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OPIR Operations Analyst

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

This is a Contract position in Douglas County, CO posted August 19, 2020.

Job Summary ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: OPIR Operations Analysts specialize in the tasking, collection, processing, and dissemination of OPIR resources and data.

OPIR planning and real-time execution incorporate multi-intelligence (multi-INT) collaborative inputs to address long-term and emerging customer requirements.

These analysts also troubleshoot OPIR performance issues and develop and recommend changes to OPIR tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Additional Job Information ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Space Operations Officer will collaborate with customers and source providers to develop comprehensive multi-intelligence (multi-INT), multi-source strategies to address intelligence problems.

The incumbent will liaise with Source Mission Operations (SXO), Source Mission Integration (SXM), Joint OPIR Center (JOPC/SXODS), and Office of Special Projects (OSP) personnel during the identification, evaluation, selection, and integration of Space capability solutions into the NSG architecture.

The incumbent will be a forceful advocate for tools, processes, and policies that bring OPIR Space operations into the mainstream and facilitate OPIR Space collection operations.

They will assist development of tradecraft for the workforce.

Member will provide support to and liaise with external agencies with information, guidance, and provisioning of GEOINT capabilities, and will implement GEOINT Functional Management procedures and policies regarding tasking, collection, and dissemination in support of the Space mission.

As needed, member will assist Source efforts with NGA ISDs and AFDROs, and assist OPIR Space collections in support of civil and commercial collections.

They will also assist NGA Support Team (NST) efforts in support of USSPACECOM, its subordinate units, and its national security mission.

Create, implement, assess, and revise all end-to-end GEOINT-based strategies for non-earth imaging.

Liaison with Source Mission Operations (SXO), Source Mission Integration (SXM), Joint OPIR Center (JOPC/SXODS), and Office of Special Projects (OSP) personnel during the identification, evaluation, selection, and integration of Space capability solutions into the NSG architecture.

Collaborate with stakeholders across NGA, NRO, DoD, IC, foreign, and industry partners to improve and advance capabilities and standard practices for needs management, acquisition, processing, exploitation, storage, and dissemination of GEOINT data supporting the Space mission.

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the objectives and goals of the space/counter-space and space resiliency missions.

Drawing upon this understanding of mission needs and advanced GEOINT source strategies analyst tradecraft, analysts will influence the development of all-GEOINT data acquisition strategy to fulfill Space customer needs.

Work closely with Source Mission Integration personnel during the identification, evaluation, selection, and integration of Space capability solutions into the NSG architecture.

Provide support to external agencies with information, guidance, and provisioning of GEOINT capabilities, and implement GEOINT Functional Management procedures and policies regarding tasking, collection, and dissemination in support of the Space mission.

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: Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, 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 Qualifications 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: Demonstrated experience with research and analysis, including use of critical thinking skills and/or data analytics designed to address international problems of national concern.

Experience developing innovations which advance the USG’s support to Space domain awareness and Space collections.

Experience cultivating professional working relationships and working collaboratively to develop and leverage a network of peers and across organizations.

Demonstrated ability to perform OPIR collection operations in support of the USG’s Space domain awareness and Space collections missions.

Experience or familiarity with Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) data.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Business Administration, Industrial Engineering, International Studies, Mathematics, Operations Research, Political Science, Science, Statistics, Technology, Remote Sensing, or a related field.

– B.

Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in Option A, plus experience in a GEOINT-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.

– C.

Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience in a GEOINT-related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Near visual acuity of 20/40 or better with or without corrective lenses; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better binocular with or without corrective lenses.

Highly Desired Qualifications QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: Capability to assist design, development, planning, implementation, and update of system integration initiatives to advance NGA’s support to Space domain awareness and Space collections.

Personal flexibility and adaptability for shifts/changes in crisis situations enabling the successful handling of unforeseen challenges inherent to working in a high-visibility environment.

GIS Experience and/or Geospatial-based credentials (academic degrees, certifications, and certificates) are desired.

Recent experience conducting inter-agency collaboration to enhance (or improve) space collection operations.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

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.

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 04 $100,027
– $153,659 PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are 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 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.

Who may apply External Applicants Only How to apply Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community’s Applicant Gateway on-line application process.


How will I be evaluated?

APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 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, 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

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

Conditions of Employment As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.


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.


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.