Arlington, Virginia
Apr 07, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


You will serve as a Country Director in the International Engagement Office (IEO) of ONR INTL FIELD OFFICE EUROPE.

The expected duration of each assignment is 36 months. During this period, applicant(s) will be temporarily assigned to the ONR-Global International Engagement Office and will remain on the rolls of their home command/activity.
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The International Engagement Office is the face of military to military engagement for International Research and Development collaboration. Country Directors support the International Engagement Office Director in assisting and advising the Chief of Naval Research (CNR) / Director Navy Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94), and other key members of OPNAV/ONR/ONR-G leadership in the identification of mutually beneficial, cooperative technology opportunities to address Warfighting Capability; and serve as the primary interface between OPNAV/ONR leadership and foreign defense organizations in finding and implementing successful engagement solutions.

As a Country Director, you must have a specific understanding of the current DoN Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE) planning and experimentation process; CNO goals and objectives for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, International Cooperation Information Exchange and Project Agreements; as well as an understanding of the current DoD and DoN international security cooperation process (with an emphasis on cooperative technology development), and a willingness to learn Foreign Disclosure.

1) Assist the Director, IEO, in all aspects of managing international collaboration forums/efforts for the Director Navy Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94)/Chief of Naval Research (CNR), the Vice Chief of Naval Research (VCNR), and the Executive Director (ED) of ONR. For international engagements, the Country Director will work with partner nations to scope potential areas of collaborations in alignment with overall OSD/USN objectives; prepare agendas, draft point papers and read-ahead materials; facilitate meetings; and, coordinate follow-up actions. The Country Director may be required to travel with OPNAV/ONR leadership or independently to partner nations to attend meetings (expected travel of 6-12 weeks per year).

2) Country Directors are expected to research, develop and provide supporting analysis for Flag/SES level briefing and decisions regarding engagement with an International Partner.

3) Synchronize engagement efforts with the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5), Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Integration (OPNAV N9), Navy International Programs Office (NIPO), and other Navy entities to ensure successful coordination and execution of international cooperation efforts. Advise OPNAV Resource Sponsors and ONR Program Officers on the process for establishing or utilizing international cooperation agreements (e.g., project agreements, information exchanges).

4) Assist in the development of international cooperation engagement strategies, strategy documents, and program plans intended to encourage stronger international collaboration between the US Navy and foreign partners.

5) Assist with the planning, coordination and execution of various OPNAV, ONR, and ONR Global outreach and communication efforts to internal and external audiences which help promote successful international collaboration.

6) Engage with foreign government personnel, attachés and counselors at foreign embassies, military personnel, and scientists and engineers at foreign research organizations to facilitate international collaboration.

7) Build a strong and consistent network with OPNAV Requirements/Resource Sponsors, ONR Program Officers, ONR-Global Science Directors and Science Advisors, Naval Research Laboratory, NIPO, and the wider Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE) working alongside US Department of State, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force, and Army counterparts; a range of foreign embassies; and, others in order to build coalitions and/or leverage activities.

This position requires a TOP SECRET (TS) SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION (SCI) security clearance. If the candidate holds a lower level clearance when selected, they must be eligible for an interim TS clearance at time of appointment. With ONR-Global pre-approval, the candidate may check into their new Int'l Advisor position and work at the lower security level until their TS SCI clearance has been fully adjudicated. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you currently possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and effective date in your application materials.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel is dependent upon position description, priority of effort, and availability of funding.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Position requires the ability to work with foreign defense/government counterparts. 15-25% of the Country Director?s time may be spent on foreign or domestic travel.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final Top Secret/SCI security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or pass the test. You will be subject to random testing.
  • You will be required to complete training, obtain, and maintain a government credit card for travel and travel-related purchases.
  • You will be required to complete ethics orientation within three months of appointment and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of appointment.


Currently, ONR-Global is seeking applications from highly qualified candidates to serve as Country Directors in the Pentagon and ONR-Global Arlington, VA International Engagement Office. The candidate will have strong technical expertise in an area of Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE) ( ) and be able to serve as a technology generalist across all NR&DE priority areas.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

The candidate will have excellent communication skills. Candidate experience working with OPNAV/ONR is desired. Candidate experience briefing and supporting Flag/SES level is desired. Candidate training (e.g. DAU) and international experience with Security Cooperation programs, including international cooperative programs, is desired. Top candidates have experience with senior-level briefings and negotiations concerning the prioritization of technological requirements and engagement with international government officials. Top candidates will also have supervisory and/or management experience leading teams of people. While not a requirement, if candidates have any specific foreign language skills, they should note these in their application materials.

These positions are interdisciplinary at the NP-04 pay band (GS-14/15 equivalent) and may be filled in any of the following occupational series: 0401-Biological Sciences; 0801-Engineering; 1301-Physical Sciences; 1515-Operations Research; 1520-Mathematics; or, 1550-Computer Science.

