Deputy Assistant Deputy Administrator, Office of Production Modernization

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Washington, D.C
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time


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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a direct report and deputy to the ADA for Production Modernization.

The incumbent serves as the Deputy ADA responsible for applying senior level managerial and technical expertise to the management and oversight of Defense Programs' production modernization portfolio, including capabilities to produce primaries, secondaries, energetics, and non-nuclear components:
  • Establishes consistent expectations for the planning, execution, and oversight of production modernization activities by applying new strategies and lessons learned from other sources and programs.
  • Develops and oversees implementation of strategic long-range plans and milestones at NNSA laboratories and field facilities necessary to achieve production modernization objectives. Develops feasible options to balance workload in the field, working with M&O partners to determine required staffing levels and competencies needed to achieve program goals.
  • Identifies and balance risks across the production modernization portfolio, including making risk-based funding allocation decisions.
  • Formulates Future Year Nuclear Security Programs budget requirements for all production modernization, defends the budget requests to the Office of Management and Budget and Congress, and oversees execution of appropriated funding as part of the Planning, Programming, Budget and Evaluation process.
  • Advises Defense Programs and NNSA leadership on identification, characterization, and resolution of critical manufacturing and technology issues, and develops options to resolve conflicts impacting nuclear weapon programs.
  • Coordinates with the Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation and Stockpile Management to identify requirements and establish priorities for technology and production maturation investments for modernization efforts.
  • Coordinates with NNSA's Office of Acquisition and Project Management on oversight of large capital acquisition projects, such as the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project, the Lithium Processing Facility, the Tritium Finishing Facility, and the Uranium Processing Facility.
  • Performs other production modernization related duties as required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - This position does not have promotion potential.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period
  • A DOE "Q" level clearance is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278).
  • The position is subject to drug testing and random screening.
  • The incumbent is subject to SES mobility.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating the ability to manage people and resources.

Candidates must fully address all Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) in order to receive consideration. Your responses must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive program and/or organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see resume are considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment; eligible for reinstatement into the SES; or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs; but MUST address all MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service member to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and MTQs will result in loss of consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications: NOTE: Please limit your written statements to a two page limit per ECQ. Each response to the ECQs must be written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Results model . For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications

Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts.

Results Driven - Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Business Coalitions - Involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Please limit your written statements to one page per MTQ.

1. Experience in managing complex organizations, including your ability to manage diverse technical staff; gather, analyze, and evaluate information to establish program objectives and priorities; perform multi-year programmatic planning and budget estimation; and ensure delivery of mission needs on schedule and within budget.

2. Knowledge and experience in analyzing program-budgetary relationships as they relate to multi-year projects to plan, estimate, and modify multi-year appropriated funds to carry out the Nation's strategic defense programs. (Please identify where in resume the related job experiences are found.)

3. Professional knowledge of weapon materials, technologies, systems, and production methods related to the Defense Programs mission in order to effectively advise the Deputy Administrator on a wide variety of programmatic options, opportunities, risks, and requirements.

4. Experience or ability to effectively communicate technical information (identify, listen, negotiate, clarify, and/or respond) orally and writing; present facts and information to support mission needs, work and/or collaborate with entities such as the Department of Defense, U.S. Congressional staff, external oversight organizations, high level agency heads and managers, international partners, and other key stakeholders.


This position does have a positive education requirement in Engineering (801 series) or Physical Science (1301 series).

801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions


1301 - Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. For more information on the alternate
methods of qualifying for Physical Scientist, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Positions

Additional information

EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.

Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Candidates will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted within their application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) AND demonstrated specialized experience, training, and/or education in support of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) by answering ALL the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be determined ineligible for further consideration. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Once a candidate has been identified for selection, the Executive Resources Board will make final approval, and in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualifications Review Board (QRB), will certify qualifications. This process can take up to 90 working days .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status.

If the position has an education requirement, also submit a copy of your transcript/s to verify your eligibility.

If you are a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), please submit on-line a copy of your CDP certification for non-competitive eligibility. You must respond to, answer, and meet all mandatory technical qualifications.

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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