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Job Title:  Intermittent Program Manager
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Defense Acquisition University
Job Announcement Number:  DAU-883047-STH050F-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$64.00 to $75.00 / Per Hour
Friday, April 26, 2013 to Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Intermittent - Intermittent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Fort Belvoir, VA United StatesView Map
Huntsville, AL United StatesView Map
Aberdeen, MD United StatesView Map
All U.S. Citizens


This is NOT a full-time position. The number of hours required and the timeframe to be worked will be negotiated at the time of selection. This position does not have a normal schedule, but will be used to enable the University to meet various changes and surges in requirements. There is no minimum guaranteed hours of work for an intermittent position, and the total hours that will be required will not exceed 1000 hours per calendar year.

DAU is looking for a few highly experienced professionals with a background in Major Defense Acquisition Programs specifically in the area of developmental and operational testing, at a senior executive level (example: GO or SES or equivalent) to serve on an  independent, multi-service/agency investigation to review DT/OT  methodology and implementation. The professional faculty and staff at DAU work in a strong team enviornment. Come join this dynamic team using your experience to make a real impact in the Defense Acquisition Workforce.



All US citizens may apply, including current and former federal employees.  This position is in the excepted service and may be filled by candidates who have not previously worked for the federal government.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration.


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement.  Multiple vacancies may be filled from this announcement.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen


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As an Intermittent Program Manager, you will apply your knowledge and experience for the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce.  DAU is looking for an experienced manager with a background in Major Defense Acquisition Programs, preferably with developmental and operational testing experience at a senior executive level (example GO or SES) to become a member of the intermittent faculty.  This subject matter expert will serve on an independent, multi-service/agency investigation to review Developmental Testing (DT) methodology and implementation to assess transition to Operational Testing (OT) outcomes.  As a member of a study team you will be required to examine, at a minimum, the following three areas of interest: Define the process (regulatory and statutory) that requires early, operationally relevant  testing in DT to predict effectiveness and suitability  success in OT; identify potential  problems; make observations, draw conclusions and make recommendations. This team would have 180 days to complete the analysis.


On a daily basis, a team member will review Major Defense Acquisition DT and OT programs by examining these Areas of Interest:


A. Area of Interest: Define the process (regulatory and statutory) that requires early, operationally relevant testing in DT to predict effectiveness and suitability success in OT

B. Area of Interest: Identify the problem.  Review data to determine the number and nature of program failures, agencies and percentages (magnitude of the problem). Determine for a representative sample of failures:
i. If those programs that failed followed the process
ii. If programs did not follow the process, why not?
iii. Would the program following the process have prevented the failures?
iv. Identify the root cause(s) – process or implementation? Both? Other?

C. Area of Interest: Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations.  The study of these interest areas will lead to observations, conclusions and recommendations with respect to the hypothesis and to the specific area of interest. 


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Pay Band C:  Minimum Prerequisites

  1. You must possess a Master’s Degree in a related area from an accredited college or university and have at least 8 years of experience in the appropriate functional area in either a government or industry position.
  2. You must have specialized experience directly relating to the specific duties of the position to be filled and must demonstrate that you have the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully.
  3. You must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level in the federal service.
  4. You must have achieved DAWIA Level III certification in Contracting or a related discipline from the acquisition workforce, or have the ability to obtain this certification within 24 months of appointment.
  5. The President of DAU can waive all criteria.


For optimum consideration, please ensure your resume reflects how your experience and educational achievements are related to key functional areas of this position including: leadership, experience, and mission assistance.


1. Leadership: You must show demonstrable potential to assume positions of greater responsibility and authority at the Defense Acquisition University. Tenure in leadership positions in the Defense Acquisition Management System such as program/project manager is highly desirable.  Demonstrated success in resource management positions encompassing cost, schedule, and performance and/or contract management responsibilities is highly desirable.


