highlight their most significant experience and qualifications relevant to this job opportunity.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents


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 301-243-1318.

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