Pentagon, Virginia
Apr 13, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


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The primary purpose of this position is to provide developmental experience designed to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership of an identified, high-potential, mid-level manager/executive; it is not a continuing position and assignment duration is 36 months.
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Performs Career Broadening (CB) assignments involving initiating and developing Air Force policy and recommends approval and implementation. Exercises considerable influence over policies, programs, and develops policies and procedural aspects for Science & Technology (S&T), acquisition and standardization programs. Identifies deficiencies in current policies and procedures and initiates action to correct these deficiencies.

Represents the U.S. Department of Defense, Air Force, SAF/AQ, and Directorate as appropriate. May include serving as the United States representative on DoD, intergovernmental, international treaty, coalition partners, or nongovernmental organizations. Initiates actions and interacts with officials throughout government and industry science, technology and engineering committees to assure that policy, procedures and guidance documents effectively support Defense and Air Force needs.

Determines requirements to be satisfied by planning, analyzing and interpreting results of technical evaluations, where precedents are not directly applicable. Serves as focal point for planning and developing recommendations for programs of record. Develops methodologies that are sufficiently accurate, relevant, complete and objective to gain SAF/AQR approval.

Independently carries out special projects and assignments designed specifically to meet the broadening intent of the position. Represents the concerns of the Air Force at meetings and conferences; prepares staff studies and various documents to meet special needs; develops and presents oral presentation; leads and/or serves on steering committees. Advises and briefs AF senior leadership on program issues and results and provides logical courses of action.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel by military or commercial aircraft in the performance of TDY assignments.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Employee must within 30-days of assuming this position and by 31 October annually thereafter, file an OGE-450, "Confidential Financial Disclosure Report." Employee is required to attend annual ethics and procurement integrity training.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Mobility agreement must be signed.
  • Employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.
  • PCS travel expenses will be paid IAW JTR and AFMAN 36-606.
  • PCS cost will be paid IAW Career Broadening Policy under this agreement.
  • Career Broadening positions are managed by AFPC/DP2Z and are centrally funded.
  • Positions are established specifically to provide developmental experience designed to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership perspective of a high-potential, mid-level manager.
  • Career Broadening also provides training and developmental opportunities at various organizational levels.
  • These assignments offer the qualified candidate a unique assignment in that the candidates brings certain experience to the assignment while gaining new experiences in a different work environment
  • TEMPORARY PROMOTION: If the position is filled as a temporary promotion, upon completion of the career broadening assignment, the temporary promotion may lead to permanent promotion without further competition
  • May be required to work overtime on an unscheduled or emergency basis.
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • The employee must meet, or be capable of meeting, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification requirements applicable to the career category designated on the position description within 24 months of assignment.


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions,

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent in other pay systems. Specialized experience must include using advanced engineering concepts, principles, and techniques across multiple inter-related and integrated technical engineering disciplines.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the NH-03 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of development planning, technology maturity assessments, life cycle systems engineering and integration, and the technological foundations for effective development of program technical assessment strategies.
  • Ability to work with customers to assess needs, provide assistance, resolve problems, and satisfy expectations.
  • Ability to persuade others to accept recommendations, works toward an agreement, and negotiate mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, and determines resource requirements; determine goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinate with other organizations or parts of the organization; monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Ability to identify problems and use sound judgment and decisions to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations.
  • Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the DoD and Air Force acquisition processes.
  • Ability to estimate technical scope to include cost and schedule.
  • Demonstrated ability in technical or engineering environments.
  • Graduate level education in systems engineering, cost analysis, technical planning and assessment or related areas and a master's degree in a technical/engineering specialty or equivalent experience in high tech product development and life cycle management is preferred

  • Education

    Not Applicable

    Additional information

    PCS restrictions: An employee selected to make a PCS to a Career Broadening assignment is restricted from making a second PCS for 12 months

    Defense National Relocation Program is Authorized

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

    Incentives: Recruitment incentive of $10,000 may be paid IAW CB policies if 5 or fewer candidates apply.

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application . The Vacancy ID is 11073984

    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.

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

    Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

    APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): You are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, (block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"). Additionally, if you are applying for a higher grade (GS) and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).

    Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees
    - Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.
    Awards for Current Federal Civilian employees - List any awards received within the last 3 years on the resume.
    Note: Applicant must not submit award SF50s-Notification of Personnel Actions (SF50s).

    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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