Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Posted on: October 15, 2020
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Systems Engineers apply a structured
approach to design and implementation of systems and processes.
They capture and translate mission and customer requirements in
order to transform them into capabilities, testing, and validation
of services. Systems Engineers analyze and allocate requirements to
systems architecture components and oversee the development,
testing, and validation of systems and services. They also
coordinate the integration of systems and services into enterprise
architecture and oversee deployment.
Additional Job Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This announcement will be used to hire
Systems Engineers for two offices.
Image Quality Project Lead: Job duties include 1) ensuring the
quality of GEOINT image and products through system engineering,
test, and evaluation services and 2) assessing the utility of
GEOINT products, imagery, systems and exploitation applications.
Utilizes engineering skills and working knowledge in the areas of
image science, imagery analysis, systems validation and
verification, systems integration, configuration management, risk
management, and technical document review to ensure the integrity
of the image data being processed through the NSG. Position will
require communication daily with all levels of the IC on technical
and business process issues. Position will require expert
understanding of image processing techniques and data formats,
imagery storage and exploitation systems to ensure image quality.
Position will be required to extensive knowledge of the products
and services provided by NGA and mission partners. Position
requires understanding of the reviews of Requests for Change (RFC)
and Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) as related to new and
modified system requirements, costs, and schedules, testability of
requirements. Experience conducting a wide range of SE activities
in support of test and evaluation. Experience of working with
Electro Optical (EO), Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR),
Hyperspectral, or motion video GEOINT.
Deputy Systems Engineer for CAP/SAP: Will perform duties as lead
Deputy SE. Will also work day to day with the Program PM.
Individual will engage in highly technical, ambiguous, or emerging
challenges facing the organization and identify applicable
solutions. Will implement compartmented R&D programs to
discover new capabilities; validate identified technology, methods,
and tools. Inform new initiatives and redirect R&D resources as
programs and priorities shift. Represent the Agency as a subject
matter expert on high-level boards, committees, and working groups;
represent NGA in advocating for and justifying program initiatives.
Experience conducting a wide range of SE activities in support of
acquisition lifecycle activities including acquisition planning,
contract award and closeout activities, source selection, and
COR/ACOR responsibilities. Experience with space / counterspace
activities. Candidate will have to acquire NGA GEOINT Professional
Certification - Fundamental, and NGA COR Level 1 Certification (or
ability to achieve within 12 months).
* Prior experience managing programs in addition to SE is
* Must have worked with CAP and SAP data in the past.
This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected
candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of
employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive,
the selected candidate must sign a service agreement depending on
the approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee
leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be
required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the
Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete
one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit
on this website as part of your application to NGA. These
assessments may include but are not limited to: 1) Online
questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your
job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics
that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of
this job posting. The information you provide in the application
you submit must support the response you provide to this
You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments
required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required
assessments as soon as possible.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job,
applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory
Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online
applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific
examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's
mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
* Demonstrated experience gathering & evaluating customer
* Demonstrated experience identifying innovative approaches for a
broad range of engineering activities.
* Demonstrated experience managing/monitoring complex projects,
anticipating potential problems/risks and implementing mitigation
strategies to ensure project success.
* Demonstrated experience leading market research for highly
complex requirements, providing advice, and communicating
* Demonstrated experience developing test plans for highly complex
systems and leading coordination efforts with stakeholders to
ensure comprehensive planning.
* Demonstrated experience overseeing the testing of highly complex
systems or systems-of-systems.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree or higher
from an accredited college or university in Computer Science,
Computer Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management,
Information Science, Information Systems Management, Information
Technology, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics,
Technology Management, System Engineering, or a degree that
provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the
fields identified above and required the development or adaptation
of applications, systems, or networks. -OR- B. Combination of
Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter)
hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience
in Information Technology, systems planning, research, development,
engineering, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to
successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a
rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is
equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that
their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR-
C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience in Information
Technology, systems planning, research, development, engineering,
or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully
perform the duties associated with this work. -AND-
LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: DAWIA certification may be required for
this position; see Position License and Certification Requirements
below for additional details. New Acquisition Workforce members or
current members transitioning to a new acquisition career field or
higher skill level have 24 months to achieve certification. -AND-
Relevant Competencies: IT-related experience demonstrating each of
the four competencies: Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral
Communication, and Problem Solving.
Highly Desired Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
* Experience anticipating & assessing highly complex or subtle
risks, skillfully balancing potential impact and probability of
occurrence to identify the most critical risks.
* Sophisticated understanding CAP/SAP Programs and Space/Counter
* Experience ensuring that architecture, components, module, data
and interface considerations for highly complex
systems/applications are adaptable and expandable to future
ecosystems and architectures.
* Experience defining requirements for major system integrations
with respect to the community and the enterprise; reviews and
validates Concept of Operations (CONOPs) for completeness; and
provides guidance to others.
* Evaluates test data to develop recommendations for highly complex
systems or systems-of-systems; considers developments and trends to
ensure that recommendations are future-oriented.
* Possess a current TS/SCI security clearance.
Additional Job Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security
clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In
addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph
examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information.
All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random
basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take
the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret
information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are
required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714,
on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility.
Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top
Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted
access to SCIFs.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at
all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions
do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will
emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess
how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for
successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 04 $102,663 - $157,709
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
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
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire
cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the
Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit
will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not
required for employment consideration with the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their
narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
How will I be evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
* All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
* Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel
of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to
determine the best-qualified candidates,
* Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through
an interview process.
Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the
180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will
provide additional information if applicable.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment
Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting
Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct
their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant
experience and education for this job opportunity. This description
should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the
performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education
information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed
as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an
institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by
the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code,
annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive
full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be
eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift
Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants
(i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title
5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may
elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment
as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for
employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
* U.S. Citizenship Required
* Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian
Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees
are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope
of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within
their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A
performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a
potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's
annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance
pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not
eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10
U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans'
Preference to preference 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 an external applicant claiming veterans'
preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must
self-identify your eligibility in your application.
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