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.
As the Director for International Affairs you will:
Conditions of Employment
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):
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 www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp. 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.
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