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Technology Operations Officer - Government R&D

Company: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Location: Washington
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Job Description:

Technology Operations OfficerSpringfield, VAGrade: B5Open: 2021-03-12, Close: 2021-03-22Job Posting: 20210173linkJob SummaryASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: S&T Programmatics Officers apply technical and programmatic management expertise to investigate Government and industry R&D programs, determine resource requirements, and direct activities that create customized methodologies and products to address a variety of geospatial-intelligence problems. They recommend ways to facilitate technology transfer and insertion and may develop multiple intelligence-related products and methods. They collaborate with Scientists and other experts to research advanced solutions, test products and methods, and develop new capabilities and associated tradecraft. They provide technical guidance and oversight, conduct technical outreach, and interpret technical information for non-scientific audiences.Additional Job InformationADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NGA Research seeks an S&T Programmatics Officer to serve as Technology Operations Officer (TXO). The TXO will assist the Research senior leaders with a full range of technical and administrative responsibilities to ensure efficient and effective operation of the Research organization mission success. The TXO must be a self-motivated, detail-focused, highly capable, critical thinker to provide oversight to key coordination activities in support of both tactical and strategic operations for the Research organization. Specific duties include: * Provide direct technical and executive support to R senior leadership. * Assist R senior leadership in developing organizational goals, objectives, strategy, and priorities consistent with NGA and Dept/IC objectives, and warfighter requirements. * Work closely with R senior leadership on strategic development of key processes, procedures, and communications that facilitate program planning and execution. * Capture follow-on actions and monitor their execution to sustain strategic efforts and ensure mission success across R and NGA in support of R leadership goals. * Capture follow-on actions and monitor execution to sustain strategic efforts with external partners including government agencies, industry, private sector, and academia, in support of R leadership. * Ensure strategic program planning is coordinated among R management staff. * Work closely with D/DD to plan and orchestrate R off-sites, town halls, meetings and events including content development, speaker coordination and alignment of agenda with strategy. * Act as a liaison on behalf of the D/DD to all other NGA Executive Leaders, KCs, and external organizations as required to ensure the R perspective is accurately portrayed and fully considered. * Work closely with R senior leadership to coordinate across NGA with other Executive Leaders and KCs to exchange information and resolve complex problems. * Work closely with Research senior leadership to coordinate across senior leadership across the IC, DoD and NGA to exchange information and resolve complex problems. Represent R at other government agencies outside of NGA. * Maintain situational awareness of Department-wide and agency-level issues to enable proactive and contextual support to the D/DD. Anticipate and frame issues, assess risks and devise solutions, keep management apprised of high priority issues and requirements. * Exercise a high degree of originality, discretion, communication skills, and good judgment in accomplishing responsibilities that contribute significantly in guiding and shaping the future of the R organization in support of Agency and Department objectives. * Communicate with R staff to convey D/DD intent with respect to Directorate strategy, research program design, proposals, approvals, reviews, and execution, as well as intra-and inter-agency collaboration. * Plan and coordinate program initiatives for the D/DD; ensure technical rigor and alignment with Heilmeier criteria, strategic R and NGA objectives, as well as warfighting needs. * Provide guidance to R staff in development of programs with special attention to technical rigor, alignment with Heilmeier criteria, and consistency with NGA and Department objectives. * Ensure the R D/DD are well prepared for technical and executive meetings and decision making by drafting executive summaries, talking points, read-aheads, and executive correspondence, and verifying the sufficiency of such materials prepared and provided to the D/DD by others. * Responsible for all R correspondence. * Provide ad hoc support for other additional functions required by or assigned by the D/DD. Apply excellent communication skills to extensive cross-group coordination at all levels across R, NGA, and select external stakeholders. This position is eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, the selected candidate must 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 the 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.Mandatory QualificationsMANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications 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 experience advising leadership and stakeholders on R&D topics and aligning the R&D portfolio in support of National and Department of Defense strategies and priorities. 2. Demonstrated experience supporting programs in accordance with the Heilmeier criteria. 3. Demonstrated experience drafting Broad Agency Announcements, statements of work, deliverables requirements documents, and realistic program milestones for R&D programs. 4. Demonstrated experience evaluating proposals for realism and responsiveness to solicitations. 5. Demonstrated experience with international programs. 6. Demonstrated experience creating written word products in narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive style to communicate technical material for a variety of audiences, senior-level executives, and representatives of external oversight functions. 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.Highly Desired QualificationsQUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1. Demonstrated experience briefing technical material. 2. Demonstrated experience evaluating cost and schedule realism of proposals, monitoring program financial performance and managing cost/schedule risks. 3. Excellent oral and written communication skills . 4. Demonstrated experience managing or supporting the management of machine learning, AI, or activity based intelligence programs.Additional Job RequirementsYou 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.Pay, Benefits, & Work SchedulePROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure. Band 05 $144,128 - $172,500 PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized. 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. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit Cover LetterApplicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not required for employment consideration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field.Who may applyExternal Applicants OnlyHow to applyApplication submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.How will I be evaluated?APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at ...@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.Conditions of EmploymentAs 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 RequiredDCIPS DisclaimerNGA 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 your application. Associated topics: foreign affairs, government, legislative, policy, political science, politics, public affairs, rights

Keywords: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Washington DC , Technology Operations Officer - Government R&D, Government & Protective Services , Washington, DC

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