Director, Readiness and Force Employment Division

Pentagon, Virginia
Jan 07, 2021
Jan 15, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Director of the Readiness and Force Employment Division (rFED) serves as the principal staff assistant for all assigned functional areas. The incumbent must have the personal trust and confidence of the Director, CAPE and Deputy Director, Program Evaluation and possess the ability to work effectively with the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, senior leaders of the Services and other senior policy making personnel within the Department.
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The Director, rFED, conducts studies of resource issues associated with alternative force structures, operational readiness, and the support posture of the Department of Defense (DoD). These studies cover the sufficiency of unit training and equipping, as well as the requirements to supply, support, and maintain forces, including transportation, fuel, training, subsistence, equipment, and related elements. Many of the studies conducted by the incumbent directly inform the Planning and Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process. Others are directed by senior DoD officials in response to special requirements, or are initiated by the incumbent. The studies contribute directly to decisions made by the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on the DoD force structure and related support and infrastructure activities. Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Initiates and directs an active program of in-house and contract research to develop new methods of assessing force structure alternatives; the interrelationships among combat forces, combat support activities, and other infrastructure activities; and policy trade- offs, within a fixed resource constraint, between such considerations as the size or composition of the force and its readiness. These studies typically will lead to changes in the guidance to the military departments and defense agencies on force structure and operations.
  • Assists the Deputy Director (PE) in the execution of their responsibilities to the Director, CAPE for administration of the program review. Directs the development of the Program Objective Memoranda (POM) Preparation Instructions that prescribe the full content of the Military Department and Defense Agency POM. Directs the central administrative functions (communications, tracking, reporting) of the program review.
  • Reviews the reasonableness of the costs in the POM and Budget Estimate Submissions for the Department's operational readiness, infrastructure, and overseas posture programs. Directly interfaces with senior staff within the Office of the Comptroller to help assure the validity of DoD program and budget cost figures, to price budget alternatives, and to reconcile differences between the DoD Comptroller and OD/CAPE cost estimates. Also works directly with OSD Policy and the Joint Staff to ensure proposed alternatives are consistent with Departmental guidance and strategy.
  • Represents the DD(PE) on steering groups, interdepartmental committees, and similar bodies. Works closely with key staff from the services, military departments, OSD, and other government agencies.
  • Directs and supervises a staff of highly-trained and qualified operations research analysts, cost analysts, and other professionals, additionally exercising the authority to call upon any element Division of the Department of Defense for such assistance as may be required. Maintains surveillance over and provides technical monitoring of contract research studies.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the job announcement.
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.


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

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Use two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).

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.

Applicants that are either Career SES members, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs.

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. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.

1. Broad knowledge of current U.S. Defense postures, policies, and objectives. In particular, in-depth knowledge of current U.S. military force structures and the defense infrastructure that supports them and force planning and analysis involving several of the following: readiness, infrastructure, overseas bases and infrastructure, and energy.

2. Ability to develop and apply analytical models and techniques to evaluate the costs, effectiveness, and benefits of alternative U.S. military programs and systems.

3. Experience in the concepts and procedures used in a major resource allocation system such as the DoD's Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution system (PPBES).

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement:

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must have the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must 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, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).


Positive Education Requirement - Degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, and mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.


Additional information

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 01/19/2021

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 on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your ECQs must be certified by the OPM QRB before your appointment can occur.

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

1. Resume - In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications, not to exceed five pages. Applicants typically provide the following information:
  • Vacancy Announcement number SES-10998492-21-MG
  • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http://
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

3. Mandatory ECQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4.

4. Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former career SES members 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.

5. Transcripts: Please refer to the Education tab.

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

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