U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Executive Director in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
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This is a Tier 1 position. The salary for Tier 1 positions in Army is normally between $165,842 and $174,500. Pay is set based on consideration of selectee's current salary and other factors.
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The Executive Director develops, approves and implements all scientific/technical policies and procedures, and executes the technical test mission for the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM. (Scope/Mission) Independently manages and directs the administration, planning, and execution of all test programs, operations, and technology development in support of testing for major DoD, NASA, foreign government, space related agencies, private industry, and educational institutions. Autonomously anticipates and solves major challenges and addresses strategic policy matters associated with range instrumentation, test facilities, equipment, and real property providing efficient and effective processes to provide test information to acquisition decision makers. As a key partner to the Army Evaluation Center and the Operational Test Command, provides test information and advice to ensure successful execution of assigned programs. Serves as an Army expert for developmental testing, modeling and simulation, and instrumentation capabilities for testing of large missile systems and other programs using WSMR test resources. Responsible for maintaining the continuous review and evaluation of WSMR scientific and technical activities through all phases of research, development, and testing providing crucial input to ATEC system test plans and data requirements for test resources. (Budget) Responsible for a budget of approximately $300 million. (Supervisory Controls) Serves under the general direction of and receives broad strategic guidance from the CG, White Sands Missile Range and the ATEC Commander. Performance is reviewed in broadest terms for technical perceptiveness, managerial competence and senior leadership effectiveness for contribution to the Army Test mission. (Immediate Reports/Level/Size of subordinate workforce) Oversees a workforce of 939 military and civilians; directly supervises 2 personnel at the GS-15 level.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0801 General Engineering
0850 Electrical Engineering
0855 Electronics Engineering
1301 General Physical Science
1515 Operations Research
Conditions of Employment
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this position. You must be able to submit and pass designated and/or Random Drug Testing as required. You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret. Mobility is an essential element of the SES. This is a Critical Acquisition Position an may only be filled by individuals qualified for membership in the AAC.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required. You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
- Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
- Direct deposit of pay is required.
- This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
- The incumbent is required to travel on both scheduled and unscheduled aircraft, and other modes as required, under conditions specified under the DoD Joint Travel Regulations.
- The incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high level meetings to obtain resolution of problems and gather information to assist in the decision making process.
- Mobility: An essential element of the SES is mobility across geographic, organizational and functional lines. Individuals selected for Army SES positions may be subject to reassignment that requires them to be mobile. The U.S. Army senior leadership considers mobility to be an integral part of employment as an SES member with the Department of the Army.
**To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications, if applicable (such as Education - see below). Additional information on ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.
- Executive Core Qualification (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. Use the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model to describe your accomplishments. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. Failure to do so, will result in an 'ineligible' rating. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Total ECQ write-up should not exceed 10 pages using 12 pt, Arial or Times New Roman with 1 inch margins. Additional information on is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp. 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. (2) Technical Qualification (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQ must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Total TQ write-up should not exceed 2 pages per TQ using 12 pt, Arial or Times New Roman with 1 inch margins. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following: TQ: Ability to plan, develop, and manage the overall operations of a complex operational testing program relative to weapons, space, guided missile, and ari defense systems, subsystems, and components. Please Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program (DCP), who have been certified by the OPM do not need to address ECQs, * However when applying you must load your SF-50 or certificate under the Executive Core Qualification.* ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: THIS IS A SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES) LEVEL CRITICAL ACQUISITION POSITION. By statute, 10 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1733, specific Acquisition positions, GS-14 and above, are designated as Critical Acquisition Positions (CAPs}. All CAPs must be filled by individuals in or otherwise qualified for membership in the Acquisition Corps (10 U.S.C. Section 1733). Army Acquisition and Technology Workforce applicants must have an Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) on file. A selectee without Acquisition Corps membership is required to become a member of the Army Acquisition Corps prior to appointment to the position. As a SES Level CAP, the following specific statutory and regulatory requirements summarized below must be met in addition to the managerial and technical qualifications specific to this position. There are three components to the assignment qualification standards for Acquisition positions that are CAPs: 1) Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) membership requirements; 2) Tenure Position requirements, and 3) Position Education, Experience and Certification/Training requirements. Note: The failure to satisfy/meet some of these Acquisition requirements below can be waived by the designated agency officials in the appropriate circumstances. In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. Section 1732, to be a member of or otherwise qualified for membership in the AAC, the individual must: a. Currently be serving in a position in Grade GS-15 or above (or equivalent military or private sector position). b. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees or have been certified by the appropriate agency official as possessing significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority based on demonstrated analytical and decision-making capabilities, job performance and qualifying experience; education as described in the next section. c. At a minimum, possess at least four years of experience in a DoD (or comparable industry or government) position. d. Fulfill other specific requirements imposed by the Secretary of Defense. e. Note, exceptions and alternatives to the requirements stated above in paragraphs la-d are as follows: (1) An individual who has at least 10 years of experience in acquisition positions (or comparable position in other government agencies or the private sector) on October 1, 1991 is qualified for AAC membership without meeting the education standards cited above. (2) An employee who served in an Acquisition Corps position on October 1, 1991, and who does not have 10 years of experience, may meet the management education standard by equivalency examination considered by the Secretary of Defense to demonstrate skills, knowledge, or abilities comparable to that of an individual who has completed at least 24 semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of high er education from among the disciplines listed in paragraph lb(l) above. (3) An employee may be exempt from the eligibility requirements in paragraphs la-ld above if the appropriate career program board certifies that he/she possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance and qualifying experience. 