U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
$148,267.00 to $183,000.00
Open & closing dates
$148,267 to $183,000 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Redstone Arsenal, AL
Relocation expenses reimbursed
You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
This job is open to
Senior Executive Service
Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
Clarification from the agency
All qualified candidates.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), headed by a Director who is appointed by the Secretary of Defense, is established as a separate agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) under the direction, authority, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering). MDA manages, directs, and executes the ballistic missile defense program with the mission of defining, research, development, testing, production, fielding, foreign military sales, and with the Services, lifecycle maintenance of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) to achieve the following objectives: (1) Defend the Homeland against a limited intercontinental Ballistic Missile attack, (2) Create a highly effective, adaptable, regional missile defense capability, (3) Prove the Ballistic Missile Defense System works; (4) Hedge against Threat Uncertainty; (5) Develop new, fiscally sustainable capabilities over the long term, and (6) Expand international Missile Defense Cooperation.
The Director for Advanced Technology, the incumbent reports to, and is the primary advisor to the Director, MDA, and senior agency management on all issues associated with promoting the integration of advanced concepts into the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), evaluating all proposed advanced technology and related concepts (internally and externally generated), establishing a national strategy for missile defense Research and Development to counter future missile defense threats, and executing advanced technology efforts as directed by the MDA's senior leadership.
This is a Tier 2 position. Salaries for Tier 2 positions range from $148,267 to $183,000..This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders. SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.
As an executive you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.
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As the Director for Advanced Technology you will:
Serve as the senior advisor to the Director, MDA, on advanced systems and concepts and innovations, the incumbent provides authoritative and technically refined recommendations on all related functional, operational, and management activities. Integrates advanced concepts within the BMDS and leads a National effort to pursue and assess innovative concepts and develop algorithms to improve BMDS capabilities.
Develop and improves decision and discrimination algorithms supporting the BMDS and develops decision architecture for implementing the next generation BMDS Battle Management Command and Control. .
Conceptualize, plan, and lead Advanced Concept Studies that focus on the vision of the MDA mission and advanced capabilities necessary to sustain the evolution of the missile defense program.
Review and provide input into a variety of technical correspondence prepared by the Directorate staff to ensure concise, effective products.
Provide direction and oversight over the operations and management of the directorate, including civilian and military personnel management and financial management.
Engage on behalf of the Director, MDA, in a variety of high level forums and routinely interacts with the senior executives and general/ flag officers within the Department of Defense, as well as with senior executives from the National labs, industry, media representatives, academia, foreign officials, and members of Congress.
Participate in the BMDS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) evaluation process to identify engineering, technical, and product innovations that have potential for advancing MDA programs. Oversee the DV staff s evaluation of SBIR proposals and integrates these decisions and technology investment recommendations regarding SBIR's with other MDA offices.
Facilitate small business participation in the Federal research and development arena to convert highly innovative, high risk technologies, which develop new or advanced scientific and engineering concepts into established technology, which can be integrated into MDA Directorates, essential to the fulfillment of the overall MDA mission.
Evaluate all proposed advanced concepts (internally and externally generated) for potential application or integration into existing or developmental MDA programs and acquisition initiatives.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0801 General Engineering
Engineers, All Other
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. citizen
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You will serve a two-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
Veteran preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service
Must be able to obtain/maintain Special Sensitive/Top Secret SCI clearance
Designated and/or random drug testing is required
Supplemental narrative addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ)
Supplemental narrative addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ)
Current and former SES employees are not required to address the ECQs since you have have already demonstrated your ECQs, however, you must address the TQs for this position. All other candidates must provide ALL required paperwork.
Senior Executives are required to complete a Declaration of Federal Employment, (OF 306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must provide a copy of their ECQs certification.
Acquisition Certification: Completion of Level III Certification in Program Management is mandatory within the first 24-months of service, unless waived by the appropriate defense official.
