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    Job Title: Deputy Director, Acquisition Systems

    Department: Department Of Defense

    Agency: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

    Sub Agency: Acquisition Directorate

    Job Announcement Number: HQ NGA DISES 2011-25


    SALARY RANGE:

    $119,554.00 – $165,300.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Thursday, August 04, 2011 to Tuesday, September 06, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    IE-1301-01/01

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full Time This is a permanent position.

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    1 vacancy – Springfield, VA

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    All Sources

    JOB SUMMARY:

    The Deputy Director, Acquisition Systems Office (DD/AS) supports the Director, Acquisition Systems (D/AS) as the Agency executive charged to drive and harmonize geospatial intelligence capabilities from legacy systems into an emerging and transformational National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) architecture, in directing a complex acquisition program consisting of multiple contracts with a combined value exceeding $1B per year, in the role of leader and advocate for agile and effective NSG acquisition program execution with respect to cost, schedule, and performance objectives, and in the advocacy role for technology insertion by leading the integration of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software/Hardware and new technology into the NSG architecture.

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

    Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

    We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.

    Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA’s role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.

    NGA – Know the Earth . . .Show the Way…Understand the World


    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Springfield, VA

    The DD/AS manages the development, procurement, testing, integration, deployment, and installation of NSG capabilities throughout the Intelligence Community, manages a workforce of 240 who in turn support a diverse internal and external customer set, and directs a combined contractor/government staff of program management and technical experts. In particular, the incumbent directs the mid and long-term planning for all components of the NSG and includes the near-term execution of select projects and programs. This position requires coordination with multiple organizations/projects across the Intelligence Community to ensure interoperability and customer satisfaction. The incumbent must also defend acquisition plans and provide program status and budget briefings before Congressional staff, ODNI and OSD oversight groups as requested.


    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    Qualification Requirements: Eligibility for this executive level position will be based upon a clear demonstration that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position. The successful applicants will be distinguished from other applicants by a review of the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) Standard, and the Technical Qualifications. Failure to meet a Qualification requirement will disqualify an applicant. Use an Activities/Context/Outcome Approach when describing your ECQs and keep in mind that reviewers will be looking for specific job-related activities and they will be interested in the context and outcomes of these activities. First, identify specific job-related activities (e.g., leadership, planning, acquiring a diverse workforce, budgeting) in which you participated and describe your actions. Next describe the context or environment within which you performed these actions. Mention other individuals or groups involved in the activity (e.g., client groups, members of Congress, individuals in other organizations). Lastly, state the outcomes of your actions. These indicate the quality and effectiveness of your performance and demonstrate your ability to achieve results, a key requirement of executive positions. Start your qualification statements with a brief summary of your managerial experience before individually addressing each of the five ECQs. Because “(6) Fundamental Competencies” are cross-cutting, they should be addressed over the course of the applicants ECQ narrative. It is not necessary to address them separately as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

    ECQs and their key characteristics: (Include as separate attachment one page maximum per ECQ)

    (1) Leading Change:
    This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies include:
    Creativity and Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
    External Awareness – Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views; is aware of the organization’s impact on the external environment.
    Flexibility – Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
    Resilience – Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
    Strategic Thinking – Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
    Vision – Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

    (2) Leading People:
    This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies include:
    Conflict Management – Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
    Leveraging Diversity – Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
    Developing Others – Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
    Team Building – Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

    (3) Results Driven:
    This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies include:
    Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
    Customer Service – Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
    Decisiveness – Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
    Entrepreneurship – Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
    Problem Solving – Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
    Technical Credibility – Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

    (4) Business Acumen:
    This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, material, and information resources strategically. Competencies include:
    Financial Management – Understands the organization’s financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
    Human Capital Management – Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.
    Technology Management – Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

    (5) Building Coalitions:
    This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies include:
    Partnering – Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
    Political Savvy – Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
    Influencing/Negotiating – Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

    (6) Fundamental Competencies:
    These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. Competencies include:
    Interpersonal Skills – Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
    Oral Communication – Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
    Integrity/Honesty – Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
    Written Communication – Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
    Continual Learning – Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self development.
    Public Service Motivation – Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

    Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) Standard – Leading the Intelligence Enterprise: Required for all positions effective 1 October 2010. This SOCQ Standard involves the ability to integrate resources, information, interests, and activities effectively in support of the IC’s mission and to lead and leverage cross organizational collaborative networks to achieve significant mission results. Inherent to this Standard is a deep understanding of the intelligence enterprise (or other comparable interagency or multi-organizational environment) and a shared commitment to the IC’s core values. (Include as separate attachment one page maximum per competency)

    (1) Collaboration and Integration: IC Senior officers have a responsibility to share information and knowledge to achieve results, and in that regard are expected to build effective networks and alliances; actively engage these peers and stakeholders; involve them in key decision; and effectively leverage these networks and alliances to achieve significant results. Senior officers are expected to create an environment tat promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view. Candidates assessed against this competency must:
    Build, leverage, and lead collaborative networks with key peers and stakeholders across the IC and/or in other government/private-sector organizations, or professional/technical disciplines to achieve significant joint/multi-agency mission outcomes
    Integrate joint/multi-agency activities effectively exercising collaborative plans that realize mutual IC, joint, or multi-organizational goals.

    (2) Enterprise Focus: IC Senior officers are expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of how the missions, structures, leaders, and cultures of the various IC components interact and connect; synthesize resources, information and other inputs to effectively integrate and align component, IC, and USG interests and activities to achieve IC-wide, national, and international priorities. Senior officers are expected to encourage and support Joint Duty assignments and developmental experiences that develop and reinforce enterprise focus among their subordinates. Candidates assessed against this competency must:
    Understand the roles, missions, capabilities, and organizational and political realities of the intelligence enterprise; apply that understanding to drive joint, interagency, or multi-organizational mission accomplishment.
    Understand how organizations, resources, information, and processes within the IC or interagency/multi-organizational environment interact with and influence one another; apply that understanding to solve complex interagency or multi-organizational problems.

    (3) Values-Centered Leadership: IC Senior officers are expected to personally embody, advance and reinforce IC core values. Senior officers are also expected to demonstrate and promote departmental and/or component core values. Candidates assessed against this competency must demonstrate:
    A Commitment to selfless service and excellence in support of the IC’s mission, as well as to preserving, protecting, and defending the Nation’s laws and liberties;
    The integrity and Courage (moral, intellectual, and physical) to seek and speak the truth, to innovate, and to change things for the better, regardless of personal or professional risk;
    Collaboration as members of a single IC-wide team, respecting and leveraging the diversity of all members of the IC, their background, their sources and methods, and their points of view.
    Promote, reinforce, and reward IC, departmental/component core values in the workforce and ensure that actions, policies, and practices are aligned with, and embody those values.
    Ensure that organizational strategies, policies, procedures, and actions give appropriate focus, attention, and commitment to diversity of people, point of view, ideas, and insights.

    Position Demands: This executive level position requires experience in program management, system engineering, and system acquisition. Must be able to make significant contributions to the advancement of the field as evidenced by previous, documented efforts. Educational background to include a bachelor’s degree or higher in a pertinent technical area is required. Must be DAWIA Level III certified in Program Management or have an equivalent level of intelligence community training.

    Technical Qualifications (TQs): (Include as separate attachments, one page maximum per TQ.) In addition to the six Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) which are mandatory for all DISES level positions and the Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) Standard, applicants will be rated on the TQ’s identified below which are essential for successful performance in the position. These statements should be a narrative explanation of your relevant background and experience. They must show that your experience, education, and accomplishments reflect the competence and professional standing required to provide expertise required by this position. Technical Qualification Statements that do not clearly address the qualification criteria will not be adequate for evaluation. The employee selected for this position must possess:

    1. Demonstrated ability to administer, coordinate, and direct activities in the Acquisition fields of program management, systems engineering and/or requirements management to include resource planning.

    2. Knowledge of the fundamentals of program management, systems engineering, and systems standards.

    3. Demonstrated experience in program management of large scale programs.

    4. Working knowledge of the mission and functions of the NSG and DoD/IC
    acquisition regulations and processes.

    5. Knowledge of several geospatial or imagery fields, to include tasking, exploitation, dissemination, and storage of image and non-image sources.

