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Job Title:  Deputy Director, Strategy, Concepts, and Assessments
Department:  Department of the Air Force
Agency:  U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  9L-DPS-1195296-123456-BON

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$145,100.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to Monday, September 8, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Top Secret


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace.

LOCATION:  Directorate of Strategy, Concepts, and Assessments (AF/A5S), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington DC

SALARY:  $145,100 - $167,000 per annum (Air Force Tier 1).  SES members are eligible for bonuses and stipends in addition to annual salary.  Recruitment/Relocation Bonus and Moving Expenses may be authorized.  This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) Career Reserved position and is assigned a precedence priority code of DV-6 (equivalent to a Brigadier General) for protocol purposes.


CONSIDERATION:   Applications will be accepted from all qualified persons.  Consideration will be extended without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, age, membership or non-membership in any employee organization, or disability.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Incumbent may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft in the performance of assigned tasks.


  • Yes
  • PCS


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • A Testing Designated Position, under the AF Civilian Drug Testing Program
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET Security clearance
  • Must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period
  • Active Duty Military Members must indicate retirement eligibility


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BASIC DUTY SUMMARY:  The Deputy Director of Strategy, Concepts and Assessments shares responsibility, with the Director, for staffing US Air Force strategy, planning and policy positions across all USAF Major Commands and key HQ USAF staff agencies.  The incumbent is responsible for advocating and defending AF strategy, planning and policy positions to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint combatant commands, and the services staffs.  The Deputy Director develops and prescribes a process that institutionalizes Air Force long-range strategy and concepts development; encourages, captures, and integrates innovative thinking on the use of air, space and cyber power; and generates coherent approaches to guide the Air Force 30 years into the future.  The incumbent leads an enduring assessment process that evaluates the Air Force’s progress toward goals and objectives reflected in the AF strategic master plan.  The Deputy Director manages AF concept development and creates the Air Force Strategic Environment Assessment.  The incumbent develops, defines and incorporates future air, space, and cyber power strategy and concepts, both materiel and non-materiel, into Air Force planning and wargaming.


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QUALIFICATIONS:  Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position.  Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.


A.   MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs):  A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ.  TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments.  Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

(1)  Strategy, vision and concept development, implementation and wargaming, to include theories, principles, and practices and how they apply to joint warfighting and national defense strategy in at least one of the following areas:  air, space, and/or cyber.

(2)   Integrating planning activities within large organizations, to include developing and implementing effective teaming concepts and relationships that support an overall capabilities-based planning system.

(3)   Strategic master plan or corporate planning development, resource allocation processes, programming processes and the assessment of results.  


C.  MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):  The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture."  Submit a supplemental statement of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs listed below) in the challenge/context/action/result (C-C-A-R) model format as provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to SES Qualifications.  ECQs should focus on relevant and recent experience, education and training accomplishments within the last 10 years.  Refer to the OPM Guide to SES Qualifications for specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the C-C-A-R model, and examples of good qualifications statements at the website:


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.


In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective.  The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities.  Executives should 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). 


D.  DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:  The following will be used to help rate and rank candidates:


(1) Regardless of governmental agency or department, a career broadening assignment complementary of this position is highly desirable (Examples:  plans and programs, financial management, contracting, program management or logistics, etc.).

(2)  Mix of experience at the following: Major Command (MAJCOM), Combatant Command (COCOM) Service Component, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Staff, Headquarters Air Force (HAF), other Federal agency or equivalent academic/industry experience.

(3)  Completion of Senior Developmental Education and/or equivalent executive development such as Leadership in a Democratic Society, Senior Executive Fellows, National Security Management, Leadership Assessment & Feedback Seminar, Executive Business Management, and/or two equivalent-level executive courses from other colleges, universities, or agencies.

         (4)  An advanced degree in international affairs, national security or related field is highly desirable.




RATING AND RANKING METHODS:  Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements.  Failure to meet any one of the Mandatory, Technical or Executive Core Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration.  Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position.  The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus as to the Best Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified candidates.  Only the Best Qualified candidates will be interviewed.  The panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order.  Final selection is contingent upon the Air Force Executive Resources Board, SecAF and OPM approval.


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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.




A.   U.S. CITIZENSHIP.  You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

B.   MOBILITY.  Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement.  Therefore, mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement.

C.   EXECUTIVE PERSONNEL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (Standard Form 278).  Selected candidate must file this report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

D.   TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE.  This position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET clearance.

E.   DRUG TESTING POSITION.  This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program.  Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter (Condition of Employment for all Civilian Senior Executive (CSE) Positions identified as Critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program) and must pass urinalysis testing as required prior to appointment.  This position also requires incumbent may be subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86.

F.    TRAVEL.  Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations.  Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.

G.   DUTY HOURS.  This position may require incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.

H.   VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Veterans’ preference is not applicable to the SES.

I.    PROBATIONARY PERIOD.  An individual’s initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 1-year probationary period.

J.    AIR FORCE'S SENIOR LEADER ORIENTATION COURSE (SLOC).  Attendance is required for newly appointed Air Force SES members within 12 months of appointment.

