<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSDP). The USDP serves as the principal advisor and assistant to the Secretary of Defense for all matters concerned with the formulation of national security and defense policy with particular emphasis on the integration and oversight of DoD policy and plans to achieve national security objectives. <br /><br />.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Your typical work assignments may include the following: <ul> <li>Conducts evaluations of programs and operational processes involving special operations using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to provide advice and recommendations to superiors to improve efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization</li> <li>Develops, coordinates, manages, and represents DOD policies and programs related to Service-Secretary-like oversight of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)</li> <li>Participates in the study, review, and adjustment of the programs and budgets needed to support Department strategies, concepts and plans</li> <li>Provides expert advice at the ASD and higher level on key strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, and policy matters</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required</li> <li>Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https: www.sss.gov/Home/Registration)</li> <li>Total salary varies depending on location of position</li> <li>This position is subject to provisions of the WHS/OSD PPP Pilot Program</li> <li>May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period</li> <li>Must be determined suitable for federal employment</li> <li>Required to participate in the direct deposit program</li> <li>This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing</li> <li>This position may require you to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance</li> <li>This position may require travel away from your normal duty station</li> <li>This position requires you to work other than normal duty station hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays and/or mandatory overtime</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong> You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: </strong><br /><br />One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to Conduct evaluations of programs and operational processes involving special operations using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods; advice at the ASD and higher level on key strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, and policy matters; prepare briefings, presentations, and decision memoranda to support deliberations and decisions by senior management; review and develops policy positions and responses to actions that have implications for foreign policy and national security policy, strategy, program planning, and budgets.<br /><br /><strong> You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: </strong><br /><br />One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to conduct evaluations of programs and operational processes regarding U.S. national security policies and oversight of defense acquisition and security cooperation programs involving special operations using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods; develop policy options and recommendations to support decision-making process; prepare papers, briefings and reports for senior U.S. Government civilian leadership; participate in programs and budgets to support Department strategies; and prepare communications for senior leaders both orally and in writing.<br /><br /><strong> You may qualify at the GS-15 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: </strong><br /><br />One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability in possessing expert knowledge of United States National Security Space systems, policies, organizations, and relationships; demonstrated Space domain technical, operational, and strategic analytical skills that can be applied to development of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, and facilities associated with U.S. Special Operations Forces; demonstrated skills to conduct independent research and analysis of highly complex policy, strategy, concepts and program issues, force posture alternatives, and implications of broad changes to international Space and related defense programs; and demonstrated knowledge of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS).<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS:</strong> The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.<br /><br /><strong>All qualifications, education, and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>Education cannot be substituted for experience.</strong><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>PPP PILOT:</strong> The Washington Headquarters Service is currently operating under an approved reengineered Priority Placement Program (PPP) pilot for all positions in its serviced workforce. This pilot is application based and current PPP registrants who are registered for activity codes 293A and 295A (regardless of the location) are required to apply to the job announcement via USAJobs in order to exercise their priority placement status. This pilot permits priority candidates to be assessed with other competitive applicants. Anyone claiming priority status must provide a copy of their PPP registration and supporting documentation (e.g. RIF notice, Certification of Expected Separation) at the time of application to verify priority placement and eligibility.<br /><br />MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Military spouse preference applicants are required to apply to job announcement via USAJobs in order to exercise their preference status. The application must include the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist, Marriage Certificate or License, Sponsor's PCS orders at the time of application to be considered.<br /><br />Other priority consideration programs will continue under their current operating procedures.<br /><br />A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an <strong>Alternate Application</strong>: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php? title=Alternate_Application_Information <br /><br /><strong>Appointment Authorities:</strong> For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements: <ul> <li> https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities/ </li> <li> https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/ </li> <li> https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ </li> <li>Other Special Appointment Authorities https: www.usajobs.gov/ </li> <li>Interchange Agreements https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/competitive-hiring/#url=Types-of-Appointments </li> </ul> <strong>Career Transition Assistance Programs: </strong>These programs apply 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 CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ <br /><br /><strong>Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants):</strong> Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. http: www.esd.whs.mil/DD/DoD-Issuances/140025/ <br /><br /><strong>Nepotism</strong>: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.<br /><br /><strong>Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.</strong> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Once the announcement has closed, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.<br /><br />All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire link can be found under the 'How To Apply' section. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Sensitive Compartmented Information <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION CLAIMS. You MUST upload the applicable documents with your application package. 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.<br /><br />1. Your resume may be submitted in any format that includes your name and contact information (telephone number and/or email).<br /> If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."<br /><br />If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you will not be considered for this vacancy.<br /><br /><strong>For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment for each position listed on your resume (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.</strong><br /><br />2. Other supporting documents: <ul> <li>Cover Letter, optional</li> <li>Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade held (WHS serviced employees SF-50s will be verified via eOPF).</li> <li>College Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education (WHS serviced employees will be verified via eOPF or you may include them in your application package)</li> <li>DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities</li> <li>Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable</li> <li>Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)</li> <li>PPP Registrants/Eligibles: Must submit the following applicable documents: 1) PPP registration 2) PCS orders (if applicable)</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>DOES THIS POSITION REQUIRE A LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE?</strong><br /> You are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of your license or certificate in your application package. It is also acceptable to document your license number and the name of the licensing authority in your resume.<br /><br /><strong>ARE YOU QUALIFYING BASED ON EDUCATION or A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE?</strong><br /> You must provide sufficient documentation of your education in your resume. You are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of transcripts or degrees in your application package. It is also acceptable to document your applicable course listing in your resume (course number, credits earned, etc.). 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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment.<br /><br /><strong>ARE YOU A VETERAN CLAIMING SOLE SURVIVORSHIP PREFERENCE OR 5-POINT VETERANS' PREFERENCE?</strong><br /> 1. You must provide legible copy/copies of the following: DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, type of discharge as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). The Statement of Service/Proof of Service must provide all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Veterans should upload their DD-214 once they receive it upon separation.<br /> 2. You should also document your complete military service information in the Veterans Preference and Military Service Section of the assessment questionnaire (type of preference, dates of service, date of VA letter, character of service, disability claim and rank and date of retirement if retired).<br /><br /><strong>ARE YOU A DISABLED VETERAN or CLAIMING 10-POINT VETERANS' PREFERENCE?</strong><br /> 1. Disabled veterans, veterans, widows, spouses or the mother of a veteran, who are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, you must provide legible copies of the following: Applicable supporting documents as noted on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). To obtain a copy of SF-15, go to: https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/ <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.