Serco is seeking a Command Senior Action Officer to join the team! The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), headquartered in Huntsville, AL with satellite offices in Ft Belvoir, VA and Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD, serves to expedite critical capabilities to the field to meet DOD needs. RCCTO’s mission is to rapidly and efficiently research, develop, prototype, test, evaluate, procure, transition, and/or field critical enabling technologies and capabilities that address near-term and mid-term threats. RCCTO executes this mission consistent with the Army’s modernization priorities that maximize Soldiers’ capabilities to deploy, fight, and win on future battlefields. RCCTO conducts rapid acquisitions to identify industry partners that deliver innovative capabilities to prototype, test and field systems and capabilities to the warfighter. RCCTO conducts “pitch days” as an opportunity for eligible businesses to pitch their novel technology solutions and prototypes directly to the Army, while supporting acquisition reform efforts. RCCTO reports to a Board of Directors led by the Secretary of the Army, including the Chief of Staff of the Army, Under Secretary of the Army, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Army Acquisition Executive, and the Commander of Army Futures Command.
The Command Senior Action Officer will support the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) in performing a wide range of analytical duties related to Army acquisition programs by recommending approaches or solutions to programmatic needs and facilitating solutions in an expeditious manner. Candidate will serve as a member of the Commander’s Action Group (CAG). The CAG is a Principle Staff element that conducts special studies, coordinates with U.S. Army, Department of Defense (DoD), and external organizations, prepares and leads In Progress Reviews (IPRs), and prepares Command level mission briefings. The CAG assists Senior Leaders in the research and execution of special projects. The Command Senior Action Officer position will be located in Ft. Belvoir, VA with some telework flexibility!
The Command Senior Action Officer responsibilities will include, and are not limited to the following:
- Organizing and leading teams defining strategies, objectives, and initiatives in performing duties such as:
- Focal point for all duties assigned by the Director or the Chief of Staff that involve the coordination of the Project Offices and the Principle Staff elements in the support of the Director related to delivery of strategic communications, senior engagement activities, and host-nation relations
- Gathers, develops, and checks the accuracy of information from a wide range of sources, to include the Project Offices and the Principle Staff elements
- Prepares written and briefing instruments based upon input from subject matter experts, often culling information from various open-source and classified sources
- Coordinates speeches, talking points, and briefing preparation assistance with the personal staffs of the Director, Deputy Directors, and Chief of Staff. Provides substantive analysis of pertinent topics to support the Director’s requirements for situational awareness and in-depth understanding of specific issues. As directed, assists the Director and Chief of Staff with special research assistance, particularly where consistency of interpretations are important at the senior-most levels of the Command. As required, coordinates external research and analysis with pertinent U.S. and foreign agencies
- Participates in the development of strategic long-range planning for the Director
- Leads and coordinates actions, clarifies responsibilities and timelines for completion of special projects where multiple functions are involved
- Establishes senior advisory groups composed of recognized experts from across many disciplines of public policy and security analysis organizations to support the Director’s formulation of engagement strategies and inter/multiple agency coordination and cooperation
- Invites appropriate members to advisory group meetings, to set effective meeting agendas, and to create useful after-action documents for staff follow-up actions
- Maintains close liaison with pertinent international government and non-government organizations, to ensure a consistent understanding of the Director’s senior leader engagement strategy, particularly where travel and presence are involved
- Ensures Senior Leaders are prepared with the necessary background information to support participation in ceremonies and formal public appearances
- Ensures quality control of staffing and briefing products intended for the Director’s use and for formal publication in defense journals, media interviews, or internal communications
- Identifies issues, inefficiencies, and potential problems; developing recommendations for solutions
- Participates in meetings and office calls involving the Director
- Records decisions, tasks requirements, and supports discussions with pertinent content
- Requires a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Command functions, processes, and interrelationships of weapon system prototyping and acquisition including research, development, engineering, materiel and maintenance management, procurement, quality/product assurance, test, configuration management, production, foreign military sales(FMS), and fiscal/budget cycle of all assigned programs
- Coordinates Requests for Information (RFIs) for disclosure of material referred by DASA, DE&C and other agencies within the Security Assistance Enterprise. Coordinates within the organization and with counterparts at OSD, HQDA, ASA(ALT)/PEO, AMC/USASAC and other DoD Service organizations. Maintains accountability on all approved foreign disclosure releases
- Documents all foreign disclosure transactions and maintains repository
- Develops and prepares briefings, read-aheads, and information papers in response to RFIs or as required by senior leaders for their meetings with senior U.S. and foreign government personnel and commercial representatives
- Participates in various internal study groups and projects that involve resolving questions or problems with international processes for improving internal procedures and techniques
- Assists personnel in interpreting the National Disclosure Policy (NDP)
- Reviews incoming directives, correspondence, and other regulatory material from higher echelon
- Determines action and recommends office of primary responsibility (OPR)
- Provides comprehensive knowledge of DoD, DA, and command policies, regulations, and procedures that govern foreign disclosure and technology transfer
- Analyzes and interprets regulations based on conflicting or incomplete guidance
- Analyzes and interprets statutes and applicable DoD, DA, and ASA(ALT) regulations and directives that pertain to the establishment of International Cooperative programs
To be successful in this role you must have the following:
- The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance
- Bachelor’s degree
- 10+ years of direct related experience in leading, executing and/or supporting executive Army leadership and strategic initiatives
- Knowledge of the relationships between program management (budgeting, planning, financial management, review and analysis, etc.), logistics, procurement and product support in supporting the development and administration of international agreements and foreign military sales
- Knowledge of fundamental principles of defense systems acquisition and program management / acquisition policy; planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) processes; acquisition strategies; contractual decisions; and program management philosophies, issues and concepts
- Knowledge and experience in the management of rapid prototyping to include the use of expedited acquisition authorities; governance familiarization; requirements/concepts generation; and accelerated material release
- Ability to operate in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and meet strict deadlines
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize important, competing tasks and information
- Self-starter that needs little direction/guidance on what next steps are required with projects and demonstrate a strong attention to detail
- Accountability for results and deadlines and ability to work independently and remotely
- Ability to brief DoD senior leaders and influence decision-making
- Flexible and positive attitude in the face of challenges and ambiguity
- Ability to take initiative to better support the organization
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
- Must have a current driver's license
- Ability to travel 10%
- Secret, with U.S. DoD Top Secret / Special Compartmented Information (SCI) eligible
- Military Senior Service College Graduate
- Undergraduate Degree, with Master’s Degree or higher from an accredited university
- Certifications in Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) / Army
- Army or other military service experience
- Acquisition Workforce (AWA) - Program Management; pertains to all functions of a program management office to accomplish program objectives for the development, production, deployment, and sustainment of systems to meet the user’s operational needs
- 10+ years of direct related experience in supporting Defense Acquisition Programs, International Cooperative Agreements, and/or FMS
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