Director Geospatial Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate

Chantilly, Virginia
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America's intelligence satellites.

This is a Tier 3 position. This position is in the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES), a small elite group of top government leaders. DISES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.

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Directs the formulation and execution of long-range, strategic plans for the entire GEOINT Directorate, which have far-reaching implications for national security, the safety of DoD personnel across the globe, and are instrumental in providing key intelligence information that guides the US multi-trillion-dollar defense acquisition enterprise. Ensures key national and NRO goals, priorities, and values are part of the planning process. Forecasts for technology advancements and integrates these advances into strategic plans. Directs reviews and adjustments of strategic plans as needed based on changes in national goals, technology, and resource constraints. Communicates challenging goals, translates vision into specific initiatives, and effectively delegates, coordinates, and motivates individuals to achieve results.

Directs the development and promulgation of policies and programs to achieve long-range strategic plans. Establishes the organizational strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the Directorate; manages the integration and execution of Directorate activities and resources across GEOINT; and provides management, guidance, and day-to-day oversight of GEOINT personnel in achieving the mission and goals of the NRO Strategic Framework. Evaluates GEOINT's management control processes and objectives for alignment with the NRO Strategic Framework. Manages GEOINT acquisitions to satisfy current and future community-validated requirements. Provides accurate, complete, and timely reporting to the DNRO. Ensures the development and execution of the GEOINT portion of the NRO budget; prepares thorough estimates of financial and personnel resources required to execute GEOINT programs; ensures lifecycle costs are appropriately considered. Determines long-term acquisition strategies, coordinates DNRO approval of the strategies, postures the organization to support those strategies, and oversees the implementation to ensure necessary integration, cohesiveness, and optimal use of resources are executed.

Allocates resources required to execute the mission throughout the Directorate (i.e., civilian, military personnel, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC), and contract Advisory and Assistance Services (CAAS)/Systems Engineering Technical Analysis (SETA) personnel. Ensures subordinate staff and agencies have sufficient funds to conduct acquisition activities.

Interfaces directly with Congressional members and staff, Office of Management and Budget, ODNI and DOD principals, mission partners, user communities, and industry to develop, communicate, and defend end-to-end solutions or technology options that maximize the contribution of the NRO to near-term GEOINT problems and optimize strategies that enable the availability and unfettered sharing multi-INT data to meet user requirement for actionable integrated information per prescribed timelines. Promotes continuous improvement by identifying deficiencies and redundancies in directorate processes, facilitates agreement and acceptance of corrective action, communicates procedural changes, and monitors the effectiveness of implementation. Establishes and communicates programmatic and mission execution authorities, personnel management responsibilities, and expectations for general conduct to the GEOINT Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Provides guidance and direction to GEOINT SLT members and adjudicates between offices on business management issues.

Serves as a Source Selection Authority unless delegated for all GEOINT contractual activities. Serves as chair of applicable Award Fee Boards and executes Fee Determining Official authorities.
Exercises executive managerial and motivational control over approximately 220 military and government civilian personnel and over 280 SETA, FFRDC, and other support contractors in GEOINT. The direct work force managed is comprised of joint military/civilian and interagency civilian personnel ranging in grade from O-2 to O-6 and GS-5 to SES weighted to field-grade and high-grade ranks (O-4 to O-6 and GS-13 to DISL) and 3 SES positions.

Responsible for the development of military and civilian personnel within assigned career fields to provide the skills, experience, and training needed for the future. Ensures personnel management initiatives are consistent with strategic plans. Exercises leadership and management in acquiring a diverse work force and enforces equal opportunity and treatment. Exercises final authority for the spectrum of personnel actions recommended by subordinate organization leadership. Supports and reviews, in coordination with the Chief of Staff, GEOINT's hiring, training, development, retention, and succession planning activities to maintain continuity of mission operations and objectives during personnel transitions. Delegates personnel management responsibility to subordinate organization chiefs consistent with NRO management philosophy.

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 will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance w/polygraph
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): May be Authorized.
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is NOT telework eligible
  • MOBILITY AGREEMENT: Required. Selectee will be required to sign a mobility agreement as a condition of employment.
  • The use of recruitment incentives, paid relocation and/or retention incentives may be authorized
  • Senior Executives are required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF 306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check .
  • Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position.
  • Probationary Period: You will serve a two-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.


EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (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 five ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "ineligible". Additional information on the ECQs is available at . Each narrative statement 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 written statements to no more than 2 pages per ECQ not to exceed a total of 10 pages. Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when preparing ECQ narratives. Provide two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ and ensure your experience meets the ECQ criteria.

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.

Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) - Leading the Intelligence Enterprise: Required for all senior executive positions effective 1 October 2010. This SOCQ involves the ability to integrate resources, information, interests, and activities effectively in support of the IC's mission and to lead and leverage cross organizational collaborative networks to achieve significant mission results. Inherent to this Standard is a deep understanding of the Intelligence enterprise (or other comparable interagency or multi-organizational environment) and a shared commitment to the IC's core values. Please limit your written statements to no more than one page per ICSOCQ.

