Director for International Affairs

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Fort Belvoir, Virginia
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  • Posted
    Nov 27

Position description

This is a Tier 2 position. Salaries for Tier 2 positions range from $148,267 to $183,000.

  • This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders. SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.
  • As an executive you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

As the Director for International Affairs you wil:

  • Serve as the Agency Representative for International Affairs. Lead for all MDA engagement with international counterparts (over 20 countries in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe). Chairs bilateral committees and working groups with international partners. Develop and negotiate international agreements.
  • Serve as the primary Agency interface and representative with senior international partners, foreign embassies in Washington, DC, and U.S. Embassies abroad. Guide the preparation of memoranda of understanding (MOU), memoranda of agreement (MOA), and other strategic international agreements between the U.S. and its Allies involving BMDS cooperative efforts.
  • Lead the Foreign Military Sales Implementing Agency (FMS IA) mission. Engage with foreign partners, program offices, and COCOM staffs in case development. Oversee all aspects of case management from Letter of Request (LOR) receipt to capability delivery in the Host Nation.
  • Represent the MDA Director with USG Interagency. Attend a variety of high-level meetings designed to advance MDA international affairs goals and objectives to include the Office of the Secretary Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the National Security Council (NSC), the Department of State, and other federal agencies. Coordinate with the JCS and COCOM J4/J5s to provide recommended positions on the structure and operations for missile defense.
  • Conduct Foreign Disclosure and Technology Transfer approvals for the Agency. Serves as the Delegated Disclosure Authority (DDA). Coordinate foreign disclosure guidelines, review export license requests, enable foreign visits, and evaluate procurement positions that prohibit or restrict allied participation. Lead decisions in support of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Represent MDA in Department of Defense export reform groups.
  • Provide input and oversight to legislative affairs as it relates to the advancement of BMDS international relations, and serve as MDA proponent for activities involving such congressional actions.


Conditions of Employment

  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Veteran preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain Special Sensitive/Top Secret SCI clearance
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ)
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ)
  • Mobility Agreement: All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • Probationary Period: You will serve a two-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position.
  • Senior Executives are required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF 306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Telework: Situational telework eligible


Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format ) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all five ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at Each narrative statement should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per ECQ not to exceed a total of 10 pages.

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when preparing ECQ narratives. Provide two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ and ensure your experience meets the ECQ criteria.

Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, member of Congress, reduced budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge
Result - Provide specific examples of measures/outcomes that had an impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant from further consideration.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must provide submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each of the technical qualification separately. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.

1. Demonstrated experience with U.S. international treaty obligations and their relation to Allied involvement in missile defense research, knowledge of the arms control process including experience in arms control negotiations, and knowledge of domestic and international industrial activities.

2. Extensive knowledge of the concepts and principles of foreign disclosure, foreign government requests for classified military information (CMI) or controlled unclassified information, and certification of foreign liaison integrated personnel.

3. Demonstrated experience with policy positions, communication styles, and dynamics of the national and international political environments and policies as they occur or are derived from foreign countries, particularly related to U.S. government and DoD efforts in the area of advancing international cooperative missile defense programs or other major weapons systems.

4. Broad knowledge and experience providing liaison with the senior Office of the Secretary of Defense and the military Services involved with missile defense programs or other major weapons systems.

Enterprise Perspective: In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view, an awareness or understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate the 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.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

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