Chantilly, Virginia
Oct 19, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


Mission Statement

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America's intelligence satellites. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost-efficient industrial supplier, conducting rigorous launch schedules, or providing the highest-quality products to our customers, we never lose focus on who we are working to protect our Nation and its citizens.
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This position serves as the Technical Director, Mission operations Directorate (MOD) responsible for orchestrating enterprise-relevant activities across the MOD sphere of influence; from acquisitions to operations to technical to programmatic. NRO/MOD delivers NRO mission by operating the baseline ground processing and overhead satellite constellation infrastructure. MOD enhances the value of NRO capabilities through the innovative application of these systems to meet the Nation's most demanding intelligence challenges; it assures overhead capabilities through space situational awareness and executing protective measures.

As the Technical Director, Mission Operations Directorate, the incumbent will:
  • Provide executive leadership, management, technical expertise, and oversight responsibilities for the NRO operations from collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of information or counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, to covert action initiatives, which may directly or indirectly affect national security. Such work requires exceptional direction, coordination, and integration of critical and complex intelligence programs, program segments, projects, or related support infrastructure.
  • Directly work with key high level organizations having national, intelligence community, or NRO level scope and impact and/or which may be subject to continual or intense congressional and media scrutiny or controversy.
  • Accountable for the formulation and success of specific programs or projects;
  • Monitor progress toward organizational goals and periodically evaluate and make appropriate adjustments to such goals;
  • Supervise the work of a small support staff; and exercise important policy-making, policy-determining, or other functions utilizing executive technical expertise.
  • Requires professional knowledge of a full range of science and engineering principles, concepts, and techniques to accomplish difficult work assignments and develop new methods, approaches, or procedures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, and methodologies of scientific and technical intelligence analysis in order to prepare clear, concise in-depth analytical products to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Additionally, an in-depth knowledge and experience of advanced technology in regards to leading edge technologies and their applications in advanced weapons and other systems, affecting national security is desired.
  • As a senior member of the NRO Cadre workforce, the incumbent will also be expected to support and engage in various Cadre workforce management activities in the NRO enterprise as needed and appropriate.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - - Frequent domestic and international TDY is required. Incumbent may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft in the performance of assigned tasks.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance w/polygraph
  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Overtime: None
  • Tour Of Duty: Flexible. The incumbent will be required to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): May be Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is NOT Telework eligible
  • MOBILITY AGREEMENT: Required. Selectee will be required to sign a mobility agreement as a condition of employment.
  • The use of recruitment incentives, paid relocation and/or retention incentives may be authorized
  • Senior Executives are required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF 306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check .
  • Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278).
  • Trail Period: You will serve a 1-year DISL Trail period unless you previously completed the trail period in DISL positions.
  • You will be required to complete a 2 year DCIPS probationary period, unless already served.
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see, additional information


Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ): Leading the Intelligence Enterprise: Required for all senior executive positions effective 1 October 2010. This SOCQ involves the ability to integrate resources, information, interests, and activities effectively in support of the IC's mission and to lead and leverage cross organizational collaborative networks to achieve significant mission results. Inherent to this Standard is a deep understanding of the Intelligence enterprise (or other comparable interagency or multi-organizational environment) and a shared commitment to the IC's core values. Please limit your written statements to no more than one page per ICSOCQ.

IC Senior Officers have a responsibility to share information and knowledge to achieve results, in that regard are expected to build effective networks and alliances; actively engage these peers and stakeholders; involve them in key decision; and effectively leverage these networks to achieve significant results. Senior officers are expected to create an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view. Candidates assessed against this competency must:

1. Collaboration and Integration: Build, leverage, and lead collaborative networks with key peers and stakeholders across the IC and/or other government/private-sector organizations, or professional/technical disciplines to achieve significant joint/multi-agency mission outcomes. Integrate joint/multi-agency activities effectively exercising collaborative plans that realize mutual IC, joint, or multi-organizational goals.

2. Enterprise Focus: IC Senior officers are expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of how the missions, structures, leaders, and cultures of the various IC components interact and connect; synthesize resources, information and other inputs to effectively integrate and align component, IC, and the United States Government interests and activities to achieve IC-wide, national, and international priorities. Senior officers are expected to encourage and support Joint Duty assignments and developmental experiences that develop and reinforce enterprise focus among their subordinates. Candidates assessed against the component must: Understand the roles, missions, capabilities, and organizational and political realities of the intelligence enterprise; apply that understanding to drive joint, interagency, or multi-organizational mission accomplishment. Understand how organizations, resources, information, and processes within the IC interagency/multi-organizational environment interact with and influence one another; apply that understanding to solve complex interagency or multi-organizational problems.

