Black Engineers of Canada

Satellite General Engineer - Full Performance Level

National Reconnaissance Office
Chantilly, Virginia, United States (on-site)
30+ days ago



For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America's advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet.

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Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations

Where You Will Work

The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes for consideration against current opportunities for Engineers in the Geospatial Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate (GEOINT). GEOINT is the single National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) entity that acquires and provides launch integration, initialization, and maintenance of the national imagery space systems to bring valuable information to the warfighters, analysts, and policy makers. We have an exciting mission, focused on delivering the NRO's top priority programs through innovative acquisition strategies and technology demonstrations. Within GEOINT, we maintain a strong MISSION FOCUS while ensuring our people have the support, training, and resources they need to be successful.

As part of the GEOINT team, you will...

... be poised to provide direct mission impact to end users

... have global reach with the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, our Warfighters, and Industry Partners

... have the ability to work with cutting-edge technology and software

... have the ability to work with all NRO acquisitions and systems

... work in a truly dynamic and rewarding environment

... join a diverse and experienced team of innovators, enablers, and collaborators

... gain invaluable experience for future assignments

The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes for consideration against current and future opportunities for Full Performance level (GG-11/GG-12/GG-13), Satellite General Engineer, occupational series 0801. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click here.

Your resume may be considered for other positions which your skills and experience may be a good match.

This is a full-time position that is open until filled.

Who May Apply

  • This position is open to the public and requires U.S. Citizenship plus the ability to hold a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Federal government employees MUST currently be at the grade level or higher as indicated in this announcement. This is NOT a promotion opportunity for current Federal government employees. If selected for the position, Federal government employees will transition laterally at their current grade level and step.
  • Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.
  • The NRO is accepting external applicants for this job announcement. Current NRO Cadre or IC employees should apply internally or via the Joint Duty Assignment process.
  • This position may not qualify for the appointment of a Reemployed Federal Annuitant IAW DoDI 1400.25 Volume 300.

What You Will Be Doing

  • Influence and lead acquisitions, to ensure both requirements and designs address operational needs via requirements reviews, increment planning sessions, design reviews, increment demonstrations, etc. Lead activities with functional specialists, including contracting, engineering, manufacturing program control, configuration/data management, test, and logistics and operations support.
  • Manage cost, schedule, and performance of complex contracts to develop, deliver, and sustain overhead reconnaissance systems, including spacecraft hardware, ground and communication components, and mission software applications.
  • Ensure the end-to-end operational readiness of new satellite missions, to include successful delivery satellite payload components; completion of systems test and operational exercises; development of initial and final operational capability criteria with stakeholders; and assessment of ability to support launch, initialization, and operations.
  • Exposure to Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) techniques to optimize overhead collection, operations and data usability.
  • Collaborate with operational stakeholders both internal and external to the NRO, to include acquisition offices and mission partners in support of mission operations.
  • Manage technical issues and risks to minimize impacts to ensure mission success while minimizing operational impacts.
  • Apply modern systems engineering principles, techniques, services, and practices at the appropriate level of the architecture to ensure a disciplined approach to meeting intelligence needs with NRO systems.
  • Investigate and make recommendations to improve mission operations, in areas, such as efficiency, availability, resiliency, and operability. Ensure completion of milestone readiness criteria and coordination with decision authorities to bring new satellite missions into operations.
  • Review and evaluate studies, projects, proposals, or reports.
  • Conducts technical analyses and field work to achieve desired products or services.

What You Need

- Bachelor's degree in Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

- Expertise in advanced multidisciplinary engineering or related engineering/technical discipline, concepts, principles, practices, standards, methods, techniques, materials, and equipment sufficient to apply experimental theories, principles, and concepts to project development, execution, and advisory services.

- Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and management skills to conceptualize and effectively lead complex analytic projects with limited supervision

- Ability to work collegially to find consensus solution when views differ among agencies, and ability to effectively work independently and within a team or collaborative environment.

- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of leadership and ability to give effective oral presentations at levels appropriate to and tailored for different target audiences.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience working in multiple directorates or with IC agencies.
  • Knowledge of DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) organizations, missions, relevant policies, and processes
  • Knowledge of the NRO mission, strategic priorities, and corporate values

Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform and is typically in or directly related to the duties of the position as described above. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Other Information

  • Baccalaureate or Graduate Degree: technical or scientific field such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, operations research, engineering management, or computer science.
  • Overtime Statement: MAY be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Travel Statement: MAY be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.
  • Financial Disclosure: MAY be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
  • Geographic Mobility Agreement: MAY be subject to directed reassignment as required to address mission effectiveness, and/or career development.
  • Emergency Essential: Certain positions MAY be deemed emergency essential and incumbents must be willing to meet all position requirements.
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) coded positions: If selected for a DAWIA coded position, the incumbent must meet appropriate certification requirements IAW the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) no later than 24 months after accepting this position. Individual shall maintain, at a minimum 80 continuous Learning Points every 24 months via the services acquisition management system. DAWIA requirements may be located at the Defense Acquisition University website.


Chantilly, VA

Telework is not available and you must be able to work at the specified location(s).


This position meets the qualifications for Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Targeted Local Market Supplement (TLMS) STEM pay for NRO Cadre employees and candidates as authorized by the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security's (OUSD(I&S)). Cadre employees and candidates are eligible to receive STEM pay if they are currently serving in a STEM designated position. Should a Cadre employee or candidate earning STEM pay change positions within the organization, they must be assigned to another STEM qualifying position in order to continue to remain eligible for STEM pay. Otherwise, Cadre employees and Candidates Generally would be transitioned to the DCIPS GG Pay Scale. For more information on STEM pay, visit

2023 STEM Salary ranges:

GG-11: $97,876 - $133,759

GG-12: $109,492 - $149,640

GG-13: $123,437 - $168,694

**This position is a Full Performance level DCIPS position. The NRO is accepting applications from U.S. Citizens and current federal government employees for this position. To qualify for the position, federal government employees MUST currently be at the GG-11, GG-12 or GG-13 grade level and may ONLY apply for a lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.

Hiring Incentives

The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at management's discretion.

Trial Period

All new DCIPS employees will be required to serve a 2-year trial period.

Veterans' Preference

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, Vol 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send your request to [email protected].

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 70302632
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Chantilly, Virginia, United States
  • Company Name For Job: National Reconnaissance Office
  • Position Title: Satellite General Engineer - Full Performance Level
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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