S & T Programmatics Officer

Springfield, Virginia
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's civilian, military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps, charts, multiple layers of foundation data - such as terrain, elevation and gravity - and the full spectrum of visible and invisible light in order to help users visualize what is happening at a particular place and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond describing 'what, where and when' to revealing 'how and why.' our work enables decision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.

NGA Research seeks a technically-talented professional for a position in the Transition Division, of the Office of Technology Transition,
Transfer, and Protection (T3P). The Senior Technology Transition Specialist will serve as the primary interface on transition-related discussions and activities between Research and the NGA Integrated Program Offices (IPOs) and mission offices. They will assist NGA's researchers in aligning R&D to customer needs and facilitating adoption of technology solutions. Specific duties include:
* Develop and execute strategies to maximize return on NGA research and development (R&D) investments by aligning R&D to customer needs and facilitating adoption of technology solutions.
* Develop, maintain, and expand internal NGA relationships and external Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD)relationships, to become a trusted advisor for identification, evaluation, specification, development, testing, and deployment of technology
solutions to NGA, IC and DoD GEOINT challenges.
* Lead Engagements with NGA, other IC, and DoD components to convey information about emerging technology capabilities from NGA Research.
* Identify opportunities for collaboration within NGA and with other IC or DoD research organizations, industry or academia for solution design and development.
* Facilitate communication and collaboration between customers and NGA Research continually throughout the duration of R&D projects, amending project plans as customer needs and technical capabilities evolve.
* Provide technical, business, and programmatic expertise to assist the Transition Lead in the assessment of technology transition plans drafted by NGA Research scientists.

The Senior Technology Transition Specialist will identify and track risks to the successful transition for projects within their portfolio; the
portfolio will be aligned to one of the three Research Offices and respective Pods. The position will be responsible for the development and
coordination of Technology Transition Agreements (TTAs) and related Program Build activities for projects within the designated portfolio. The
professional will contribute to policy development for transition and collaborate with key stakeholders in Integrated Program Offices,
Research Pods, Mission Management, and Resource Offices to communicate and coordinate transition activities. The desire to grow and
contribute to the Research and NGA missions. Supervision will generally be administrative in nature, as he or she is expected to carry out
assignments independently.

This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, selected candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575 upon issuance of the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility. Incentive recipients sign a service agreement depending on the approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government.

Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on
this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that
are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in this application you submit
must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required.
Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

- U.S. Citizenship Required

- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)

- Polygraph Test Required

- Position Subject to Drug Testing

- Two Year Probationary Period

- Direct Deposit Required

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.


MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. Demonstrated ability to develop, a working knowledge of a wide range of technical disciplines underlying GEOINT capabilities.
2. Demonstrated experience with interpersonal skills and abilities to tailor communications to a variety of audiences; in particular, the ability to convey relevant information, verbally and in writing, about highly technical solutions to audiences with varying levels of technical expertise.
3. Demonstrated ability to develop familiarity with, Government acquisition regulations and Government acquisition programs.
4. Demonstrated experience relevant to DoD or IC R&D programs.
5. Demonstrated ability to use logic, analysis, synthesis, creativity, judgment, and systematic approaches to gather, evaluate, and use multiple sources of information to inform decisions and outcomes.

As required by Executive Order 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. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Optics, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Multi-Media, Social Sciences or in a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in those fields or Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Data Analysis/Visualization, Math, or Computer Science. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework listed in option A, plus experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals to 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 5 years professional experience in any of the areas listed above or one or more of the following fields: Intelligence; DoD Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, remote sensing, field/laboratory experimentation, laboratory infrastructure/IT or technical writing that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1. Demonstrated experience working on R&D projects within an organization, the DoD and/or IC.
2. Demonstrated experience applying analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and assess technologies for maturity, cost, and supportability, as well as working knowledge of Government and industry technology transition best practices.
3. Demonstrated experience supporting successful technology transitions with external customers.
4. Demonstrated experience constructing and managing R&D programs in accordance with the Heilmeier criteria, as well as drafting statements of work, deliverables requirements documents, and realistic program milestones for R&D programs.
5. Demonstrated experience evaluating cost and schedule realism of R&D proposals, monitoring program financial performance and managing cost/schedule risks.
6. Ability in verbal and written communication and presentation skills, in addition to organizational skills.