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National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Ground Enterprise Directorate - IT Specialist - Senior Level in Chantilly, Virginia


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.

Learn more at NRO.gov.

Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

  • U.S. Citizenship is required

  • 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

    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 Senior level (GG-14/GG-15), IT Specialist, occupational series 2210.  For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click here (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/classifying-general-schedule-positions/occupationalhandbook.pdf) .

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 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.

  • This position does not  qualify for the appointment of a Reemployed Federal Annuitant IAW DoDI  1400.25 Volume 300.

    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.

  • Provides management officials and operating personnel with technical advice on current technology and policy and its impact on current and long-range programs. Advises on new technology and emerging government and industry best practices and determines extent of possible application and usage.

  • Analyzes and evaluates work concerned with integrated systems of computer programs and/or IT equipment. Applies available technologies and management principles to adapt IT methods to a variety of subject matter situations.

  • Leads project teams in advanced information systems technology efforts. Functions/acts as expert in all assignments. Leads a variety of work groups. Evaluates, develops, and recommends modification/approval on standards. Prepares studies and other papers and briefs a wide range of audiences including top management.

    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.

  • DAWIA: This is a Defense Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) position:

    Employees Grade 15 designated in Critical Acquisition Positions, must meet appropriate certification requirements IAW the DAWIA within the designated grace period (Practitioner- 5 years) after accepting the position. As a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP), unless specifically waived by the appropriate Component Official (i.e., the Director of Acquisition Career Management for the Component, the Service Acquisition Executive, or the Service Secretary) or if the employee is "grandfathered" under 10 U.S.C. 1736 (c) (1), the following are statutorily mandated requirements (Reference 10 U.S.C. 1733 and 1737).                                     Employee must execute, as a condition of employment, a written tenure agreement to maintain in Federal Service inthis position for at least three years. In signing such an agreement, the employee does not forfeit any employment rights, nor does such an agreement alter any other terms or conditions of employment.

    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).


    This position meets the qualifications for Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Targeted Local Market Supplement (TLMS) STEM pay for NRO Cadre employees and candidates as authorized by the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security’s (OUSD(I&S)).  Cadre employees and candidates are eligible to receive STEM pay if they are currently serving in a STEM designated position. Should a Cadre employee or candidate earning STEM pay change positions within the organization, they must be assigned to another STEM qualifying position in order to continue to remain eligible for STEM pay.  Otherwise, Cadre employees and Candidates Generally would be transitioned to the DCIPS GG Pay Scale.  For more information on STEM pay, visit https://dcips.defense.gov/Human-Resources/Compensation/

    2023 STEM Salary ranges:

    GG-14: $137,873 - $183,500

    GG-15: $155,700 - $183,500

    **This position is a senior 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-14 or GG-15 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 (https://dcips.defense.gov/)  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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants   (https://www.eeoc.gov/federal/fed_employees/index.cfm)

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    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.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    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 Hiring@nro.mil.

    Privacy Act Notice

    Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): We use this information to determine qualifications for employment. This is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    Read more about the Privacy Act of 1974  (https://www.justice.gov/opcl/privacy-act-1974)

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