2) In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. Section 1734, Tenure Position Requirements for filling a SES Level Acquisition Position are: Any person assigned to a CAP shall remain in that position for not less than three years. An employee may not be assigned or selected to fill a CAP unless the person executes a written agreement to remain in Federal service in that position for at least three years. The service obligation contained in such a written agreement shall remain in effect unless and until waived by the Secretary under the appropriate circumstances. 3) In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. Section 1723 and 1734 (b)(4) and DoD statutory requirements (DoD 5000.52). At a minimum, the selectee for this position must have Level Ill certification or training in PROGRAM MANAGEMENT Acquisition Career Field at the time of selection. Within 24 months, the selectee must become Level Ill certified in PROGRAM MANAGEMENT Acquisition Career Field. Continued in Additional Information
Educational Requirement: Professional Engineering:(1) Have completed at least 24 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of study, from an accredited institution of higher education from among the disciplines of accounting, business finance, law, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, qualitative methods, and organization and management, OR (2) Have completed at least 24 semester credit hours (or equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education in his/her career field along with 12 semester hours (or equivalent) in the listed disciplines. General Physical Science:(1) Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR (2) Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. General Mathematics and Statistics:Degree: Mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) that is appropriate for the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major field of study as shown in paragraph A above, plus additional education or appropriate experience. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
ACQUISITION REQUIREMENTS CONT: 4) Limitation. --Any member of the AAC who does not meet the education, training, and experience requirements for a critical acquisition position may not carry out the duties or exercise the authorities of that position, except for a period not to exceed six months, unless a waiver of the requirements is granted by appropriate authority
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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 and experience. Your resume will be evaluated by an SES rating and ranking panel, and afterwards, highly qualified candidates will undergo the Structured Interview process. The Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority where final interviews and reference checks may occur.
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- Required Documents
- Resume (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): Submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Your resume must contain:-Vacancy Announcement number
- Full name, email, mailing address, day and evening telephone numbers.
- Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges/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://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
- Information about paid and nonpaid 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.
- Executive Core Qualifications (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ using the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligible, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation listed in item #5 -* you must load your SF-50 or certificate under the Executive Core Qualification.*
Technical Qualification (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): A narrative statement specifically addressing a mandatory technical qualification. TQ must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Total TQ write-up should not exceed 2 pages using 12 pt, Arial or Times New Roman with 1 inch margins. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following TQ: Knowledge of and demonstrated ability involving life cycle development, acquisition, testing, product improvement; while focusing on total life cycle effectiveness and efficiencies.
Current or former employees MUST provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility. SES Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification. Upload this under the Executive Core Qualification selection.
Performance Assessment. (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): Submit ONE of the following: A letter of recommendation within last 3 years that assesses your performance; or your most recent signed performance appraisal. (Please do not submit any prior appraisals.)
Documentation to support AAC membership.
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
You MUST apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
To receive consideration, applicants must submit application material as specified below. Complete applications must be received in this office by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) 29 May 18. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not submit additional items such as copies of additional performance appraisals, position descriptions, etc. Such items may be removed and will not be returned. Also application material cannot be returned.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the View Occupational Questionnaire .
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) 29 May 18.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e. Resume, ECQs, TQs, Acquisition documentation, SF50 if applicable, and Performance Appraisal/Letter of Recommendation, Occupational Questionnaire, and other qualifications as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.
- To begin, click Applyto access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your*resumé* and/or other supporting documentsto be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your*USAJOBS* account or your application will be incomplete. You must upload your ECQs, TQs* (under other) and any Official Transcripts. If you have an*SF50, please submit that as well. Your performance assessment or a Letter of Recommendation will need to be uploaded (under other). All Required documents such as your Acquisition Certification Documents (under other) must be uploaded or your application will be considered incomplete.
- It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
- Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/. Background Survey Questionnaire, (OPTIONAL SUBMISSION): Form (O.M.B. No. 3046-0046) located: http://www.archives.gov/careers/jobs/forms/omb-3046-0046.pdf The information from this survey is used to help insure that agency personnel practices meet the requirements of Federal law. This information is provided pursuant to Public Law 93-579 (Privacy Act of 1974), December 31, 1974, for individuals completing Federal records and forms that solicit personal information.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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EN-APF-W3Q2AA US ARMY TEST AND EVALUATION CMD (ATEC) DO NOT MAIL Washington, DC US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499123300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 05/09/2018 to 05/29/2018
Salary: $126,148 to $189,600 per year
Pay scale & grade: ES 00
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent