Fort Gordon, GA
NSA/CSS Hawaii Kunia, HI
Fort George G. Meade Complex, MD
NSA/CSS Texas, San Antonio, TX
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 13/1 to 15/10
Open: 2023-08-05, Close: 2023-09-30
Representing the breadth of professional and personal diversity, NSA STEM Technical Leaders bring vision, innovation, and passion for solving unique problems that protect our Nation daily. These leaders have experience with advanced technologies, collaboration, and moving ideas from requirements to implementation. In the government and in today’s ever changing technology environment ‘ STEM Technical Leaders (STEMT TLs) have to be more adaptable, relatable and innovative. STEM TLs have to choose what information they keep and what information they take action on. STEM TLs have to evolve more rapidly than ever, and address the most pressing workforce challenges highlighted during the post COVID era (i.e., game changing technology to provide intelligence advantage).
STEM TLs drive technical decisions, architectural design discussions, and systems integration within the context of their technical specialties coming from a full spectrum of backgrounds such as software development; systems engineering; architecture; electrical engineering; cryptography and cybersecurity engineering; networking; Nuclear Command, Control and Communication (NC3); cyber defense consulting; National Leadership Command Capabilities (NLCC); DoD Command and Control (NC2) and many more. They use their extensive experience leading advancements in technology, which may be at a project or organizational level, to influence technical direction. While technical, these leaders possess skills to mediate alternative Course of Action discussions and negotiate strategic direction across a variety of levels. These leaders know how to interpret senior leadership guidance and direction, and translate it into actionable plans, requirements, and strategies. STEM TLs have proven experience delegating resources and tasks as well as, transforming ideas into operational capabilities.
STEM TLs may or may not serve in a supervisory role, but they all have the opportunity to mentor junior technical colleagues. They lead by example. In vertical or horizontal teams, STEM TLs push frontiers to advance the NSA mission to gather signals intelligence and protect our Nation’s Defense Industrial Base and critical infrastructure. These leaders are adept at working across organizations with competing priorities to build consensus to achieve mission outcomes. These leaders actively engage in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility efforts to advance NSA’s mission; show respect and appreciation for the unique skills, knowledge, abilities and perspectives of all colleagues; and, model inclusive behavior that enables everyone to contribute their fullest to the mission.
STEM Technical Leaders have expertise in one or more STEM disciplines and have developed a deep subject matter expertise, more broadly applicable skills (accountability, creativity and innovation, decisiveness, flexibility, influence, communication, partnering, planning, evaluating, problem solving, resiliency) or some combination of both, that enable them to be successful in advising, leading and/or performing STEM related efforts. The efforts can include leading technical projects, programs, research or workgroups; delivering, defending and explaining technical analysis & direction; building and motivating teams; and supplying timely, accurate, and relevant information to assist senior leadership, customers, or management in making decisions.
STEM Technical Leaders may be assigned to technical positions according to their domain expertise, their broadly applicable skills or both in coordination with their interests and agency needs. The range of STEM domain knowledge needed by the agency is incredibly broad. Some examples include: computer coding; modeling and simulation; data gathering; instrumentation; computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, structural, systems and facilities engineering; computer, microelectronics, radio frequency design; and many more.
The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.
Degree must be in Computer Science, Engineering, Physical Science, Mathematics, or a related STEM technical field (e.g., Computer Security, Networking, Information Technology, or Computer Information Systems).
For engineering degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework in at least 5 of 18 subject areas in Engineering & Physical Science.
Relevant experience must be in leading technical projects, research or workgroups; technical analysis. Must have demonstrated experience as a subject matter expert (SME) within the technical discipline related to the position in which the candidate is applying.
For Engineering & Physical Science, Mathematics, and Cryptanalysis disciplines, entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. For Computer Science, Cyber, and Networking & Telecommunications, entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may also be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
For Engineering & Physical Science, Mathematics, and Cryptanalysis disciplines, 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. For Computer Science, Cyber, and Networking & Telecommunications, 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. An Associate’s degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may also be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
The ideal candidate has excellent problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills; and possesses the following knowledge and experience:
– Enables innovation in the organization through oversight of programs supporting NSA’s modernization and transformation
– Is detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to prioritize across multiple assignments
– Motivates others to reach team goals
– Establishes trust by effectively communicating with co-workers at all levels across multiple disciplines (e.g., mission, engineering, program management, finance, etc.)
– Effectively communicates recommendations to enable Senior Leadership to take appropriate actions
– Communicates effectively and employs negotiation strategies to achieve consensus
– Collaborates effectively vertically, horizontally, and across a variety of functional areas
– Uses domain knowledge to optimize alignment with applicable security, compliance, policy and accessibility requirements
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
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.
Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, and Texas. While hiring may occur at any of the locations, the majority of the hiring occurs in Maryland (~80%).
Salary Range: $123,437 – $183,500 (Senior to Expert)
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.
Typical work schedule is Monday – Friday, with basic 8 hour/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible)
How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. 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.
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