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Director For International Affairs

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U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

$148,267.00 to $183,000.00

Fort Belvoir, VA

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$148,267 to $183,000 per year

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Fort Belvoir, VA

Relocation expenses reimbursed


You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

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Senior Executive Service

Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

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All qualified candidates.


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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 Secretary of Defense for 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 International Affairs reports to the Director, MDA. In this capacity the incumbent provides strategic advisory services for all international relations including international and external programs, and serves as the Agency lead in four key functional areas: (1) International Affairs, (2) Foreign Military Sales Implementing Agency (FMS IA), (3) Representing the Director, MDA with USG Interagency, and (4) Delegated Disclosure Authority for Foreign Disclosure and Technology Transfer. In addition to these core functions within the Agency, the Director for International Affairs also serves as the NATO BMD Steering Committee Chairperson.

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 International Affairs you will:

Serve as the Agency Representative for International Affairs. Lead for all MDA engagement with international counterparts (over 20 countries in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe). Chairs bilateral committees and working groups with international partners. Develop and negotiate international agreements.

Serve as the primary Agency interface and representative with senior international partners, foreign embassies in Washington, DC, and U.S. Embassies abroad. Guide the preparation of memoranda of understanding (MOU), memoranda of agreement (MOA), and other strategic international agreements between the U.S. and its Allies involving BMDS cooperative efforts.

Lead the Foreign Military Sales Implementing Agency (FMS IA) mission. Engage with foreign partners, program offices, and COCOM staffs in case development. Oversee all aspects of case management from Letter of Request (LOR) receipt to capability delivery in the Host Nation.

Represent the MDA Director with USG Interagency. Attend a variety of high-level meetings designed to advance MDA international affairs goals and objectives to include the Office of the Secretary Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the National Security Council (NSC), the Department of State, and other federal agencies. Coordinate with the JCS and COCOM J4/J5s to provide recommended positions on the structure and operations for missile defense.

Conduct Foreign Disclosure and Technology Transfer approvals for the Agency. Serves as the Delegated Disclosure Authority (DDA). Coordinate foreign disclosure guidelines, review export license requests, enable foreign visits, and evaluate procurement positions that prohibit or restrict allied participation. Lead decisions in support of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Represent MDA in Department of Defense export reform groups.

Provide input and oversight to legislative affairs as it relates to the advancement of BMDS international relations, and serve as MDA proponent for activities involving such congressional actions. With respect to public affairs, evaluate public affairs planning and strategic policy for the MDA international affairs, and prepare, coordinate, and review MDA publications, including reports, issue papers, program fact sheets, displays, or written speech materials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

May be required to successfully complete a 2-year probationary period

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)

MOBILITY AGREEMENT: All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You will serve a two-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in 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.

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.

Work Schedule: Fulltime

Overtime: Occasionally

Tour of Duty: Flexible

Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt

Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible



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

. 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 written statements to no more than two pages per ECQ 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 submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each of the technical qualification separately. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.

1. Demonstrated experience with U.S. international treaty obligations and their relation to Allied involvement in missile defense research, knowledge of the arms control process including experience in arms control negotiations, and knowledge of domestic and international industrial activities.

2. Extensive knowledge of the concepts and principles of foreign disclosure, foreign government requests for classified military information (CMI) or controlled unclassified information, and certification of foreign liaison integrated personnel.

3. Demonstrated experience with policy positions, communication styles, and dynamics of the national and international political environments and policies as they occur or are derived from foreign countries, particularly related to U.S. government and DoD efforts in the area of advancing international cooperative missile defense programs or other major weapons systems.

4. Broad knowledge and experience providing liaison with the senior Office of the Secretary of Defense and the military Services involved with missile defense programs or other major weapons systems.

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 requirements for this position.

Additional information

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Selective Service Requirement: Please visit

for more information.

Additional Requirements:

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.

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 fundamental competencies, identified below. Your application will be evaluated by an Executive Evaluation Panel rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be contacted for an interview and to provide reference checks.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Required Documents

Required Documents

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 by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be referred for consideration.

2. Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that provides specific examples of work experiences addressing each of the five Executive Core Qualifications. Your narratives should be no more than two pages per ECQ, not to exceed a total of 10 pages. More information on how to prepare/address ECQs can be found at

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 ECQ, not to exceed a total o 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 ALL of 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.

Applications received without the required ECQ and TQ supplemental narratives WILL NOT receive consideration.

DO NOT submit additional information (i.e. cover letters, awards, appraisals, pages in excess of the 10 page limit for ECQs and TQs).

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,

, 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.

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Next steps

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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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
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Company Profile
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.

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