Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of Energy
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 29

Position description

This position is located at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Department of Energy’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, Office of Nonproliferation Policy.  The incumbent serves as the Office Director for NPAC Nonproliferation Policy Office, which resides within the NPAC front office.  In that capacity, the incumbent also serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the NPAC Assistant Deputy Administrator (ADA) and NPAC Associate ADA. 


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 As a Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist, you will:

  • Serves as the Office Director and as a Senior Policy Advisor responsible for the development and provision of senior level policy guidance and direction on highly complex nuclear nonproliferation issues and programs, including specific activities that are legally mandated;
  • Responsible for ensuring timely and effective program and project management over a set of diverse Nonproliferation Policy Office efforts. Monitors and assesses scope, schedule, cost, travel and technical performance for such projects to ensure proper scope, scheduling, and cost management; allocates and reassigns resources to projects as required; ensures that projects are meeting pre-determined milestones; reviews, edits, approves or rejects monthly reports, financial plan (FinPlan) change requests, and baseline metric change requests; and advises the ADA on baseline change request decisions;
  • Responsible enduring objectives with respect to nonproliferation regimes such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, while ensuring that the advancement of effective civilian nuclear cooperation proceeds with full nonproliferation assurances in place;
  • Identifies cross-cutting issues and expertise within the Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) office and potentially across DOE/NNSA and plays a key role in identifying opportunities to advance NPAC mission priorities through the application of such cross-cutting capacities where appropriate;
  • Serves as the first-level supervisor of federal employees and performs the full range of supervisory duties and responsibilities and provides leadership direction for National Laboratory and technical support service contractor expertise, and oversees a suite of programs.


Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional 25% travel is required for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to Random Drug Testing
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Favorable suitability determination required.
  • Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.




A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade in the Federal Service, i.e., NQ-03 or GS-14 Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

• Experience with program business practices pertaining to management and administration of financial resources; project planning to include scope; schedule, and cost planning; resource allocation; and project management systems.
• Experience in major international nonproliferation treaties and regimes, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, multilateral export control arrangements, and other global nonproliferation and export control regimes and arrangements that strengthen nonproliferation and nuclear security norms.
• Experience in building, motivating, and leading a team of diverse federal and contractor staff to overcome barriers and achieve specific results consistent with program priorities.
• Experience in leading and implementing national security programs, studies, analyses, and outreach-based activities that require establishing and maintaining effective working relationships among diverse parties, such as: multiple U.S. agencies, including the Interagency Policy Committee and Deputies' Committee process; international organizations; and other countries to achieve nuclear nonproliferation or arms control results.
•  Experience with U.S. national security objectives, foreign policy and diplomatic procedures.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Knowledge of U.S. national security objectives and foreign policy and diplomatic procedures, and the ability to translate these multiple variables into effective and manageable policy development and implementation that supports and strengthens programs, projects, and policies.
  2. Knowledge and experience with business practices pertaining to management and administration of financial resources; project planning to include scope; schedule, and cost planning; resource allocation; and project management systems.
  3. Ability to lead, supervise, and implement national security programs, studies, analyses, and outreach-based activities that require establishing and maintaining effective working relationships among diverse parties. 

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

Time-in-Grade/Band: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



This position has a positive education requirement. YOU MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS TO VERIFY THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S.  A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement.  Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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.

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.



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