Director, Governmental Affairs

Washington, D.C
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


Naval Reactors, also known as Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) is responsible for all aspects of naval nuclear propulsion, including research, design, construction, testing, operation, maintenance, and ultimate disposition of naval nuclear propulsion plants. The Program's responsibility includes all related facilities, radiological controls, and environmental, safety and health matters, as well as selection, training, and assignment of personnel.

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The Director, Governmental Affairs is fully responsible for developing strategic initiatives for obtaining the full spectrum of Government support for programs and related resources involving Naval Nuclear Propulsion. The incumbent is also responsible for providing expert advice on interagency and Congressional affairs to the Director, NNPP to effectively direct efforts to establish and/or maintain liaison with leading technical experts in other Federal Government agencies and the public on a wide variety of nuclear engineering and other interagency issues related to the NNPP. The incumbent must carry out the mission of the NNPP by promoting policies, programs, and initiatives through liaison, communications, coordination, and interaction with Congress, State, Tribal, City, and County Governments, other Federal agencies, stakeholders, and the general public. The Director, Governmental Affairs is the primary focal point and principal spokesperson for all interagency interactions. The incumbent thoroughly comprehends the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of the entire range of NNPP efforts as it relates to strategic decisions by the Department of Energy, Department of the Navy, Executive Office of the President, and Congress.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will be required as necessary.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - This position does not have promotion potential.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.
  • Veterans preference does not apply to the SES.
  • A DOE "Q" clearance is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278).
  • This position is subject to drug testing and random screening.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.

SES INFORMATION: For further information pertaining to the SES, applicants are encouraged to visit: SES


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 and/or 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: 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 model . For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications

Leading Change -
Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leading People -
Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts.

Results Driven -
Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Business Acumen -
Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Business Coalitions -
Involves 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.

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

1. Extensive knowledge and experience of developing policy statements, assembling data analyses, providing briefing sessions for Congressional members and staff, preparing formal statements and testimonies, and directing the preparation of formal comments and recommendations for submission.

2. Extensive knowledge, ability to communicate, and liaisons with senior managers, Members of Congress, and Professional Staff Members to identify program issues, implications of strategic policy changes, and impacts of Congressional and other external actions on program goals and financial positions.

3. Extensive knowledge and ability to develop strategies for advancing agency interests for assuring the availability of requisite resources, develops briefings to educate and inform Cabinet level officials, Senators, and Representatives who oversee operations, budgeting, acquisition plans, research and development efforts, environmental performance, legislative efforts, warfighting capabilities, and future developments.

4. Extensive knowledge and experience in presenting and defending Government Furnished Equipment and Propulsion Plant Research and Development, cost estimates, and budgets for nuclear components, reviewing technical and procurement programs, evaluating strategies and ensuring compliance with legislation and Congressional guidance, assessing financial projections to establish budgets and ensure adequate funding for work.


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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

EVALUATION METHODS: Applicants will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualification factors and document demonstrated experience, training, and/or education in support of the technical qualifications by answering all of the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be ineligible for further consideration. A Merit Staffing Panel will rate and rank each applicant based on the qualification requirements and refers the top candidates to the hiring manager. The hiring manager will consider the referred applicants based on the information provided, and possibly a personal interview. The NNSA Executive Resources Board will approve final selections and in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will certify qualifications through the OPM Qualifications Review Board. 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

Please fax, mail, or email any of the required documents below, if applicable:

1. If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status.

2. If the position has an education requirement, please submit a copy of your transcripts to verify your eligibility.

3. If you are a graduate of a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), please submit your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification for non-competitive eligibility.

Applications will be accepted from all sources. You do not need to be a current or former federal employee to apply. You must be a United States Citizen to apply. You must meet ALL mandatory technical qualifications.

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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