Director for Defense Technology Security Administration

Alexandria, Virginia
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 08, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Director, DTSA, shall function under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) and shall report directly to that official, consistent with Section 192 of Title 10. DTSA is responsible for identifying and mitigating national security risks associated with the international transfer of advanced technology and critical information while a at he same time supporting the enhancement of partner capabilities.
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The Director, DTSA directs, organizes, and manages its personnel and other resources to accomplish the responsibilities and functions as prescribed herein. The Director, advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the USD(P), on DoD technology security efforts and policy matters related to export licensing and the international transfer of sensitive technology, coordinating such matters with the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)), and others as appropriate. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as the focal point for the development and implementation of DoD policy positions on matters concerning technology security, and coordinates such matters with the USD(A&S) and USD(R&E), other OSD Principal Staff Assistants (PSAs), the Heads of the DoD Components, and others as appropriate; including, but not limited to:
a. the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies;
b. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations;
c. the Export Administration Regulations; and
d. commercial munitions and dual-use export license applications.
  • Serves as the focal point for DoD policy positions for Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) processes; Co-Executive Secretary and a member of the Arms Transfer and Technology Release Senior Steering Group (ATTR SSG).
  • Provides guidance and direction to the Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure Office (TSFDO) in the development and implementation of ATTR SSG initiatives and efforts; coordinates with ATTR SSG members on Priority TSFD Reviews (PTRs) and; Anticipatory Policies, and consolidates and streamlines TSFD processes, where appropriate.
  • Provides day-to-day oversight, administrative support, and working spaces to the TSFDO, which serves as the Executive Secretariat to the ATTR SSG and the DoD single entry point for PTR requests and other potential high-visibility TSFD cases.

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.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • 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.
  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into 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 Websites at:
OPM Executive Core Qualification Overview Page and

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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of foreign affairs in a variety of regions, national security strategy, U.S. Defense strategy, planning and policy, DoD security cooperation objectives, and priorities; and planning related to operations, security cooperation and force posture particularly in terms of how they affect decisions tied to the transfer of technology and sensitive information, and vice versa.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organizations, legislation, regulations, policy, practices, functions, and programs related to export licensing and technology transfers; and export control, including export control regimes, foreign disclosure, and security cooperation/assistance (such as the National Disclosure Policy Committee).
  • Demonstrated skill in handling multiple requirements for senior officials in a diverse, fast-paced environment that demands regular transactions with the Executive and Legislative branches of government, the private business sector, non-profit groups, and other governments.
  • Ability to support senior officials in internal decision making, interagency deliberations, and transactions with international counterparts as well as provide guidance and support to senior officials in the Military Services and other DoD organizations.

  • Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

    Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

    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
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    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-11036807-21-SR
    • 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
    • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 03/24/2021
    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. Demographics Information of Applicants: Click on the link to access the Demographics Information of Applicants

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

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