Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Technology and Innovation

Pentagon, Virginia
Mar 04, 2021
Mar 11, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


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The primary purpose of the position is to assist the Chief of Space Operations (CSO) in the development of strategy and policy to advance Science and Technology (S&T) and Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E); employ cutting edge digital technologies; assure USSF Information Technology (IT) needs are met; effectively manage data; and conduct analysis supporting all USSF staff elements.
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The Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Technology and Innovation, also known as the Chief, Technology and Innovation Office (CTIO), provides guidance, interpretation, information and direction as appropriate to the Chief of Space Operations (CSO), other Services and Military Departments, Air Force Major Commands, Space Force Field Command and Garrison Support. The incumbent represents Space Force Science and Technology, Innovation, Information Technology, Data Management, and Analysis at top-level MAJCOM, Air and Space Staff, Secretariat, OSD and higher level meetings having a wide range of policy, strategy, resource integration policy, information technology, and modernization implications. The incumbent is responsible for planning, managing, and directing the development, modernization and integration of Space Force digital transformation along the four lines of effort: digital workforce, digital headquarters, digital operations, and digital engineering.

The incumbent may influence national security policy for Air and Space Force IT systems and collaborate with the DAF Chief Information Officer on the current state of policy evolution within the Department of Defense and Joint communities. Assesses overall effectiveness of information systems through surveys, special visits, and analysis. Incumbent collaborates with Space Staff and other Air Staff and Secretariat elements in planning and executing strategies critical to establishing and sustaining the digital transformation of the Space Force. Represents Space Force in DoD efforts to develop Department-wide IT readiness, emphasizing the future state of readiness, supporting USSF Field Commands and USSPACECOM with the primary objective of mission support.

Builds and recruits organizational talent, attracts, develops, and retains talented individuals by creating a learning environment that ensures subordinates realize their highest potential, and allows the entire organization to meet future challenges. Champions diversity differences through team building. Takes action to increase diversity in the workplace and promotes increased diversity through recruitment and development of individuals from varied backgrounds with diversity of thought.

The incumbent must have a comprehensive knowledge of current digital capabilities and practices including data management, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber operations, planning, budgeting, and execution at the senior organizational level. Additionally, the incumbent should have a broad knowledge and understanding of S&T and analysis. The incumbent is required to apply a broad governmental background to IT, digital, and S&T policy and procedures. The incumbent must also determine and defend an annual Space Force CTIO and S&T budgets to OSD, OMB, and Congress.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • 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
  • Position has been designated Special-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
  • 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.


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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) : (NTE 4 pages - PDF format) A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQs 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. Demonstrated senior level experience in assessing the overall effectiveness of large-scale enterprise-wide Information Technology (IT) systems.
2. Executive level experience in the development of strategy and policy to advance Science and Technology (S&T).

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 and Mandatory Technical Qualifications).


A bachelor's degree in Information Technology or similar program from an accredited institution is highly desired. A master's or advanced degree is also highly desired.

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 click here . Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here .

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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.

A Resume-based Senior Executive Service (SES) Hiring Method will be used for this recruitment. This method provides an alternative to traditional submissions that requires applicants to submit a resume and 10-page written Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) narrative statement.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must demonstrate their mastery of ECQs and technical competencies through their resume. Only candidates that demonstrate mastery of ECQs and technical competencies will be invited for an interview. In lieu of an ECQ narrative, the Air Force will submit to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) information on the selected candidate's demonstrated ECQs. Once the Air Force Executive Resources Board and the Under Secretary of the Air Force approve the selected candidate, the Air Force Senior Executive Management Office will submit a Qualification Review Board (QRB) Template to OPM for certification of the candidate's ECQs. This template will include the candidate's demonstrated executive and leadership experience obtained from interviews and other materials acquired during the merit staffing process.

PLEASE NOTE: This position may also be filled under an Initial SES Appointment Authority provided by Congress (pending Department of Defense guidance). This authority will permit a qualified individual to be given an initial appointment into the Senior Executive Service (SES) within the DoD without being subject to the certification of Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualification Review Board (QRB).

A career SES appointment made under this authority does not guarantee that you will be eligible to transfer to another career SES appointment outside of the DoD without the need for you to compete. Other Federal agencies may require you to submit ECQs to OPM's QRB prior to your appointment in that agency.

Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet the Mandatory Technical 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 on the resume packages demonstrating a high degree of the executive core qualifications and technical competencies. Only those applicants whose packages demonstrate a mastery of ECQs and technical competencies are selected for interviews. Post interview, 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 Secretary of the Air Force and OPM Quality Review Board (QRB) Certification.

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

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.

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. All documents should be uploaded in PDF format.

A. Resume-based application method will be used. Applicants are required to submit a resume, not to exceed five (5) pages, that shows possession of the ECQs. A well-written resume for this announcement will demonstrate to Senior Hiring Officials that you possess the essential ECQs with supporting accomplishments. Applicants should incorporate ECQs and technical competencies as they write their resumes and can refer to the following OPM Link for additional guidance on SES Executive qualifications:

B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs seperately. Your MTQ statement must not exceed a combined total of four (4) pages.

C. Most recent completed Performance Appraisal or Performance Report (if available).

D. 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).

E. College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience, as noted by OPM (if applicable).

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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