30476 - IT Expert Project Manager for the Continuous Evaluation System - GS-15
The mission of the National Counterintelligence & Security Center is to lead and support the counterintelligence and security activities of the US Government, the US Intelligence Community, and US private sector entities who are at risk of intelligence collection, penetration or attack by foreign and other adversaries.
Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
If you are interested in being part of a team that is leading transformational change in the security clearance process across the federal government, then this job might be for you.
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), Special Security Directorate (SSD), Continuous Evaluation Program (CEP) is looking for an energetic, creative officer with strong leadership skills and a proven track record of successfully managing programs and partner relationships to serve as Project Manager for the ODNI's Continuous Evaluation System (CES). Continuous Evaluation (CE) is an investigative technique leveraging automated records checks for personnel holding a security clearance to determine continued eligibility for access to classified information. The scope eventually extends to over five million US government staff and contractors who have a security clearance or have access to classified information and to partner agencies on Top Secret, Secret and Unclassified networks. The CEP has significant congressional funding to develop, deploy and operate the CEP and the CES.
The selected candidate will provide leadership and/or oversight to complex Information Technology (IT) projects or programs that may include ill-defined requirements, ambiguity, parallel tasks, multiple dependencies, high risks, and multiple interfaces; ensure alignment with strategic or corporate objectives; lead the definition and review of customer and stakeholder requirements; ensure plans and schedules are developed and followed throughout the life of the project. Lead and guide the resolution of issues in project plans and schedules based on a clear understanding of customer requirements and information on project cost, schedules, quality, and performance; provide expert oversight of cost and resource estimates; participate in budget planning activities and develop cost estimating strategies for future projects.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Manage the development and O&M of the CES; requirements, architectural work, shaping/building a solid release cycle and operating baseline.
Directly supervise a staff deputy and work with the CE Technical Director (TD) to further refine requirements into an Agile framework.
Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for a large ITDAS effort, and other smaller contracts as required.
Assist NCSC Business Executive in follow-on contract for the CES O&M.
Assist the CE Program Manager and TD to formulate and execute the CES budget.
Work with the CE TD to support any NCSC Program Management Reviews.
Work with appropriate staff officers on legal, policy, oversight and compliance questions that require resolution in order to make CES progress
Work with CEP, and the DNI IMO and other data stewards around the Intelligence Community (IC) and the Executive Branch to define and identify issues with authoritative data that require decision and resolution to meet CE goals.
Develop analysis of program alternatives.
Provide oversight to the successful execution of spend plans and assess variances from cost and schedule baseline; oversee the reallocation of resources in response to change considering impact to project cost, schedule, and quality of deliverables.
NCSC/SSD offers a flexible work environment that allows for work-life balance.
Mandatory and Educational Requirements
Substantive knowledge of the personnel security business line and technological support to the business.
Knowledge of Agency and IC organizations and their responsibilities.
Knowledge and ability to manage risk management process.
Extensive knowledge of contracting and the acquisitions process.
COTR level II or III certification
Expert program management, analytic, and critical thinking skills, including the ability to conduct program and management assessments, identify needs and requirements, and develop non-linear process improvement recommendations for implementation across the IC.
Expert ability to establish regular contact with high-level internal and external resources and have periodic contacts with other offices, supplying or seeking information on specialized and non-specialized matters; excellent use of tact when expressing ideas or opinions to senior leaders, customers, contractors, and other stakeholders.
Superior ability to balance responsibilities among project activities; ability to manage transitions effectively from task to task, adapting to varying customer needs.
Strong record of superior performance.
Expert ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex information in a clear, concise manner that is targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.
Superior ability to listen to, clarify, and convey understanding of others' ideas, comments, and questions as well as to integrate and build upon diverse opinions in a manner that encourages the formation of integrated solutions and positions.
Experience: Previous successful assignments in personnel security business area and a thorough knowledge of background investigations and record checks. Knowledge of government and commercial data sources that may be used in the CE process; including how they might be collected and exploited.
Education: Bachelor's degree, preferably in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.
Key Requirements and How To Apply
Current Federal Employees Applying for a Detail Assignment:
Applicants from federal agencies within the Intelligence Community (IC) may be considered for this position as a reimbursable detailee, if endorsed by the employing agency. Applicants must have current TS/SCI clearances with polygraph or have the ability to obtain one. The ODNI does not conduct polygraphs or provide security clearances for detailees. Applicants from within the IC must submit an application through the classified IC Joint Duty Program website.
Applicants from federal agencies outside the IC must provide:
a. WRITTEN ENDORSEMENT from the employing agency concurring with the detail.
b. RESUME: Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the vacancy announcement, particularly the MDRs, and construct their resume to highlight their most significant experience and qualifications relevant to this job opportunity.
c. PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS: Applicants are required to provide their two most recent performance evaluations. A justification is required if the applicant is unable to provide the two most recent evaluations.
d. VACANCY NUMBER: Reference the vacancy number in the subject line of the email and on each document submitted.
e. CURRENT SF-50: Federal Government employees must provide an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to verify current federal status, position, title, grade, and organization of record.
f. COVER LETTER: Applicants must submit a cover letter as a supplement to the resume to elaborate on their qualifications and previous work performed.
WHERE TO SUBMIT: Applications should be sent to either DNI-MSD-HR-RR-Team_B_WMA@dni.ic.gov (classified email system) or Recruitment_TeamB@dni.gov (unclassified email system). Applicants submitting via JWICS are requested to submit their materials to both Joswida@dni.ic.gov (Dan J.), email@example.com (Stephanie M.), and firstname.lastname@example.org (Anthony M.) in lieu of the group address above. All attachments should be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
Applications submitted through the classified email system should NOT contain classified information above the TS//SI/TK//NOFORN level.
APPLICATION PACKAGES MUST CONTAIN ALL ITEMS LISTED ABOVE. AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration.
To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call 301-243-0734
What To Expect Next
The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Due to the large number of applications received, applicants will be contacted ONLY if they have been selected for an interview.
The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at DNI-EEOD-RA-ACF@exchange.cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI-EEOD@dni.gov, by telephone at 301-243-0704 or by FAX at 301-243-1200. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE.
APPLICATION PROCESS: 1. IC employees must apply by the vacancy close date. The IC employee application should include the following... a. A brief (two-page limit) candidate resume or biographical summary. b. A short narrative describing the applicant's qualifications (general and specific) for the joint duty rotational assignment.
2. Consistent with IC Standard 601-1, IC employees must be nominated by their employing (home) element within 10 days of the vacancy close date in order to be considered by the gaining element. Please contact your employing element's Joint Duty Program Office for nomination procedures as some agencies may require written supervisory endorsement at the time of application. IC Element Joint Duty Program Office contact info can be found at: https://jointduty.dni.ic.gov/Contacts.aspx
Any application sent directly by an IC employee to the gaining element will not be considered.
ODNI Recruitment Team B 301-243-0734 Recruitment_TeamB@dni.gov