STRATEGIC TRENDS ANALYST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Posted
Apr 07, 2021
Closes
Apr 15, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

As a STRATEGIC TRENDS ANALYST at the GS-0301-12/13 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Providing operationally-relevant, actionable, credible, and timely recommendations to the Agency on mitigation or elimination approaches to anticipated future battlefield challenges involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and improvised threats.
  • Analysis of the application of existing technologies in new and novel ways in support of CBRN employment/dissemination.
  • Monitors and analyzes the impacts of emerging science and technology (S&T) on weapons of mass destruction and the impacts of every changing geopolitics that creates the environment for WMD development and use.
  • Reviewing and assessing research white papers and proposals in support of contracted analysis efforts within the division to ensure projects support mission requirements.
  • Supporting assessments of Agency efforts to counter WMD across the Agency itself and with its partners and customers, including the Combatant Commands and Military Services.
  • Communicates trends to the Agency and CWMD Community through drafting and editing various trends analysis reports and presenting the group's findings to the Agency workforce in support of the division's overall mission objectives.
  • Serves as a geo-political analyst supporting threat forecasting on National Defense Strategy priorities, DTRA Director Planning Guidance priorities, and other DoD requirements.
  • Characterizes the emerging battlespace relative to anticipated changes in the WMD threat terrain and its supporting networks, the evolution of the operational environment, and/or anticipated mission impacts due to the realization of specific high priority or high consequence threats.
  • Analyzes, and articulates CWMD strategies at the tactical (local), operational (regional) and strategic (international) levels of warfare. Assists developing decision packages, staff studies, briefings and recommendations involved with significant and controversial issues affecting major aspects of the Agency's programs.
  • Supports internal research effort through occasional team review of white papers and proposals to ascertain credibility of proposed effort and appropriateness for the program. Supports events, such as forums, workshops, and symposiums, as needed. Uses internal research program and events outputs as source material for further analyses of complex problems.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

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 drug testing thereafter.


Qualifications

You may qualify at the GS-12, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Writing analytical products on a regular basis to inform of CBRN/M trends.
  • Reviewing the strategic and non-strategic challenges posed by Great Power Competitors, particularly those associated with China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
  • Analyzing adversarial, friendly, and neutrally-aligned nation's and non-state actor's capabilities to ensure proper context and understanding of the key attributes of a particular CBRN topic.

You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Serving as Strategic Analyst focused on CBRN/M and contextual global topics.
  • Reviewing the strategic and non-strategic challenges posed by Great Power Competitors, particularly those associated with China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
  • Exploring DoD and Agency responses to anticipated but not fully articulated CBRN and emerging science and technological challenges on the battlefield.

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.

Education

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: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

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 https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

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 http://www.sss.gov for more information.

For more information, please visit

https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo.pdf

Other Notes:

Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance.

Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic drug testing thereafter.

Must be willing to work overtime/compensatory time to accommodate operational needs of the office.

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:
http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

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):

Competencies:
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), CBRN, and Dissemination Expertise
  • Writing, Presentation, and Debate experience


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
Yes

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

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.

PLEASE REVIEW THE BELOW LINK FOR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS needed for proof of eligibility:
https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/FourthEstateRequiredSupportingDocumentation%2011-16-2020.pdf?ver=Lgkkn1HW9a8is7V2lyCS2Q%3d%3d
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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