This is a Critical Acquisition Position, Level III certification, in Program Management. Selectee must be an Acquisition Corp member at the time of permanent selection or have been granted a waiver for membership.
MOBILITY AGREEMENT: All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position.
Work Schedule: Fulltime
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
Applicants must meet the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS as follows: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under the related curriculum paragraph (4) must provide ONE of the two following documents: (a) Letter signed by the professional engineer who supervised the applicant's training plan. The letter must include the starting date and completion date of applicant's training plan and the courses, experience, and/or education completed during the training agreement; OR (b) Letter signed by a professional engineer who supervised the applicant's professional engineering work experience. The letter must include the name of the Company/Agency, dates of employment, and a description of the professional engineering duties.
NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/general-engineering-series-0801/
for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 03/13/2018.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):
Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format ) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all five ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp
. Each narrative statement should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your ECQ narratives not to exceed a total of 10 pages.
Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when preparing ECQ narratives. Provide two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ and ensure your experience meets the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, member of Congress, reduced budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge
Result - Provide specific examples of measures/outcomes that had an impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
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.
ECQ 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.
ECQ 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.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 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.
Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant from further consideration.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must provide written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per Technical Qualification.
1. Ability to identify, plan, and execute advanced technology major weapons programs, to include directed energy (or similar technologies), and advocating such programs within the services and the executive and legislative branches.
2. Ability to identify, plan, and execute advanced sensor technology to include groundbased, air- borne, and space-based sensor programs. This includes advocating such programs within the services and the executive and legislative branches.
3. Ability to identify, plan, and execute advanced technology algorithm development programs, to include experience using high-performance computing facilities, and advocating such programs within the services and the executive and legislative branches.
4. Ability to represent the organization and engage in technical interchange activities with industry, other government agencies, or international organizations regarding advanced technology concepts and related technology.
Enterprise Perspective: In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view, an awareness or understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate the ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences.
Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of meeting the requirements for this position.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
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Acquisition Certification: Completion of Level III Certification in Program Management is mandatory within the first 24-months of service, unless waived by the appropriate defense official, i.e., Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; of the Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM).
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position. This must be submitted annually and upon termination of employment.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documents, for the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as it relates to the ECQs and TQs. required for this position. Your application will be evaluated by an Executive Evaluation panel, and highly qualified candidates may be contacted for an interview and reference checks.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for consideration if eligible.
2. Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ). Your narrative should be no more than two pages per ECQ and should not exceed a total of 10 pages. More information on how to prepare/address ECQs can be found at www.opm.gov/ses.
3. Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ). Your narrative should be no more than two pages per TQ and should not exceed a total of 10 pages.
4. Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
College transcript(s). We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on 03/13/2018 in order to be considered.
DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty, if applicable.
Special note: Current and former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) since you have already demonstrated your ECQs, however, you must address the Technical Qualifications (TQs) for this position. (All other candidates must submit all required paperwork)
Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.
Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.
DO NOT submit additional information (i.e., cover letters, awards, appraisals, etc).
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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How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
Your application must include your written statements addressing all five of the Executive Core Qualifications and each of the Technical Qualification statements.
You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To preview the questionnaire, please go to https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10129886
Agency contact information
MDA Servicing Team
Missile Defense Agency
Bldg 5222 Martin Rd
Redstone Arsenal, AL
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Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
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U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Website : http://www.mda.mil/
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is a research, development, and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense. Our workforce includes government civilians, military service members, and contractor personnel in multiple locations across the United States. We are focused on retaining and recruiting a dedicated workforce interested in supporting our national security. As we develop, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), the MDA works closely with the combatant commands (e.g. Pacific Command, Northern Command, etc.) who will rely on the system to protect the United States, our forward deployed forces, and our friends and allies from hostile ballistic missile attack. We work with the combatant commanders to ensure that we develop a robust BMDS technology and development program to address the challenges of an evolving threat. We are also steadily increasing our international cooperation by supporting mutual security interests in missile defense.