Pentagon, Virginia
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 03, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Performs Career Broadening (CB) assignments involving initiating and developing Air Force policy and recommends approval and implementation. Exercises considerable influence over policies, programs, and develops policies and procedural aspects for Science & Technology (S&T), acquisition and standardization programs. Identifies deficiencies in current policies and procedures and initiates action to correct these deficiencies.

Represents the U.S. Department of Defense, Air Force, SAF/AQ, and Directorate as appropriate. May include serving as the United States representative on DoD, intergovernmental, international treaty, coalition partners, or nongovernmental organizations. Initiates actions and interacts with officials throughout government and industry science, technology and engineering committees to assure that policy, procedures and guidance documents effectively support Defense and Air Force needs.

Determines requirements to be satisfied by planning, analyzing and interpreting results of technical evaluations, where precedents are not directly applicable. Serves as focal point for planning and developing recommendations for programs of record. Develops methodologies that are sufficiently accurate, relevant, complete and objective to gain SAF/AQR approval.

Independently carries out special projects and assignments designed specifically to meet the broadening intent of the position. Represents the concerns of the Air Force at meetings and conferences; prepares staff studies and various documents to meet special needs; develops and presents oral presentation; leads and/or serves on steering committees. Advises and briefs AF senior leadership on program issues and results and provides logical courses of action.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Mobility agreement must be signed
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance
  • Positions are established specifically to provide developmental experience designed to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership perspective of a high-potential, mid-level manager.
  • Career Broadening also provides training and developmental opportunities at various organizational levels.
  • These assignments offer the qualified candidate a unique assignment in that the candidates brings certain experience to the assignment while gaining new experiences in a different work environment
  • TEMPORARY PROMOTION: If the position is filled as a temporary promotion, upon completion of the career broadening assignment, the temporary promotion may lead to permanent promotion without further competition
  • Travel by regularly scheduled commercial or military conveyances IAW Joint Travel Regulations may be required in performance of TDY
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • As required by EO 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee?s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions,

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent in other pay systems. Specialized experience must include using advanced engineering concepts, principles, and techniques across multiple inter-related and integrated technical engineering disciplines.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the NH-03 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of development planning, technology maturity assessments, life cycle systems engineering and integration, and the technological foundations for effective development of program technical assessment strategies.
  • Ability to work with customers to assess needs, provide assistance, resolve problems, and satisfy expectations.
  • Ability to persuade others to accept recommendations, works toward an agreement, and negotiate mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, and determines resource requirements; determine goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinate with other organizations or parts of the organization; monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Ability to identify problems and use sound judgment and decisions to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations.
  • Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the DoD and Air Force acquisition processes.
  • Ability to estimate technical scope to include cost and schedule.
  • Demonstrated ability in technical or engineering environments.
  • Graduate level education in systems engineering, cost analysis, technical planning and assessment or related areas and a master's degree in a technical/engineering specialty or equivalent experience in high tech product development and life cycle management is preferred

  • Education

    Not Applicable

    Additional information

    PCS restrictions: An employee selected to make a PCS to a Career Broadening assignment is restricted from making a second PCS for 12 months

    Defense National Relocation Program is Authorized

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    Employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.

    May be required to travel by military or commercial aircraft in the performance of TDY assignments.

    May be required to work overtime on an unscheduled or emergency basis.

    This position has been designated as an acquisition position and is covered by the Acquisition Professional Development Program {APDP). The employee must meet, or be capable of meeting Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act {DAWIA) certification requirements applicable to the career category designated on the position description within 24 months of assignment. This position also requires the employee to engage in acquisition continuous learning activities achieving 8O Continuous Learning points every 24 months.

    Employee must within 3O-days of assuming this position and by 3l October annually thereafter, file an OGE-45O, "Confidential Financial Disclosure Report." Employee is required to attend annual ethics and procurement integrity training

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application . The Vacancy ID is 11267651

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    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here . Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here .

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