Intelligence Research Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2019
Sep 19, 2019
Full Time


This position serves as an Intelligence Analyst in the Intelligence Division of the Office of Protective Services (OPS). OPS is responsible for providing Agency-wide executive and functional leadership, integrated security strategy and planning, policy formulation, oversight, guidance, coordination and advocacy for the Agency's Protective Services. This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ19D0037 open to all us citizens and U.S. Nationals.
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  • Responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating all-source intelligence on a range of topics to include space, counterspace, cyber, and emerging technologies.
  • Performs in-depth research, compilation, and analysis of a wide range of complex and sensitive information to determine threats to NASA's missions, programs, resources, and assets.
  • Coordinates threat information with national level counterparts and other NASA Intelligence Specialists both locally and at other centers. Recommends alternative courses of action that will enable NASA to respond timely and effectively to threats.
  • Plans, initiates, and organizes Agency-wide administrative procedures in intelligence research, production, and dissemination. Assessments include the analysis of unforeseen developments, new phenomena, and rapidly shifting considerations.
  • Provides briefings to appropriate NASA management officials concerning possible threats to NASA missions, personnel, facilities, and operations.
  • Identifies and researches intelligence requirements, directives, databases, and various ancillary sources to gather and disseminate intelligence information in support of missions and programs Agency-wide.
  • Communicates with technical or scientific programs or projects and other stakeholders to ensure intelligence products are addressing requirements.
  • Serves as a NASA representative to appropriate Intelligence Community (IC) working groups, committees, and subcommittees.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement.


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13), which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience to qualify at the GS-14 grade level is defined as:

SKILL SET #1 - Experience researching, analyzing, writing, reviewing, and disseminating written intelligence products, often of a complex or conflicting nature, to senior officials on sensitive intelligence topics;

SKILL SET #2 - Experience assessing intelligence requirements and providing analytical intelligence products for scientific or technical programs and projects relating to the space domain and counterspace threats; AND

SKILL SET #3 - Experience collaborating with the IC, Department of Defense (DoD), and civil agencies to exchange and present intelligence information, identify and incorporate innovative strategies, and enhance intelligence analysis tradecraft and procedures.

The ideal candidate currently holds a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. Please indicate the level of your clearance in your resume.

Your resume must fully support how you meet specialized experience in order to be found qualified for this position.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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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