UAV Mission Manager
Olgoonik Development LLC - Arlington, VA

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Overview:This position is located in Special Projects Operations, Security Technology Operations Division, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The Special Projects Office is mandated with the critical strategic planning, development, integration and coordination of state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAVs) projects deemed necessary for critical DOS technical security overseas support operations. UAVs provide direct support of RSO (Regional Security Officer) operations at high threat locations, by providing direct support to Physical Security Detachments as well as providing aerial security to State Department facilities. The UAV Mission Manager will be the in-country team leader for the UAV team deployed to various locations overseas. The incumbent will be responsible for the coordination, planning, and execution of the operational concept for UAV operations in the Area of Responsibility; including personnel and equipment. He/she will de-conflict deviations from the operational concept and actual operations. He/she will also participate in after action reviews and provide weekly operations reports. Primary Responsibilities: Participates in all mission planning operations and take responsibility for implementation and execution of operational concepts and flight derivatives identified and approved by the RSO. Responsible for the readiness of UAV personnel and equipment to perform assigned missions; ensuring that personnel and equipment are on station in a timely manner, prior to execution of daily mission operations. Rectifying any deviations in flight patterns in support of assigned mission and take necessary corrective actions. Provide after action reports to UAV Program Manager when requested. Document in an after action report deviations in flight patterns due to conflicting traffic and/or to accommodate ancillary activity in airspace during flight operations. Provide video documentation on all significant events and events of interest identified by the RSO and UAV PM. Prepare and submit a weekly operations report to UAV PM. Complexity: The work involves the demonstration of project management associated with mission-critical UAV systems overseas support operations. The incumbent is involved in highly sensitive projects often requiring differing regulatory criteria and procedures and departures from established practices in order to develop and implement new methods and techniques that satisfy policy and operational overseas requirements in this highly specialized field. The incumbent must at all times take into consideration distinct local, environmental, or other considerations that have an impact on overseas UAV system support operations. The incumbent is required to weigh significant factors in the determination of work projections that take into consideration changes in mission requirements, security technological developments and or significant changes in operations funding requirements. Supervisory Responsibilities: Manages UAV operations team in-country and other assigned personnel as required. Physical Demands: This position involves deployment to a physically challenging and stressful environment which may require unusual physical exertion under unfavorable conditions including high elevations, extremely dusty conditions and air pollution, uneven and rocky terrain, lack of potable water, food and waterborne diseases and communicable diseases. Very limited medical care is available. The UAV Operator will be required to wear, in many cases throughout the workday, a helmet and body armor that together weigh a minimum of 30 pounds. In addition, the individual will need to walk significant distances through rough and uneven terrain wearing protective armor and carrying emergency equipment and work materials. Transportation may be in off-road vehicles, helicopters, military troop transport aircraft or other military transportation with confined seating. Clearances may be up to 2 ft. off the ground with high step rails or ladder-type steps and small entrances. Travel in these vehicles may exceed 10 hours. In addition, the employee must be able to stand, walk and sit for a prolonged period of time; use hands and/or fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; operate office equipment; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop; kneel; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds. Medical conditions or physical impediments may disqualify candidates from overseas work or where the condition or impediment would put the individual at unacceptable risk. Duties may be performed in an active combat zone where the employee would be required to seek shelter. There may be stress, psychological and physical hardships conditions associated with this position. If maintaining an individual's health requires avoidance of these extremes or excursions, she/he should not apply for this position. Living Environment: Lodging, meals, medical and basic life support services will be provided while in a theater of operations. Living conditions are basic / challenging with sparse amenities which includes sharing a tent or plywood structured living quarter with other civilian or military personnel with shared bathrooms within close proximity and no cooking facilities other than microwaves. Travel: Overseas travel will be required up to 90% of the calendar year in high-threat areas, in multiple locations (not one specific area). Domestic travel may be required for training and program coordination. Work Environment: Full-time, 40-hour week usually under hazardous conditions when deployed in a theater of operations. Personnel meeting the provisions of Department of State Standardized Regulations, Chapter 650 - Danger Pay Allowance, and Chapter 350 - Hardship Pay, are eligible to receive danger and hardship pay up to the prevailing percentages over basic compensation. Work Location: The employee may be required to spend several months in the Washington D.C. metro area for training and UAV support duties prior to departure to assigned overseas work location. The employee must also be willing to serve in positions worldwide, which may include domestic assignments. Overseas locations may be located in high-risk environments to be disclosed upon interview.
Education and/or Experience: Minimum of four years of experience with UAV flight operations, ground control, flight planning, and logistical support in an overseas environment. Experience flying multiple UAV platforms. Experience with Raven, Wasp, and Puma platforms a plus. Successful completion of FAA ground school. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university and/or equivalent work related experience Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications suite including, Word, Excel, Project and Outlook business software. Prior experience as a USA 96U/15W Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator; 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer; USMC 7314 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Internal Operator; USMA 7316 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) External Pilot USAF 1U0X1; Unmanned Aerospace System (UAS) Sensor Operator or USAF 18X or 11U career field; or other related UAV career code preferred. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Be able to pass a Class 2 flight physical. Citizenship and Security Clearance: TOP SECRET Clearance with SCI Access Required Must have a current US Government TOP SECRET Personnel Security Clearance and be able to qualify for SCI access Must have a current US Government Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) (less than 4-1/2 years old) or be able to successfully complete a U.S. government administered Single Scope Background Investigation. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Must be eligible for and able to obtain and maintain required Security Clearance/access approvals. Must be able to obtain a DoS Class 1 medical clearance prior to employment.