Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Enterprise Capabilities

Washington, D.C
Jun 22, 2021
Jun 29, 2021
Full Time


NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction;provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies.

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The incumbent serves as the Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Enterprise Capabilities, reporting directly to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. Provides continuous advice to the Deputy Administrator on the development of broad policy guidelines and initiatives which are then translated by Office elements into functioning programs. Represents the Deputy Administrator with other Departmental organizations concerning broad national security requirements and transformation of the nuclear weapons complex, as well as interfacing with Department of Defense offices and organizations.

Provides integrated strategy and funding advices related to the maintenance and enhancement of the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, and crosscutting assessments and their applicability t, and impact on, Departmental programs an policies. Develops broad policy conceptualizations to be used as the basis for the program budgeting process, long-range strategic planning, and central procurement actions and represents the Deputy Administrator on task teams, focus groups, and similar senior staff reviews of departmental programs, policies, and operations. Serves as advisor to Defense Programs management on all aspects of budget policy, including coordination within and outside of the NNSA and the Department.

In the absence of the Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Sustainment, may act as the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs when the Deputy Administrator is absent for all functions with full authority and responsibilities of the Deputy Administrator.

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 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 for a large 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 (ECQs): 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 (CCAR) model.

Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. This ECQ requires the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment

Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. This ECQ requires the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. This ECQ requires the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Business Acumen - This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Building Coalitions - This core qualification requires 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.

For detailed guidance on ECQs and ECQ Competencies, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications

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

1. Experience in managing complex organizations, including your ability to manage diverse technical staff and administrative; 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.

3. 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 orally and in writing; present facts and information to support mission needs; work and/or collaborate with entities such as national laboratories, plants, sites, U.S. Congressional staff, external oversight organizations, high-level agency heads and managers, international partners, and other key stakeholders.



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 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 upload a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status. If you are a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Candidate Development Program (CDP), please also upload a copy of your CDP certificate.

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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