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OUSD SC Regional Desk Officer

Company: Forge Group, LLC
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Forge Group, LLC is a global consulting firm. Just not your typical one. We are a proud, certified 8a, woman-owned, service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (8a, WOSB, SDVOSB) providing tailored solutions for federal and commercial clients. We redefine the stale government contractor mold - bringing a fresh perspective to niche solutions, delivering straightforward counsel on complicated international affairs, and tailoring permanent results for the most discerning clients. We remain guided by one primary principle: 'always do the right thing,' as we pursue work where we can truly make an impact.

We are proud to maintain a 97% retention rate, and we're rated #3 Best Small Business in all of Virginia. Fortune - Magazine ranks us nationally as one of the Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services--- and Best Small Workplaces---. Based on employee feedback and independent analysis, we were certified as a Great Place to Work--- in 2021 and 2022. But most importantly, we're proud to be a company that puts people first.

We are focused on creating a culture where we continually grow as individuals and as a team and where our contributions improve our firm, clients, and community. We are a troop of highly skilled people who share a complete dedication to the customer mission and are intrinsically motivated to succeed. Our culture is built around a diverse group of employees who think in different directions, a leadership team who empowers employees' ideas, and policies and programs designed for individuals to live their best lives - inside and outside of work.

We're excited about the future and always looking for the right blend of experience and personality to join our team. We're searching for engaged individuals who want to work hard, play hard, give back, and enjoy life. If this resonates with you, then come make a difference at Forge.

Requirement: OUSD SC Regional Desk Officer

Job Description:

Forge requires a Regional Portfolio Manager to become part of a dynamic team supporting the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD), Security Cooperation Division. Tasks include responding to specific and general requests for support products and programmatic information on Security Assistance and Security Cooperation Programs, building and maintaining tracking sheets, and preparing responses for executive presentations using a mix of briefing platforms and office technologies. This position will work closely with government and contractor analysts across the security cooperation community in developing and executing innovative security cooperation solutions that support mutual U.S. and partner interests.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development and maintenance of program tracking tools in the Microsoft Office suite of software
  • Meticulous management of defense cooperation projects, budgets, and oversight requirements
  • Understanding of DoD programmatic responsibilities for reporting, accountability, and executive support
  • Responding to requests for program information by executive leadership
  • Quickly research, analyze, and package results in response to short-fused requirements
  • Prepare quality presentations on short notice for executive presentation
  • Analyze and identify trends, emerging issues, or future requirements as part of an overarching program planning and implementation process
  • Maintain a comprehensive accounting of measures of effectiveness and schedule and progress across the regional security cooperation portfolio
  • Design and recommend performance-tracking metrics
  • Prepare supporting documents, flow charts, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Maintain Active TOP SECRET Security Clearance

    The Candidate must have the ability to think strategically, act tactically, and display strong analytical and critical thinking skills. They must also build strong cross-group working relationships and demonstrate exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. The Candidate must be able to thrive and succeed in an entrepreneurial environment and not be hindered by ambiguity or competing priorities.

    We are looking for candidates with....

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • 8+ years of experience in international security cooperation
    • 8+ years of experience with program and project management practices, preferably supporting the Department of Defense
    • Experience supporting DoD programs and strategic initiatives
    • Strong cross-cultural and multinational negotiation skills
    • Ability to travel internationally up to 25% of the time
    • Excellent oral and written communication
    • Ability to follow security protocols to protect sensitive data
    • U.S. Citizen
    • Active TOP SECRET Security Clearance
      Highly Desired Qualifications:
      • Business Administration-related degree from an accredited four-year university
      • Security Cooperation experience
        Job: Full-time

        Location: Arlington, VA; some international travel may be required

        Salary Range: $110k-$140k/year

        Assigned Forge Job Title: Senior Specialist

        Essential Duties:
      • Problem-Solving- Identifies and resolves problems promptly; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem-solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
      • Written Communication- Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
      • Diversity- Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment; builds a diverse workforce.
      • Ethics- Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethics; upholds organizational values.
      • Strategic Thinking- Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
      • Planning/Organizing- Prioritize and plans work activities; use time efficiently; plan for additional resources; set goals and objectives; organize or schedule other people and their tasks; develop realistic action plans.
      • Professionalism- Tactfully approaches others; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
      • Innovation- Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
      • Qualifications- To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
      • Language Skills- Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, proposals, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
      • Mathematical Skills- Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
      • Reasoning Ability- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to question activities and issues in all functional areas and make sound business decisions based on that data.
      • Physical Demands- The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, type, or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
      • Work Environment- The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The employee will typically work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment.
        This job posting sets forth the basic authorities and responsibilities of this position, which may be changed from time to time as shall be determined. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


        Forge fosters a rich company culture built on a diverse, hard-working employee base. Our staff is the core of our success and the impetus behind our decisions. In today's corporate culture, there is no longer a line between work and home life. As a result, we focused our benefits approach on the whole family.

        The Forge total compensation model is based on a "choose-your-own-adventure approach," allowing each employee to create a comprehensive package of benefits and perks tailored to his or her needs. Examples of benefits included in our total compensation package include:
        • Complete Flextime
        • 401k With Employer Matching
        • Healthcare, Including Medical, Dental, and Vision
        • Health Savings Account (HSA) And Pre-Tax Premium Options
        • Supplementary healthcare and family support
        • Extended Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability
        • Healthcare Insurance Deductible Paydown
        • Health and Wellness Programs
        • Tuition Reimbursement, Student Loan Repayment, and Education & Training Stipends
        • Cell Phone / Internet Stipends
        • College Saving Plans with Employer Contributions
        • Alternative Work Locations and Tele-Commuting
        • Employee Referral Awards
        • Retention, Signing & Performance Bonuses
        • Commuter Benefits
        • Paid Sabbatical
          Forge Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity [and/or], Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or military or protected veteran status. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.

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