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Job Title:  NGA Commercial Imagery Executive
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Hiring Organization:  Source Strategies Office
Job Announcement Number:  HQ NGA DISL 2013-21

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

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$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Monday, September 23, 2013
Full Time - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Springfield, VAView Map
St Louis, MOView Map

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The incumbent is responsible for driving NGA's long-term commercial imagery strategy, consistent with the NGA Vision and Strategy.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth's surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That's the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.

Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA's role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.

Know the Earth... Show the Way... Understand the World


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    The NGA Commercial Imagery Executive (NCIE) establishes the vision and goals for future commercial imagery integration and future commercial sensor development and use in the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) (including new US commercial EO sensors, commercial synthetic aperture radar (COMSAR), and international commercial sensors). The NCIE interacts frequently with NGA senior leadership and oversight organizations such as the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to promote an effective commercial imagery strategy and defend NGA resources for commercial electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar capabilities. The NCIE also interacts with senior GEOINT users and forums across the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and Civil communities to promote NGA's commercial imagery capabilities and strategy. The NCIE would also coordinate with NGA's Office of Corporate Communications (OCC) to address Congressional members and staffers questions on commercial imagery resource and policy issues. He/she would act as the NGA lead to coordinate commercial imagery policy across NGA and to communicate it to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other US Government policymakers, ensuring NGA's commercial imagery strategy is incorporated in any new policies. The NCIE would assist the Director of the Commercial GEOINT Solutions Office (SU) in coordinating with NGA's Office of Contract Services (OCS) to ensure that commercial EO and COMSAR contracts align with the overall commercial imagery strategy and contract goals.


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    Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) Standard - Leading the Intelligence Enterprise: Required for all positions effective 1 October 2010. This SOCQ Standard involves the ability to integrate resources, information, interests, and activities effectively in support of the IC's mission and to lead and leverage cross organizational collaborative networks to achieve significant mission results. Inherent to this Standard is a deep understanding of the intelligence enterprise (or other comparable interagency or multi-organizational environment) and a shared commitment to the IC's core values. (Include as separate attachment one page maximum per competency)

    (1) Collaboration and Integration:
    IC Senior officers have a responsibility to share information and knowledge to achieve results, and in that regard are expected to build effective networks and alliances; actively engage these peers and stakeholders; involve them in key decision; and effectively leverage these networks and alliances to achieve significant results. Senior officers are expected to create an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view. Candidates assessed against this competency must:
    * Build, leverage, and lead collaborative networks with key peers and stakeholders across the IC and/or in other government/private-sector organizations, or professional/technical disciplines to achieve significant joint/multi-agency mission outcomes
    * Integrate joint/multi-agency activities effectively exercising collaborative plans that realize mutual IC, joint, or multi-organizational goals.

    (2) Enterprise Focus:
    IC Senior officers are expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of how the missions, structures, leaders, and cultures of the various IC components interact and connect; synthesize resources, information and other inputs to effectively integrate and align component, IC, and USG interests and activities to achieve IC-wide, national, and international priorities. Senior officers are expected to encourage and support Joint Duty assignments and developmental experiences that develop and reinforce enterprise focus among their subordinates. Candidates assessed against this competency must:
    * Understand the roles, missions, capabilities, and organizational and political realities of the intelligence enterprise; apply that understanding to drive joint, interagency, or multi-organizational mission accomplishment.
    * Understand how organizations, resources, information, and processes within the IC or interagency/multi-organizational environment interact with and influence one another; apply that understanding to solve complex interagency or multi-organizational problems.

    (3) Values-Centered Leadership:
    IC Senior officers are expected to personally embody, advance and reinforce IC core values. Senior officers are also expected to demonstrate and promote departmental and/or component core values. Candidates assessed against this competency must demonstrate:
    * A Commitment to selfless service and excellence in support of the IC's mission, as well as to preserving, protecting, and defending the Nation's laws and liberties;
    * The integrity and Courage (moral, intellectual, and physical) to seek and speak the truth, to innovate, and to change things for the better, regardless of personal or professional risk;
    * Collaboration as members of a single IC-wide team, respecting and leveraging the diversity of all members of the IC, their background, their sources and methods, and their points of view.
    * Promote, reinforce, and reward IC, departmental/component core values in the workforce and ensure that actions, policies, and practices are aligned with, and embody those values.
    * Ensure that organizational strategies, policies, procedures, and actions give appropriate focus, attention, and commitment to diversity of people, point of view, ideas, and insights.

    Position Demands: This executive-level position requires significant demonstrated technical and leadership experience. Positive and proactive communications skills are essential for this position, particularly given the challenges of leading operations in multiple locations. Must be able to make significant contributions to the advancement of integrated collection operations as evidenced by previous experience in DoD, Intelligence Community or NGA. Educational background must include a bachelor's degree; a graduate degree is desirable but not required.
    Note that you may be required to relocate in the future, based on mission need, nature of work performed by NGA, and the needs of NGA partners worldwide.

    Technical Qualification Requirements: Applicants will be rated on the "Specialized Experience" requirements and "Additional Factors" identified below which are essential for successful performance in the position. These statements should be included as separate attachments (not to exceed 2 pages for Specialized Experience and 1 page for each Additional Factor) and are a narrative explanation of your relevant background and experience. These statements must show that your experience, education, and accomplishments reflect the competence and professional standing required to provide expertise required by this position. Technical Qualification Statements that do not clearly address the qualification criteria will not be adequate for evaluation. (A recommended approach for addressing the Technical Qualifications is provided at the end of this vacancy announcement.)

    A. Specialized Experience:
    Candidates must have at least three years of specialized experience in collection systems, with a focus on commercial imagery, characteristics of and as described above in the duties and responsibilities.

