S&T Programmatics Officer
Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Location: La Plata
Posted on: January 15, 2022
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: S&T Programmatics Officers apply
technical and programmatic management expertise to investigate
Government and industry R&D programs, determine resource
requirements, and direct activities that create customized
methodologies and products to address a variety of
geospatial-intelligence problems. They recommend ways to facilitate
technology transfer and insertion and may develop multiple
intelligence-related products and methods. They collaborate with
Scientists and other experts to research advanced solutions, test
products and methods, and develop new capabilities and associated
tradecraft. They provide technical guidance and oversight, conduct
technical outreach, and interpret technical information for
Additional Job Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant,
accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's
civilian, military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps,
charts, multiple layers of foundation data - such as terrain,
elevation and gravity - and the full spectrum of visible and
invisible light in order to help users visualize what is happening
at a particular place and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond
describing 'what, where and when' to revealing 'how and why.' our
work enables decision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters,
intelligence professionals and first responders.
NGA Research seeks a technically-talented professional for a
position in the Transition Division, of the Office of Technology
Transfer, and Protection (T3P). The Senior Technology Transition
Specialist will serve as the primary interface on
transition-related discussions and activities between Research and
the NGA Integrated Program Offices (IPOs) and mission offices. They
will assist NGA's researchers in aligning R&D to customer needs
and facilitating adoption of technology solutions. Specific duties
* Develop and execute strategies to maximize return on NGA research
and development (R&D) investments by aligning R&D to
customer needs and facilitating adoption of technology
* Develop, maintain, and expand internal NGA relationships and
external Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense
(DoD)relationships, to become a trusted advisor for identification,
evaluation, specification, development, testing, and deployment of
solutions to NGA, IC and DoD GEOINT challenges.
* Lead Engagements with NGA, other IC, and DoD components to convey
information about emerging technology capabilities from NGA
* Identify opportunities for collaboration within NGA and with
other IC or DoD research organizations, industry or academia for
solution design and development.
* Facilitate communication and collaboration between customers and
NGA Research continually throughout the duration of R&D
projects, amending project plans as customer needs and technical
* Provide technical, business, and programmatic expertise to assist
the Transition Lead in the assessment of technology transition
plans drafted by NGA Research scientists.
The Senior Technology Transition Specialist will identify and track
risks to the successful transition for projects within their
portfolio will be aligned to one of the three Research Offices and
respective Pods. The position will be responsible for the
coordination of Technology Transition Agreements (TTAs) and related
Program Build activities for projects within the designated
professional will contribute to policy development for transition
and collaborate with key stakeholders in Integrated Program
Research Pods, Mission Management, and Resource Offices to
communicate and coordinate transition activities. The desire to
contribute to the Research and NGA missions. Supervision will
generally be administrative in nature, as he or she is expected to
This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: selected candidates
may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment,
based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, selected
candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575 upon issuance of
the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior
to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility.
Incentive recipients sign a service agreement depending on the
approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee
leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be
required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the
Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete
one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit
this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments
may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to
describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other
are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this
job posting. The information you provide in this application you
must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You
will receive an email to describe any additional assessments
Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as
soon as possible.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job,
applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory
Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online
applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific
examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's
mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
1. Demonstrated ability to develop, a working knowledge of a wide
range of technical disciplines underlying GEOINT capabilities.
2. Demonstrated experience with interpersonal skills and abilities
to tailor communications to a variety of audiences; in particular,
the ability to convey relevant information, verbally and in
writing, about highly technical solutions to audiences with varying
levels of technical expertise.
3. Demonstrated ability to develop familiarity with, Government
acquisition regulations and Government acquisition programs.
4. Demonstrated experience relevant to DoD or IC R&D
5. Demonstrated ability to use logic, analysis, synthesis,
creativity, judgment, and systematic approaches to gather,
evaluate, and use multiple sources of information to inform
decisions and outcomes.
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are
required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the
employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework,
remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.
If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19
and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22,
2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after
November 22. The agency will provide additional information
regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how
you can request of the agency a legally required exception from
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in
Engineering, Optics, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry,
Geology, Earth Science, Computer Science, Data Science,
Multi-Media, Social Sciences or in a related discipline that
included 24 semester hours in those fields or Artificial
Intelligence/Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Geographic
Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Data Analysis/Visualization,
Math, or Computer Science. -OR- B. Combination of Education and
Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of
coursework listed in option A, plus experience that demonstrates
the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this
work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework
is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show
that their combination of education and experience totals to 4
years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 5 years professional
experience in any of the areas listed above or one or more of the
following fields: Intelligence; DoD Intelligence Surveillance and
Reconnaissance, remote sensing, field/laboratory experimentation,
laboratory infrastructure/IT or technical writing that demonstrates
the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this
Highly Desired Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. Demonstrated experience working on R&D projects within an
organization, the DoD and/or IC.
2. Demonstrated experience applying analytical and evaluative
techniques to identify, consider, and assess technologies for
maturity, cost, and supportability, as well as working knowledge of
Government and industry technology transition best practices.
3. Demonstrated experience supporting successful technology
transitions with external customers.
4. Demonstrated experience constructing and managing R&D
programs in accordance with the Heilmeier criteria, as well as
drafting statements of work, deliverables requirements documents,
and realistic program milestones for R&D programs.
5. Demonstrated experience evaluating cost and schedule realism of
R&D proposals, monitoring program financial performance and
managing cost/schedule risks.
6. Ability in verbal and written communication and presentation
skills, in addition to organizational skills.
Additional Job Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security
clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In
addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph
examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information.
All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random
basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take
the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret
information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are
required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714,
on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility.
Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top
Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted
access to SCIFs.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at
all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions
do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will
emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess
how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for
successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 05 $148,484 - $172,500
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are authorized.
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the
Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and
family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire
cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the
Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit
will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not
required for employment consideration with the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their
narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
How will I be evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or
panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to
determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through
an interview process.
Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the
180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will
provide additional information if applicable.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment
Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting
Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct
their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant
experience and education for this job opportunity. This description
should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the
performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education
information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed
as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an
institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by
the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code,
annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive
full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be
eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift
Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants
(i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title
5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may
elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment
as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for
employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
* U.S. Citizenship Required
* Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian
Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees
are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope
of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within
their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A
performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a
potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's
annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance
pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not
eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10
U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans'
Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section
2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in
DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and
Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans'
preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must
self-identify your eligibility in your application.
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