Looking for a professional opportunity at a place you can make a difference every day? Discover the Lead International Analyst role, supporting the Office of International Outreach and Policy (IO&P) within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), located at the Pentagon. Bring your expertise and collaborative skills to make an impact towards our military defense by discovering your new role supporting this critical mission.
IO&P is responsible for managing the Department of Defense’s international science and technology (S&T) engagement. Major portfolios include Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and others, as well as multilateral engagements, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Science and Technology Office (STO), The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), and the Australia – UK – U.S. (AUKUS) trilateral.
In this role, you will:
- Act as the primary action officer for your geographic region of responsibility and provide direct support to senior OUSD(R&E) staff and government leads for international engagement.
- As a lead analyst, function as mentor to other international analysts assigned under your geographic region of responsibility, including creating an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture; assisting in surge support and delegation of tasks; identifying training needs and providing coaching; reviewing team written deliverables and providing constructive feedback.
- Plan and execute meetings and events between senior U.S. officials and their international counterparts. Support includes coordinating logistics (e.g., requesting access to military installations, coordinating clearances and foreign visit requests, foreign visitor access to the Pentagon, etc.) for meeting delegate(s); preparing agendas; briefing senior OUSD(R&E) officials and providing recommendations; drafting read-ahead information (e.g., background briefings, issue papers, decisions papers, etc.); and drafting comprehensive meeting minutes and reports.
- Liaise with appropriate counterparts outside of OUSD(R&E) for your assigned geographic area of responsibility, including the Services; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSD(P)); Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD(A&S); Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security (OUSD(I&S); and foreign embassy and foreign defense ministry counterparts.
- Coordinate with country-specific action officers outside of OUSD(R&E) and the appropriate technical personnel within OUSD(R&E), including R&E Field Activities (e.g., Missile Defense Agency and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to complete outstanding actions between major engagement meetings.
- Assist with reports and inquiries from outside of OUSD(R&E) for your geographic area of responsibility, including U.S. Congress, OUSD(P), OUSD(A&S), and the Services.
- Write and maintain OUSD(R&E)-focused country papers. Country paper content includes but is not limited to: S&T priority areas and/or specialized capabilities within a specific country; governmental and defense organizational structures within a specified country; assessment of project arrangements/agreements; delineating the country’s Defense S&T community and the U.S.; and maintaining a record of engagements between OUSD(R&E) senior leadership and the specific country.
- Maintain situational awareness of S&T cooperative activities in assigned geographical area of responsibility and liaising with technical subject matter experts within OUSD(R&E) and R&E Field Activities, as well as counterparts in the Services, OUSD(P), OUSD(A&S), and OUSD Intelligence & Security (OUSD(I&S).
- Liaise with the OUSD(A&S) International Cooperation Office (IC) to develop or staff Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Project Arrangements/Agreements (PAs), Equipment and Material Transfer Arrangements (E&MTAs), Working Group Terms of Reference (TOR), and/or Designated Disclosure Authority Letter (DDL), and OUSD(R&E) assessment of proposed international armaments cooperative agreements.
- Coordinate foreign disclosure approvals for OUSD(R&E) products, assisting OUSD(R&E) or Service representatives in requesting foreign disclosure one-time authorizations to exchange information on OUSD(R&E) led initiatives and providing recommendations on appropriate mechanisms to support information exchange.
- Conduct data extraction and analysis from the International Agreements Data Base in response to enquiries regarding specific country activities or on technical topics.
- Establish and maintain IO&P external outreach tools to include the OUSD(R&E) international website page, briefing cards, “one-pagers” and overview products.
- Work with OUSD(R&E) travel planners to set up international travel and coordinate appropriate country/security clearances for major OUSD(R&E) international engagements, as needed.
- Serve as the point of contact for Washington-based defense multifora meetings. As the point of contact, synchronize activities between OUSD(R&E) initiatives and representatives from all the participating organizations/nations. In addition, working with the Chief Technical and Science Intelligence (CTSI) and OUSD(I) representatives to coordinate intelligence threat briefings, and submit intelligence requirements to support international activities.
- Specific to The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) portfolio, acting as the U.S. Executive Officer as well as provide direct support to the U.S. Principal, the U.S. Deputy, the U.S. National Representatives, and the relevant Group Executive Chairs. Support includes providing advice and recommendations for the management and execution of TTCP; developing proposals and implementing plans to improve management procedures and process efficiencies within TTCP; conducting analysis of TTCP strategic initiatives and providing recommendations for improvement; planning, preparing, and executing U.S. participation in TTCP meetings and events (e.g., TTCP Principal Annual Meeting, Principal teleconferences, Washington Staff meetings, EC College teleconferences, and Group-level meetings, etc.); drafting content for the EC College newsletter; and planning the annual U.S. TTCP Award ceremony.
- Specific to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) S&T Organization (STO) portfolio, acting as the primary support to the U.S. National Coordinator. Duties include providing support to the U.S. Science and Technology Board (STB) members, the U.S. Voting Panel members, and the U.S. National Coordinator for meetings such as U.S. quarterly preparatory meetings; preparing senior leadership for STB meetings and related; and coordinating U.S. approvals for NATO appointments and approvals for U.S. submissions into NATO products.
To be successful in this role, you will have:
- Active Secret level clearance is required to be considered.
- Bachelor's Degree in international relations, communications, or political science. A master's degree is preferred.
- A minimum of 8 years of experience supporting a government office or official with five (5) of which should be related directly to international armament cooperation. The government is willing to consider a candidate that has less years of experience with a higher degree level.
- A demonstrable track record of frequently producing high-quality written deliverables, such as read-ahead information, background briefings, issue papers, decisions papers, comprehensive meeting minutes, and reports.
- Experience working in international armament cooperation is highly preferred.
- Experience briefing and preparing senior officials for meetings is highly preferred.
- Experience planning and executing meetings or events is highly preferred, to include preparing agendas and coordinating logistics (e.g., requesting access to military installations, coordinating clearances and foreign visit requests, parking for visiting personnel, etc.) for meeting delegate(s).
- Experience acting as liaison at a high-level for multiple offices is highly preferred.
- Should have a baseline line understanding of the different authorities available for international cooperation to identify the appropriate mechanism to support R&E efforts.
- Experience working with international travel agents to coordinate country/security clearances is preferred.
Serco Inc. (Serco) is the Americas division of Serco Group, plc. Serco serves every branch of the U.S. military, numerous U.S. Federal civilian agencies, the Intelligence Community, the Canadian government, state and local governments, and commercial clients. We help our clients deliver vital services more efficiently while increasing the satisfaction of their end customers. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Serco Americas has over 9,000 employees and is part of a $4 billion global business that helps transform government and public services around the world. At Serco, our employees are our most valuable asset - we listen, respect and support them throughout their career at Serco. We invite you to become part of our dynamic team. Serco is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying our workforce (Race/ Color/ Sex/ Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/ Religion/ National Origin/ Disability/ Vets).
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