Missile Defense Agency Supervisory Interdisciplinary (General Engineer or Operations Research Analyst) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Mission Statement

  • Do you enjoy challenges and seek opportunities?

  • Are identifying problems, analyzing facts, and making recommendations some of your strong suits?

  • Would you like to obtain the rare opportunity to participate in some of the greatest technological achievements developed?

  • Would you like to serve your country and defend freedom in one of the most critical efforts in history?

If you answered yes, then this job is for you! The Missile Defense Agency's mission is to develop an integrated layered Ballistic Missile Defense System to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends. We are seeking prepared, talented, and motivated Supervisory General Engineers or Supervisory Operations Research Analysts who seek challenges and opportunities. You will earn a competitive salary and enjoy outstanding benefits while working alongside some of the brightest, most motivated thinkers of our time.

The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is in the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). For more information please see: ACQDEMO. This position is being filled under the Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) using OPM's Direct Hire Authority.

This position is part of the Missile Defense Agency, Architecture & Concepts (EBA).

This position will be filled as a NH-04 High, with a starting salary range of $103,842 to $158,793 (includes 17.82% locality), unless statutory or regulatory rules prevail.


As a Supervisory Interdisciplinary General Engineer or Operations Research Analyst you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Serves as a supervisor over professional and support personnel responsible for providing analytical, scientific, and engineering expertise. Position directly supports the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) acquisition program by performing systems planning, research, development, and other engineering/analysis tasks under the direction and guidance of the engineering Functional Manager and Functional Leads.

  • Identifies and resolves highly complex problems that cross organizational boundaries and promulgates solutions. Leads and establishes requirements for current and new BMDS system or component; reviews and evaluates government and industry proposals for fulfillment of established requirements and develops concepts of new systems and technologies, recommending and employing operations research methods to obtain maximum potential of the current and future BMDS for the agency. Researches and investigates extremely complex problems to plan and execute the multi-faceted, difficult, and broad scope one-time, one-of-a-kind BMD studies, analyses, and assessments.

  • Conceives plans, directs, integrates, evaluates, and implements technical and mathematical studies, analyses, and assessments of current and proposed analytic modeling, simulation, and war gaming of the battlefield BMD systems and technologies involving diverse capabilities: sensors, shooters, and command and control. Identifies shortcomings of existing analytical or technical approaches and develops quickly and accurately new mathematical and technical tools or modifies existing tools to address any shortcomings of BMD systems and technologies, high-level BMD architectures, and force employment capabilities.

  • Applies engineering or scientific knowledge directed toward evaluation and analysis of the technical capability, survivability, lethality, vulnerability, etc., of the equipment and human component of both existing and conceptual systems and subsystems under all environments and threats in a systematic manner. Correlates, analyzes, evaluates, and applies data and information from multiple sources (system design, military operations, intelligence, technology, etc.) to conduct BMDS operational and alternative analysis, architecture analysis, technology prioritization, technology and program evaluation, and program assessment.

  • Advises on technical, acquisition and operational issues related to technical performance requirements, systems engineering, financial management and performance trades among special program elements.

  • Assigns work and provide technical oversight to subordinates, including developing performance plans, arranging needed training, evaluating work performance and providing ratings of record.

  • Performs supervisory duties including interviewing, hiring, recommending reassignments and promotions and taking disciplinary action if necessary.

  • Prepares and delivers presentations.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • As Mission Requires
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

This announcement is open to: All US Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Must obtain/maintain Special Sensitive/Top Secret (SCI) security clearance.

This position has a Basic Requirement.

Basic Requirement for 1515 series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/operations-research-series-1515/

Basic Requirement for 801 series:


*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: 801 series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf and 1515 series https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/operations-research-series-1515/ for professional positions or positions with a basic education requirement for qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 08/23/2017

You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the NH-03/GS-13 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Specialized experience required for this position is:

  • Experience in joint system of systems architecture development.
  • Experience leading the development of system of systems requirements and conducting Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) studies.
  • Experience in conducting functional and performance trade studies and analyses.
  • Experience in warfighter interaction and collaboration.

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at: DOD GEN APP INFO

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link: FOREIGN EDUCATION

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time OVERTIME: Occasionally TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES: Not Authorized FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Exempt FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Required TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: For more information please visit: SSS RELOCATION EXPENSES: Authorized Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at: http://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo.pdf THIS IS A CRITICAL ACQUISITION POSITION (CAP).Selectee for this position will be required to sign a written agreement to remain, for a minimum of three years, in the federal service in this critical acquisition position. This position requires Acquisition Workforce Level III certification in Engineering. Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position. Selectee or incumbent must be able to obtain the appropriate certification level for their position. Candidates must meet the physical and suitability standards both prior to and during employment in this position.

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the 08/23/2017 of the announcement.


Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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Other Information

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive).

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476663300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-23

Salary: $103,842 to $158,793 / per year

Pay scale & grade: NH 4

Series: 0801 General Engineering 1515 Operations Research

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: MDA-EH-17-10035412

Control number: 476663300