Deputy Director Test and Evaluation

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Pentagon, Virginia
Posted
Oct 30, 2020
Closes
Nov 06, 2020
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Directorate of Test and Evaluation (AF/TE), Headquarters Air Force, in the Pentagon, assists the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF), other Secretariat offices, and the Chief of Staff in carrying out test and evaluation (T&E) programs of the Department of the Air Force.

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Responsibilities

The Deputy Director assists the Director in conducting oversight of developmental and operational Test and Evaluation (T&E) activities, management of the T&E assets and ranges required to support testing ($1B+ annual budget), advising Air Force leadership on T&E matters and coordinating with OSD and Congress on Air Force programs, resources, and workforce issues. The Deputy Director creates the vision for and reviews, for final approval, Air Force-level policy for T&E, including capabilities-based T&E, achieving readiness for Operational T&E, management of the Air Force Test Pilot School, and management of and planning for Air Force wide T&E resources, many with joint and national impact. Incumbent oversees support to Air Force programs undergoing T&E and requiring coordination of test concepts, plans and reports within Air Staff and OSD. The Deputy Director solves issues at the executive level between AF program offices, AF test organizations, Air Staff, and OSD oversight. The incumbent works with General Officer and SES-level MAJCOM leadership to set vision for and oversee planning, programming and execution of T&E budgets. The Deputy Director sets vision for management of professional development and training of the Air Force-wide T&E workforce. Incumbent works with Air Force and external stakeholders to coordinate priorities for the Air Force Foreign Materiel program for approval by senior leadership.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement
  • Selected candidate must file a Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • Drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use IAW Exec. Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86. Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
  • Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.
  • Position may require incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.
  • An initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period.
  • Attendance to the Air Force's Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC) is generally required within 12 months of appointment, subject to course availability.
  • Position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
  • Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.
  • Position has been designed Special Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • This is a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) which carries significant responsibility and is defined by public law. A 3-year tenure agreement is required for the position.
  • The incumbent must meet the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements cited in the certification requirements section of this announcement unless a waiver is granted by the AF Senior Acquisition Executive (SAE).


Qualifications

Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.

A. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education Requirement:


a. Degree: A professional engineering degree from an accredited institution is required. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
-OR-
b. Acceptable combinations of education and experience can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/ .

2. Certification Requirements:
  • This is a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) which carries significant responsibility and is defined by public law. 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 AF Senior Acquisition Executive (SAE) prior to selection.
  • Level III certification in Test and Evaluation can be obtained within 24 months of employment.
  • 10 years of acquisition experience or equivalent, 4 of which were in a CAP or equivalent position.

  • B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) : A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel and Executive Resources Board members may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

    1. Managing development of test and evaluation (T&E) activities associated with advanced technologies such as low observables, electronic warfare, and hypersonic flight as applied to military aerospace systems, their performance in combat operations, and related T&E infrastructure.

    2. Leading multi-functional organizations and multidisciplinary teams in creating, coordinating and disseminating strategic-level T&E policy, strategy and plans and communicating them at the executive level.

    C. MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs ): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES); they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Submit a supplemental statement of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs listed below) in the challenge/context/action/result (C-C-A-R) model format as provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to SES Qualifications . Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel, Executive Resources Board, and or OPM Quality Review Board reviewers may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. [OPM's guidance in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications (Appendix B)]. Refer to the OPM Guide to SES Qualifications for specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the C-C-A-R model, and examples of good qualifications statements located here .

    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.

    In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required--this information should be embedded within the application package (resume, MTQs and ECQs).

    Education

    Education Requirement:

    a. A professional engineering degree from an accredited institution is required. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
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    b. Acceptable combinations of education and experience.

    Additional information

    Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to the SES.

    Relocation Authorized: Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet any one of the Mandatory, Technical or Executive Core Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration.

    Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus as to the Best Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified candidates. Only the Best Qualified candidates will be interviewed. The panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order. Final selection is contingent upon the Air Force Executive Resources Board, the Under Secretary of the Air Force and OPM Approval.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

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

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the documents in the format as designated. Packages that do not include all of the required documents or meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.

    *************ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED IN PDF FORMAT******************


    The Qualifications Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins. Do not use borders, provide photos, or list a Social Security Number on any of the Qualifications Documents.
    A. Resume in the preferred format (Limit 10 pages). Upload in pdf format.
    B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs (Limit 6 pages). Upload in pdf format
    C. Executive Core Qualifications Statement addressing each of the ECQs ( Limit 10 pages pdf format );
    Or, OPM QRB Certification (1 page). (Note: ECQs are not required for current or former Career SES Members who have been certified by the Qualifications Review Board (QRB); please provide a copy of an SF-50 showing career SES status. Candidates who are not current or former Career SES Members but have OPM QRB certification of their ECQs must provide their OPM certificate).
    D. Most recent completed Performance Appraisal or Performance Report.
    E. Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee).
    G. College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience as noted by OPM.
    H. (Optional): Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at www.opm.gov
    I. (Optional): Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at www.opm.gov

    DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as copies of position descriptions, award certificates and transmittal letters will not be forwarded for review.

    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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