    Other Requirements:
    1. Applicant selected for this position is subject to the completion of a one-year probationary period in conjunction with the appointment at the DISES level. (Applicants selected from outside NGA are subject to the completion of a two-year probationary period associated with their initial appointment to the Agency.)

    2. This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Incumbent will be required to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) with the NGA Office of General Counsel.

    3. State the lowest pay you will accept and your current base salary.

    4. Provide the name, address, and telephone number of three references to substantiate your qualifications.

    5. Employment is subject to requirements of the NGA Drug Testing Program.

    6. You may be required to successfully complete a polygraph examination for the position you applied for and/or for any future position(s).

    Security Clearance and Access Level: This position requires access to classified Defense Department and Intelligence Community information. The individual selected must already possess, or be immediately eligible for, a TOP SECRET security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. U.S. citizenship is required for the granting of a security clearance.

    Joint Duty Credit: All NGA 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 almost 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) as long as the assignment was at the Band 3 (GS 11 – 13) level or above and it occurred on or 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. NGA 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:

    Evaluation Methods: Applicants will be evaluated based on job-related criteria identified under the Qualification Requirements by a screening panel of senior representatives with functional backgrounds relevant to this position. Interviews may be conducted.


    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below.

    You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB

    Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

    Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci

    New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

    You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

    You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

    You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

    In addition to federal benefits, NGA employees are also eligible for a suite of benefits offered only to the Intelligence Community (IC). The Compass Rose Benefits Group (CRBG) offers insurance products and services to all IC civilian employees. Compass Rose benefits include: Term Life Insurance, Group Accident Plan, Income Replacement, and Long Term Care Insurance. For more information on this highly-restricted opportunity, please visit the Compass Rose website: http://www.compassrosebenefits.com

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Other Information:
    1. Permanent Change of Station (PCS). Travel/Transportation expenses are authorized.

    2. Veteran’s preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

    3. Use of postage paid Government agency envelopes to file job applications is a violation of Federal law and regulation.

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, age, religion, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, lawful political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

    How to Apply: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW. To receive FULL consideration, mail or hand deliver an original and five stapled copies of your current application. You must identify the position vacancy announcement number. There is no application of preference, therefore, an Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) or a resume may be used. Certain information is required to be submitted, e.g., full name, mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address, social security number, country of citizenship, education and work experience, current salary, and highest federal civilian grade held. External applicants (if a current or former civilian government employee) should submit one copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 noting your current position, grade, and salary level. Permanently attach all components of each application package. Do not place application materials inside report covers or folders, or submit documents not specifically requested, as they will not be used in the evaluation process. Faxed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.
    Applicants will be rated and ranked by an agency Qualifications Review Board using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants who do not separately address the Executive Core Qualifications, Intelligence Community Senior Officer Core Qualification, and document their demonstrated experience, training, and/or education in support of the Technical Qualifications will be ineligible for further consideration. Failure to provide all the required information and copies could result in an ineligible rating. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    Special note – – Current DISES, Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) employees are not required to submit documentation of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) since you have already demonstrated your ECQs. However, you must submit documentation to address the Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) Standard – Leading the Intelligence Enterprise and your competencies in the areas under the “Technical Qualifications”. (All other candidates must submit all required paperwork.)

    Submit your application to: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    Mail Stop S45-HDE
    7500 GEOINT Drive
    Springfield, VA 22150

    Applications must be received by the closing date. A postmark will NOT prevail. Applications will NOT be returned. Please reference announcement number shown above.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Listed Above

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    HDE
    Phone: 571-557-4370/4205
    Agency Information:
    NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
    Mailstop: S45-HDE, 7500 GEOINT Drive
    Springfield, VA 22150

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    What to Expect:
    Thank you for submitting resume to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. We will contact you if your qualifications meet the requirements of the job for which you applied. Because the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a member of the Intelligence Community, our hiring process can take a little longer than most people might expect.

    You can learn more about the NGA Senior Executive hiring process at:

    http://www1.nga.mil/NGAJobs/Pages/DISESDISLVacancies.aspx

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