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


The Assistant Director (AD), Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), DISES Tier 1, position is located in the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and reports to the Deputy Director, DCSA.

This Position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. For more information see Selection under this appointment authority does not confer competitive status.
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As the Assistant Director, DoD CAF you will be responsible for the following:
  • The incumbent of this position has overall managerial responsibility for administering all DoD CAF adjudication operations and oversight of the approximately 750 DoD CAF employees and contractor support.
  • Oversees the development, evaluation, and management of the DoD CAF to ensure full compliance with all existing laws and regulations, both internal and external to the Department.
  • Assesses the impact of new laws and policies on program operations and makes policy/procedural changes or recommendations for regulatory and/or legislative changes.
  • Serves as a focal point for the DoD adjudications program planning, direction, and control including implementation of Executive Orders, statutes, and Government regulations. Provides integrated policy guidance and direction to ensure consistency with DoD and National level objectives.
  • Oversees the review and evaluation of investigations and other supporting information to determine the adequacy and scope of the information to determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend, or restrict security clearances consistent with national security and/or suitability issues.
  • Provides leadership for developing organizational objectives, performance goals, measurements and metrics, and long-range strategic plans.
  • Coordinates with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Departments, Defense Agencies, the Intelligence Community, the Performance Accountability Council Program Management Office, the Security and Suitability Executive Agents, and others, as needed, in support of cooperation efforts and policy development and implementation. Provides leadership and expertise for interagency initiatives for execution of DoD CAF functions.
  • Analyzes and recommends methods for enhancing the efficiency of the adjudication program through modifications and applications of evolving technology; and evaluating and making recommendations concerning overall plans and proposals for major agency and interagency projects.
  • Plans for significantly new or overarching security program requirements, and/or leads or participates as a technical expert in interagency study groups for resolving problems in existing security systems and programs requiring innovative solutions.
  • Advises and makes recommendations to the Director, DCSA on major program developments and apprises him/her of significant issues.
  • Represents the Director, DCSA at senior level meetings with officials of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Departments, Defense Agencies, the Intelligence Community, the Performance Accountability Council Program Management Office, the Security and Suitability Executive Agents, and contractor organizations.
  • Ensures a continuing application of DCSA policies concerning equal employment opportunity and affirmative employment.
  • Makes certain that discrimination for any reason, against any protected class, is prohibited and is swiftly and effectively dealt with. Protected class refers to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation), gender identity, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, veteran status, pregnancy, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, or protected genetic information.
  • 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 ability to provide direction, operational advice and consultation for enterprise-level activities to top-level officials in the DoD, the Military Departments, Defense Agencies and/or Defense industrial organizations.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of security concepts, principles, practices, policies, laws, Executive Orders and directives dealing with personnel security including adjudications for national security eligibility, suitability and credentialing.
3. Demonstrated achievement resolving complex problems and conflicts across diverse programs and policies affecting enterprise-level activities, including leadership of a 500 plus person organization.


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 final appointment. DCSA seniors without Joint Duty at the same tier 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
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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