K.   POST-GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS.  This position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.

     L. Active Duty Military MemberS.  On resume, indicate when you are eligible for retirement.


This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify this office.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.







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HOW TO APPLY:  The following are the instructions to submit applications: 


-  Send an e-mail with the two attachments of the Application Package Requirements to: with subject line:  AF/DPS 14-37

-  All Applications will be accepted via electronic format only.

--  Label the MSWord document file for Attachment 1 using the applicant’s Last name and “Qualifications Documents” (e.g., “Jones Qualifications Documents”). 

--  Label the scanned document file for Attachment 2 using applicant’s Last name and the “Supporting Documents” (e.g., “Jones Supporting Documents”).

-  DO NOT submit any additional information, documents or attachments:  Extraneous materials such as:  copies of position descriptions, diplomas, promotion recommendation forms (PRFs), award certificates, transcripts, or letters of recommendation will not be considered or forwarded for review. 

-  To be considered, AF/DPS must RECEIVE all Application Packages in their entirety via email by 11:59 PM (EST) of the CLOSING DATE listed at the top of this vacancy announcement.

-  Confirmation of receipt will be provided via e-mail within 3 days of receiving an application.  If you do not receive confirmation of receipt, please call the AF/DPS office.


AF/DPS CONTACT INFORMATION:  Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Mr. Bryan Nails at / 703-695-6131 (DSN 225) or the DPS office at  / 703-695-5260 (DSN 225).


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION PACKAGE:  To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the documents in the format as designated.  Packages that do not include all of the required documents or meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration. 


Attachment 1 (Qualifications Documents):  Items below (A.-D.) must be submitted as one single, consolidated Microsoft Word document in the order shown below.  The Qualifications Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins and must not exceed a total of 21 pages.  Do not use borders, provide photos, or list a Social Security Number on any of the Attachment 1 Qualifications Documents.


A.   Resume in the preferred format (Limit 4 pages).

B.   Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs (Limit 6 pages).

C.   Executive Core Qualifications Statement addressing each of the ECQs (Limit 10 pages). 

(Note: ECQs are not required for current or former Career SES Members; please provide a copy of an SF-50 showing SES status.) 

D.   Desirable Qualifications Statement briefly addressing each of the DQs (Limit 1 page).


Attachment 2 (Supporting Documents):  Items below (E.-I.) must be submitted as one single, consolidated attachment in the order shown below (e.g., scanned document using PDF format).


E.   (Required): Most recent Performance Appraisal or Performance Report.

F.    (Required): Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee).

G.   (Required): Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306 -- Form available at

H.   (Optional):  Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at

      I.  (Optional):  Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at



(Limit 4 pages)


APPLICATION/RESUME:  Please submit a typewritten resume, including the following information: 


Job Information:  Announcement number (AF/DPS 14-37) and title of the job to which you’re applying.


Personal Information:  Full name, mailing address (with Zip Code), day and evening phone numbers (with area code) and complete e-mail address where you would like to receive correspondence regarding your application.  **PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER**


Country of Citizenship:


Current Security Clearance:


Salary:  Please state your salary history.


Federal Civilian:  State highest grade held and date of promotion (e.g., GS-15/June 2006).


Active-Duty Military:  State highest rank held, date of promotion and date eligible to retire

(e.g., Colonel/June 2006/December 2014).


Retired Military:  State highest rank held and date of retirement (e.g., Colonel/May 2008).


Education:  Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year 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:


Work Experience:  Give the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying:  (Do not send job descriptions.)

-  Starting and ending dates (month and year)

-  Job title (for government position, include civilian series and grade or military rank)

-  Employer's name and address

-  Supervisor's name and phone number *Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor

-  Salary (current)

-  Hours per week

-  Number of employees supervised and/or scope of responsibility of employees led

-  Duties and accomplishments (summarized in one paragraph)

  Recommend information focus on relevant and recent experience and accomplishments within the last 10 years.


Other Qualifications:

-  Job-related training courses (title and year)

-  Job-related skills, for example, other languages and computer software/hardware

-  Job-related certificates and licenses (current only)

-  Job-related honors, awards and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking and performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless requested).


Publications:  Provide a list of publications you have authored.  Provide title, date and any co-authors, clearly indicate if you are the first author and state the impact of any publication on the community.


References:  Provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals who can comment on your qualifications for this position.  Please do not list supervisors already listed above.


Bryan O. Nails
Phone: (703)695-5260
Agency Information:
Air Force Senior Executive Management
1040 Air Force Pentagon Room 4D
Washington, DC


Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent to you within 3 days of receiving your package.  If you do not receive a response, contact our office at 703-695-5260 (DSN: 225).


The Air Force Senior Executive Management Office will notify candidates within 30-45 days of the announcement Closing Date by one of the following methods:


Telephone and/or email notification of scheduled interview date/time if candidate has been rated Best Qualified Or email notification to advise the candidate was not rated among the Best Qualified, thus not referred for interview.

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