Program Manager

U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 26

Position description

This position is part of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. DSCA's mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. security cooperation enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise, and equip foreign partners. DSCA administers security cooperation programs that support U.S. policy interests and objectives.


As a PROGRAM MANAGER at the GS-0340-14 some of your typical work assignments may include:

  • Develops long-term program strategies, multi-year plans, and program priorities requirements in collaboration with DSCA senior/executive staff, Office of the secretary of Defense (OSD), Department of State (DoS), Geographic Combatant Commands (GCC), international organizations, and foreign partner nations which promote regional stability.
  • Negotiates and works closely with networks of USG and international partners (e.g., DSCA, GCCs, DoS, U.S. Embassies, NATO liaison mission, and foreign partner ministers) to establish logistics capability enhancement efforts working a broad spectrum of capability building challenges related to logistics, sustainment, acquisition, and resource management.
  • Translates U.S. foreign policy objectives into informed recommendations regarding logistics institutional capacity building and the Security Cooperation Logistics (SCLog) program; including solutions and implementation strategies for resolving complex, controversial, high profile concerns.
  • Represents DSCA and the SCLog program to senior/executive U.S. and foreign ministerial level counterparts.
  • Provides formal and informal briefings, presentations, and information papers to include topics such as ICB, SCLog, and other building partner capacity programs.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (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: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible


You may qualify at the GS-14 if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Leading and executing program management aspects of the Security Cooperation Logistics program.
  • Providing recommendations on the effectiveness of logistics activities aimed at improving international partners logistics systems.
  • Designing security cooperation logistics activities to mitigate foreign partner logistics gaps.
  • Providing expertise and direction in reviewing the appropriateness and relevancy of existing security cooperation and logistics policies, funding levels, strategies, training approaches and formulating strategic level guidance.

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.

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