Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jan 19, 2021
Jan 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
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As a SUPERVISORY NUCLEAR SURETY SPECIALIST at the GS-0301-14/15 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • The incumbent is a recognized subject matter expert in formulating DoD policy relating to the safety, security, personnel reliability program, and use of control functions for nuclear weapons across the DoD.
  • Leads diverse teams to conduct Weapon Systems Safety Assessments and DoD Force-on-Force program policy evaluations for OSD.
  • Prepares, advocates for, and coordinates on critical accountability documents, such as the Nuclear Weapons Council Chairman's Annual Report to Congress, the DoD/DOE Joint Surety Report, the Annual Nuclear Security Deviation Report, the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Memorandum, and the Requirements Planning Document.
  • Interfaces with Service staffs, DoD and other government agencies on related surety matters.
  • Develops policies, directives, and guidance, which may be adopted as DoD regulations or directives.
  • Ensures DoD nuclear surety policies and directives support current and future nuclear enterprise programs.
  • Serves as Executive Secretary for the Interagency Security Policy Verification Committee (SPVC) and technical advisor to the NATO Joint Theatre Surety Management Group.
  • Oversees activities to provide joint DoD/DOE coordination and communication for use control systems and assists weapon system project officer's groups (POG) in defining requirements in line with broader Service, (DoD) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) long range goals.
  • Directs all planning and execution associated with the DoD Force-on-Force program on behalf of DASD(NM)) and designed to evaluate the adequacy of DoD nuclear security policy.
  • Plans and executes tests, studies research in support of the SPVC Nuclear Security Enhancement Program to identify solutions to vulnerabilities.
  • The incumbent manages the Nuclear Surety and DoD Force-on-Force programs which require leadership and management of all division resources to provide technical expertise to DoD to formulate policy, identify and evaluate risk, determine risk management strategies and evaluate the adequacy of security at nuclear weapon facilities.
  • Manages the multi-¬million-dollar programs in their entirety, requiring out year planning for POM cycles, planning, developing, coordinating, and executing several multi-agency, multi-departmental, multi-service, multi-national exercises.
  • Assesses and rates the effectiveness and efficiency of Division team efforts and program/project results.
  • As a first-level supervisor, performs the full range of technical, administrative and personnel management responsibilities related to the accomplishment of the assigned mission.
  • Structures assignments and reviews work of subordinates based on degree of difficulty, priorities and deadlines. Selectively considers the difficulty and requirements of assignments and the capabilities of employees in making assignments.
  • Advocates appropriate corrective and/or adverse action for performance or conduct.
  • Schedules and grants leave. Identifies training needs and develops and implements training plans.
  • Applies Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) principles and requirements to all personnel management actions and decisions and ensures all personnel are treated in a manner free of discrimination.
  • Coaches employees and develops work plans of performance expectations.
  • Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.
  • Evaluates work performance of subordinates; gives advice, counsel, or instruction to incumbents on both work and administrative matters; identifies developmental and training needs of incumbents, providing or arranging for needed development and training; finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed; and develops performance standards.
  • Plans, organizes, supports and coordinates the work of team members.
  • Ensures efficient utilization and professional development of incumbents is achieved. Reviews accomplishment of incumbents and the program in terms of product/process quality, quantity, applicability and timeliness.
  • Accepts, amends, or rejects work.
  • Ensures that the methods used to support the objectives and that technical recommendations are sound and appropriate.
  • Develops the work plan, prioritizes work, and makes assignments considering difficulty and complexity of work and incumbent capabilities.
  • Works with team members in developing performance plans and major performance objectives and provides advice and assistance on performance.
  • Develops and/or supports career plans and identifies/make provisions for training and professional development needs of subordinates.
  • Provides advice, counsel, and instruction of both technical and administrative matters. Hears grievances and incumbent complaints and resolves or refers unresolved cases/group grievances accordingly.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance.
  • Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic random drug testing thereafter.


You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Controlling functions for nuclear weapons.
  • Assisting in overseeing the operation of a comprehensive nuclear safety program responsible for handling, storing, transporting, maintaining, retrofitting, or using nuclear weapons.
  • Evaluating risk, and evaluating the adequacy of security at nuclear weapon facilities.
You may qualify at the GS-15, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Controlling functions for nuclear weapons.
  • Overseeing the operation of a comprehensive nuclear safety program of DOD facilities responsible for handling, storing, transporting, maintaining, retrofitting.
  • Using nuclear weapons; and evaluating risk, determining risk management strategies and evaluating the adequacy of security at nuclear weapon facilities.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


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

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities - Schedule A
Special Hiring Authority for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

Selective Service Requirement: Please visit for more information.

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Other Notes:

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Policy, Procedure and Program Support
  • Supervision and Management
  • Technical responsibilities

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

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

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc...). 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

1. 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 number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Veteran's Documents
  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

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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