Department of Defense - Agency Wide Program Manager in Chantilly, Virginia

Department of Defense - Agency Wide
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Chantilly, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/19/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Department of Defense (DoD) National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Office of the Director Corporate Secretariat

**Mission StatementThe NRO is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America's intelligence satellites. The NRO provides reconnaissance information to the Intelligence Community and the DoD warfighters. For more information see:


Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1200.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. For more information see

  • This Position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601
  • Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to:

Title 10 (Public): Open to All U.S. Citizens. If you have never been a federal employee you would apply public.

Merit: Open to current and former Civilian Federal employees.

All current and former Civilian 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.


As a Program Manager you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manages, coordinates, and oversees NRO's acquisition planning and program activities to ensure consistency across NRO Acquisition Portfolios; and guides program acquisitions through various NRO acquisition management decision forums (e.g., Acquisition Strategy Council; NRO Acquisition Boards; NRO Corporate Decision Process).
  • Coordinates closely with ODNI and OSD to ensure programs are prepared for Milestone Decision Authority forums (e.g., Quarterly Program Reviews; National Intelligence Acquisition Boards; and Special Program reviews).
  • Develops, analyzes, and reviews acquisition policies, procedures, regulations, directives and instructions to provide sound advice to NRO senior leadership and develops recommendations necessary to perform the functions and operations in support of NRO acquisition programs strategic goals and objectives.
  • Represents the NRO in meetings with ODNI and the OSD for matters related to NRO acquisitions and acquisition processes; and at meetings with other government agencies for matters pertaining to acquisitions and acquisition¬≠ related decisions.
  • Monitors Program Management Plans and Acquisition Decision Memorandums, and reports NRO's acquisition status to NRO Top 3 leadership, and to external oversight organizations.
  • Provides NRO Directorates and Offices leadership, management oversight-and technical guidance of acquisition management issues presented U1rough the Acquisition Strategy Council and/or the Corporate Decision Process within the NRO's Strategic Decision Framework.
  • Serves as the Corporate Secretarial subject-matter expert for Acquisition and Program Management topics.
  • Plans, schedules, analyzes, and reviews Acquisition Strategy Council topics for decision.
  • Assists NRO Directorates and Offices in acquisition strategy processes and procedures that enable NRO senior leader decisions.
  • Researches, analyzes, and identifies methods to improve acquisition management effectiveness, efficiency, and decision formulation.
  • Serves as a primary staff advisor to the DNRO, PDDNRO, DDNRO, and D/CS, and is responsible for preparing them to make acquisition decisions affecting the DoD, IC, and the NRO.
  • Develops and maintains NRO acquisition policy and instructions.
  • Participates in the identification and design of training activities to improve the understanding of NRO's acquisition processes and enhance the acquisition management skills of NRO employees.
  • Manages the maintenance and enhancement of the web-based Acquisition Reference Library (i.e., virtual resource library) for use by the NRO's acquisition workforce.
  • Instructs and guides staff in new and/or changing acquisition procedures and manages the continuing development of acquisition management resources.
  • Serves as primary contact for interfacing with external organizations for the preparation and delivery of briefings on NRO acquisition practices; coordinating and participating in NRO and/or IC Boards, working groups, and forums associated with acquisition activities; or as an alternate representative to the IC Acquisition Council.
  • Serves as senior technical representative at senior level conferences and meetings with representatives from the DoD, IC, military services and agencies, and private industry.
  • Plans and facilitates the annual NRO Program Managers Conference.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May

  • be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.

Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance w/Polygraph

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened based on the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES* and* QUALIFICATIONSsections of this announcement by Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Qualifying experience required for this position is:

  • Experience with program management, logistics, financial, and contractual processes required to assist in the planning, coordinating and executing of assigned responsibilities.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and justifying significant or controversial acquisition/procurement issues.
  • Experience with the statutes, regulations, and policies governing contracting for the Federal government, in general and in particular those governing acquisition of reconnaissance systems resources, such that the incumbent is capable of formulating, analyzing, and approving innovative acquisition initiatives.
  • Experience using acquisition planning procedures to determine future procurement requirements.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies: 1.Intelligence Community (IC) Experience 2.Acquisition Program Management

3.Oral and written communication

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

  • Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.
  • Superior Academic Achievement does not apply to DCIPS positions

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time OVERTIME: Occasionally TOUR OF DUTY:;Flexible PCS (Permanent Change of Station): May be paid for internal NRO applicants only RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES: Not Authorized FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Exempt FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Required TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is not telework eligible


Other Notes:

  • Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement

Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA): Selectees are allotted 2 years in which to achieve DAWIA Program Management (A) Level III certification requirements in accordance with the 1990 Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. Certification is the procedure through which a military service or DoD Component determines that an employee meets the education, training, and experience standards required for a career level in any acquisition, technology, and logistics career field.

Critical Acquisition Position (CAP): Selectee must meet the following requirements for Acquisition Corps Membership or have an approved waiver prior to placement in the position: a degree in any field AND 24 semester hours of study from an accredited institution in any of the following disciplines: accounting, business finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management (may substitute 24 semester hours in career field and 12 semester hours in DAWIA disciplines), OR 10 years acquisition experience prior to 10/1/91; AND four years acquisition experience and requisition training. Selectee must execute, as a condition of appointment, a written agreement to remain in Federal service in this position for at least three years. In signing such agreement, the employee does not forfeit any employment rights, nor does such agreement alter any other terms or conditions of employment.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

Other Information

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at: *VETERANS PREFERENCE/CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL*In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.

NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement. REGARDING INTERVIEWS:* Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. *NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GG-1101-14/14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453251500

Job Announcement Number: NRO-17-1814312-B