Political Military Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Oct-08-2020
  • Posted
    Oct 02

Position description

Responsibilities

  • Serves as senior civilian advisor in the Strategic Competition Branch for political-military matters that pertain to an assigned geographic region(s) and or function(s).
  • Conducts research, analysis and facilitation related to strategic policy matters conducted by Department of the Air Force senior leadership including SECAF, USECAF, CSAF, CSO, VCSAF, and VCSO.
  • Provides advice to SECAF, USECAF, CSAF CSO, VCSAF, and VCSO regarding political-military issues relevant to international engagements and security cooperation initiatives.
  • Represents Department of the Air Force at interagency and departmental meetings and provides documentation to support various strategy and/or process-oriented concepts and issues.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
  • PCS expenses ARE NOT authorized.
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program.
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments.
  • May occasionally be required to travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • A Bachelors or Master's degree in International Relations, International Affairs, Strategy, Strategic Studies, Public Administration, or related field is desired.
  • Employee must meet the mandatory standards of experience and training, and will be required to maintain training and currency in regional pol-mil affairs throughout employments.
  • This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Positions (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Demand Reduction Program. Employee must pass initial and periodic short notice drug testing.
  • Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions presents a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0131 Series.

BASIC REQUIREMENT OR INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL 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.

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

OR
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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-13, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes mastery knowledge of foreign affairs and national security policies and objectives; US defense programs and policies doctrine, strategy, and political structures as they pertain to the assigned region(s) and or function(s), and the ability to perform work requiring a professional knowledge of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy of the United States in the conduct of diplomatic relations, primarily of a politico-military of the United States with other governments. Knowledge of Security Cooperation laws, regulations, policies and procedures; thorough understanding of associated acronyms, directives and instructions. Knowledge of historical and geopolitical environment of the assigned region(s) and/or function(s). 

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Mastery knowledge of foreign affairs and national security policies and objectivities; US defense programs and policies doctrine, strategy, and political structures as they pertain to the assigned region(s) and or function(s), and the ability to perform work requiring a professional knowledge of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy of the United States in the conduct of diplomatic relations, primarily of a politico-military of the United States with other governments.

2. Knowledge of Security Cooperation laws, regulations, policies and procedures; thorough understanding of associated acronyms, directives and instructions.

3. Knowledge of historical and geopolitical environment of the assigned region(s) and/or function(s).

4. Mastery knowledge of US foreign policy, legislation/directives, the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA), and other DoD and Air Force directives/regulations governing the sale of articles and services to foreign governments.

5. Ability to research and analyze information/situations to provide sound advice and recommendation in support of senior Air Force officials' decision making, and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to justify, defend, present, advocate, and/or advise on DoD policy decisions, processes, actions, and expectations.

6. Skill and diplomacy in dealing with senior officials in the Federal Government, industry and the international community.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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