The incumbent of this position will be providing program management support to the SDA Support Cell. SDA's Support Cell will enable ground segment and launch capabilities to support a responsive and resilient space architecture.
This position will be moving from the Pentagon/Crystal City area to Chantilly,VA in early/mid 2021.
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The SDA ground segment will enable a common, resilient ground support infrastructure necessary to enable the space-based capabilities of the other layers to transmit, receive, process, exploit and disseminate data. Fundamentally, this infrastructure must manage the constellation, host and execute tactical command and control (C2) capabilities, host mission processing and BMC3 applications, task and manage ground-based communication gateways, connect across secure long-haul communications networks, implement in-band and out-of-band cyber security systems and provide for general constellation computing, networking and storage capabilities. Integrating advanced C2 concepts, such as multi-band phased array and optical antennas, and aligning with U.S. Space Force's Enterprise Ground Services are fundamental to SDA's approach.
Finally, this infrastructure must be deployable to satellite operations centers world-wide, facilitate human-on the loop, and "lights out" operations and provide for satellite operator training. In addition, the Support Cell facilitates launch acquisition, space vehicle integration and satellite operations for all other SDA Layers.
As a PROGRAM MANAGER at the NH-0340-4 some of your typical work assignments may include:
- Performs programmatic assessments of complex space systems and architectures – to include but not limited to space segment, ground command and control facilities and systems, launch capabilities and range infrastructure, tactical user terminals, and associated communication networks and links – to identify and characterize system performance, vulnerabilities, and other attributes that potential adversaries may seek to exploit through physical or non-physical access.
- Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates significant and complex projects which represent critical segments of major operating programs and which entail a variety of complicating factors, interaction with other engineering specializations, and consideration of the life-cycle of items/ systems.
- Functions as the organization's program management expert in developing system performance requirements, objectives and integration, and the estimation of time and resources for system design, development, and support.
- Applies expertise in the field of program management and extensive knowledge of the assigned functional area to resolve unique or novel problems related to design and development of the SDA Space architecture. Integrates multiple logistics and/or acquisition functions to implement program management strategy.
- Establishes, develops, and maintains effective working relationships with senior defense officials, field representatives, intergovernmental and nongovernmental leaders, local/state/federal elected and appointed officials, new media, business professional and academia leaders, civic leaders, and the general public.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service http: www.sss.gov
- Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered (See How To Apply)
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Work Schedule: Fulltime
- Overtime: Occasionally
- Tour of Duty: Flexible
- Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
- Financial Disclosure: Required
- Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
- Employee is required to obtain a Level III acquisition certification in Program Management within 24 months of entering into this position
- This is a Drug Testing designated position.
You may qualify at the NH-04 level if you fulfill the following qualifications:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the NH -03/GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
- Experience applying ground systems command and control to include the understanding of these networks and their use across platforms, weapons, and sensors.
- Experience employing programmatic assessments of complex space systems and architectures, to include space segment, ground command and control facilities and systems, and associated communication networks and links.
- Experience communicating with individuals with diverse viewpoints to efficiently resolve technical and/or policy issues.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.
All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
CRITICAL ACQUISITION POSITION (CAP). Selectee for this position will be required to sign a written agreement to remain, for a minimum of three years, in the federal service in this critical acquisition position.
ACQUISITION POSITION: This position requires Acquisition Workforce Level III in Program Management. Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.
Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: http: www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf
All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
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, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.
- Defense Acquisition Programs and Policies
- Oral Communication
- Program Management
- Systems Engineering
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:
Best Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
Highly Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s) as determined by the job analysis.
Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s) and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/competitive-hiring/#url=Category-Rating
Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job.
For information on entitlement see http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.
Background checks and security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).
Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
The following documents are REQUIRED:
1. Your resume:
- Your resume may be submitted on any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
- For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., "HRS per week and month/year to month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
- For additional information see: What to include in your resume
2. Veteran's Documents:
If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents
- DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.
PLEASE REVIEW THE BELOW LINK OR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS needed for proof of eligibility:
If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)
For More Information: https: www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo.pdf
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.