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Protocol Officer

Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Location: Sterling
Posted on: January 27, 2019

Job Description:

Protocol Officer

Springfield, VA

Opening:20190084 (Posted: 2019-01-15 - Closing: 2019-01-26)


Source: External Applicants Only

Open: 2019-01-15

Closed: 2019-01-26

Band: 03


Location: Springfield, VA

Cover Letter

Applicants 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.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

PROMOTION 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 03 $68,036 - $126,062

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



Position Summary

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Protocol Officers develop, manage, and advise on protocol policies, procedures, and program matters in the Agency. They interact with Agency, Intelligence Community, and other external colleagues to enhance protocol program continuity and support engagement activities. They plan and execute domestic and foreign visits, tours, ceremonies, and special events.

Additional Position Info

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position will be under the organizational structure of Corporate Operations, Protocol Branch. Corporate Operations provides agency-level support to the NGA Senior Leadership Team consisting of the Director, Deputy Director, Executive Director, Associate Director of Operations, Associate Director for Enterprise, Associate Director for Capabilities, Associate Director for Support, the West Executive and the Senior Enlisted Advisor. Corporate Operations facilitates and governs corporate processes, establishes executive correspondence standards, manages enterprise tasking processes, improves content decision materials, provides protocol services, and conducts business functions to enable superior support for NGA leadership to meet the mission. The Protocol Branch coordinates and organizes official events hosted by the NGA Senior Leadership Team to extend formal customs and courtesies to visiting dignitaries, both foreign and domestic. Corporate Operations is seeking a high performing, proactive, detail-oriented Protocol Officer to join the team. A Protocol Officer is responsible for proactively planning and executing a myriad of functions that include but are not limited to: protocol support to distinguished visitors ranging from very senior government and military officers to civilians and foreign equivalents. They plan and execute visits foreign dignitaries visits to include associated gift exchanges. They plan all aspects of special ceremonies to include scheduling events, determining audiovisual requirements, obtaining decorations, awards, gathering biographies and guest information, preparing agendas and setting up locations. The position requires a professional with proven skills to enable success in a fast paced, executive level office. The work is extremely dynamic, very visible and diverse in scope.

Mandatory Qualification Reqs

MANDATORY 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:

1. Demonstrated experience assisting with administrative policies and practices as it relates to protocol matters.

2. Demonstrated ability to interact with senior diplomats, dignitaries, and senior military.

3. Demonstrated experience planning, organizing, presenting, and evaluating a wide variety of protocol events.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of military protocol and etiquette.

Highly Desired Skills

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1. Experience serving in the Intelligence Community as a protocol officer.

2. Experience using DoD Official Representation Funds (ORF) in accordance with established policies and procedures.

3. Experience using US Order of Precedence.

How To Apply - External

Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.



As 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 Disclaimer

NGA 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.

This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).

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.

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 The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Job Requirements

You 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.

Keywords: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Sterling , Protocol Officer, Other , Sterling, Virginia

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