Chief, Operations and Plans Division - Northern VA location - 30000744

  • NSA - National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA
  • 04/02/2018
Top Secret SSBI SCI Other

Job Description

This position provides an opportunity to lead and provide expertise as the Chief of Operations and Plans Division for a Department of Defense special task force.  The Task Force (TF) is an emergency preparedness program responsible for developing and implementing long-range strategic concepts and plans for National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP), which receives the careful attention of senior leaders within the United States Government.  In addition, the TF provides infrastructure support to governmental entities to maintain essential functions during times of crisis.  The strategic level planning and infrastructure support is in response to threats across a wide contingency spectrum.  The TF staff represents several governmental departments and agencies and is made up of subject matter experts in strategic planning, infrastructure management, communications and crisis prevention and response.  The support provided to specified government components ensures the continued functioning of specific government components under all conditions.

The selected candidate for this position will be the Chief of the Operations and Plans Division within the TF.  The Division is responsible for developing, evaluating and ensuring implementation of training and technical concepts, policies and procedures for Continuity of Operations (COOP) and NS/EP operations. 



The incumbent is responsible for the development of concepts, policy and plans to support the specialized mission of the division. The incumbent provides expert level guidance and knowledge to COOP and NS/EP programs of the Operations, Plans, & Security Division and reviews, evaluates, and modifies division plans as directed.  He/she assists in continuously monitoring operations to identify, develop, and refine broad-based strategies to improve the overall operational effectiveness and efficiency of the plans. He/she is responsible for working closely with the client entities to fully understand their essential-function operational requirements and to ensure that the task force's operations and plans effectively support those requirements.

Assists in coordinating and synchronizing the implementation of COOP.

Assists in managing and overseeing an operations and control center serving multiple locations.

Assists in developing, directing, and modifying COOP and NS/EP planning and executing these operations, focusing on critical, long-range strategic emergency and mobilization planning for specialized and critical elements of the supported organizations.  The incumbent is responsible for sensitive programs and contributes directly to the development of concepts and implementation plans.

Analyze resourcing requirements based on strategic goals and objectives, and practices good stewardship in allocating and executing resources.

The incumbent is the Chief of Operations and Planning Division and acknowledged expert responsible for:

-               Developing a full understanding of client entities' operational COOP requirements and ensuring those requirements are fulfilled.

-               Participating as an effective member of an organizational senior leadership team.

-               Leading continuity planning and exercises for senior government.

-               Managing office COOP and NS/EP facilities, and overseeing facilities selection and operation, development of concepts for the demobilization of COOP resources.

-               Emergency action procedures (to include required documentation) for the control and use of all facilities, and transportation assets in the event of an emergency.

-               DoD Continuity Planning and synchronizing through multiple levels and segments of government.

-               Interagency coordination procedures to ensure compatibility of emergency plans.

-               Influences and shapes continuity policy and operations.

-               Developing and managing the Division budget.

Assists in the coordination of the development of COOP and NS/EP support memoranda of agreements with DoD elements and other agencies.

In order to ensure consistency and compatibility with policy objectives, the incumbent assists in evaluating and analyzing all new and revised DoD and other organizational directives and regulations related to COOP.  The incumbent assists in determining the impact to policy resulting from internal and external initiatives.

The incumbent exercises authority to plan and initiate studies, research, and analysis related to planning aspects of long-term emergency planning. 


Perform other duties as assigned.


-               The successful candidate should have experience in the following functional areas:  developing and implementing an agency/organizations continuity relocation plan, coordinating with Federal, State, local, Tribal, territorial governments and critical infrastructure/key resources partners. The selectee must operate well under pressure, be capable of multi-tasking, and be comfortable dealing with senior leaders and high-level customers.   The ability to portray a positive, proactive, diplomatic and professional demeanor with partners and clients is critical.

-               The successful candidate should have experience providing operational customer/client service. The selectee will demonstrate a proficiency in understanding customer requirements, meeting those requirements and communicating effectively with senior-level stakeholders with diverse communications styles.

-               The selected individual must demonstrate mastery in the five Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) core qualifications:   (1) Technical/Professional Achievements, (2) Technical/Professional Development of Others, (3) Technical/Professional Leadership/Decision Making, (4) Continued Technical/Professional Development, and (5) Leading the Intelligence Enterprise.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Range:   $126,148 - $174,500



This position may require operational and/or training deployments.  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 employee'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 of 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.



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.

Specialized Competency


Technical/Professional Achievements (20%)

The candidate should have the demonstrated ability to formulate concepts, develop techniques and methods, and make legal, fiscal, logistical, or other major contributions to improvements in management and infrastructures.  Inherent in this qualification is expertise, problem-solving ability, innovative research, and acquisition of expertise in other disciplines.  The candidate should have the demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.   The candidate must have strong conceptual skills and be able to translate requirements into actionable priorities. Further the candidate must be able to strategically manage resources in a manner which balances constraints with mission needs. 

Technical/Professional Development of Others (20%)

The candidate should have the demonstrated ability develop the next generation of experts.   The candidate should demonstrate the transfer of skills and knowledge to others to include specific expertise as well as intangible skills such as how to approach problems, how to balance risk against the chance of success, how to communicate effectively, etc.   Activities which demonstrate competency may include:  formal and informal mentoring, participation on boards/panels of significance to the technical community, activities aimed at conveying knowledge (seminars, teaching, informal training on the job, etc.).

Technical/Professional Leadership/Decision Making (20%)

The candidate should have the demonstrated ability to influence management, make decisions, direct complex technical efforts, spearhead critical technical efforts, influence direction of technical projects, and have impact with decisions. He/She should be able to demonstrate good stewardship of resources and the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems and calculating risks. 

Continued Technical/Professional Development (20%)

The continuous enhancement of technical/professional skills and knowledge is imperative.  Formal training, "stretch" assignments, research and writing projects, interaction with experts, and other activities appropriate to the particular discipline are examples.   The following will be taken into consideration:  standing in the field (internal and external as appropriate), increased ability to understand and deal with complexity, increased ability to relate narrow technical specialties to the broader needs of the organization, and efforts aimed at deepening technical expertise.

Leading the Intelligence Enterprise (20%)

The candidate must be able to share information and knowledge to achieve results by creating an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view.   The candidate must understand organizational responsibilities in relation to the larger Intelligence Community strategic priorities.  This perspective is shaped by experience and education and characterized by a strategic, top-level focus on broad requirements, joint experiences, fusion of information, collaboration, and vertical and horizontal integration of information.  The candidate must be able to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals.  The candidate must be able to achieve desired outcomes through collaboration, negotiation, communication and keen diplomatic and political acumen.   The candidate must be able to build solid relationships with stakeholders, leadership, clients and partners to achieve common goals.

DCIPS Disclaimer

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.