S & T Programmatics Officer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Springfield, Virginia
Posted
Oct 14, 2021
Closes
Oct 17, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

JOB DESCRIPTION: S&T Programmatics Officers apply technical and programmatic management expertise to investigate Government and industry R&D programs, determine resource requirements, and direct activities that create customized methodologies and products to address a variety of geospatial-intelligence problems. They recommend ways to facilitate technology transfer and insertion and may develop multiple intellige

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Responsibilities

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position works hand-in-hand with the NGA Research technical offices and pods to:

Develop and execute strategies to maximize return on NGA research and development (R&D) investments by aligning R&D to customer needs and facilitating adoption of technology solutions. Specific duties include:
* Develop, maintain, and expand internal NGA relationships and external Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) relationships, to become a trusted advisor for identification, evaluation, specification, development, testing, and deployment of technology solutions to NGA, IC and DoD geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) challenges.
* Engage with NGA, other IC, and DoD components to discover unmet needs and convey such needs to NGA Research scientists for solution design.
* Engage with NGA, other IC, and DoD components to convey information about emerging technology capabilities from NGA Research.
* Identify opportunities for collaboration within NGA and with other IC or DoD research organizations, industry or academia for solution design and development.
* Assist NGA Research scientists with R&D program design, addressing required performance metrics, milestones, operational environments and constraints, and deployment deadlines.
* Establish customer relationships between internal NGA or external IC and DoD components and NGA Research scientists conducting research on viable solutions.
* Facilitate communication and collaboration between customers and NGA Research continually throughout the duration of R&D projects, amending project plans as customer needs and technical capabilities evolve.
* Solicit customer participation in R&D project pitches and reviews and attend project reviews to represent customer requirements.
* Provide technical, business, and programmatic expertise to assist the Transition Lead in the assessment of technology transition plans drafted by NGA Research scientists.
* Maintain and make accessible records of technology transition activities including customer requirements, success stories, best practices, and lessons learned.

This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, selected candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575 upon issuance of the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility. Incentive recipients sign a service agreement depending on the approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government.

Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire.
You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel Required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
PB4

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation


SPECIAL INFO:
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

- U.S. Citizenship Required

- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)

- Polygraph Test Required

- Position Subject to Drug Testing

- Two Year Probationary Period

- Direct Deposit Required

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.

Qualifications

MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. Demonstrated ability to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of technical disciplines underlying GEOINT capabilities.
2. Demonstrated proficiency of interpersonal skills and ability to tailor communications to a variety of audiences; in particular, the ability to convey relevant information, verbally and in writing, about highly technical solutions to audiences with varying levels of technical expertise. (work samples requested)
3. Familiarity with, or demonstrable ability to develop familiarity with, Government acquisition regulations and Government acquisition programs.
4. Demonstrated ability to use logic, analysis, synthesis, creativity, judgment, and systematic approaches to gather, evaluate, and use multiple sources of information to inform decisions and outcomes.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Optics, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Multi-Media, Social Sciences or in a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in those fields or Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Data Analysis/Visualization, Math, or Computer Science. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework listed in option A, plus experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals to 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 5 years professional experience in any of the areas listed above or one or more of the following fields: Intelligence; DoD Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, remote sensing, field/laboratory experimentation, laboratory infrastructure/IT or technical writing that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1. Demonstrated experience applying analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and assess technologies for maturity, cost, and supportability, as well as working knowledge of Government and industry technology transition best practices.
2. Demonstrated experience supporting successful technology transitions with external customers.
3. Demonstrated experience constructing and managing R&D programs in accordance with the Heilmeier criteria, as well as drafting statements of work, deliverables requirements documents, and realistic program milestones for R&D programs.
4. Experience of five years or more with DoD or IC R&D programs.
5. Demonstrated experience working on R&D projects within an organization, the DoD and/or IC.

Education

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:

1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.

Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at recruitment@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

None

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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