Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Mar 05, 2021
Mar 13, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Director for Acquisition (DA) develops and manages acquisition and contracting processes, activities, policies for MDA in support of the Missile Defense System (MDS) component programs. The DA reports to the Director of MDA, a 3 star Flag Officer, and is MDA's Chief Acquisition Officer responsible for execution of an annual acquisition budget of ~$10B. The DA serves as the most senior individual for acquisition within MDA and advises and assists the Director of MDA.
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The Director for Acquisition performs the following major duties:
- Develops, implements, and maintains the MDA acquisition framework. Orchestrates regular acquisition and contracting program reviews, review award fee and source selection plans, acquisition strategies, as well as chairs Acquisition Strategy Panels and Source Selection Advisory Councils.
- Establishes and implements acquisition and contracting policy and procedures, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulation; and monitors compliance. Incorporates updated or emergent DoD or OSD policy into tailored MDA acquisition policy and ensures subordinate MDS component programs comply with policies. Supports and guides the MDA Program Executives in developing and executing MDS component program acquisition strategies consistent with the overarching MDS acquisition strategy.
- Harmonizes acquisition and contracting policies and procedures amongst MDA Principal Elements, and advises Program Managers, acquisition managers and contracting officers that support development and transition of the Missile Defense Systems.
- Conceives and implements acquisition and contracting streamlining initiatives and leads top-level non-advocate acquisition and contracting management reviews. Chairs the Agency's Acquisition Strategy Panels, appoints Contracting Officers, serves as the sole selection authority, and approves Determinations, &Findings, and Acquisition Plans.
- Establishes and implements MDA decision support processes and tools to evaluate alternative projects and programs. Analyzes processes in terms of contracting and acquisition strategies, policies, performance requirements, and other unanticipated events that affects mission accomplishment.
- Provides oversight of initiatives that support sophisticated acquisition and other phased procurement activities requiring options for follow-on work which are negotiated; unsolicited proposals which generate challenges in proprietary rights, data, or patents; extensive sub-contracting; and dealings which will involve personnel unfamiliar with government contracting.
- Develops and maintains Baseline Execution Review (BER) and acquisition phase review guidance for the Agency. Coordinates with OSD staff to execute production decisions; identifies and collects issues for discussion at the acquisition-related executive-level reviews. Monitors research and preparation for selected issues prior to executive discussions and reviews.
- Critically examines acquisition methodologies Agency-wide and strategizes with the Director of MDA on anticipated needs for achieving MDA's mission.
- Represents the Director of MDA in high level forums and routinely interacts with senior executives and general flag officers within the Agency, across DoD and Services, with other Federal Agencies, and OMB. Additionally, collaborates with senior executives from national and international private sector industries, media representatives, academia, foreign officials, and members of Congress. Serves as the Agency's senior spokesperson and advisor on matters related to acquisition and contracting management.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel to national and international locations may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Work Schedule: Full time
  • Occasional Travel: As Mission requires
  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • Must obtain/maintain a Special Sensitive/Top Secret SCI security clearance.
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Selective Service Requirement: Please visit for more information.
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  • Selected candidate will be subject to a two-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has been served.
  • Background Investigation: This position is designated as special sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish eligibility for appropriate security clearances.
  • Financial Disclosure: Selectee will be required to complete and submit an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.
  • Veterans' Preference is not applicable.
  • Telework: Yes, situational telework eligible


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

Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format ) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at . Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements not to exceed 2 pages per ECQ.

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.

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. Please limit your written statements to not to exceed a total of two pages per statement per technical qualification.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and proven technical and managerial expertise required to provide oversight and direct all activities associated with successful execution of major defense acquisition programs.
  • Mastery of program management concepts and standards across diverse products and basing modes associated with all aspects of ensuring effective execution of complex acquisition and contracting programs involving multiple organizations within the U.S. and foreign entities.
  • Mastery of full-spectrum acquisition and associated contract administration, practices and policies, directives, regulations, and public laws as applied to joint and combined weapons systems acquisition programs.

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service desired if current Federal Employee.


    Education - A degree in Business or Administration/Management or related Financial Management discipline is desired.

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

    Additional information

    This is a Tier 3 position. This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders. SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations. As an executive you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

    Background Investigation: This position is designated as critical sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish eligibility for appropriate security clearances.

    Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position. This must be submitted annually and upon termination of employment.

    Acquisition Certification and Acquisition Corps Membership - This is a Critical Acquisition Position, Level III Certification, in Contracting, Program Management, or Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering. The selectee must be an Acquisition Corps member at the time of permanent selection or have been granted a waiver for membership. Acquisition Corps membership and Career Field certification must be achieved within 24 months of Entry on Duty. The Executive must complete 80 continuous learning points every two years.

    Travel to national and international locations may be required.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documents, for the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as it relates to the ECQs and TQ's identified below. required for this position. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.

    Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

    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

    • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be referred for consideration.
    • Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Your narrative should be no more than two pages per ECQ.
    • Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ). Your narrative should be no more than two pages per TQ.
    • Current SF-50, if you are a current Federal Employee/ Current SES ( If applicable).
    • If you have approved ECQs from OPM, please submit your certificate.
    Special note: You must address ALL of the ECQs and TQs for consideration for this position. Applications received without the required ECQs and TQ supplemental narratives or if you are over the page limits, you WILL NOT receive consideration. DO NOT submit additional information (i.e. cover letters, awards, appraisals).Once your application is received we will conduct a review of your application package to ensure all required documents have been received. All applications that have all required documents will be forwarded to management for panel review and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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