Deputy Director of Policy Programs and Strategy International Affairs

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Position description

As the Deputy Director of Policy, Programs and Strategy, the incumbent assists the Director of Policy, Programs and Strategy in the development and coordination of the Department of the Air Force international long-range strategies for effective interaction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of State, and an extensive number of partners on international issues of significance to the Department of the Air Force. The Deputy Director identifies and applies successful industrial business principles that will enable the Air Force to position itself to support the Administrations’ goals. The Deputy Director assists the Director to determine the most economical means of achieving objectives effectively. Considers military-civilian force mix, outsourcing, and technology changes to resolve requirements and resources disconnects for the Policy Directorate. Advocates and justifies positions to the SAF/IA.

The incumbent provides strategic guidance from near term to long term for Security Cooperation initiatives and programs. The Deputy Director assists the Director in coordinating international Security Cooperation strategy and capacity development through OSD, CJCS, COCOM, MAJCOM and across the SAF/IA. The Deputy Director provides comprehensive oversight of Air Force strategic products such as the Security Cooperation Engagement Guidance, the International Engagement Plan, and the Key Leader Engagement Framework. The Deputy Director assists in building the Department of the Air Force Foreign Military Sales Program Objective Memorandum and represents SAF/IA at the Air Force and Space Force Boards. The Deputy Director also assists in the execution and management of SAF/IA’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M); Research, Development, Test and evaluation (RDT&E); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Administrative budgets. The Deputy Director plans, programs, budgets and executes the $10M FMS, the $10M O&M, and $9M RDT&E budgets. Additionally, as lead directorate for Security Cooperation portfolio, the Deputy Director leverages an annual $12B foreign investment. As an executive manager, the Deputy Director routinely presents and defends SAF/IA’s portfolio at GO/SES levels on the Air Staff, Joint Staff, MAJCOMs, FLDCOMs and Interagency offices.

The Deputy Director assists the Director in facilitating the development and promulgation of policies and programs to implement and achieve long-range strategies of the Department of the Air Force international program. Consults with appropriate DoD and Department of the Air Force officials (including USAF Major Command (MAJCOM), USSF Field Command (FLDCOM), Field Operating Agency (FOA), and Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) Commanders as appropriate). The Deputy Director establishes short and mid-term objectives to achieve administrative goals, congressional intent, and to implement guidance for the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF), the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF), and the Chief of Space Operations (CSO). The incumbent develops quantitative and qualitative means of assessing compliance with policy and effectiveness of programs. Continually monitors implementation of assigned mission and reviews evaluations of Department of the Air Force programs.

The Deputy Director also assists the Director in integration of cross-Directorate products, ensuring the Deputy Under Secretary is well prepared for all events and a coordinated message is presented by all SAF/IA leaders. In particular, the Deputy Director will maintain the SAF/IA Strategic Goals/Metrics Program, develop and implement an internal self-assessment program, and coordinate with the other Directors in developing a continuous process improvement program. The Deputy Director will ensure all SAF/IA products are consistent with the Under Secretary’s vision and are synthesized across the organization. Cross-Directorate products include, but are not limited to SECAF/CSAF/CSO monthly update, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Military Deputies Roundtable products, SAF/IA Senior Leader briefings, Quadrennial Defense Review or other strategic products responsive to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, speeches and talking points. The Deputy Director ensures close coordination between the Under Secretary and the Legislative Liaison office, ensuring that Security Cooperation interests are maintained through the legislative cycle and ensuring all responses to Congressional inquiries are coordinated across the organization.

The Deputy Director assists the Director as the International Affairs Career Field Functional Manager, responsible for the recruitment, retention and professional development of International Affairs Career Field Civilian employees. The Deputy Director considers military-civilian force mix, outsourcing, and technology changes to resolve requirements and resources disconnects.

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement
  • Selected candidate must file a Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • Position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
  • Drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use IAW Exec. Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86. Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
  • Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.
  • Position may require incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.
  • An initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 1-year probationary period.
  • Attendance to the Air Force’s Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC) is generally required within 12 months of appointment, subject to course availability.
  • Position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
  • Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.

Qualifications

Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.

A. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education Requirement:

Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.

OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): (NTE 2 pages – PDF format) A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel and Executive Resources Board members may consider experience that’s over 10 years old to be outdated. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

1. Knowledge and understanding of enterprise-level resources, workforce management and strategy development. Comprehensive knowledge of international activities and Foreign Military Sales with partner nations.

2. Experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the development of policy and programs, pertaining to the Security Cooperation enterprise, to implement and achieve long-range strategies of the Air Force International program.

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required–this information should be embedded within the application package [Resume (not to exceed 5 pages) and Technical Qualifications (not to exceed a combined total of 2 pages)].

Education

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.

A master’s or advanced degree n International Relations or related field is highly desired.

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