Deputy Coordinator for Policy, Plans, and Operations

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
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  • Posted
    Sep 28

Position description

The position is located in the Global Engagement Center, under the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R/GEC).  The GEC’s mission is to “lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining U.S. national security interests.”


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Description of Duties

  • Exercises accountability for, and provides authoritative advice regarding, the fast-changing foreign adversarial disinformation and propaganda threat environment and strategies for leading the USG interagency and international partners to counter the threats; policy positions to be adopted by the GEC Special Envoy and Coordinator (Assistant Secretary level) or other senior USG officials; and policy options and strategies for achieving short- and long-term USG policy goals.  
  • Provides strategic direction to subordinate units on U.S. foreign policy priorities and their nexus to the GEC mission. Directs planning and actions to leverage current and future opportunities and/or scale and replicate best practices in countering these disinformation threats.
  • Represents the GEC, at interagency, and international meetings, working groups, and negotiations to coordinate and synchronize USG interagency and international efforts to counter foreign adversarial disinformation.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

This position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's completion and favorable adjudication of a background security investigation. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be assessed against qualifications which fall into two areas: Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Failure to provide a separate narrative statement which describes fully and concisely how your experience meets the competencies described in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications will eliminate you from consideration.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: You will be assessed against the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  They are designed to assess executive experience and potential - not technical expertise.  They measure whether you have the broad executive skills needed in a variety of senior executive positions. Failure to meet a qualification requirement will disqualify an applicant.  (Each must be addressed separately in your Supplemental Narrative Statement.  The ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.)

More information on these core qualifications are available at

The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Refer to the OPM Guide to SES Qualifications for specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the C-C-A-R model, and examples of good qualifications statements at the website:

(Note: Current career Senior Executive Service (SES); former career Senior Executive Service (SES) who are reinstatement-eligible; and graduates of OPM-certified Candidate Development Programs are not required to address the ECQs, but must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications.)

Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for the position.


For this position applicants must address the following mandatory technical qualifications:

  • TQ1:  Demonstrated ability in developing, negotiating, and providing expert analyses, advice, and guidance on U.S. government foreign policy issues amongst senior-level interlocutors.
  • TQ2: Demonstrated ability in formulating, presenting, defending, and negotiating U.S. government positions on policy and operational issues in conferences, meetings, and events.
  • TQ3: Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing data-driven solutions and quantifiable success-metrics for strategic communications campaigns, counter-disinformation programs, and other projects that ensure the effectiveness of these programs.  This includes experience using data analytics, data-science, and technological tools (e.g., coding languages, natural language processing, etc.) to identify, track, and counter propaganda and disinformation efforts.

If you do not possess the mandatory technical qualifications described above, you may be considered ineligible for this position.  Failure to provide a separate narrative statement which describes fully and concisely how your experience meets the Mandatory Technical Qualifications will eliminate you from consideration.

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