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Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

Job Announcement Number:DA-14-TLM-1095699

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

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 14, 2014 to Wednesday, May 14, 2014




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
Edgewood, MD View Map


United States Citizens


Top Secret/SCI




Applications will be accepted from all interested qualified individuals.

**This is an interdisciplinary job.   Series assigned to individual positions under this job will be selected from the following list and will be determined based on the selectee's paramount qualifications at the time of selection.   Series include:  0801 and 1301**

This is a Tier 1 position.   Salary for Tier 1 positions in Army is normally between $120,749 and $167,000.   Pay is set based on consideration of selectee's current salary and other factors.

The Department of the Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) which is 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


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel (25% or Less)


  • Yes


  • 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
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying


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Serves as the Director, Engineering Directorate of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) exercising full technical and managerial responsibility for planning, organizing, and managing advanced engineering development, first buy manufacturing  technology and industrial engineering programs for Chemical and Biological Defense (CBDP) and Chemical/Biological Elimination equipment/materiel.   Represents Army (Executive Agent of the CBDP) and DoD on capabilities needed to address complex CBRNE issues world-wide to effectively accomplish US policy goals in Countering WMD.   Manages over $350M in unique infrastructureto include life cycle engineering support for the CBDP inclusive of Special Access Programs, Chemical/Biological Elimination engineering, Advanced Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Test, Logistics and Product Support, and Process Quality.   Programs involve functions such as Chemical and Biological Surety and non-surety operations, pyrotechnics, smoke/obscurants, maintenance operations, experimental fabrication, and in-house non-contractua ltest facilities for engineering testing & evaluation (T&E) of emerging defense solutions to counter both traditional and non-traditional chemical orbiological threat agents.   Manages a budget of reimbursable funding of approximately $180M.  Provides leadership of high level interactions between ECBC and the RDECOM for matters related to mission.   Oversees a workforce of 543 combined military and civilians employees, and over 100 support contractors.


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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(s), and other qualifications, if applicable.  Additional information on ECQs is available at

Education Requirements: This position has a positive education requirement. Additional information on this requirement may be obtained at:


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 as discussed below can be waived by the designated agency officials in the appropriate circumstances.

1) 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-13 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; and

(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.

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 1a-1d 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 higher education from among the disciplines listed in paragraph 1b(1) above.
      • (3) An employee may be exempt from the eligibility requirements in paragraphs 1a-1d 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 II certification or training in the Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE) Acquisition Career Field at the time of selection. Within 24 months, the selectee must become Level III certified in the SPRDE Acquisition Career Field.

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.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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:

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (MECQs):  All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the MECQs. You must address each MECQ separately.  You are required to respond to all MECQs.  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 MECQ write-up should not exceed 10 pages using 12pt, Arial or Times New Roman with 1 inch margins.  ECQs are described above.

ECQ 1: Leading Change

ECQ 2: Leading People

ECQ 3: Results Driven

ECQ 4: Business Acumen

ECQ 5: Building Coalitions

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 OPM do not need to address ECQs.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately Total MTQ write-up should not exceed 2 pages per MTQ using 12pt, Arial or Times NewRoman with 1 inch margins.

TQ1: Demonstrated ability to manage a chemical and biological defense related programs, requiring knowledge of agency and Joint –Service acquisition requirements and Congressional mandates.

TQ2: Ability to plan and manage a broad range of defense development and production programs which are executed through a matrix support structure.


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


Drug Testing:   You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.

Security Clearance:   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).

Financial Disclosure:   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.

Probationary Period:   You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

Veteran's Preference:   By law Veteran's Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

False Statements:  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Non Discrimination:   All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

Adverse Information Screening:   Applicants proposed for selection are subject to inquiries as to any incidences of misconduct, malfeasance, neglect of duty, or the appearance thereof.   Information gained in this check will be considered in the approval decision.

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.

E-verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" system. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment. The U.S. Department of Army is an E-Verify Participant.


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To receive consideration, applicants must submit application material as specified below. Complete applications must be received in this office by Wednesday, May 14, 2014 of this announcement at 11:59 pm.  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. All applications may be sent by e-mail (preferred) to; if mailed, UPS or FED/EX to the following address: Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, Operations Division (CSLMO), 111 Army Pentagon, Room: 1D755, Washington, DC 20310-0111 - or fax to our office (Commercial) 703-693-0777 or DSN 223-0777. To obtain additional information regarding this position contact 703-692-6313/DSN: 222-6313.

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

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


1. Resume. In addition to your written statements addressing the Mandatory 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 - DA-14-TLM-1095699
  • 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:
  • 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.

2. 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 listed in item #4.

3. Mandatory TQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

4. Current or 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.

5. Performance Assessment. (MANDATORY SUBMISSION): Submit ONE of the following: The Supervisory Assessment Statement below; *or* a letter of recommendation that assesses your performance; *or* your most recent performance appraisal. (Please do not submit any prior appraisals.)
DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.


Supervisory Assessment Statement


Announcement Number: DA-14-TLM-1095699

Name of Applicant:

Please provide your assessment of the individual applying for this position. You are encouraged to provide additional comments on plain sheets of paper.

Rating Scores: 4=Superior 3=Very Good 2=Acceptable 1=Not Acceptable X=Unable To Appraise

Executive Core Qualifications/Rating:

1. Leading Change
Rating_____ Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to most organizational goal. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organization vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People
Rating_____ Ability to lead people meeting the organization's visions, mission, and goals. Inherent, is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports construction resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven
Rating_____ Ability to meet organization goals and customer expectations. Inherent, is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen
Rating_____ Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions
Rating_____ 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.

Technical Qualifications:
1. Rating_____  Demonstrated ability to manage chemical and biological defense related programs, requiring knowledge of agency and Joint –Service acquisition requirements and Congressional mandates.
2. Rating _____  Ability to plan and manage a broad range of defense development and production programs which are executed through a matrix support structure.

Signature, Name, Title, Date of Appraiser
Relationship to the applicant:___Current Supervisor ___Former Supervisor ___Other (explain)


Teesa L. McCray
Phone: (703)692-6313
Fax: (703)693-0777
Agency Information:
DA Executive Personnel
ROOM 1D755
20310-0111 Fax: (703)693-0777


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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