Executive Director for Defense Continuity

Pentagon, Virginia
Apr 10, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The position of Executive Director, Defense Continuity enterprise, is located in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense Continuity and Mission Assurance (DASD(DC&MA)), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security (ASD(HD&GS)), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSD(P)). The incumbent serves as a strategic and technical advisor to the DASD(DC&MA) in his/her role as Defense Continuity Manager.

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The Executive Director, Defense Continuity serves as a strategic and technical advisor to the DASD(DC&MA) in his/her role as Defense Continuity Manager. With guidance set by DASD(DC&MA), the incumbent is responsible for advising the DASD on defense continuity management to include the acquisition of resources needed for successful program execution.

The incumbent will take on leadership of the newly redesigned Defense Continuity organization within DC&MA, generating policy advice on some of the Department's most sensitive and classified programs and representing the Department in one of the most sensitive and highly classified whole-of-government efforts. The incumbent leverages his/her government experience and expertise to lead the modification and maintenance of the defense continuity enterprise to ensure consistency with the December 2020 FMRS. The incumbent must exercise professional and technical judgment to resolve problems of exceptional complexity that require innovative thinking, novel solutions, and outstanding resourcefulness. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as the principal advisor to the DASD on functions related to USG and DoD continuity and resilience activities, to include implementation of the Federal Mission Resilience Strategy and the revision of the entire family of DoD issuances establishing the Department's program.
  • Responsible for developing, organizing and executing a reform agenda that ensures DoD's continuity policies, procedures and requirements align with the spectrum of disruptive events and that DoD leaders and organizations with continuity roles are aware of, endorse, and able to meet their responsibilities.
  • Responsible for guiding the effective implementation of the program's extant ~$40M unclassified budget, a significant classified budget which varies year to year based on program and acquisition requirements, and advocacy of resource changes to achieve modified program objectives based on identified lessons learned and changes to the aforementioned policies.
  • Coordinates DC&MA's role in the Program Budget Review, the development of issue papers, and the annual budget roll-out.
  • Establishes and maintains close and effective working relationships with principal executives and general/flag officers throughout the DoD continuity enterprise including the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Combatant Commands, the Military Departments, the Joint Staff, all OSD Components, and other Policy components.
  • Develops deep relationships with essential Interagency partners to allow both the coordination of continuity planning and, where appropriate, the provision of DoD capabilities in support of partner activities.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration)
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI)
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

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.

MANDATORY 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. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification, and must include your name.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of U.S. national security policy and proven competence in Defense Policy as a whole with thorough understanding of defense continuity missions, authorities, and resources.
  • Demonstrated experience in force development, programs and budgets.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in negotiating conflicting views to develop policy and program recommendations.
  • Demonstrated analytical qualifications and wide professional recognition and stature in U.S. security policies and objectives, particularly with regard to defense continuity.
    • Significant experience in - or working with - the Interagency.
    • Experience in organizational change management and large organizational efficiency reviews.
    • Knowledge of the mission, organization and structure of the OSD, the DoD, and the Military Departments
    • Possess sound judgement, initiative and the ability to build coalitions at the national level.
    • Ability to interact successfully with senior leadership in the federal government.
    • Experience in convening and building consensus and buy-in from diverse groups on complex issues/processes without having supervisory authority.
    Time in grade is not required for Senior Level (SL) position.

    All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.


    Education cannot be substituted for experience.

    Additional information

    Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 04/28/2021

    If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application. Please view the following link for information on how to obtain an alternative application https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?%20title=Alternate_Application_Information

    Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your résumé, Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQs), and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If, after reviewing your résumé, MTQs and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION CLAIMS. You MUST upload the applicable documents with your application package. 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.

    1. Your resume may be submitted in any format that includes your name and contact information (telephone number and/or email).

    If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."

    If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you will not be considered for this vacancy.

    Your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment for each position listed on your resume (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification as listed under Qulifications. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ. Each page must contain your full name.

    3. Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are in the Competitive Service. (See Block 34 of your SF-50)

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