Arlington, Virginia
Jul 28, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Full Time


This position is in the Excepted Service and does NOT convey eligibility to be converted to the Competitive Service.

This is an interdisciplinary job announcement and may be used to fill vacancies by any series listed below:

0801 - General Engineer
0854 - Computer Engineering Series
1515 - Operations Research Series
1529 - Mathematical Statistics Series
1550 - Computer Science Series

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1. Serves as a Technical Advisor for the development of strategies policies, programs, and partnerships to further the DoD's artificial intelligence mission.

2. Leverages best practices from industry and academia, to provide thought leadership, technical advisement and consultation to the JAIC for the development and coordination of innovative strategies, policies, and initiatives advance National and DoD artificial intelligence objectives.

3. Maintains cognizance of relevant public policy artificial intelligence trends and developments. Analyzes complex and highly visible legislative and regulatory changes that have an impact on the Department's artificial intelligence mission, accounting for issues such as technical feasibility, regulatory limitations, and intangible political considerations for DoD and national mission initiatives.

4. Provides technical recommendations and guidance for responding to complex artificial intelligence issues.

5. Develops reports that reflect an in-depth analysis and interpretation of policy matters involving relevant data science, and artificial intelligence issues.

6. Presents expert analysis, as well as advice to senior leadership on the impact of highly visible or controversial artificial intelligence policy actions.

7. Provides technical expertise and advisement for the development and coordination of DoD issuances, Secretary of Defense guidance memoranda and provides input to other strategic documents, such as Defense Planning Guidance, on artificial intelligence technical policy, ethics, standards, and other issues as appropriate.

8. Provides technical expertise for the development of policies governing technical standards for AI in the areas of data management, Artificial intelligence safety, security, assurance, test and evaluation, and verification and validation of algorithms.

9. Develops and coordinates DoD positions in support of interagency policy meetings on matters pertaining to artificial intelligence and machine learning, including White House-led meetings.

10. Builds linkages and fosters joint projects and efforts of mutual interest across the Government, Academia, and Industry.

11. Serves as a technical expert in AI technical standards working groups across the DoD, US interagency, and the international community.

12. Performs other duties as may be assigned by the JAIC Deputy Director and Directorate Director.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • This national security position, which may require access to classified information, requires a favorable suitability review and security clearance as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain security eligibility may result in termination.
  • Drug testing position
  • Background investigation required and must be eligible for a TS/SCI clearance.


In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the requirements described below.

Basic Requirements:

For the AD-801 and AD-854 Professional Engineering Series:
Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as 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) statistics, 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.
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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
- Professional registration
- Written Test
- Specified academic courses
- Related curriculum - With this criteria, applicants also need verification of employment from a supervisor stating you have performed professional engineering duties.
For more detailed information on the above criteria, please go to the Qualification Standards

For the AD-1515 Operations Research Series:
Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

For the AD-1529 Computer Science Series:
Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the AD-1550 Computer Science Series:
Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Minimum Qualifications:

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess Technical Qualifications (TQs) and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format), in addition to your resume, of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. Please limit your written statements up to 1 page per technical qualification. Specify which TQs you are addressing in your responses:

TQ 1: Demonstrated knowledge of and experience addressing current artificial intelligence public policy trends and issues across Industry and/or Academia.

TQ 2: Extensive knowledge of artificial intelligence and data science concepts, methodology, techniques, and technologies.

TQ 3: Industry executive-level experience leading the coordination of strategy, policy development and implementation of Enterprise-wide artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives.

TQ 4: Demonstrated leadership and collaboration with a wide range of internal and external senior level/key officials across Industry and Academia on complex and controversial issues concerning artificial intelligence and machine learning program s.

TQ 5: An exceptionally strong understanding of relevant Artificial Intelligence developments in industry, academia, government, with our allies and partners, and with our adversaries. Ability to apply this understanding to inform DoD artificial intelligence and machine learning strategies, roadmaps, policies, and key decisions.


There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

Transcripts for Basic Requirement:
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

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services at the time of application. National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .

Additional information

  • This position is in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1599h.
  • If you are a current Federal Career/Career-Conditional employee, you will be placed on an Excepted appointment.
  • This appointment does not confer eligibility to be non-competitively converted to the competitive service.
  • Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination.
  • A probationary/trial period may be required.
  • The incumbent must be eligible to obtain and maintain, at minimum, a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Individuals tentatively selected for drug testing designated positions at the Defense Information Systems Agency will be required to submit to urinalysis for illegal drugs prior to appointment or placement.
  • Moving costs MAY be paid.
  • Recruitment, relocation, or retention incentives MAY be authorized. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes certain reimbursements/payments taxable. For information on these changes and the Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA), for which some appointees are eligible, click here .
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (to verify your registration status click here).
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued March 18, 2004 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. It applies to former Federal civilian employees receiving a retirement annuity from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund that are hired within the DoD on or after November 24, 2003. The policy also applies to annuitants (appointed in DoD on/or after November 24, 2003) who move from one position to another within DoD through voluntary reassignment, promotion, change to lower grade or transfer between military departments. Please see this policy here .
  • DoD Components apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 3005. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package."
  • For more information on veterans' preference click here .
  • For more information regarding qualifications requirements please click here .
  • If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.

Management will consider only the first five pages of applicant resumes (Technical Qualifications narrative statements are not included in the five-page maximum for the resume). It is recommended that applicants streamline resumes to capture relevant experience within the first five pages. Information on resumes beyond page five will not be reviewed by management.

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
National security

Required Documents

  • Technical Qualification(s) (no more than 1 page per TQ), and other qualifications, as applicable.
  • Résumé - You must submit a resume.
  • Transcripts (if applicable) If you are substituting education for specialized experience you must submit all of your transcripts. The absence of this information will result in an ineligible rating.
  • Certificate/License: where applicable as stated within the basic requirement for each series.
  • SF-50 - (if applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- All applicants to include current agency employees must provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
    • You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a 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 submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be.
    • If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
    • If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
    Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 08/16/2021

    WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/16/2021, 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 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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