Chief of the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Advocacy – Expert Level (1160380)



Fort Meade, MD
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 15/1 to undefined/10
Open: 2021-04-02, Close: 2021-05-02

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. Managers at NSA, where people are a priority, are responsible for leveraging the diversity of their workforce to create innovative solutions that support the Agency’s missions.

Description of the Position

The Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Group is seeking a strong leader to be the Chief of the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Advocacy. This unique and exciting position will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to broadly impact and advance diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts at NSA. The chief will connect for NSA the implications from barrier analysis, to strategy in order to drive change across a host of equity, opportunity and outcome challenges for the workforce. The incumbent will lead and foster a team that will perform research and study efforts including demographic data collection and analysis; perform organizational and demographic assessments to make recommendations that help increase the maturity level of DEI at NSA; lead embedded inclusion collaborators and DEI partners; manage equity reviews of policy, procedures, and business rules; lead major program reviews; provide oversight and subject matter-expertise to the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Training curriculum manager and team; provide monitoring of personnel tests/assessments adverse impact reviews done by HR and oversee the special emphasis D&I programs and outreach.

The selectee will serve as a senior consultant and provide advice to the DEI Director and NSA Leaders on the development, implementation and management of a broad range of complex D&I strategies, programs and activities. They will lead and manage all aspects of research and study efforts including study design, methodology, data collection, statistical analysis, and actionable change initiatives. The work includes project conceptualization, design, development, coordination, publication and presentation. The chief will lead innovation efforts that tap Agency or scholarly research study findings for a better workplace. They will also be responsible for the timely response for internally or externally directed actions related to the Agency’s D&I programs and related activities. They will oversee the development and delivery of D&I special emphasis programs and DEI outreach programs for NSA; and manage a network of DEI partners and employee resource groups across NSA in partnership with their Directorate sponsors.

Functions performed in this role include: incorporation of diversity management into agency strategic, business and senior performance management plans and systems, assessing diversity health, mentoring executive leaders and managers, reviewing and selecting corporate diversity products and services, training other trainers and consultants, working with business partners in the areas of communications, public affairs, legislative affairs, and employee life cycle. Extensive liaison with Department of Defense and Intelligence Community affiliates, the Intelligence Community Diversity Issues Board, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, contractors, private and public sector business practitioners, vendors and professional societies is required.

Managers play a vital role at NSA, they may be:

– Managing an organization’s personnel and processes, including promotions, awards, staffing, hiring, resource management, performance management, etc.
– Assigning work both across organizational elements and to employees with diverse work roles.
– Creating a learning environment that supports employees in realizing their potential.
– Contributing to the Agency’s strategic plan based on their understanding of the mission they lead.
– Advising leadership on organizational matters, offering recommendations.
– Developing and communicating strategic goals, vision, priorities, programs, and long-range plans for an organization.
– Establishing and maintaining working relationships and networks with customers, professional colleagues internal and external to the Agency, foreign partners, and/or representatives of other agencies.
– Establishing organizational priorities to meet actions and deadlines.
– Coaching and mentoring.

Job Summary
Leaders at the National Security Agency motivate, support, and cultivate employees at all levels. Leaders at the NSA, where people are a priority, are responsible for leveraging the diversity of their workforce to create innovative solutions that support the Agency’s mission.

Salary Range: $144,128 – $172,500 (Expert)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 13 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree in any field acceptable.

Relevant experience must be formal supervisory experience and specialized experience in a subject matter related to the position for which the candidate is applying. In addition, may also include informal supervisory experience (e.g., team lead). At least 5 years of formal management experience and experience within the IC/DoD is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in Applied Social Sciences, Applied Behavioral Sciences (e.g. educational testing, Organizational, I-O Psychology, Human Resource Management, Sociology) or similar degree/relevant certification with demonstrated experience.

The ideal candidate will also have relevant experience in equal employment opportunity, social or behavioral sciences (e.g. organizational development, organization effectiveness, performance improvement); must reflect a strong understanding of statistical data analysis including qualitative, categorical and continuous. Effective interpretation of analysis and the ability to explain the implications of the analysis to leaders and the workforce are essential as are demonstrated leadership skills, and a deep knowledge of cultural diversity and diversity management. Candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively at all levels.

The successful candidate must be enthusiastic and motivated to work on the DEI mission. Given the strong interaction with the Agency’s most senior leadership, the candidate must be comfortable engaging with leaders at all levels. Strong communication skills, both oral and written, are essential for this role. To be effective, the candidate must have excellent political savvy and the ability to build coalitions across the Agency and the IC/DoD to help influence change.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday. Occasional travel may be required.

How to apply
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***PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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.

JBNSA / Equal Opportunity Employer / 1160380 JBNSATOP10


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