Assistant Director, Counterintelligence – Quantico




DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency, is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor Agencies' authorities and responsibilities.

This position is the Assistant Director, Counterintelligence (CI), and reports to the Deputy Director/Director, DCSA. This is a Tier 2 position
Learn more about this agency


As the Assistant Director, CI, you will:

Through subordinate leaders organize, direct and supervise the personnel and activities of the DCSA CI function. Plan and carry out the full range of supervisory and managerial authorities related to assignment of work such as, coordination with other programs, management advisory services, technical work direction, evaluation of subordinates, approving selections for non-supervisory positions, recommending selections for supervisory positions, resolving serious complaints, approving or proposing disciplinary actions, determining or approving training needs, recommending or approving awards and bonuses, determining means to improve productivity, and other delegated authorities

Exercise delegated managerial authority to set annual and multi-year plans and schedules for the counterintelligence program management process. Determine goals and objectives for the DCSA CI function, where emphasis should be placed, and how to best utilize resources including realignments to address shortfalls or to satisfy priority needs. Supervise the process of developing and refining requirements, formulating alternative strategies, developing baselines and metrics, determining adequacy of technical work and setting standards, conducting regular program reviews and providing advice and guidance to top level management. Ensure inclusion of new, responsive, and flexible strategies to meet the needs of DCSA. Ensure the development and implementation of performance metrics.

Exercise leadership qualities to instill throughout the organization a sense of commitment to, and ownership of, the continued success, effectiveness, and efficiency of DCSA in the discharge of its critically important national security missions. Hold managers, supervisors, and employees accountable for the identification and reporting of ineffective work practices, methods, procedures, and policies and for development and deployment of improved ones.

Represent DCSA on DoD and national level committees and in conferences and meetings where significant decision are made that result in new program and operations initiatives that may cause the expenditure of large sums of money and human resources. Maintain contacts and liaison with appropriate elements of the intelligence community (IC) to establish cooperative networks, share information, and remain aware of the latest operations and technological developments.

Provide expert, authoritative advice, consultation and information to all levels of management within DCSA, to users and customers, vendors, and to personnel at higher levels in DoD, the IC, and in other organizations with a counterintelligence mission.

Develop and/or supervise the development of foreign threat analysis methods, processes, and systems. Establish data collection requirements, sources and parameters. Identify or initiate analytical techniques and sets goals and objectives for analytical projects and programs.

Directs (1) the analysis and evaluation of information and data produces through personnel security investigations and industrial security evaluations and incident reporting to identify potential intelligence threats and associated counterintelligence interests; and (2) the preparation of reports, studies, analysis, and determines the appropriate distribution of findings and recommendations, e.g., within DCSA, within OSD, or to outside agencies such as the MILDEPS, CIA, FBI, etc.

Direct and oversee, in coordination with the National Security Learning Center, the development and delivery of education and training programs to enhance the awareness of DCSA and industrial personnel to counterintelligence requirements. Provide specific training programs to integrate CI functions into all DCSA mission operations. Evaluate training and education effectiveness and revises or reorients presentations as needed.

Travel Required

25% or less – The position will require occasional local travel and occasional temporary duty travel (TDY)

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S Citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59 PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a DCIPS Position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C 1601
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: DISES are not eligible for Overtime
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible within Agency policy
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS): May be authorized
  • Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: OF-278e required
  • Telework Eligibility: No
  • This position is designated Special Sensitive, the incumbent must obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance
  • The incumbent may be required to accept a change of official duty station in support of the accomplishment of the DCSA mission
  • You may be subject to a one-year trial period in the Defense intelligence Senior Executive Service, unless required trail period has been served
  • This position is designated as Mission Essential
  • Incumbent may be required to operate automotive passenger vehicles in connection with the performance of duties. A valid driver's license is required


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), four Technical Qualifications and other qualifications, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): ECQs are mandatory for all applicants. 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 ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Each accomplishment 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 responses to no more than two pages per ECQ. Additional information on the ECQs is available at

Applicants who currently hold or previously held permanent SES or equivalent positions (e.g., DISES, SIS, SNIS) are encouraged to submit updated ECQs, but may submit ECQs previously used in the executive hiring process.

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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit 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 not to exceed a total of two pages per technical qualification.

1. Demonstrated expert knowledge of counterintelligence regulations, procedures, policies, and processes, and expertise in the development of collaborative solutions across DCSA, the DoD, the IC, other Federal agencies and Industry.
2. Expert knowledge of law enforcement and intelligence organizational authorities, structures, functions, goals, and missions.
3. Demonstrated expert knowledge of CI collection platforms and exploitation capabilities; as well as national and tactical intelligence cycles, capabilities, and methodologies.
4. Proven enterprise-level leadership experience providing authoritative guidance to improve counterintelligence operations, investigations, activities and initiatives in support of IC and DoD objectives.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Additional Information:
DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency, is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor agencies' authorities and responsibilities. Mission accretion and associated growth in personnel and resources requires deliberate coordination and planning across operations and support activities to achieve effective outcomes while simultaneously establishing and integrating new activities, initiatives and projects. The new organization will be comprised of nearly 13,000 government and contractor personnel operation throughout the United States and overseas supporting stakeholders across the federal government.

Additional information

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Other Notes:
If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES).

The incumbent selected for this position will be required to serve a two-year DCIPS trial period unless required trial period has been served.

Joint Duty Credit: All DCSA 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) that was at least at the GS/GG-11 or DCIPS Pay Band 3 level, 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. DCSA 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

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 required for this position. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check process.

Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your narrative responses 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 in 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 dates of employment (i.e.,Month/Year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statements should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

3. Mandatory ECQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. Your narrative statement should include specific examples of experience, education, and accomplishments, applicable to the position. DO NOT EXCEED 10 pages for your narrative statement addressing all ECQs. For further information and assistance in preparing your narrative statements, please see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) publication, "A Guide to SES Qualifications," available on the OPM web site at: https: .

Applicants who currently hold or previously held permanent SES or equivalent positions (e.g., DISES, SIS, SNIS) are encouraged to submit updated ECQs, but may submit ECQs previously used in the executive hiring process.

4. Standard Form (SF) 50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable)

  • If you are a current or former Federal civilian employee you must submit your last or most recent SF-50 showing grade and tenure.
  • Current and former career SES members, permanent DISES, SIS, or SNIS must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.
  • Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must also submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment

To apply for this job please visit

More Jobs:

Leave a Comment