Chief Defense Operations Personnel and Support Branch

Washington, D.C
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 14, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


If not already a member of the SES serving under a career appointment, the individual selected must have his/her executive qualifications certified by a Qualifications Review Board of the Office of Personnel Management before appointment to this position, and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period in this position. The actual salary will be set by determining the appropriate SES level for the person selected. For more information regarding the SES, go to .
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"This position is being re-advertised. Applicants who applied previously to JOA# OMB-20-50-KJ-ES do not need to reapply as they will continue to receive consideration."

Under the general direction of the Deputy Associate Director for National Security Division, the incumbent serves as a Branch Chief in OMB.

The Chief Defense Operations Personnel and Support Branch manages a branch of professional and support staff engaged in ongoing review and analysis of assigned programs to allocate budget resources, ascertain program effectiveness, stimulate program and management improvements, and review and assist in the development of budgetary, legislative, and management proposals. Specifically, the incumbent:
  • Advises the Deputy Associate Director and senior OMB leadership. Coordinates Branch oversight for assigned departments, agencies and governmental activities. Identifies policy issues and problems that require attention and recommends options for resolution, including suggesting the outline, scope, and schedule of studies and other special projects.
  • Coordinates the reviews of the budgets for the departments and agencies assigned. Advises on the formulation of budget and policy, and ensures that policy is followed by agencies. Manages the Branch's review of assigned apportionments
  • Performs and supervises legislative, economic, management, and organizational analyses for assigned program areas. Works with OMB leadership and OMB's Legislative Reference Division on the formulation and approval of legislation
  • Oversees the Branch's support to OMB and White House Policy officials including preparation for National Security Council-led and other interagency meetings. Supervises the Branch's participation in staff-level interagency policy making processes
  • Coordinates the preparation of or reviews and advises on preparation of formal documents relative to assigned departments or governmental activities, such as Budget and State of the Union messages, special messages, veto messages, and executive orders. Reviews and at times prepares letters from the President or the Director to agency heads.
  • Supervises a highly competent staff of budget and program analysts. Plans work operations, directs the flow of work, sets priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work; assigns work to subordinates and evaluates performance, gives counsel, advice and instruction to individual employees on both work and administrative matters
  • Provides assistance and advice on other aspects of the administration of the division as required
  • As required, works with congressional committee staffs on budgetary, policy, and program matters.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • A one year probationary period is required.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Your narrative statements should include examples of experience, and accomplishments applicable to the qualification. Structure your statements in terms of the action taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken, and the outcome or results from such actions. You should write each statement with the vacancy in mind as all qualifications are directly related to the position being filled. Be sure to include appropriate training and awards when addressing your qualifications. Please limit your narrative statements to one and a half pages per factor.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all technical qualifications. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application and you will be rated as 'ineligible.'
  • Senior level experience in budget, program, and policy analysis, with practice in the use of quantitative techniques
  • Experience in, or demonstrated potential for, leading teams and/or managing a professional staff to achieve timely, effective, and high quality results
  • Demonstrated ability to represent agency policies and positions effectively and to negotiate differences to mutually acceptable outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concisely and effectively with senior policy officials, both orally and in writing, particularly in support of policy processes that often involve short timeframes
  • Experience working with defense and national security issues
MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): In addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualification Requirements listed above, all new entrants into the SES under a career appointment will be assessed for executive competency against the following five mandatory executive core qualifications.

If you do not submit a separate statement addressing the ECQs and MTQs, you will not receive consideration for the position.

Note: If you are a member of the SES or have been certified through successful participation in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), or have SES reinstatement eligibility, you do not need to respond to the ECQs. Instead, you should attach proof (e.g., SF-50, Certificate of Completion of SESCDP) of your eligibility for appointment to the SES.

The following Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative. It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of the competencies on the whole. The competencies are: Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communications; Continual Learning; Written Communication; Integrity/Honesty; and Public Service Motivation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organization 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.
  • Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions/Communications - 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.
For further information and tips on writing effective narrative statements, see OPM's publication 'A Guide to SES Qualifications available on the OPM website at: .

If you do not submit a separate statement addressing these qualifications, you will not receive consideration for the position.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

OMB is committed to creating a multicultural and supportive work environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization.

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Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see )

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Office of Administration's Human Resources Management Division will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory professional/technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates. The panel may conduct interviews with the top candidates and then make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that he/she should interview.

Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board, unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.
  • Narrative statements addressing the five ECQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.
  • Narrative statements addressing the MTQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.
Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire .

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