    B. Additional Factors: The following will be considered in determining the candidate's qualifications:

    1. Demonstrated ability to administer and direct activities in the Commercial imagery (GEOINT) collection and imagery performance management fields.

    2. Knowledge of Commercial imagery (GEOINT) contributions to the U.S. Government's DoD and Intelligence Community with an understanding of those organization's missions.

    3. Ability to manage complex technical issues within the National System for Geospatial Intelligence.

    4. Demonstrated skills in strategic planning, budgeting and operations management.

    5. Demonstrated ability in working with Congressional oversight.

    The following approach is recommended for addressing Technical Qualifications:

    Provide a brief summary of your professional experience before describing the "Specialized Experience" requirements. Provide sufficient examples of your accomplishments and explain the accomplishments in terms of the following three elements: (1) Identify specific projects and activities in which you participated and describe what you did; (2) Describe the context, or environment, within which these activities occurred, mention other individuals (by title) or groups involved; and (3) Explain the outcomes of your actions, these outcomes should reveal the quality and effectiveness of your contributions and demonstrate your ability to achieve results.

    Your Technical Qualification Statements should include evidence of the senior scientific/technical/management experience and professional credentials needed to perform the duties of the position and contain enough examples to provide a sound basis for assessment of your qualifications.

    List of Publications: Provide a list of publications or papers you have authored with title, date, and any co-authors, and state the impact on the scientific, technical and/or intelligence community.

    Other Requirements:

    1. Applicant selected for this position is subject to the completion of a one-year DISL trial period. (Applicants selected from outside NGA may be required to complete a two-year DISL trial period if they have not already done so.)

    2. This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Incumbent is required to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) with the NGA Office of General Counsel.

    3. State the lowest pay you will accept and current total salary.

    4. Provide the name, address, and telephone number of three references to substantiate your qualifications.

    5. Employment is subject to requirements of the NGA Drug Testing Program.

    6. You may be required to successfully complete a polygraph examination for the position you applied for and/or for any future position(s).

    Security Clearance and Access Level: This position requires access to classified Defense Department and Intelligence Community information. The individual selected must already possess, or be immediately eligible for, a TOP SECRET security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. U.S. citizenship is required for the granting of a security clearance.

    Joint Duty Credit: All NGA executive level positions require Joint Duty credit. Employees will receive joint duty credit for almost any service or rotational assignment that was at least at the GS/GG-13 or DCIPS Pay Band 3 level, and generally for at least one year, or for 179 days or more when deployed to a designated combat zone on or after September 11, 2001.
    Note: Employees without Joint Duty credit may apply for the position and can be considered. If selected a waiver would be required prior to final appointment. An external candidate, if selected, will be required to provide proof of Joint Duty credit or immediately apply for Joint Duty credit prior to EOD. NGA seniors without Joint Duty at the same tier level may lateral into the position if selected without requesting a waiver.


    Applicants will be evaluated based on job-related criteria identified under the Qualification Requirements by a screening panel of senior representatives with functional backgrounds relevant to this position. Interviews may be conducted.


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    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. Here are some of the highlights:

    You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. You are also eligible for Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance and Life Insurance Coverage. Additionally, Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement.

    Additional information and further details can be located at OPM's website,

    New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. Additional details can be found at:

    Federal employees are entitled to at least 13 days of vacation leave as well as 13 days of sick leave each year. Depending on years of service, employees can earn up to 26 days of vacation leave each year. In addition, Federal employees get 10 days paid holiday each year. This allows employees time to spend with their families and to pursue their own individual interests and avocations. More information can be found at:

    In addition to federal benefits, NGA employees are also eligible for a suite of benefits offered only to the Intelligence Community (IC). The Compass Rose Benefits Group (CRBG) offers insurance products and services to all IC civilian employees. Compass Rose benefits include: Term Life Insurance, Group Accident Plan, Income Replacement, and Long Term Care Insurance.
    For more information on this highly-restricted opportunity, please visit the Compass Rose website:


    1. Permanent Change of Station (PCS). Travel/Transportation expenses are authorized.

    2. Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

    3. Use of postage paid Government agency envelopes to file job applications is a violation of Federal law and regulation.

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, age, religion, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, lawful political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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    TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW. To receive FULL consideration, e-mail, hand deliver, or mail an original and five stapled copies of your current application. You must identify the position vacancy announcement number. There is no application of preference but certain information is required to be submitted and should be included on your resume, e.g., full name, mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address, country of citizenship, education and work experience, current salary, and highest federal civilian grade held. External applicants (if a current or former civilian government employee) should submit one copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 noting your current position, grade, and salary level. Permanently attach all components of each application package. Do not place application materials inside report covers or folders, or submit documents not specifically requested, as they will not be used in the evaluation process.

    Applicants will be rated and ranked by an agency Qualifications Review Board using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants who do not separately address and document their demonstrated experience, training, and/or education in support of the Intelligence Community (IC) Senior Officer Core Qualification (SOCQ) Standard and Technical Qualifications will be ineligible for further consideration. Failure to provide all the required information and copies could result in an ineligible rating. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Submit your application to: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    Mail Stop S45-HDE
    7500 GEOINT Drive
    Springfield, VA 22150
    E-mail to:

    Complete applications must be received by the closing date. A postmark will NOT prevail. Applications will NOT be returned. Please reference announcement number shown above.


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    Phone: 571-557-5129/4370
    Agency Information:
    Mailstop: S45-HDE
    7500 GEOINT Drive
    Springfield, VA


    Thank you for submitting resume to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. We will contact you if your qualifications meet the requirements of the job for which you applied. Because the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a member of the Intelligence Community, our hiring process can take a little longer than most people might expect.
    You can learn more about the NGA Senior Executive hiring process at:

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