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 analyzing problems of space with the objectives of improving equipment, weapons, tactics and strategy, training and doctrine, and provides a quantitative basis for command and management decisions.

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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 PROGRAM MANAGER (SPACE OPERATIONS) at the NH-0340-4 some of your typical work assignments may include:

Serving as a subject matter expert in space planning and combat development products to include requirement documents, analysis and studies, mission area development plans, independent evaluation plans and requirements, and SDA positions on priorities. Conducting qualitative analyses to evaluate effectiveness of space concepts, and to identify and resolve complex problems. Recommend procedures that facilitate vertical and horizontal integration of space capabilities to the T1 Program Director and action officers in meeting SDA goals and objectives.

Analyzing problems of space with the objectives of improving equipment, weapons, tactics and strategy, training and doctrine, and provides a quantitative basis for command and management decisions. Conducting and supervising studies, which involve the application of principles and techniques of individual's specialized field as well as related scientific fields including mathematics, physics, economics, management, contracts and engineering. Performing intensive systematic analysis of highly complex and unique problems with numerous and often vague variables and recommending solutions to which require a high degree of judgment, initiative and resourcefulness. Conclusions and recommendations generated are utilized by the highest command levels and contribute to the effectiveness of the agency in fulfilling its space and missile defense mission.

Accomplishing complex management projects related to acquisition management for which existing guidelines may not be available or applicable. Assigned program management projects are of such nature that the position is required to work in areas where precedent, data, criteria, methods, or techniques are inadequate, controversial, or contain critical gaps. Constructs standards and test plans; devises methods, processes, and procedures that become established models for the activity.

Functioning as the organization's program management specialist in developing system performance requirements, objectives and integration, and the estimation of time and resources for system design, development, and support. Applies expertise in the field of program management and extensive knowledge of the assigned functional area to resolve unique or novel problems related to design and development of the SDA Space architecture.

Establishing, developing, and maintaining effective working relationships with senior defense officials, field representatives, intergovernmental and nongovernmental leaders, local/state/federal elected and appointed officials, new media, business professional and academia leaders, civic leaders, and the general public. Meets with key customer and coordinating officials to assess customer satisfaction, explain organization policy and procedures, and resolve problems.

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 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
  • Employee is required to obtain a Level II acquisition certification in Program Management within 24 months of entering into this position.


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:
  • Applying ground systems command and control to include the understanding of these networks and their use across platforms, weapons, and sensors.
  • Employing programmatic assessments of complex space systems and architectures, to include space segment, ground command and control facilities and systems, and associated communication networks and links.
  • Communicating with individuals with diverse viewpoints to efficiently resolve technical and/or policy issues.
  • 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:

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: .

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 )

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

Other Notes:

ACQUISITION POSITION: This position requires Acquisition Workforce Level II in Program Management. Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.

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):
  • Oral Communication
  • Program Management
  • Scientific Analysis, Interpretation, and Decision Support
  • Systems Engineering

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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