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Ground Enterprise Directorate - IT Specialist - Mid Level

Company: National Reconnaissance Office
Location: Chantilly
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America's advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet.
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Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen

  • You must be 18 years of age or older

  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance

  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing

  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations

    Federal Employee Vaccination Requirement -
    To ensure compliance with nationwide COVID-19 vaccine protocols, please visit NRO Apply Now ( to review the latest guidance.
    Where You Will Work -
    Where You Will Work
    The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes for consideration against current opportunities for IT Specialists (occupational series 2210) in the Ground Enterprise Directorate (GED). -GED is the single National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) entity that acquires and enhances software for all NRO systems to bring valuable information to the warfighters, analysts, and policy makers. -We continually innovate how we develop, deliver, and integrate software to solve the most challenging intelligence problems while identifying and defining the future ground architecture. -We use automation, data analytics and software tools to turn raw mission data into actionable intelligence by delivering capabilities that optimize the constellation and deliver mission relevant data to the IC/DoD.
    As part of the GED team, you will---
    --- be empowered to provide direct mission impact to end users
    --- have global reach
    --- have the ability to do hands-on work with cutting-edge technology and software
    --- have the ability to work with all NRO acquisitions and systems
    --- work in a truly dynamic and rewarding environment
    --- join a team of innovators, enablers, processors, and collaborators
    --- gain invaluable experience for future assignments
    The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes for consideration against current and future opportunities for full performance level (GG-11/GG-12/GG-13), IT Specialist, occupational series 2210. -For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click here ( .
    Your resume may be considered for other positions which your skills and experience may be a good match.
    This is a full-time position that is a continuous announcement.
    Who May Apply

    • This position is open to the public and requires U.S. Citizenship plus the ability to hold a Top Secret Security Clearance.

    • Federal government employees MUST currently be at the grade level or higher as indicated in this announcement. -This is NOT a promotion opportunity for current Federal government employees. If selected for the position, Federal government employees will transition laterally at their current grade level and step.

    • Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.

    • The NRO is only accepting external applicants for this job announcement. -Current NRO Cadre or IC employees should apply internally or via the Joint Duty Assignment process.

      What You Will Be Doing - -

      • Influence and lead acquisitions, to ensure both requirements and designs address operational needs via requirements reviews, increment planning sessions, design reviews, increment demonstrations, etc. - Lead activities with functional specialists, including contracting, engineering, manufacturing program control, configuration/data management, test, and logistics and operations support.

      • Manage -cost, schedule, and performance of complex contracts to develop, deliver, and sustain overhead reconnaissance systems, including spacecraft hardware, ground and communication components, and mission software applications.

      • Ensure the end-to-end operational readiness of new satellite missions, to include successful delivery of all ground systems; completion of systems test and operational exercises; development of initial and final operational capability criteria with stakeholders; and assessment of ability to support launch, initialization, and operations.

      • Apply Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) techniques to optimize overhead collection, operations and data usability.

      • Collaborate with operational stakeholders both internal and external to the NRO, to include acquisition offices and mission partners in support of mission operations.

      • Manage technical issues and risks to minimize impacts to ensure mission success while minimizing operational impacts.

      • Apply modern software development and systems engineering principles, techniques, services, and practices at the appropriate level of the architecture to ensure a disciplined approach to meeting intelligence needs with NRO systems.

      • Investigate and make recommendations to improve mission operations, in areas, such as efficiency, availability, resiliency, and operability. Ensure completion of milestone readiness criteria and coordination with decision authorities to bring new satellite missions and ground capabilities into operations.

      • Opportunity to identify and work on innovative technology solutions and approaches with real time impact to the existing Ground Segments.

      • Mastery of, and skill in applying, most of the following: interrelationships of multiple IT specialties; the agency's IT architecture; new IT developments and applications; emerging technologies and their applications to business processes; IT security concepts, standards, and methods; project management principles, methods, and practices, including developing plans and schedules, estimating resource requirements, defining milestones and deliverables, monitoring activities, and evaluating and reporting on accomplishments; and oral and written communication techniques.

      • Knowledge of IT systems sufficient to ensure the integration of IT programs and services; and develop solutions to integration/interoperability issues; design, develop, and manage systems that meet current and future business requirements and apply and extend, enhance, or optimize the existing architecture; manage assigned projects; communicate complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel; and prepare and present briefings to senior

        management officials on complex/controversial issues.

        • Mastery of the principles, methodologies and practices of computer/application systems development life cycle methodologies in order to advise on the planning, design, development, testing and enforcing relevant standards in the systems development process and the focus of Federal standards initiatives.

        • Comprehensive knowledge of a wide variety of computation capabilities and limitations, methods or techniques of systems analysis, design and programming.

          Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform and is typically in or directly related to the duties of the position as described above. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
          What You Need

          • Mastery of and directly applicable experience with advanced IT principles, concepts, methods, standards, and practices.

          • Experience developing and interpreting policies, procedures, and strategies governing the planning and delivery of services throughout the agency.

          • Proven ability to provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues;

          • Significant experience applying new developments to previously unsolvable problems and make decisions or recommendations that significantly influence important agency IT policies or programs.

          • Proven ability to manage large-scale projects from cradle to grave to include leading cross functional teams.

          • Demonstrated experience communicating with high ranking stakeholders to resolve issues, provide executive briefings and status updates.

          • Experience delivering IT products using Agile and lean methodologies.

          • If appointed as a -Contracting Officer's Technical Representative -(COTR), employee must attend the NRO Acquisition COTR training in NI 40-1-1. -If appointed as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), employee must attend the NRO Acquisition COTR training in NI 40-1-1.

          • Incumbent is required to obtain a CISM or CISSP certification within 6 months of being appointed to this position - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - IAW Cyber Workforce Requirements outlined in DoDI 8500.01.

            Desired Qualifications

            • Bachelor's or Master's degree in related IT functional area (e.g. software engineer, information technology, cybersecurity, systems and network engineers, etc.).

              Other Information

              • Overtime Statement: - MAY be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

              • Travel Statement: - MAY be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.

              • Financial Disclosure: - MAY be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.

              • Geographic Mobility Agreement: MAY be subject to directed reassignment as required to address mission effectiveness, and/or career development.

              • Information Assurance (IA): Must achieve the appropriate IA certification within six months of assignment.

              • Emergency Essential: Certain positions MAY be deemed emergency essential and incumbents must be willing to meet all position requirements.

                Chantilly, VA, 20151
                Telework is not available and you must be able to work at the specified location(s).
                2023 salary range for the Washington, DC area:
                - - GG-11 $78,592- $102,166
                - - GG-12 $94,199- $122,459
                - - GG-13 -$112,015- $145,617
                **This position is a full performance level DCIPS position. The NRO is accepting applications from U.S. Citizens and current federal government employees for this position. - To qualify for the position, federal government employees MUST currently be at the GG-11, GG-12 or GG-13 grade level and may ONLY apply for a lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. -Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.
                Hiring Incentives
                The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at management's discretion.
                Trial Period
                All new DCIPS employees ( will be required to serve a 2-year trial period.
                Veterans' Preference
                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, Vol 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. - If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility upon request.
                Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
                The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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                  Reasonable Accommodation Policy
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                  A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
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                    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send your request to
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