Fort Meade, Maryland
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Assistant Director (AD) for Vetting Risk Operations Center/Continuous Vetting (VROC/CV) is a DISES Tier 1 position located in the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)) and reports to the Deputy Director, DCSA.

This position is in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601, Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.
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As the Assistant Director, Vetting Risk Operations Center/Continuous Vetting, you will be responsible for the following:
  • The incumbent serves as the Assistant Director, VROC/CV. The VROC/CV mission reduces risk posed by trusted insiders, promotes early detection of anomalies, and modernizes and aligns vetting programs to ensure a workforce entrusted to protect U.S. Government information and property, promoting a safe and secure work environment, sustained and propagated by a continuous risk management approach.
  • The purpose of this position is to supervise, plan, organize, direct, and provide an enterprise level capability for the CV mission and manage the program across the federal enterprise for personnel with access to federal facilities, personnel, assets, and information, with the ability to: - Assess risk - Refer recommendations for action - Synchronize responses - Oversee resolution of identified issues
  • The Assistant Director, VROC/CV is responsible for a civilian workforce of approximately 200 plus contractor support and overall management of the CV mission.
  • Overseeing establishment and execution of the Continuous Vetting Program for the Personnel Security, Suitability, and Credentialing (SSC) federal enterprise.
  • Lead the planning and development that involves the forward identification of solutions, processes, and procedures to ensure unity of effort, improvements, and consistency for delivering the Continuous Vetting capability as a Service Provider to the federal enterprise. The CV program is inclusive of the expedited screening protocol for foreign nexus affiliation, preference and allegiance.
  • The day-to-day execution of the Continuous Vetting Program and the Expedited Screening Center (ESC) ensuring coordination and the timely flow of information across all agency operational and supporting functions.
  • Overseeing an enterprise-level capability to develop options and recommendations to mitigate shortcomings, ensure necessary resourcing for the Department's Continuous Vetting and Expedited Screening Protocol missions, transform the end-to-end personnel vetting enterprise, including the integration of insider threat, automated records checks, background investigations, and other adjacent missions.
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of alternative risk-based methodologies to optimize DCSA as the predominate Continuous Vetting Service Provider.
  • Maturing the federal-wide SSC enterprise's vetting capabilities, including expanding automated records checks (ARC) to streamline the service, promote reciprocity, deliver quality and security and mission effectiveness as the operational organization assigned responsibility for implementing the end-to-end Continuous Vetting transformation of the SSC enterprise.
  • Overseeing development for a phased transformation of the personnel vetting mission to a Continuous Vetting business model that is based on risk, inclusive of state-of-the-art methodologies, and a satisfactory approach to reduce and mitigate risk in person and risk in position.
  • Ensures the development and implementation of performance metrics.
  • Representing DCSA on DoD and national level committees and in conferences and meetings
  • Maintains contacts and liaison with appropriate elements of the intelligence, law enforcement, and security communities to establish cooperative networks, share information, and remain aware of the latest operational and technological developments.
  • Providing expert, authoritative advice and consultation to all levels of management within DCSA, to users and customers, vendors, and to personnel at higher levels inside and external to DoD.
  • Managing the identification of risk-based actions to mitigate the significant costs and investigative delays; reduce the risk of insider threats; and provide an aware and informed trusted workforce.
  • Through subordinate line supervisors, the Assistant Director, VROC/CV plans, organizes, and directs the personnel and activities of the VROC and CV mission areas..
  • Directing and overseeing, in coordination with the National Security Learning Center, including the National Training Center, the development and delivery of education and training programs to enhance the SSC Continuous Vetting mission.
  • Orchestrates the development of plans, goals, objectives, funding sources, etc. for long-and short-range implementation. Projects are often complicated by conflicting or undefined requirements that are affected and influenced by OSD, the Military Departments, Defense Agencies, Federal Agencies, Congress, as well as economic, industrial, and technological factors generally outside the incumbent's control.
  • Incumbent is required to work cooperatively with many groups having mixed objectives in order to affect agency transformation and implementation planning.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date of the announcement will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: DISES positions are not eligible for overtime
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible within Agency policy
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Authorized
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: OGE-278e, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure, is required
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible as applicable under Agency policy
  • This position is designated Special-Sensitive, the incumbent must obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance
  • The incumbent may be required to accept a change of official duty station in support of the accomplishment of the DCSA mission.
  • You may be subject to a two-year trial period in the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service unless required trial period has been served
  • This position may require occasional Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) and/or local travel


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): ECQs are mandatory for those who have never held a career SES level position. If you have previously held a career SES level position, or are a current career SES level employee or equivalent (permanent DISES, SIS, SNIS), you do not have to submit ECQs.

Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at . Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your responses to no more than two pages per ECQ.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification 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.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification 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.

Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.

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. Please limit your written statements to not to exceed a total of two pages per statement per technical qualification.

1. Demonstrated expert ability to resolve complex problems and conflicts across program, organization, and IT architecture divisions to support improved risk assessments, operational policy, industrial security and personnel security policy and operations at all levels, including top-level officials in the DoD, the ODNI, the Military Departments, Defense Agencies and/or Defense industrial organizations.

2. Expert knowledge and application of the tenets of diverse programs and policies that involve sensitive personnel-related derogatory information, counterintelligence, intelligence, law enforcement, and security operations across the federal enterprise.

3. Demonstrated success leading major business transformations associated with developing and implementing new procedures, products, techniques, and solutions for use by Agency personnel and external stakeholders for assessing risk, e.g, Continuous Evaluation (CE) to Continuous Vetting (CV), and/or the U. S Government's Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Additional information

DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor agencies' authorities and responsibilities. Mission accretion and associated growth in personnel and resources requires deliberate coordination and planning across operations and support activities to achieve effective outcomes while simultaneously establishing and integrating new activities, initiatives and projects. The new organization will be comprised of nearly 13,000 government and contractor personnel operation throughout the United States and overseas supporting stakeholders across the federal government.

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Other Notes:

If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES).

The incumbent selected for this position will be required to serve a two-year DCIPS trial period unless required trial period has been served.
Joint Duty Credit: All DCSA 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 IC component and may also be eligible to receive credit for service outside the IC (military, other government, or private sector) that was at least at the GS/GG-13 or DCIPS Pay Band 3 level, and it occurred on or after September 11, 2001. An external candidate, if selected, will be required to immediately apply for Joint Duty credit.

Note: Employees without Joint Duty Credit may apply for the position and can be considered. If selected, a waiver would be required prior to ?nal appointment. DCSA seniors without Joint Duty at the same er level may lateral into the position if selected without requesting a waiver.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documents, for the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as it relates to the fundamental competencies required for this position. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check process.

Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e.,Month/Year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statements should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

3. Mandatory ECQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. Your narrative statement should include specific examples of experience, education, and accomplishments, applicable to the position. DO NOT EXCEED 10 pages for your narrative statement addressing all ECQs. For further information and assistance in preparing your narrative statements, please see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) publication, "A Guide to SES Qualifications," available on the OPM web site at: . In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, permanent DISES, SIS, SNIS, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4.

4. Standard Form (SF) 50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable)
  • If you are a current or former Federal civilian employee you must submit your last or most recent SF-50 showing grade and tenure.
  • Current and former career SES members, permanent DISES, SIS, or SNIS must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.
  • Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.
If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

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