Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff

Pentagon, Virginia
Apr 06, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a senior civilian advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF). As the Senior Advisor, the incumbent serves as a trusted counsel on sensitive issues and special matters of direct and substantial interest and concern to the CSAF.

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The incumbent is responsible for establishing and maintaining close and effective liaison relationships with principal executives and officials of the aforementioned groups. Provides effective and timely identification of emerging issues in civil-military relations, assessing their implications and advising the CSAF on recommended courses of action or communication. Supports the CSAF with expertise in managing relations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), civilian leadership, and Congressional interactions where civil-military relations play a role or are a defining factor in the range of suitable actions. Maintains close contact with experts across the Department and coaches CSAF and senior leaders in adroitly navigating the political and professional landscape. Advises CSAF in setting tone for leader development in civil-military relations. Provides strategic advice and expert support for the CSAF in his role as a member of the JCS. Provides expert analysis and insight into current Joint Staff initiatives, posture, and organizational structure, keeping in close contact with key Joint Directorates. The incumbent remains attuned to national security decision-making and ongoing efforts within the National Security Council and provides advice to the CSAF in his statutory role as a member of the JCS. Provides expert analysis and counsel to the CSAF on legislation and defense reforms as they relate to joint matters and the Air Force. Advises how the Air Force can best align and communicate within the JCS to achieve CSAF objectives.

Maintains a close association with the CSAF and is well informed of his views and philosophies, which enable the incumbent to align the activities of the office. Guides CSAF effort and influence in high ops tempo and complex executive environment, at highest levels. Engages with the CSAF, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (VCSAF), Headquarters Air Force leaders, Senior Air Staff leaders, Joint Staff and Defense Agency Officials to remain informed on the
activities, programs, and strategically significant developments. Responsible for directing the strategic alignment of the CSAF's outreach and engagement
programs through coordination across the Air Staff agencies and subordinate Air Force headquarters. Leads strategy development for the CSAF's priority initiatives and assesses milestones towards achievement. The incumbent conducts complex and high priority special assignments at the direction of the CSAF involving extensive research and fact finding to develop analyses, position and issue papers and program improvements on a variety of high-level
subjects of critical importance to the Air Force. Assures pertinent material and data is available to the CSAF for decision-making on highly
sensitive and controversial issues. Recommendations arising from incumbent's studies and analyses are typically instrumental in communication of Air Force policies and perceptions thereof. Incumbent serves as a spokesperson for the office in meetings and other forums to communicate decisions, viewpoints and requirements.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Complete applications MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) of the closing date of the announcement to be considered
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Position requires the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET/SCI Security clearance
  • Must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD. An individual's initial SL career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period.
  • Active Duty Military Members must indicate retirement eligibility
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be offered
  • A 3-year tenure agreement is required for the position.
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • EXECUTIVE PERSONNEL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (Standard Form 278). Selected candidate must file this report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.


QUALIFICATIONS: 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. Your conduct and character must demonstrate suitability for the position for which you are applying. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the Civilian Senior Executive corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.

A. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Candidate must have three (3) years of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-15/GG-15/Pay Band 4/5) or equivalent or specialized experience obtained in the private sector related to the duties of this SL position.

A. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) (NTE 6 Pages): 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:
  • Demonstrated executive level knowledge, leadership, and experience conducting policy matters, establishing and maintaining close and effective strategic-level relationships with senior officials.
  • Sustained executive level performance in navigating the political and professional landscape, and the identification of emerging issues in civil-military relations, assessing implications and advising senior executives on recommended courses of action and or communication.
  • Proven ability to provide strategic-level counsel, expert analysis and insight on legislative and joint defense reforms and initiatives, civil-military posture and organizational structure.
  • B. SENIOR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (NTE 3 Pages): Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel and Hiring Officials may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. Supplemental statement addressing the following:
  • Contributions: Achievements that impacted the organizations mission and contributed to knowledge advancements in the fields of advanced research/strategy.
  • Leadership: Recognized leader in the application of advanced research/strategy, as evidenced by personal impact to and enhancement of the organizations capability and scope. Professional Stature: Recognized standing as indicated by memberships and activity in professional organizations and/or within the larger DoD/Industry professional community. This includes citations, honors, awards, patents, and publications and other forms of recognition, such as requests for professional consultation, which indicate acceptance by peer group as an authoritative source in the field. C. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The following will be used to help rate and rank candidates
  • Advanced research experience and previous experience as a special assistant, speechwriter, Commander's Action Group, and strategist to senior level military leaders are highly desirable.

  • Education

    An advanced degree in in research or related field is highly desirable.

    Additional information

    Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted with each application package to be considered. "Transfer" and "Reinstatement" or equivalent eligibles must provide their most current SF-50 and the SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if not reflected on most current/separation SF-50. *Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list.

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    The following conditions of employment apply:
    A. TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE. Successful candidates must be able to meet the standards required for a national security clearance. Those standards are reflected in the SF 86 (www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/sf86.pdf). This position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET clearance.
    B. TRAVEL. Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations.
    Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice.
    C. POST-GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS. This position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
    D. ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEMBERS. On resume, indicate when you are eligible for retirement.
    E. RELOCATION AUTHORIZED: Yes. Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).
    F. KEY POSITION: This position is designated as a Key Position IAW AFI 36-507. Duties of the position are essential to the accomplishment of wartime/contingency operations. Incumbents must be removed from their military recall status if alternatives for filling the position during an emergency are not available.
    G. Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): 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.

    If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .

    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 .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applications will be evaluated against the foregoing qualification requirements. Failure to meet any one of the mandatory technical or senior professional qualification standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration. A screening panel will evaluate the candidates for this position composed of a diverse mix of senior executives selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel members will individually review each of the applications in terms of the qualifications criteria contained in this announcement. The qualifications stated are the minimum requirements of the position to be Qualified, a rating schedule will be applied by a screening panel to determine which candidates are considered to be Best Qualified. Then, they will meet to discuss each application, and reach a consensus decision as to the best qualified, qualified or not qualified candidates. The panel will interview all of the best-qualified candidates based upon consistently applied criteria. 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 of a candidate is contingent upon approval of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/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.
    **********PLEASE UPLOAD EACH ITEM BELOW AS A SEPARATE DOCUMENT ************** ******
    **********ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED IN PDF FORMAT***********************

    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.

    A. Resume in the preferred format (Limit 5 pages).
    B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs (Limit 6 pages).
    C. Senior Professional Qualifications briefly addressing all 3 factors (Limit 3 pages).
    D. Desirable Qualifications Statement briefly addressing each of the DQs (Limit 1 page).
    E. (Required): Most recent Performance Appraisal or Performance Report (If applicable).
    F. Current or former federal employees: Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level.
    G. Active duty members who do not already have an approved retirement or separation must submit a statement from your Service's Career Field Action/Assignment Officer which certifies you are eligible to separate, retire or begin terminal leave typically within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement.
    H. Veterans with preference eligible candidates: Submit a DD214 member copy 4 which includes your former service dates and type of discharge. Or, candidates currently serving on active duty, who have not yet received a DD214 member copy 4, submit a copy of your retirement orders or a certification of expected discharge or release signed by your unit commander or higher headquarters. Certificate must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). The certification verifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement. Active duty members who do not already have an approved retirement or separation must submit a statement from your Service's Career Field Action/Assignment O??icer which certifies you are eligible to separate, retire or begin terminal leave within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement.
    I. (Optional): College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience as noted by OPM and required for this occupational series:
    J. (Optional): Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at www.opm.gov
    K. (Optional): Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at www.opm.gov

    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.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify this office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

    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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