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Job Title:Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Nuclear Matters)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Office of the Secretary of Defense

Job Announcement Number:SES-874145-SD

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 23, 2013 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
Pentagon, Arlington, VA United StatesView Map


All groups of qualified individuals. This is a Tier 2 position generally with a salary range from $119,554 to $173,000.


The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, and program evaluation responsibilities.  OSD includes the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Under Secretaries of Defense, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Assistant Secretaries of Defense, General Counsel, and the Director of Administration and Management.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders.  SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.  As a Senior Executive, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants. 

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Nuclear Matters), the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical advice, operational perspective and management support to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs), the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), and the Secretary of Defense on issues relating to the nation's nuclear stockpile and countering nuclear threats.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) may be authorized.
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.


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  • Provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs) on all DoD activities related to nuclear weapons and preventing nuclear terrorism. 
  • Leads in providing the Department with policy guidance, technical direction, and managerial oversight on nuclear weapon programs, international programs, and countering nuclear threats
  • Oversees and develops plans, policies, and procedures for nuclear weapons safety, security, survivability, transportation, survivability of materiel and systems relative to nuclear effects, and the modernization of the nuclear stockpile. 
  • Leads in countering nuclear threats through non-proliferation and counter-proliferation initiatives, including international cooperation initiatives to develop and expand nuclear safety, security, and treaty compliance capabilities, and force protection against prompt nuclear effect.
  • Serves as DoD coordinator and funding administrator for DoD nuclear and conventional physical security equipment research, development, test, and evaluation programs.
  • Develops policies for, coordinates, and oversees the implementation of nuclear weapons and materials safety and security and related assistance to other nations.





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To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualification, and other qualifications, if applicable.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):  All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs.  You must address each ECQ separately.  You are required to respond to all ECQs.  If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.'  Additional information on the ECQs is available at  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.

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.

Please Note:  Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) who have been certified by the Office of Personnel Management do not need to address the ECQs.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:  All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications.  You must address each technical qualification separately.  Please limit your written statements to two pages per technical qualification.

1.  Demonstrated experience in managing interagency relationships, public affairs, and Congressional relations.

2.  Knowledge of and experience overseeing international cooperative programs to enhance partner capacity to prevent, protect against, and respond to weapons of mass destruction threats.

3.  Knowledge of the budget process within the Military Departments and Defense Agencies, a large federal entity, or the organizational equivalent within industry.

4.  Knowledge and experience in operational matters involving nuclear weapons to include safety and security procedures, deployment and employment procedures, logistical management matters, effectiveness of nuclear matters, and countering nuclear threats. 

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective.  This individual must possess the ability to apply a broad point of view and an understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities.  Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives.  This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences.  A separate narrative statement is not required.  This information should be embedded within the application package (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).

Education Requirements: An advanced degree in a relevant field of study such as biological sciences, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physical sciences, or mathematical sciences is desirable.

  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES. 
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • Provide all other required documents by the closing date of the announcement.


You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel.  Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.  The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.  Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your ECQs must be certified by the OPM QRB before your appointment can occur.


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There are a variety of benefits available to Federal Government employees.  You will find specific information pertaining to those benefits at


  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs. 
  • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.


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You must apply on-line.  All applications must be received and submitted through USAJobs by Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION THROUGH USAJOBS:  In order to expedite the review of your application, you must submit a complete online application package to include the Resume, the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and the Executive Core Qualifications.  To apply online, please select the 'Apply Online' button at the bottom of this announcement.  Please note: your online resume may not be a complete application.  Be sure to carefully read this announcement to see if additional information is required and how it should be submitted.

Please Note:  Applications mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e. Resume, Technical Qualifications, and ECQs, and other qualifications, as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, do not fax the same documents.  To verify whether your documents successfully uploaded, please wait at least one hour.  If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete the cover page at the following link using the following Vacancy ID SES-874145-SD and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:


  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number.
  • Missing or Incomplete Social Security Number or name.


If you are unable to apply online, you must fax the completed 1203FX (please only complete questions 1-8) form along with your complete application to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX Form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  The form can be found at  The complete application package (containing the required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.


1.  Resume -  In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications.  Applicants typically provide the following information:

  • Vacancy Announcement number - SES-874145-SD
  • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or 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:
  • Information about your 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

2.  Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):  A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification.  Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

3.  Mandatory ECQ Statement:  A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ.  In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4.

4.  Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50):  Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.  Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification. 

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE:  If an assessment questionnaire is required for this announcement, please follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link:



Ciara J. Johnson
Phone: (703)693-8548
Agency Information:
Human Resources Directorate
OSD Senior Executive Management Office
4800 Mark Center Drive Ste 03D08
Alexandria, VA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  You should expect to hear back on the outcome of your application within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement. 

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