The Chief Space Transport Cell operates under the authority, direction, and control of the Space Development Agency (SDA) Director. The mission of the SDA is to define and monitor the Department's future threat-driven space architecture and accelerate the development and fielding of new military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantage in space for national defense.
The Chief Space Transport Cell is responsible for performing technical assessments of complex space systems and architectures including space segment, ground command and control facilities and systems, launch capabilities and range infrastructure, tactical user terminals, and associated communication networks and links - to design, develop, assemble, test, deploy and assist in the operations of a proliferated, pace-based communications Transport Layer.
As a Chief, Space Transport Cell (STC), you will be responsible for the following duties:
Perform multi-disciplinary professional engineering work involving the application of electronics, mechanical, aerospace and/or other engineering disciplines to determine the business and technical needs of customers in the acquisition, development, or sustainment of space systems, sub-systems, support systems, equipment items, or an equivalent product. This task is on-going throughout the first three years of the initial appointment.
Support the SDA Director's task to expand U.S. space warfighting capability and foster growth in the U.S. space industrial base. The Chief STC will provide design and performance information, advice and guidance regarding Space Transport Layer to the SDA director.
Serves as the organization's technical specialist in developing system performance requirements, objectives and integration and the estimation of time and resources for systems design, development and support.
Apply expertise in the field of engineering and extensive knowledge of the assigned functional area to resolve unique or novel problems related to design and development engineering. Integrates multiple logistics and/or acquisition functions to implement program management strategy.
Apply technology and other techniques to functional Space problems and solutions to achieve maximum warfare effectiveness by quantifying the caliber and responsiveness of all products and services. Works closely with Department of Defense (DoD) components to ensure appropriate data and technology sharing.
Represents the SDA both nationally and internationally with a variety of councils, boards, working groups, panels inside and outside of the agency. Participates in special projects and initiatives and performs special assignments.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0801 General Engineering
Conditions of Employment
You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.
In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 09/03/2019
The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages . You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:
Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Use two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).
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.
Applicants that are either Career SES members, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.
Demonstrated knowledge of advanced multidisciplinary engineering concepts, principles, practices, standards, methods, techniques, material, and equipment sufficient to apply experimental theories, principles and concepts to project development, execution, and advisory services.
Demonstrated knowledge, expertise, and experience performing technical assessments of space systems and architectures to identify and characterize system performance against current or future threats, system vulnerabilities, and other system attributes that potential adversaries may seek to exploit.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in battle management command and control to include understanding of these networks and their use across platforms, weapons and sensors.
Demonstrated knowledge of civilian and military command structure, missions, programs, and organizational relationships and programs goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key operational events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of planning actions as related to actual events.
A) Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.OR B) Combination of education and experience - college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)
Veterans Preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service
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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.
You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority
Background checks and security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Drug test required
1. Resume - In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications, not to exceed five pages . Applicants typically provide the following information:
Vacancy Announcement number SES-10574793-19-SW
Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http://http://www.edu.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 09/03/2019~
2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) : A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ.3. Mandatory ECQ Statement : A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4.4. Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) : Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification. DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered
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