Senior Advisor for Operations and Technology

Pentagon, Virginia
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


This position is in the Excepted Service under Title 10, Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System. Excepted Service includes all positions in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government which are specifically excepted from the competitive service by or pursuant to statute, by the President, or by the Office of Personnel Management.

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The Senior Advisor for Operation and Technology position is located in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)), Director for Defense Intelligence (Counterintelligence, Law Enforcement, & Security) (DDI(CL&S)). The Senior Advisor for Operations and Technology, Personnel Vetting Transformation Office (PVTO) reports to the Deputy Director PVTO. The incumbent serves as the chief business process and technological leader responsible for envisioning and planning for process and Information Technology (IT) solutions that will integrate the end-to-end security, suitability, personnel vetting and credentialing process. The incumbent will exercise full responsibility and authority to initiate and implement required programs and projects while tailoring them to meet business transition and reform requirements. Major duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Planning and overseeing the direction of technological and business innovation for operational improvements and shared services to enable the Security, Suitability and Credentialing (SSC) Enterprise to ensure the timely acquisition and retention of a trusted workforce across the Federal Government.
  • Overseeing the accomplishment of established goals, priorities, and measures of effectiveness to ensure delivery of security reform through transition and reform.
  • Overseeing, in coordination with OUSD((I)(CL&S)), the reform of business processes and technology for the consolidation of the investigations and adjudications at the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). This effort includes the development of a transformation plan with timelines and milestones, establishment of baseline performance metrics, and development of an end-to-end streamlined approach. Identify challenges and obstacles along with recommended solutions.
  • Developing, in coordination with Director PVTO, Deputy Director PVTO, and Senior Advisor for Change Management, future technologies to transform the disparate pieces of today's security, suitability, and personnel vetting process into the end-state integrated industrial and personnel security, suitability, vetting and credentialing organization envisioned in the enabling Executive Order.
  • Leading the assessment of current capabilities in the context of the strategic end-state mission and organizational requirements addressing opportunities for improving overall business through innovative IT solutions by leveraging the most current technology to ensure improved efficacy of the integrated SSC Enterprise.
  • Overseeing the technological aspects of all IT acquisition, operations and maintenance activities within the SSC Enterprise, taking such actions as required to ensure schedules, costs, and performance targets are met.
  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of the strategy for SSC Enterprise information technology and cyber security capabilities to ensure that government-wide security and suitability processing, continuous personnel vetting, and industrial security programs are leveraging technology to ensure mission effectiveness, and leads the development of costed technological innovations for future evolution.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to current Federal employees only.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed to this position. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • In accordance with the provisions of ICD 601, joint duty assignments will be a prerequisite for promotion to senior civilian rank. To qualify, please provide a copy of your completed Joint Duty assignment SF-50 or an adjudicated IC JD Claims form. More information regarding the Intelligence Community Civilian Joint Duty Program, can be found at:
  • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on09/25/2019
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Position requires Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in order to manage the acquisition of technology support to the SSC Enterprise.
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.
NOTE: All Intelligence executive level positions require Joint Duty credit. Only those candidates who meet the Joint Duty Credit requirement will be eligible to compete/be considered for a senior executive position. Employees will receive joint duty credit for almost any rotational assignment to another Intelligence Community (IC) component and may also be eligible to receive credit for service outside the IC (military, other government, or private sector) as long as the assignment was at the Band 3 (GS 11 to GS 13) level or above and it occurred on or after September 11, 2001. An external candidate, if selected, will be required to immediately apply for Joint Duty Credit.

Employees without Joint Duty credit may apply for the position and can be considered. If selected a waiver would be required prior to final appointment. IC seniors without Joint Duty at the same tier level may lateral into the position if selected without requesting a waiver.


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and other qualifications, if applicable.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.
  • Expert knowledge of and experience in the information technology and systems engineering fields, with an ability to envision, plan for, develop, and deploy advanced information technology capabilities necessary to ensure effective, efficient and secure application of state-of-the art technological support to Security, Suitability and Credentialing (SSC) Enterprise personnel vetting processes.
  • Expert knowledge of and experience with program management of large-scale information technology systems acquisition programs and developing and maintaining strategy and oversight for an entire portfolio of such programs; portfolio management expertise should include prioritization, workforce optimization, architecture integration, and agile development.
  • Knowledge of and experience in resource planning, to include budgeting, cost account management, and developing Program Objective Memoranda (POM).

  • Education

    There is no positive education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    1. Resume - In addition to your written statements addressing the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications, not to exceed five pages. Applicants typically provide the following information:
    • Vacancy Announcement number10598457
    • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website:
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. MTQ statements should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

    3. Copy of Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former SES, DISES and other Intelligence Senior Executive members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.

    4. Joint Duty Assignment documentation: To qualify, please provide a copy of your completed Joint Duty assignment SF-50 or an adjudicated IC JD claim form. For more information regarding the Intelligence Community Joint Duty Program, please refer to .

    5. Demographics Information of Applicants: Click on the link to access the Demographics Information of Applicants

    DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

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