Technical Director-Control Systems Cybersecurity

Pentagon, Virginia
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 24, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


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This position will serve as the senior Department of the Air Force expert and Director of critical infrastructure, control systems, cybersecurity, and cyber resilience, providing technical oversight for world-wide operations for Air and Space Force objectives for cybersecurity, defense, and resiliency for infrastructure and control systems.

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  • Serves as the DAF (USAF and USSF) Director for Control Systems Cybersecurity, and as such, provides expert knowledge of the engineering development and production of control systems, subsystems, devices, components, and equipment.
  • Provides direction and recommends action on matters pertaining to formulation, review and execution of plans, policies and programs related to the entire spectrum of Control Systems activities in the Department of the Air Force.
  • Acts for the Deputy Chief of Staff for AF/A4 and USSF/S4 in HHQ-level and Secretariat meetings that have a wide-range of DAF (USAF and USSF) control systems implications.
  • Uses technical expertise to support the preparation of legislation and associated responses affecting control systems-related activities and other related programs.
  • Directs, oversees and influences funding, planning, and programming across functional communities of AF-wide control systems activities through the AF Corporate process and multiple resourcing Panels (e.g., Cyber and Logistics Panels).
  • Chairs the DAF Cyber Resiliency of Control Systems (CRoCS) Group in order to implement the DAF Strategic Plan for Control Systems and other related control systems activities.
  • Institute centralized integration of administrative, financial, functional, program management and interaction with external partners.
  • Demonstrated expertise in facilities related control systems, energy and water security, cybersecurity, systems integration, network operations, cyber resiliency, computer and network architecture.
  • Demonstrated expertise in secure software development, mission assurance and cyber threat, and systems engineering.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Position requires the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET/SCI Security clearance
  • Must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD. An individual's initial SL career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period.
  • Active Duty Military Members must indicate retirement eligibility
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be offered
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • EXECUTIVE PERSONNEL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (Standard Form 278). Selected candidate must file this report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Veterans' preference is applicable to Air Force Senior Level (SL) positions.


QUALIFICATIONS: 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 Civilian Senior Executive Service corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations. For this SL position, candidates are expected to have a minimum of one-year of specialized experience at the GS-15 or equivalent level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE SHOULD INCLUDE : Expert knowledge and experience in facilities related control systems, energy and water security, engineering development and production of control systems, subsystems, devices, components, and equipment with demonstrated expertise in cybersecurity, systems integration, network operations, cyber resiliency, computer and network architecture, secure software development, mission assurance and cyber threat, and systems engineering. In addition, knowledge of technologies supporting these technical specialties is required in order to affect coupling of efforts to address DAF needs. The incumbent must have an outstanding reputation in a broad range of cyber topics to include generation and verification of requirements.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ (NTE 4 Pages Total for both TQs). TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel 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. Professional knowledge and experience in facilities related control systems, energy and water security, cybersecurity, systems integration, network operations, cyber resiliency, computer and network architecture, secure software development, mission assurance, cyber threats, program management and professional engineering concepts, principles and practices.

2. Ability to recognize and analyze programs and situations and develop rules, regulations, and procedures for timely and economical solutions; and ability to develop long-term strategic plans to formulate, justify, and defend assigned program. Thorough understanding of program requirements in order to develop a fully coordinated staff input to the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) process.

"Completion of a bachelor's degree in a technical field is highly desired (such as: Engineering, Information Technology, Systems Integration, Infrastructure Management). Completion of a master's degree, or practical experience in managing cybersecurity of facility related control systems, energy and water security is desired ."

Extensive knowledge of a broad range of problem solving methods, practices, and techniques used to determine viable approaches and solutions in communicating new concepts, goals, and objectives, including Air Force Service Development and Delivery Process and Business Process Re-engineering.

Knowledge of change management approaches, tools, development, utilization, and tracking of performance metrics, and phases of the project lifecycle.

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective relationships, building consensus and coalitions, negotiating, and resolving conflicts with a variety of DAF senior leaders, DoD, organizations, and individuals.

Skill in conducting regular or periodic reviews of subordinate organization programs and evaluating results to assess accomplishment of DAF program requirements.

Ability to research and interpret congressional language and DoD and federal agency regulations, policies and public laws, to incorporate into Air Force policy and guidance.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and maintain good working relationships to gain support for program goals.


This position does not have a mandatory education requirement.

Additional information

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): 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.

APPOINTMENT OF RECENTLY RETIRED MILITARY MEMBERS: Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is applicable to Air Force Senior Level (SL) positions.

Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation. Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran's preference, and will possibly impact your placement on the certificate. For more veterans' information please click here .
- 10-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a signed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof as required by the SF-15. Click here for a copy of the SF-15 .
- 5-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which includes Character of Service (usually Member-4 copy). If you are currently active duty, you may submit written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. The certification should also include when your terminal leave will begin, your rank and dates of active duty service.

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

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be offered.

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.

Applications will be evaluated against the qualification requirements of this position. Failure to meet any one of the mandatory technical qualification requirements will eliminate a candidate from further consideration.
A screening panel will evaluate the candidates for this position composed of a diverse mix of senior executives selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel members will individually review each of the applications in terms of the qualifications criteria contained in this announcement. The qualifications stated are the minimum requirements of the position to be Qualified, a rating schedule will be applied by a screening panel to determine which candidates are considered to be Best Qualified. Then, they will meet to discuss each application, and reach a consensus decision as to the best qualified, qualified or not qualified candidates.
The panel will interview all of the best-qualified candidates based upon consistently applied criteria. 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 of a candidate is contingent upon USecAF approval.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/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.

************** ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED IN PDF FORMAT *******************

The Qualifications 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. DO NOT COMBINE DOCUMENTS.

A. Resume in the preferred (Limit 5 pages). Upload in PDF format . PLEASE DO NOT USE USAJOBS RESUME BUILDER.

B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs (Limit 4 pages). Upload in PDF format and include the MTQ statement as indicated in the announcement.

C. Most recent completed Performance Appraisal (current and/or former federal employees) or Performance Report (OPR or EPR). For applicants in the private sector, please provide a copy of your equivalent Evaluation Report.

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).

H. Military (Retired), a copy of your DD214 and/or Retirement orders or Statement of Service if still active duty.

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

J. (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 transmittal letters will not be forwarded for review.

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