Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Apr 17, 2021
Apr 24, 2021
Full Time


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  • Serves as a principal advisor to the Agency Director and Deputy Director, and is responsible for strategic planning and communication of Agency initiatives.
  • Leads and manages Agency-wide initiatives for improving DCAA's communication, culture, and business practices; coaches DCAA senior leadership in techniques and strategies for effective communication.
  • Participates in the development of DCAA's strategic plans and communicating the details, implementation, execution and progress to officials in the DoD, Federal Government, Congressional staff and strategic communications integrators.
  • Controls the strategic and synchronous release of information at the national level to inform internal and external audiences about the Agency; assists in the preparation of responses to Congressional inquiries.
  • Reviews, analyzes, evaluates, justifies, and defends the accomplishment of the overall Agency communications program; assesses problems, identifies existing or potential problem areas and recommends strategies for local and nationwide media relations
  • Interacts regularly with officials in Federal Government agencies, the Department of Defense, defense contractors, and senior level managers within the Agency to lead and coordinate DCAA's transformation efforts.
  • Leads and facilitates group meetings, written communiques, and other forms of communications with the Agency workforce as an agent for DCAA's cultural change.
  • Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities including planning work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares work schedules;
  • Interviews candidates for vacancies, recommends personnel actions such as promotions, reassignments, and awards; explains performance expectation, provides regular feedback, and appraises performance; hears and resolves employee complaints.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S Citizen as verified through E-Verify Program


All qualification and time-in-grade (if applicable) requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions,

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Specialized experience must be documented in your resume . Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Serving as senior authority and subject matter source on strategic communications planning, programs, policies and initiatives;
  • Managing, developing, communicating, and improving agency-level strategic communication and messages;
  • Leading and managing initiatives for improving agency-level strategic planning and communication, culture, structure, and business practices;
  • Experience in writing and/or editing a variety of materials for higher level review and approval (e.g. speeches, talking points, congressional testimony, web content, and executive memorandums/correspondence); and
  • Experience in proofing documents to ensure correctness of format and proper usage of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the English language.

  • Volunteer Experience: 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 to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

    Additional information

    DCAA has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security and thrift savings; health, life and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. DCAA employees enjoy our business-casual dress code, flexible work schedules, transit subsidies, and the opportunity to telework.

    Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 2 years if one has not already been completed.

    Supervisory Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a supervisory/managerial probationary period of 1 year unless one has previously been completed.

    Performance Appraisal: If you are a current Federal employee, you must be rated fully successful or higher on your current performance rating to be eligible for promotion. You may be asked to provide a copy of your performance appraisal during the evaluation and selection process.

    Background Investigation: All selectees will be subject to a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). You must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility at the Top Secret level.

    Drug Testing: If you are given access to classified information, you will be subject to random drug testing.

    Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

    Telework: Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application will initially be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum eligibility and qualifications requirements. If you are qualified, you will then receive a numeric score based on the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position listed below. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you will be assigned a rating commensurate with your background. Your final score will be used to determine if you are among the best qualified candidates.


    • Communication
    • Partnering
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Program/Project Management
    • Strategic Thinking
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Résumé - Each period of Federal experience must reflect the grade level of the position and whether the assignment is permanent or temporary. Your resume must document your specialized experience at the next lower grade level.
    2. Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other supporting documents
    a. Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees - Unless you are a current permanent DCAA employee, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
    b. Military Spouse Preference (MSP) - Spousal Travel Orders/Permanent Change of Station(PCS) Orders, Marriage Certificate, and Military Spouse Preference Self Certification checklist
    c. Other documents identified in this announcement
    Your application submission must be complete, including all required documents, before you can be considered. You are responsible to verify in your Application Manager account that information and documents entered or uploaded are received, legible, and accurate.

    WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    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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