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Geodetic Orbit Scientist (Florissant,MO)

Company: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Location: Florissant
Posted on: May 2, 2021

Job Description:

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Geodetic Orbit Scientists monitor Global Navigation Satellite Systems, acquire and analyze satellite data, and produce accurate products for the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG). They develop, evaluate, and use algorithms and tools to provide integrity monitoring and determine precise ephemerides and other information. They analyze satellite ranging and timing information in order to identify anomalies in both real time and post-fit scenarios. These analysts handle technical and logistical details pertinent to remote command and control of a worldwide network of satellite tracking stations. They provide in-depth technical expertise on satellite issues to customers, and represent NGA in community forums establishing doctrine and policy. Additional Job InformationADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Geomatics Requirements Lead applies program performance management practices to enable strategic decisions for long-term success of the Office by aligning requirements toward strategy. The position requires understanding of Geomatics data and/or products required to meet National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) objectives; relevant experience in the Applied Sciences tradecraft, assesses current NGA/NSG holdings; and identifies deficiencies or gaps in content, coverage or currency. It requires working with Geomatics Divisions & external partners to assess, manage, coordinate, & prioritize validated Geomatics requirements. The position supports the validation, integration, & prioritization of Office production requirements, while providing support to the Foundation GEOINT NSG Operation Executive (NOX) Quarterly conferences as required. Additionally, the position directly supports Geomatics resource management efforts, & integrating Geomatics requirements into all Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution (PPBE) activities & the material supporting all integrated program initiatives. This position oversees the start-to-finish SFN Requirements process to include; what customers need, what must be done to meet those needs, what needs have been addressed, evaluate the efficiency in addressing customer needs, and how/where SFN if applicable is not meeting needs to include gaining efficiencies.This position requires the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, & able to handle highly complex, sensitive, & ambiguous challenges, normally under constrained deliverable timelines. The incumbent must be comfortable reporting, & making recommendations to Senior Leadership within & outside NGA. The position is part of Front Office staff & will work closely with all leadership across six Divisions & Office Leaders. Through the aforementioned areas of responsibilities the Geomatics Requirements Lead directly supports the NGA Director's Mission Imperative #1 - Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing and targeting (A-PNTt). * Manage, monitor, document, & communicate with Office Subject Matter Experts to provide project plans & projection of resource requirements & justifications in support of Division programmatic requirements* Accomplish program performance measures design, development, testing, & implementation for Geomatics activities in support of NGA and NSG requirements* Integrate Office programmatic requirements by defining intended end states, milestones, decision points, & accomplishments on a monthly basis* Support, facilitate, & lead program performance management team meetings, brief senior leaders and other employees on program performance management issues, & provide subject matter training as required* Investigate new scientific analysis techniques & methods if requirements cannot be met in a timely manner with available tools & methods. This could include monitoring the community & industry for new technologies* Analyze, interpret & report on measured performance data change signals & results for leadership decision support* Identify opportunities to make improvements to business & operations management processes & techniques in accordance with agency goals* Create Business Analysis tools/visualizations (e.g., dashboards for Lines of Business and Mission Managers)* Represent the organization to the NSG* Accomplish measured performance results reporting & support surge requirements when necessary This position is eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, the selected candidate must sign a service agreement depending on the approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government. Candidates may receive an invitation to provide additional information or respond to questions via email and/or HireVue as part of the candidate evaluation process. Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to:1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills(U) , abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible. Mandatory QualificationsMANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

  • Proven ability to communicate ongoing work to peer and leadership through written, visual, spoken reports, or briefings.
  • Demonstrated ability of working in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific or statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking to problem identification, analysis and resolution on challenging issues.
  • Proven understanding of Geomatics data and/or products required to meet National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in the Applied Sciences tradecraft. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Geodesy, Mathematics, Physical Science, or a related discipline that includes at least 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework in any combination of Astronomy, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Geodesy, Geology, Geomatics, Geophysics, Mathematics, Orbital Mechanics, Physical Science, Physics, Remote Sensing, or Surveying. Coursework must include differential and integral calculus. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience in conducting work related to satellite operations, GPS surveying, Geodesy, Geophysics, Wide Area Network analysis, or a related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Distinguish principal colors and shades/hues of principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or without corrective lenses; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better binocular with or without corrective lenses Highly Desired QualificationsQUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
  • Defining customer requirements, identifying what must be completed to address requirements and what needs have / have not been addressed to include efficiencies gained, and addressing shortfalls.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, able to handle highly complex, sensitive, and at times ambiguous challenges, normally under constrained deliverable timelines, be comfortable reporting and making recommendations to Senior Leadership within and outside NGA.
  • Experience performing program oversight; anchor team activities in well-defined and traceable requirements; develop plans, schedules, risk and performance; track actions, identify milestones, construct and maintain roadmaps, and report progress; lead integration activities and matrix teams; experience and willingness to brief groups. Additional Job RequirementsYou must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs. Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs. Pay, Benefits, & Work SchedulePROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure. Band 04 $93,494 - $143,624 PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized. Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit Cover LetterApplicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not required for employment consideration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field. Who may applyExternal Applicants Only How to applyApplication submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. How will I be evaluated?APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates,3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at ...@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Conditions of EmploymentAs a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. - U.S. Citizenship Required- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)- Polygraph Test Required- Position Subject to Drug Testing- Two Year Probationary Period- Direct Deposit Required DCIPS DisclaimerNGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. 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, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in your application. Associated topics: climate, earthquake, environmental, geography, gis, gravitational, hydrologist, oceanographic, petrophysicist, planetary

Keywords: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Florissant , Geodetic Orbit Scientist (Florissant,MO), Other , Florissant, Missouri

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