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GEOINT Analyst (Policy Analyst)

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

This is a Contract position in Fairfax County, VA posted June 30, 2020.

Job Summary ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Requirements and Integration Analysts coordinate with mission partners and customers to define domain-specific requirements and processes, and support the integration of future systems and methodologies.

They leverage system engineering principles and best practices, apply domain-specific knowledge, and represent the community perspective to identify current and future needs.

These analysts also evaluate and integrate new technologies and associated functions and assist in transitioning technology into operations.

Additional Job Information ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The incumbent for this position requires a deep knowledge of current commercial Space policy and industry trends.

The position will facilitate and leverage unique partner relationships across Department of Commerce, NASA, NOAA, and other civil Federal agencies to assist cogent, forward-looking policies are developed which assist National Security Space objectives.

The position involves critical thinking skills and assists design, development, and implementation of policies and procedures to support NEI collection.

These policies and procedures will be drawn from and support Department of Commerce, NASA, NOAA, Congress, the Space vendor community, NGA, NRO, USSPACECOM, NSDC/JTF-SD, CSpOC, and other stakeholders.

The incumbent will support creation and implementation of policy strategies that advance USG Non-Earth Imaging capability and capacity.

They will advocate for and support utilization of optimal phenomenologies in NEI operations and the Space/Counterspace mission.

They will collaborate with stakeholders across DoD, IC, academic, industry, and potentially foreign partners to improve and advance capabilities and practices for needs management, acquisition, processing, exploitation, storage, and dissemination of GEOINT data supporting the NEI mission.

The incumbent officer will develop a comprehensive understanding of the objectives and goals of the Space/Counterspace missions.

The incumbent will draw upon this holistic understanding of mission needs, advanced knowledge of on-orbit collection sensors and architecture, USG Space policy and international commercial Space market trends to bring NEI operations into the mainstream.

They will assist development of tradecraft that makes Space Policy knowledge a core competence for SSA’s across the NGA mission.

Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA.

These assessments may include but are not limited to: Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting.

The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire.

You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required.

Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.

Mandatory Qualifications 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: Experience developing forward-leaning policies to advance USG capability and capacity to maintain situational awareness (SA) on-orbit, and how to engage commercial Space industry partners in the furtherance of USG national security objectives in Space.

Demonstrated work experience with Department of Commerce Office of Space Commerce and/or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Experience synchronizing Space policy with Department of Commerce, NOAA, DoD and other Federal agencies to advance National Security objectives, identify opportunities and conflicts, and review priorities.

Demonstrated ability to coordinate development of a unified approach to Space policy, communicating an integrated approach to teammates and stakeholders, refining and updating the approach as the operational environment evolves over time.

Demonstrated ability to support integration of Space requirements into USG policy deliberations to fully represent USG Space mission needs.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in GEOINT, Systems Engineering, Engineering, Remote Sensing, Requirements Management, or a related field.

– B.

Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience that involves defining domain-specific requirements and processes or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work.

As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college is equivalent to one year of experience.

Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years.

– C.

Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience in defining domain-specific requirements and processes or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better binocular with or without corrective lenses; Near visual acuity of 20/50 or better with or without corrective lenses.

Highly Desired Qualifications QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: Cultivate and sustain a robust professional network throughout the Space industry to identify customer issues, propose effective solutions, and advocate for ways forward.

Serve as the primary Space policy expert, representing NGA/SX in deliberative venues and fora to ensure holistic Space policy development.

Capability to assist design, development, planning, implementation, and update of system integration initiatives to advance NGA’s support to Space domain awareness and Space collections.

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 03 $72,030
– $133,465 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 family.

For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit Cover Letter 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 Details field.

Who may apply External Applicants Only How to apply Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community’s Applicant Gateway on-line application process.


How will I be evaluated?

APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 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, 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 sexual orientation.

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

The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Conditions of Employment As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.


Citizenship Required Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) Polygraph Test Required Position Subject to Drug Testing Two Year Probationary Period Direct Deposit Required DCIPS Disclaimer 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.


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.