3. Values-Centered Leadership: IC Senior officers are expected to personally embody, advance and reinforce IC core values. Senior officers are expected to demonstrate and promote departmental and/or component values. Candidates assessed against this competency must demonstrate: A Commitment to selfless service and excellence in support of the IC's mission, as well as to preserving, protecting, and defending the Nation's laws and liberties. The Integrity and Courage(moral, intellectual, and physical) to seek and speak the truth, to innovate, and to change things for the better, regardless of personal or professional risk. Collaboration as members of a single IC-wide team, respecting and leveraging the diversity of all members of the IC, their background, their sources and methods, and their points of view.

Promote, reinforce, and reward IC, departmental/component core values in the workforce and ensure that actions, policies, and practices are aligned with, and embody those values. Ensure that organizational strategies, policies, procedures, and actions give appropriate focus, attention, and commitment to diversity of people, points of view, ideas, and insights.


TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. Please limit your written statements to not to exceed a total of 2 pages per statement per technical qualification.

1. Expert knowledge and understanding of the current and planned NRO architecture to include space, communications, ground, and mission protection segments supporting the Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination functions of the various NRO systems necessary to understand how NRO operations supports multi-node and cross-INT missions to satisfy intelligence requirements; recent experience supporting the acquisition of SIGINT and/or GEOINT systems (space and ground).

2. Demonstrated capabilities leading strategic-level system and/or process improvements to enhance mission and/or achieve efficiencies by building partnerships with other technical leaders/experts across the NRO and within the IC, academia, and private industry; a working knowledge of the overall IC, basic understanding of the unique mission attributes of the NRO, and NRO's partnership with functional mission managers.

3. Expert knowledge and experience with NRO systems engineering and integration processes and practices; technical studies, trades, and analysis; and exceptional ability to communicate recommendations to leadership at all levels necessary to support the full spectrum of leadership decisions from operational to strategic.

Current DISLs will only have to meet the Technical Qualifications

GG-15 applicants will need to meet the IC Senior Officer Core Qualifications (ICSOCQs), Technical Qualifications and be able to provide Joint Duty Certification or obtain Joint Duty Certification


Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.


B. 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 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:
1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

COVID19 - All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, please review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following:

Position is designated special-sensitive and incumbent must be able to obtain and retain a TOP SECRET security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. A non-disclosure agreement must be signed. Employee is subject to initial and periodic Counterintelligence Polygraphs.

This position has been designated as a Critical Acquisition Position and is covered by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. The employee must meet or be capable of meeting DAWIA Level III Certification or equivalent in any acquisition discipline within two years of assumption of duties and for an area applicable to the duties of the position.

Joint Duty Assignment (JDA) Program certification: Joint Duty credit is awarded by serving at least 12 months in an IC agency, an organization outside the IC, or joint organization at the pay grade or rank of at least GG/GS-13 beginning after 11 September 2001. In addition, individuals deployed for 179 days or more to a designated combat zone will satisfy the 12-month minimum requirement [or 179-day deployment] so long as that minimum requirement is met within a 24-month period. Relevant military, professional, technical, managerial, and/or leadership experience outside the IC may qualify as the equivalent of a JDA. In addition, a waiver for the Joint Duty Credit may be considered if there are no highly qualified alternative candidates with JDA Program certification.

Incumbent is required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) and Conflict of Interest Statement prior to entering the position, annually, and upon termination of employment in accordance with MEMORANDUM FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DESIGNATED AGENCY ETHICS OFFICIALS, SUBJECT: Superseding of Certain Sections of Chapter 7 of DoD 5500.7-R, the Joint Ethics Regulation dated August 1, 2006.

This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions presents a clear threat to the mission of the NRO, national security, and public safety. Therefore, incumbent is required to: (a) refrain from the use of illegal drugs, and (b) if requested, submit to urinalysis testing. Incumbent may be selected for random drug testing and may be subject to reasonable suspicion testing and safety mishap or accident testing.

The incumbent will be required to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.

Frequent domestic and international TDY is required. Incumbent may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft in the performance of assigned tasks.

This position has been designated a Mobility position and requires that the incumbent sign a mobility agreement. Incumbent is required to be mobile and may be reassigned to any other position for which qualified without a change in grade, reduction in rank, or compensation, at any geographic location where operating locations (OL) are established.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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 application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. RESUME - Your Resume listing your name, contact information, work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be referred for consideration.

2. ICSOCQs - Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ). Your narrative should be no more than 1 page for each (SOCQ).

3. Technical Qualifications - Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Technical Qualification. Your narrative should be no more than 2 pages for each Technical Qualification

4. Joint Duty Credit Information, if applicable.

5. Transcripts: 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.

Special note: Current and former career DISL employees are not required to address theICSOCQs, but must submit an SF50 showing they are/were a career DISL employee.

Applications received without the required ICSOCQs and TQ supplemental narratives WILL NOT receive consideration.

DO NOT submit additional information (i.e. cover letters, awards, appraisals, pages in excess of the page limits for ICSOCQs and TQs).

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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