Associate Chief Operations Officer

Pentagon, Virginia
May 01, 2021
May 06, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Associate Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Operations, Cyber and Nuclear is the Associate Chief Operations Officer (ACOO) and fully participates in executive level policy formulation, planning, and direction required for successful execution and accomplishment of the COO mission. The COO has overall responsibility for Operations, Intelligence, Sustainment, Cyber and Nuclear Operations of the U.S. Space Force (USSF).
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  • Space Operations: Maintains effective awareness and understanding of USSF missions, systems, activities, and events, threats, and conditions that affect them.
  • Space Intelligence: Provides oversight and leadership of Space Force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations, capabilities, and analysis.
  • Logistics and Sustainment: Validates requirements, sets priorities and resourcing for USSF logistics and weapons system sustainment. Serves as the USSF lead for Department of the Air Force installation support agreements.
  • Nuclear Deterrence: Provides direction, guidance, integration, and advocacy regarding the nuclear deterrence mission of the U.S. Space Force and engages with joint and interagency partners for nuclear enterprise solutions.
  • Cyber Integration: Leads cyber integration and information operations in support of USSF mission sets. Serves as focal point for all cyber operations, EMS, and mission network related issues for the USSF.
  • Operations Deputy: As the USSF Operations Deputy to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, determines USSF operational requirements, capabilities, and training necessary across the USSF portfolio to support national security objectives and military strategy.
  • Assessment: Oversees the process of providing operationally relevant assessment based upon measures of effectiveness and measures of performance specifically designed and measured to maximize current and future force effectiveness and lethality.
  • Resource Management: Oversees development of the COO position on programmatic and budgetary issues in the Department of the Air Force and represents the COO position at meetings throughout the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process.
  • Strategy Development: The incumbent oversees policy and strategy development on the nuclear deterrence mission of the USSF and the development of policy and guidance to ensure compliance with international laws, treaties, and agreements.
  • Executive Support: Oversees the COO executive support staff and leads all military and civilian personnel actions on behalf of the COO, to include making recommendations and decisions on new hires, advancements, awards, and administrative actions.

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 must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement
  • Selected candidate must file a Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • Position has been designated Special-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
  • Drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use IAW Exec. Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86. Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
  • Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.
  • Position may require incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.
  • An initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period.
  • Attendance to the Air Force's Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC) is generally required within 12 months of appointment, subject to course availability.
  • Position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
  • Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.


Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) : (NTE 2 pages total - PDF format) A supplemental statement must be submitted addressing each TQ separately. TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel and Executive Resources Board members may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

1. Extensive knowledge, skill and breadth of experience across the National Security Space enterprise, including integrating activities/programs with the Joint Staff, across the Department of Defense, with the White House, and other Federal agencies.

2. In-depth understanding of Military/Defense Strategy, Operational Assessment, the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process, operational/contingency planning, and the Joint Requirements process.

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required--this information should be embedded within the application package (Resume (not to exceed (5) pages) and Technical Qualifications (not to exceed a combined total of (2) pages)).


There is no educational requirement for this series and grade.

Additional information

Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to the SES.

Relocation Authorized: Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).

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

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 .

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

A Resume-based Senior Executive Service (SES) Hiring Method will be used for this recruitment. This method provides an alternative to traditional submissions that requires applicants to submit a resume and 10-page written Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) narrative statement.

A well-written resume for this announcement should demonstrate to Senior Hiring Officials that you possess the essential ECQs with supporting accomplishments. Applicants should incorporate ECQs and technical competencies as they write their resumes and can refer to the following OPM Link for additional guidance on SES Executive Qualifications: .

PLEASE NOTE: This position may be filled under the FY2021 NDAA Section 1118, "Pilot Program for Initial Appointments to Senior Executive Service Positions in the Department of Defense (DoD)." This authority allows us to appoint qualified individuals to initial career appointments into the Senior Executive Service of the DoD without regard to 5 U.S.C. 3393(c). A career SES appointment made under this authority does not guarantee that you will be eligible to transfer to another career SES appointment outside of the DoD without the need for you to compete. Other Federal agencies may require you to submit ECQs to OPM's QRB prior to your appointment in that agency.

Applications for this position will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet the Mandatory Technical Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration. Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus on the resume packages demonstrating a high degree of the executive core qualifications and technical competencies. Only those applicants whose packages demonstrate a mastery of ECQs and technical competencies are selected for interviews. Post interview, the panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order. Final selection is contingent upon the Air Force Executive Resources Board and the Under Secretary of the Air Force.

REMINDER : Before uploading your required PDF documents (Resume and Technical Qualification narrative), please ensure they DO NOT EXCEED the noted page limits.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the documents in the format as designated. Packages that do not include all of the required documents or meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.

Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins. Do not use borders, provide photos, or list a Social Security Number on any of the Qualifications Documents. All documents should be uploaded in PDF format.

A. Resume-based application method will be used. Applicants are required to submit a resume, not to exceed five (5) pages, that shows possession of the ECQs.

B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs separately. Your MTQs must not exceed a combined total of two (2) pages.

C. Most recent completed Performance Appraisal or Performance Report (if applicable).

D. Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee).

E. College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience as noted by OPM (if using education as a qualification).

F. DD214 or Certificate of Service if you are a current or prior military member. (required, if applicable)

G. (Optional) Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at

H. (Optional) Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as copies of position descriptions, award certificates, and cover/transmittal letters will not be forwarded for review.

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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