IC Senior Officers have a responsibility to share information and knowledge to achieve results, in that regard are expected to build effective networks and alliances; actively engage these peers and stakeholders; involve them in key decision; and effectively leverage these networks to achieve significant results. Senior officers are expected to create an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view. Candidates assessed against this competency must:

1. Collaboration and Integration: Build, leverage, and lead collaborative networks with key peers and stakeholders across the IC and/or other government/private-sector organizations, or professional/technical disciplines to achieve significant joint/multi-agency mission outcomes. Integrate joint/multi-agency activities effectively exercising collaborative plans that realize mutual IC, joint, or multi-organizational goals.

2. Enterprise Focus: IC Senior officers are expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of how the missions, structures, leaders, and cultures of the various IC components interact and connect; synthesize resources, information and other inputs to effectively integrate and align component, IC, and the United States Government interests and activities to achieve IC-wide, national, and international priorities. Senior officers are expected to encourage and support Joint Duty assignments and developmental experiences that develop and reinforce enterprise focus among their subordinates. Candidates assessed against the component must: Understand the roles, missions, capabilities, and organizational and political realities of the intelligence enterprise; apply that understanding to drive joint, interagency, or multi-organizational mission accomplishment. Understand how organizations, resources, information, and processes within the IC interagency/multi-organizational environment interact with and influence one another; apply that understanding to solve complex interagency or multi-organizational problems.

3. Values-Centered Leadership: IC Senior officers are expected to personally embody, advance and reinforce IC core values. Senior officers are expected to demonstrate and promote departmental and/or component values. Candidates assessed against this competency must demonstrate: A Commitment to selfless service and excellence in support of the IC's mission, as well as to preserving, protecting, and defending the Nation's laws and liberties. The Integrity and Courage(moral, intellectual, and physical) to seek and speak the truth, to innovate, and to change things for the better, regardless of personal or professional risk. Collaboration as members of a single IC-wide team, respecting and leveraging the diversity of all members of the IC, their background, their sources and methods, and their points of view.
Promote, reinforce, and reward IC, departmental/component core values in the workforce and ensure that actions, policies, and practices are aligned with, and embody those values. Ensure that organizational strategies, policies, procedures, and actions give appropriate focus, attention, and commitment to diversity of people, points of view, ideas, and insights.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ): 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 2 pages per statement per technical qualification.
  • Extensive experience in acquiring state-of-the-art intelligence GEOINT space systems and recent knowledge of the NRO mission.
  • Extensive experience in the identification and adaptation of state-of-the-art/best practices in acquisition, project/program management, frameworks, software programming, computing engineering, digital computing, collection systems, and overhead communication systems or special communications systems technologies.
  • Thorough knowledge of (1) the intelligence program budget cycle and building program plans and congressional budget justifications; (2) resource management and strategic planning to secure and manage resources and apply those resources to affect desired outcomes; familiarity with GEOINT capital planning, investment policy, and procedures; (3) current collection technology trends, potential for the application of current and emerging technology solutions to meet customer requirements or to identify software engineering, programming, etc., technology gaps/shortfalls in current capabilities and processes; (4) space survivability issues; and (5) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA) and ODNI IC Directives pertaining to Major Defense Acquisition Programs.

  • All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.


    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    A Bachelor's degree is mandatory. You must include transcripts, either official or unofficial, with your application package. All transcripts must include the degree awarded as well as school and student identification.

    Additional information

    All current and former civilian Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, salary, 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.

    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.

    This is a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) and has been designated as a Key Leadership Position which carries significant responsibility, primarily involving supervisory or managerial duties in acquisition. A 3-year tenure agreement is required for the position. The incumbent must meet the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements cited below, unless a waiver is granted by the OUSD (I&S).
    (a) Level III certification in Program Management or Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE) or can be obtained within 24 months.
    (b) 10 years of acquisition experience or equivalent, 4 of which were in a CAP or equivalent position.

    Joint Duty Credit: 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.

    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. IC seniors without Joint Duty at the same tier level may lateral into the position if selected without requesting a waiver.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: .

    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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    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
    National security

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. RESUME - Your Resume listing your name, contact information, work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be referred for consideration.

    2. ECQs - Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that provides specific examples of work experiences addressing each of the five Executive Core Qualifications. Your narratives should be no more than 2 pages per ECQ, not to exceed a total of 10 pages. More information on how to prepare/address ECQs can be found at .

    3. ICSOCQs - Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ). Your narrative should be no more than 1 page for each (SOCQ).

    4. Technical Qualifications - Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Technical Qualification. Your narrative should be no more than 2 pages for each Technical Qualification

    5. Joint Duty Credit Information, if applicable.

    6. Transcripts: 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.

    Special note: Current and former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) since you have already demonstrated your ECQs, however, you must address ALL of the ICSOCQs (If you are not a current Defense Intelligence Senior Executive/Senior Leader), and Technical Qualifications (TQs) for this position. If you are a current SES/DISES please provide a copy of your ECQs. (All other candidates must submit all required paperwork). Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

    Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.

    Applications received without the required ECQ, ICSOCQs and TQ supplemental narratives WILL NOT receive consideration.

    DO NOT submit additional information (i.e. cover letters, awards, appraisals, pages in excess of the 10 page limit for ECQs, ICSOCQs and TQs).

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