The Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) (Contracting) serves the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (SAF/AQ) with primary responsibility for the development and implementation of contracting policies and procedures, for the supervision and evaluation of field application and for the proper exercise of delegated contracting authority by Air Force Commands.
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As the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) (Contracting) you will collaborate with the DAS (Contracting) in the oversight, technical direction and management of the programs and functions including the planning, promulgation, and implementation of the policies, programs and objectives governing Air Force contracting operations. Participate in the directing, planning, developing and/or approval of contracting policies and procedures involving the entire spectrum of Air Force operational, central and systems acquisitions. Represent the Department of the Air Force in meetings and conferences with OSD, other military departments, other agencies, industry, Congress. Government Accounting Office (GAO) and representatives of foreign governments and Industry where matters of contracting policy are formulated, advocated or resolved. Delegated authority to make decisions affecting AF-wide contracting operations. Review and approve field implementation of contract policies and procedures that impact all Air Force contracting operations. Acts as Air Force Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) for all non-delegated HCA responsibilities as required. Represent SAF/AQ throughout the major systems acquisition process as a participant in Acquisition Strategy Panel and Source Selection Advisory Council providing business judgment and advice to the Source Selection Authority (e.g., Secretary of the Air Force, Assistant Secretaries or Designees). Provide administrative, technical, and management direction to five Division Chiefs: Contracting Operations Division, Policy & Field Support Division, Installations and Sourcing Division, Contracting Business Systems Division, Contracting Force Development Division. Participates in and/or chairs senior-level meetings at MAJCOMs or HAF/SAF to address issues influencing the accession, enhancement, and retention of personnel. Acts for and shares the responsibilities and legal authorities of the DAS (C).
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
U.S. citizenship is required
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be offered
PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
Disclosure of Political Appointments
Mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement
Selected candidate must file a Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
Position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
Drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use IAW Exec. Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86. Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.
Position may require incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.
An initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period, if not previously completed.
Position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
This is a Critical Acquisition Position and has been designated as a Key Leadership Position with significant responsibility, primarily involving supervisory or managerial duties in acquisition. A 3-year tenure agreement is req. for this position.
The incumbent must meet the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements cited in the certification requirements section of this announcement unless a waiver is granted by the AF Senior Acquisition Executive (SAE).
Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.
A. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education Requirement:Selectee must meet the educationrequirements listed below.
Certification Requirements:This is a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) and has been designated as a Key Leadership Position which carries significant responsibility, primarily involving supervisory or managerial duties in acquisition. A 3-year tenure agreement is required for this position. The incumbent must meet the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements cited below, unless a waiver is granted by the AF Senior Acquisition Executive (SAE). Please indicate in your resume the level and source of certification or eligibility for certification.
(a) Level III certification in Contracting or can be obtained within 24 months.
(b) Ten (10) years of acquisition experience or equivalent, 4 years of which were in a critical acquisition or equivalent position.
B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel and Executive Resources Board members may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:
1. Comprehensive knowledge of contracting theory, laws, principles, and practices in a classified and unclassified contracting environment to include: a.) pre-award of competitive and sole source negotiations; b) pricing and negotiation of various contract types; c) administration of contract changes and management of effective business relationships; d) claims/dispute resolution; e) contract policy interpretations and application.
2. Knowledge of business management environment including leadership in the following: a) responding to relevant customer requirements; b) integrating activities/programs with DoD or other Federal agencies; c) partnering with industry and academia.
3. Extensive experience creating sound acquisition strategies at both the programmatic and project level (e.g., programs greater than $100M and projects less than $100M). Experience executing programs/projects in both the classified and unclassified environment.
C. MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES); they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Submit a supplemental statement of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs listed below) in the challenge/context/action/result (C-C-A-R) model format as provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to SES Qualifications. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel, Executive Resources Board, and or OPM Quality Review Board reviewers may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. [OPM's guidance in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications (Appendix B)]. 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 located here.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required-this information should be embedded within the application package (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).
D. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The following will be used to help rate and rank candidates:
1. Regardless of governmental agency or department, a career broadening assignment complementary of this position is desirable (Examples: Program Management)
2. Certification in other related Acquisition discipline, e.g., Program Management, is highly desired.
3. Advanced Degree in business/management highly desirable.
Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to the SES.
Air Force's Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC): Attendance is generally required within 12 months of appointment, subject to course availability.
Active Duty Military Members: On resume, indicate when you are eligible for retirement.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet any one of the Mandatory, Technical or Executive Core Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration.
Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus as to the Best Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified candidates. Only the Best Qualified candidates will be interviewed. The panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order. Final selection is contingent upon the Air Force Executive Resources Board, Under SecAF, and OPM approval.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the documents in the format as designated. Packages that do not include all of the required documents or meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.
The Qualifications Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins. Do not use borders, provide photos, or list a Social Security Number on any of the Qualifications Documents.
A. Resume in the preferred format (Limit 4 pages).
B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs (Limit 6 pages).
C. Executive Core Qualifications Statement addressing each of the ECQs (Limit 10 pages); Or, OPM QRB Certification (1 page). (Note: ECQs are not required for current or former Career SES Members who have been certified by the Qualifications Review Board (QRB); please provide a copy of an SF-50 showing career SES status. Candidates who are not current or former Career SES Members but have OPM QRB certification of their ECQs must provide their OPM certificate).
D. Desirable Qualifications Statement briefly addressing each of the DQs (Limit 1 page).
E. Most recent completed Performance Appraisal or Performance Report.
F. Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee).
G. College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience as noted by OPM.
H. (Optional): Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 - Form available at www.opm.gov
I. (Optional): Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 - Form available at www.opm.gov
DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as copies of position descriptions, award certificates and transmittal letters will not be forwarded for review.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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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