Quantico, Virginia
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is a separate Agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) under the direction, authority, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD-(I&S)). This position reports to the Senior Procurement Executive, a DISL position.
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As the Senior Advisor, Contracting & Acquisitions, you will:

Work with the Senior Procurement Executive and senior officials in the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD (A&S)) to maintain the procurement authority necessary for DCSA to fulfill its mission. Ensure that procurement authority is exercised in accordance with directives contained in statutes, Office of Federal Procurement Policy memoranda, and DoD policy. Develop and apply policies and procedures providing for systematic, continuous oversight of the DCSA acquisition function to ensure its compliance with law, regulation and policy.

Provide leadership and direction for DCSA offices in planning, developing, evaluating, and carrying out all aspects of the DCSA acquisition and contracting program. Analyze proposed and enacted regulations to develop appropriate implementation procedures and policies. Respond to requests for information on DCSA acquisition from other offices, including the Director and Congressional inquiries.

Conceive, conduct, and coordinate high-priority planning and in-depth analyses of strategic DCSA projects to ensure timely and effective acquisition support for the projects. In so doing, the incumbent sets specific goals, measures the performance of the acquisition function against the goals and takes the necessary steps to align the acquisition function with the DCSA Strategic Planning function.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • COVID19: All Federal employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see additional information.
  • Must be a U.S Citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59 PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C 1601
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: OGE-278e, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure, is required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is Telework eligible, in accordance with Agency policy
  • This position is designated Special Sensitive, the incumbent must obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance
  • You may be subject to a two-year trial period in the DCIPS, unless required trial period has been served
  • You may be subject to a one-year DISL trial period, unless required trial period has been served
  • This position may require occasional Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) and/or local Travel
  • The incumbent is required to sign a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) service agreement to remain assigned to the position for three years
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) level III certification in Contracting is required for this position
  • Must have/obtain and maintain a Level III Contracting Certification within 24 months
  • This is a mission essential position


MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: 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 exceed two pages per technical qualification.

1. Subject Matter Expertise of acquisition management, including laws, regulations, principles, and practices applicable to all phases of the contracting process within the Department of Defense.

2. Demonstrated ability to direct strategic planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of short and long-range acquisition management programs.


As a Senior Advisor, Contracting & Acquisitions, you must meet the following education and experience requirement:
  • 1102 education requirements for a degree- Bachelors degree is required.
  • 4 years of experience in contracting
You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. We will accept unofficial transcripts as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was AWARDED/CONFERRED, and the list of classes and credits earned.

Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

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 a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education

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: /

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Other Notes:
If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

Joint Duty Credit: All DCSA executive level positions require Joint Duty Credit. Only those candidates who meet the Joint Duty Credit requirement will be eligible to compete/be considered for a senior executive position. Employees will receive joint duty credit for any rotational assignment to another IC component and may also be eligible to receive credit for service outside the IC (military, other government, or private sector) that was at the GS/GG-11 (or equivalent level) that occurred after September 11, 2001. An external candidate, if selected, will be required to immediately apply for Joint Duty credit. Note: Employees without Joint Duty Credit may apply for the position and can be considered. If selected, a waiver would be required prior to final appointment. DCSA seniors without Joint Duty at the same tier level may lateral into the position if selected without requesting a waiver.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documents, for the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as it relates to the fundamental competencies required for this position. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check process

Experience: Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e.,Month/Year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statements should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

3. Standard Form (SF) 50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable)
  • If you are a current or former Federal civilian employee you must submit your last or most recent SF-50 showing grade and tenure.
4. Veteran's Documents: If applying using veteran's preference you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service (SERVICE-2 OR MEMBER-4) or Statement of Service that includes a character of service, and if claiming Disabled Veteran preference you must also submit an SF-15 Form and VA letter AB-4 showing final percentage.

5. JDA Information, if applicable. If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

6. Transcripts: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page). Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

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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