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S & T Programmatics Officer

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

This is a Contract position in Fairfax County, VA posted July 1, 2020.

Job Summary 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 non-scientific audiences.

Additional Job Information ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Senior DevOps Architect for NGA Research Labs will play a strategic role in shaping the long-term direction of Research and its alignment with NGA mission objectives.

She/he will provide direct support for a dynamic research team working on the latest geospatial intelligence research and products.

Our team member will assess the requirements of research and development efforts, design documents, and come up with architectural approaches to continually advance geospatial processing technology.

Systems and processes must be architected in a way that makes it easy for us all to collaborate and create together.

Lead and provide technical advice for software development and assume the role of a technology expert in addressing issues related to systems, compatibility, and software integration.

She/he will partner with team members to strategize, develop, prototype, and document features.

Our ideal candidate is an architect who can articulate a vision and strategy while also guiding technical direction and articulating tradeoffs, and a delivery leader who can coordinate efforts across the team.

The candidate must have the ability to build working relationships at all levels, and willingness to jump in wherever necessary to make projects successful.

JOB DUTIES Increase the tech transition rate to Ops & design quality and lead the transformation of Research as a whole Identify ways to modernization Research capabilities and provide reviews on the magnitude of shortcomings and shortages in information systems, approaches to mitigate risks, resolve security alerts, and preempt possible adverse outcomes of identified weaknesses.

Act as tech advocate.

Use systems, cloud, and high performance computing processing skills to advise or assist on design of new applications in all Research pod areas.

Apply/advise on Agile and DevSecOps methodologies.

Assist/advise groups within Research responsible for Analytics/Algorithms/Applications to incorporate the following: building the service using agile and iterative practices, understand end-to-end processes, automate testing and deployments.

Lead and provide guidance to teams in making them use technology appropriately.

Make suggestions to Scientist and Researchers by providing them with an IT strategy and a vision for implementing and transitioning into enterprise architecture services.

Lead and provide technical, strategic and procedural support to Research personnel and assist in resolution implementation.

This position is eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability.

To receive the incentive, the selected candidate must 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 government.

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 in developing strategic system architecture plans.

Understand and/or have experience with the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

Conversant with IT service management (ITSM) and/or Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

Be proficient in scripting languages, such as Python, PowerShell, and/or Bash.

Understand and/or have experience in application layer protocols, such as TCP/IP, UDP HTTP/S, and/or Web Sockets.

Experience designing and/or implementing complex solutions in cloud apps, such as Azure, AWS, and/or Google Cloud, etc.

Highly Desired Qualifications QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: Master’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology, Management Information Systems.

Demonstrated experience of MBSE, processes, tools and languages.

Demonstrated experience architecting complex Geospatial Intelligence systems.

Possess strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills, in addition to organizational skills.

Certified Enterprise Architect.

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 $142,701
– $170,800 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.