Chantilly, Virginia
Oct 23, 2021
Nov 01, 2021
Full Time


The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is in the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). For more information please see: ACQDEMO

This position is part of the Space Development Agency. The incumbent will be responsible for serving as the Mission Operations Cell Chief.
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MODERNIZING THE MILITARY'S SPACE ARCHITECTURE - The Space Development Agency (SDA) orchestrates the development and fielding of DoD's future threat-driven National Defense Space Architecture. Our mission begins and ends with the warfighter, recognizing that good enough capabilities in the hands of the warfighter sooner may be better than delivering the perfect solution too late.


We use novel approaches to accelerate the military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantage in space for national defense.


SDA will deliver capabilities to our joint warfighting forces in two-year tranches that advance capabilities following a spiral approach. Working at the youngest Defense Agency in the Department of Defense, SDA personnel embody the motto SEMPER CITIUS - always faster - moving at or ahead of the speed of the threat because we know the joint warfighter is counting on us. Establishing new ways of doing business within the Department while developing new capabilities on 2 year timelines isn't for everyone, but accepting the challenge reaps great rewards! #TeamSDA

As a MISSION OPERATIONS MANAGER at the NH-0301-4 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Serving as the Mission Operations Cell Chief. Individual performs supervisory, operational execution, training and certification, and systems management pertaining to leading and operating the SDA Operations Centers located outside of the DMV region. The SDA Operations Centers provide 24 hours a day/7 days a week, operational oversight and reach back support for globally dispersed operational elements and provides 24/7 connectivity and interface with global and geographical combatant commands.
  • Determining cell goals for long and short-range planning and execution of all programs. Providing direction and leadership for cell functions and activities, develops operational and organizational plans that support the vision and goals of the agency. Ensuring that funds, equipment, manpower, and facilities are properly resourced and utilized. Developing, securing and implementing courses of action to eliminate or reduce barriers and impediments in the support and performance of the mission. Evaluating factors such as current and future mission needs, political climate, area demographics, and training equipment limitations and availability.
  • Training - Developing and controlling operational procedures and training documents for Ops personnel, focused on the implementation of the National Defense Space Architecture. Training other personnel on Ops policy, program and procedures.
  • Establishing and executing policy for conduct of operations within the Operations Centers including access to the area, day-to-day policy actions, message handling, and personnel management.
  • Responsible for the proper functioning and operation of all Operations Centers hardware, software, and command and control telecommunications systems. Develops and submits annual budget requirements to support replace plans. Responsible for planning and implementing new/added capabilities and systems into the Operations Centers.
  • Interfacing with the Service Staffs, National Intelligence Agencies, and Joint Staff for special operations and high visibility projects.
  • Directly supervising military and/or civilian support personnel. Supervising operations crews providing 24/7 operation support and contingency support. Managing a multidisciplinary, cross-functional, and geographically disparate team including Government civilians, military officers, and representatives of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), and support contractors.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http://www.sss.gov for more information
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see, additional information.
  • Employee must obtain/maintain a Special Sensitive (Top Secret SCI) security clearance
  • This position is emergency-essential. In a crisis or war, the incumbent must continue to perform assigned duties to support mission requirements until relieved by proper authority. The incumbent will take part in readiness exercises.


You may qualify at the NH-04 level if you fulfill the following qualifications:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the NH-03/GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Analyzing the capabilities, limitations and employment of space operations within a command center.
  • Developing policy and providing recommendations based on knowledge of space warning and control systems, and space launch processes; space tactics techniques and procedures; and principles of satellite and ground systems.
  • Developing, presenting and controlling operational procedures and training documents for command center personnel.
  • Experience with one or more specialized areas of weapons, tactical targeting, tactical command & control, and military operational functions

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


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: https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Person with Disabilities- Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Other Special Appointment Authorities
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx )

To receive consideration please make sure you select ALL appropriate eligibilities in the application questionnaire.

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

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 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.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Leadership
  • Oral Communication
  • Program Planning, Review and Evaluation
  • Scientific Analysis, Interpretation, and Decision Support

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

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

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, 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
1. 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 number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Veteran's Documents
  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

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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