2. Experience:  You must have at least 15 years of specialized experience in Department of Defense (DoD) weapons systems acquisition program management.   3 of these 15 years of specialized DoD acquisition experience must be in positions at or equivalent to the Senior Executive Service level.  Experience in dealing with the acquisition organizations related overseas deployments is highly desirable.  Additional experience, with commensurate Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification, in at least one other defense acquisition workforce career field (e.g., sustainment logistics, systems engineering, test and evaluation, contracting, financial management) is required. 


3. Mission Assistance:  You must have demonstrated proficiency in: (1) interacting and working collaboratively with defense acquisition personnel, including senior executives, key stakeholders, key decision makers, program office personnel and members of the operational requirements generation community; (2) conducting due diligence with a diverse range of customers to determine requirements, set expectations, craft plans and finalize agreements to provide consulting services in pursuit of improved acquisition outcomes; (3) maintaining long-term customer relationships as funding, requirements and mission objectives evolve; (4) producing positive results such that customer expectations were met/exceeded in accordance with the consulting agreement.

Appropriate experts within the Defense Acquisition University will evaluate applications. Salary determination is based on the requirements of the position as well as the qualifications of the selected applicant as aligned with the evaluation criteria for each pay band.  Additional information can be found at


  1. DAU Intermittent Faculty Employees are subject to all applicable federal ethics restrictions.  In certain circumstances, this could bar intermittent faculty members from receiving compensation from a private corporation to teach a course that is substantially similar to any existing DAU course.  Applicants who have questions about how this rule might apply to their particular circumstances are encouraged to review 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807 for complete information.  Applicants may also contact DAU’s General Counsel at 703-805-5403 for clarification.  Please note that information given by DAU’s General Counsel in response to such an inquiry will not be binding on DAU or its General Counsel with respect to any future advice or decision.
  2. If selected for this position, you are subject to the completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
  3. You will be required to become a member of the Acquisition Corps. DoD instruction 5000.58R specifies qualification standards for Corps membership (waiver of some of these standards is possible in the limited circumstances described in the instruction).
  4. You will be required to join the DAU Faculty Plan as established by Title 10 of the US Code.  This position is in the excepted service (non-career).  Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to sign a statement indicating that they are leaving the competitive service voluntarily to accept an appointment in the excepted service.  To access the instructions related to this requirement visit
  5. The appointment is made for a period of one year; however, it may be extended each year based on satisfactory performance and a continuing University requirement.
  6. If selected for this position, you MUST be able to begin work within 90 days of acceptance.
  7. Intermittent Employees do not earn leave and in most cases are not eligible for other government benefits.
  8. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses will NOT be paid.  Intermittent employees may be allowed to work from home or other work sites.


Applicants meeting the basic requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following factors:

  1. Leadership
  2. Experience
  3. Mission Assistance


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Intermittent employees do not earn leave and in most cases are not eligible for other government benefits.



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If you have questions about submitting your application package, please contact the Application Manager Help Desk at

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status or return to a previous or incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 883047. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.   If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203 FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.   Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

  1. Your resume and/or OF612, Optional Application for Federal Employment Statement Information.  Please include the month/day/year for all prior positions annotated on your resume.
  2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. If you claim Veteran's Preference, (5 or 10 points) you MUST provide a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) listing the dates of military service and rank.  If you are claiming 10 points (10 percent or more disability), you must also provide a letter from the Veterans Affairs Office and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference - ) substantiating your claim.

Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible, and accurate.


DAU Human Resources
Phone: (703)805-4936
Agency Information:
Defense Acquisition University
9820 Belvoir Road
Fort Belvoir, VA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants.  You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

If invited for an interview:

The following documentation MUST be submitted to the interviewer (please provide documents to the interviewer in a sealed envelope):

  1. Proof of current salary (a current Leave/Earnings Statement, W-2, or similar form).
  2. An official transcript validating level of education is required. If a transcript is not available by the date of the interview, paperwork indicating that the document has been requested from the relevant institution must be provided.  If an official transcript is not provided within 30 days of employment, the new employee may be removed from the position.
  3. Names and contact information for at least three (3) references (do not include current supervisor or family members).
  4. Current or past employees of the Federal government must provide a copy of their latest SF50.

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