To be qualified for the NP-04 pay band (GS-14/15 equivalent) you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the NP-03 (GS-13) or equivalent demonstration project level for which applying. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. The applicant must have demonstrated experience with a broad spectrum of Naval Warfare areas or systems. This may have been gained through operational Research and Development (R&D), or acquisition program experience.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


To be qualified for these positions, you must meet at least one of the following educational requirements as prescribed by OPM:

0401-Biological Sciences:

1301-General Physical Science: https://www.opm.g ov /policy-d a ta-oversight/classificat ion -qualifications/general-schedule- qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/

0801-General Engineering: https:// qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

1515-Operations Research: https://www.op olicy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule- qualification-standards/1500/operations-research-series-1515/

1520-Mathematics: ta -oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule- qualification-standards/1500/mathematics-series-1520/

1550-Computer Science: qualification-standards/1500/computer-science-series-1550/

Additional information

ONR Global's website:

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at:

A command/activity endorsement letter is required for an applicant to be considered for the Country Director position(s) within the International Engagement Office. Letters should be addressed to the 'Hiring Manager' and include the following statements: why the applicant should be considered; short summary of what the candidate will bring to the job; and a statement agreeing that upon successful completion of the assignment, the selectee will be able to return to the home command/activity to a position of equivalent or greater responsibility as the one he/she left. The command/activity endorsement letter MUST be signed by the home command/activity's Technical Director/Commanding Officer to be considered for this position.

For a sample endorsement letter, please contact the Talent Manager at

Command/Activity Endorsement Letters are due to ONR-Global at the address below within five (5) business days after the closing date of this USAJOBs announcement. If the Command/Activity Endorsement Letter is not received by this date, the applicant may be disqualified from further consideration.

Letters should be mailed to:

Shalareena J. Malone
Director, International Engagement
ONRG and Directorate for Innovation, Technology Requirements, Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94)
One Liberty Center Building
875 N. Randolph St, Suite 1425C
Arlington, VA 22303-11995

Or e-mail to; Desk Phone: 703-693-0042 (Monday and Thursday); Cell: 202-713-4865 or 202-805-0138

Letters may also be e-mailed to:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

When the application process is complete, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following competencies:


You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

All eligibility, qualifications, and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

You are required to provide documentation that supports the eligibility and qualification claims made in your resume and assessment questionnaire. You must submit the applicable documents listed here and those listed with the eligibilities you select in the announcement questionnaire with your application package. Applicants who do not provide supporting documentation that fully support their claims will not be referred to the hiring manager. Cover letter is optional.

A complete resume is required. Your resume must show relevant experience, job title, duties and accomplishments. Your resume must show complete information for each job entry to support minimum qualifications. The following information should be provided in your resume, but it is acceptable to provide elsewhere in your application package: employer's name, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, and pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09) for relevant federal experience.TIP: A good way to ensure you include all essential information is to use the Resume Builder in USAJOBS to create your resume.

Are you applying for a promotion? If you are a current GS employee applying for a higher grade than the grade that you currently hold you must provide an SF-50 that shows that you have held the next lower grade for at least one year. Some SF-50s effective within the last 52 weeks will not demonstrate you have held the next lower grade for at least one year (e.g. General Adjustment SF-50 from this year). In many cases, we need to see two (2) SF-50s to determine time-in-grade and eligibility for promotion. If you are a DoD employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF- 50(s) from MyBiz .

Are you claiming membership in any professional organizations, or possession of a license, certificate or credentials? Check the Conditions of Employment section above to see if any are required. If you claim membership, license, certification, or credentials, you must submit a copy of said document in your application package.

Are you using education as a substitute for some or all of the experience requirement? Is there a basic education requirement for this position? Check the Education section above to see what is allowed and what is required. Any claims you make in your resume or assessment questionnaire regarding education or degrees MUST be supported by submitting with your application official or unofficial transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned issued from your school. While unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application, an official transcript will ultimately be required if you are selected for the position. You may submit a copy your degree(s) if specific coursework does not have to be verified.

Are you a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference or claiming sole survivorship preference? You must submit a copy of your latest DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (any copy that shows all dates of service, as well as character of service [Honorable, General, etc.] is acceptable) OR a VA letter that shows dates of service or service connected disability AND character of service. If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty service, submit a copy for each period of service. If you were issued a DD-215 to amend aforementioned information on the DD-214 you must submit that too. If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit the Department of Labor's website: Veterans' Preference Advisor

Are you a disabled veteran or claiming 10-point veterans' preference?
If you are eligible to claim 10 point veterans preference you must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty as described above for 5-point preference.

You must also provide the applicable supporting documentation of your disability (e.g. disability letter from the VA) as described on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). .

Are you an active duty service member? Active Duty Service Members are required to submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide the branch of service, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).

Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents contain personal information such as SSN and DOB and some documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove said personal information before you submit your application. You must provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected.

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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