May 19, 2020

Senior Technical Leader/Chief, Communications Division

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

The incumbent serves as the Chief, Communications Division for a Department of Defense (DoD) Special Task Force (TF), responsible for an emergency preparedness program. The TF develops and implements long-range strategic concepts, policies and plans for National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP). The TF also provides infrastructure support to governmental entities to maintain essential functions during times of crisis. This strategic level planning and infrastructure support is in response to threats across a wide contingency spectrum. The TF staff is comprised of personnel from several government departments and agencies, and includes subject matter experts in strategic planning, infrastructure management, communications, crisis and response. The work performed ensures the capability of specific essential government components to continue functioning under all conditions. The Defense Intelligence Senior-Level (DISL) employee is known for his/her technical or professional expertise, problem-solving ability, innovative research, valuable contributions to the Agency, standing in his/her technical field, influence on management, and spearheading critical technical and professional efforts. The continuous enhancement of breadth and/or depth of these skills and knowledge is essential. The Chief, Communications Division oversees and directs activities for one of five major organizational elements of the TF. The role is a blend of traditional Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer functions supporting unique and customized TF requirements. The incumbent is responsible for the program management of a highly complex network and involving application of advanced state-of-the-art technology. Additionally, the Chief, Communications Division is responsible for: ' Providing guidance to TF and partner Information Technology (IT) managers and staff involved in the design, development, implementation, modification, maintenance and integration of intra-and inter- agency systems; ' Researching, proposing, and implementing complex communications infrastructure (such as emerging satellite communications systems) to meet stakeholder requirements while ensuring continuity of communications regardless of the interruption; ' Directing the strategy for planning, architecture, design and configuration management of all TF hardware, software, database management systems, telecommunications, data and local area network, and related equipment and approves methodologies and configurations changes to infrastructure; ' Effectively supporting, developing and managing a workforce that is capable of anticipating and responding to stakeholder requirements; ' Serving as principal advisor to senior-level program stakeholders for areas assigned; ' Managing the division's budget and workload, establishing performance requirements for subordinate staff and ensuring appropriate performance standards are applied; ensuring accountability and transparency in financial planning, decision-making and reporting, and ensuring sound investment of government financial resources and integrity of the Federal contracting process; ' Demonstrating the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Establishes and implements an organizational vision in a continuously changing environment; ' Providing executive leadership and direction in concert with the TF leadership and stakeholders for mission assurance, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, risk management, emergency preparedness, and records management programs; ' Determining the optimal organizational structure and utilization of resources to accomplish mission and objectives in an efficient, economical, and effective manner; ' Leading a team of System Engineers, Emergency Management, and Information Technology Professionals toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals; ' Leading the preparation and delivery of communications and briefings of senior stakeholders, as well as all other customers and partners of the TF. Interfacing with customers and representing the TF Director at meetings, briefings, conferences, etc. Establishing and maintaining partnerships with key customers and stakeholders; ' Directing the implementation of approved plans. Tasking organizations and/or contractors to carry out technology initiatives. Evaluating technical progress to assess performance, conducting risk assessments, and coordinating technical modifications to accommodate requirements. ' Leading efforts to fully understand and meet stakeholder needs and requirements in the areas of risk mitigation and response readiness; ' Performing other duties as assigned. THE DISL: - Serves in an official position of DISL, regardless of his/her organizational level. DISLs are technical experts with continual achievements and accomplishments in their technical field. They solve the difficult technical problems. They are leaders in concepts or theories formulated, techniques, tradecraft, methods developed, and inventions. They continuously advance the arts and sciences, and/or the legal, fiscal, or logistical fields, and they make major contributions/improvements in management and infrastructures. - Provides incisive technical advice to senior management, offering solutions and technical perspective, as appropriate, for decision-making. Provides authoritative technical advice and input to leadership regarding research and technical development and serves as an NSA spokesperson on technical issues. Considers Agency goals and performance strategically and guides the Agency's overall direction. Ensures that the Agency achieves its mission by developing its major programs, goals, and plans. - Identifies the emerging strategies in the Directorates by developing relationships with key technical leaders to pull independent strategies together and facilitates leverages between mission elements, academia, and industry. Works with people and organizations outside his/her immediate organization--to include the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense at large--to defend controversial or critical long-range NSA plans. - Leads the technical workforce, exhibiting leadership competencies and behaviors, and mentors subordinates to ensure the development of a cadre of future Senior Technical Leaders. Creates an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view.

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday. $170,800 - $181,500 is the salary range Candidate will develop and implement both short-term and long-term strategic plans and operational concepts contributing to National Security/Emergency Preparedness, This position will require operational and/or training deployments to include nights, holidays and weekends; both short term and potentially extended. Travel is required, often without sufficient notification. Employee may be subject to 24-hour on-call duty. In an emergency, this service may require irregular working hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the incumbent's official position description. Employee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under increased mental and physical stress. Employee must physically be able to move and assemble equipment relating to communications and operations centers. The incumbent is designated as an Essential Employee for purposes of weather-related events or other short term, isolated emergencies. This position requires a TOP SECRET clearance and SPECIAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION (SBI). Subject to random drug testing. Subject to random polygraph testing.

To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply' button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the 'Submit' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from ***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing. Please submit a one paragraph addressing experience in each of the 4 areas. 1. Senior-level leadership and management experience in operating a complex and diverse IT organization of significant resources and scope. This includes experience in innovation, re-engineering, collaboration, and building coalitions and the demonstrated ability to present complex technical issues in clear, concise terms. 2. Executive level interpersonal skills in communication, negotiating, and persuading others to build consensus and facilitate 'win-win' situations. Ability to develop effective relationships with individuals of diverse skills from unrelated disciplines, organizations, cultures, and backgrounds to provide leadership and guidance to peers and subordinates. 3. Ability to provide oversight to multiple, concurrent projects which vary widely in complexity and cost. This includes the ability the ability to manage projects, evaluate IT investments, and provide accountability for the expenditure of funding. This also includes personnel, physical, and cyber-security policy and procedures necessary to provide service to customers and maintain secure operations. 4. Executive experience in developing and implementing strategic thinking processes in an evolving information technology infrastructure environment. This includes providing advice and input to decision-makers, identifying and implementing information technology best practices, and developing, building, and/or maintaining a state-of-the-art information technology system. Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.