Sr. SOF Strategic Planner (SSP)/Operations Analyst (OA) SME - MacDill -*Contingent*

The Directorate of Operations (J3) provides fully capable Special Operations Forces (SOF) to defend the U.S. and its interests and synchronizes planning of global operations against terrorist networks. The J3 also provides the management of SOF, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) SOF, and Interagency (IA) partners designated to support Overseas Contingency Operations with operational planning to support indirect lines of operation with the most operationally relevant and accessible information. Joint Collective Training (J3-JCT) has the responsibility for planning, designing, coordinating, synchronizing and executing collective training and exercises across the USSOCOM Enterprise (including Sub-Unified Commands, Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), SOF Component Commands, Special Operations Joint Task Forces (SOJTFs), and SOF Battle Staffs). J3-JCT ensures US Special Operations Forces (SOF) are trained and ready to support Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCC) through unified action to execute the full range of SOF core activities and operations. J3-JCT facilitates the interdependence, integration, and interoperability (I3) among SOF, Conventional Forces (CF), Interagency (IA), and Partner Nations (PN) forces through exercises.

QSI is working with our strategic partner to provide contractor Subject Matter Experts (SME) (upon contract award) to augment manpower for J3 activities across all organizational functions.

This position requires an Active TS/SCI DoD Security Clearance.

MacDill AFB, Florida
Level/Salary Range
Senior Level- Negotiable
HR Contact
Cindy Seidel
Job Category
Security Clearance Required
Position Type
Full Time

Provide expert day-to-day analysis, assistance, advice, planning, data gathering & integration and preparation of plans and strategies that directly support the USSOCOM J3 Director and Deputy Director in accomplishing the Directorate’s mission of synchronizing global Counter Violent Extremists Organizations (CVEO), conducting worldwide global force management of SOF, supporting special activities and leading DOD efforts in Military Information support planning and coordination. Develop, review and recommend implementation strategies for plans, programs, policies and resources as they relate to USSOCOM J3 missions, plans and functions.  Contractor personnel shall be responsible for tasks such as:

  1. Develop, review and provide information papers and reports that support J3 programs and CDRUSSOCOM Priorities.
  2. Develop, process, track, organize, and reconcile requests for information; and develop, package, coordinate and monitor new initiatives/programs or projects that support the Directorate’s mission.
  3. Coordinate with other USSOCOM Directorates, SOF Components and Theater Special Operations Commands to understand, categorize, and summarize SOF training, readiness or operational issues that impact or require senior leader decision.
  4. Develop courses of action and recommendations that provide coherent rationale for J3 programs, initiatives, activities and resourcing in preparation for submittal to decision makers.
  5. Provide advice, analysis and recommendations on a wide range of plans, policies and activities associated with managing and resourcing J3 programs.
  6. Recommend adjustments to Directorate-level policies, procedures and resourcing strategies that enhance the Directorate's ability to execute its mission.
  7. Review J3 mission, organization, functions and manning, and recommend modifications as appropriate to include resourcing impacts.
  8. Support the development courses of action for new or necessary adjustments to Directorate policies, procedures and resourcing strategies that enhance the Directorate’s ability to execute its mission.
  9. Provide Subject Matter Expertise (SME) to support the management and execution of special projects requiring research, data interpretation, conceptualization of innovative ideas, development of resourcing strategies and detailed planning.
  10. Support and Facilitate multiple high-priority projects requiring expert knowledge of USSOCOM, DOD and Service strategic planning, force management and resourcing processes through critical phases to include project initiation, planning, coordinating, resourcing, and closing.
  11. Research and recommend appropriate actions on resourcing issues impacting the J3. Provide SME and technical advice for matters relating to development, review, and evaluation of special projects supporting J3 plans, programs, and resourcing.
  12. Serve as the SME and technical advisor for matters relating to development, review, and evaluation of special projects supporting the Directorate plans, programs, and resourcing.
  13. Apply analytical techniques in innovative ways and provide expert advice on J3 functions and resourcing responsibilities.
  14. Recommend alternative courses of action to support Government programmatic decision-making and develop recommendations based on qualitative and quantitative evaluations.
  15. Conduct analysis and data management of J3 overarching program measures of performance and effectiveness.
  16. Collaborate with other HQ staff directorates, SOF Components, TSOCs, and sub-unified Command’s to ensure alignment with J3 missions, requirements, programs, resources Strategic Planning Processes, and Global Operations Synchronization.
  17. Assist counterparts at the TSOCs and Components by identifying and accurately articulating J3 overarching program requirements and issues.
  18. Assist in the development of program strategies and plans in collaboration with J3 Divisions and HQ’s Staff Directorates and Special Staffs; provide analyses and review to assure appropriate planning, coordination and resourcing of J3 programs.
  19. Research, draft, review and provide comments on policy, manuals, procedures, memorandums, and other related documentation.
  20. Provide analytical support for the planning, execution, reconciliation, development and tracking of documents related to program management.
  21. Coordinate/resolve program issues/requirements as necessary with government representatives.
  22. Provide resourcing coordination and advisory for Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) Change Recommendations (DCR) and Special Operations Command Requirements Evaluation Board (SOCREB) actions.
Education / Experience Required
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field (e.g., Management, Administration, Program Management, Operations Research, Social Sciences, or Military Studies) or a Bachelor’s Degree with 20 years of Military experience.
  • Graduate of a senior service college, advanced military studies school (non-Service specific) or a service intermediate college.
  • Minimum 15 years of total SOF experience, to include operational planning experience at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
  • 10 years of experience on executive-level DOD staffs (DOD, Joint Staff, Services, or Combatant Command).
  • 10 years of experience interacting with executive-level decision makers (GO/FO/SES) and preparing detailed, strategic-level products relevant for senior (4-star level) decision making.
  • 15 years' minimum in-depth knowledge of the history, missions, core activities, roles and functions of USSOCOM and its subordinate commands, acquired through multiple tours at USSOCOM, a TSOC, or one of the SOF Components.
  • 5 years of experience in the development and coordination Global Special Operations allocations, synchronization of readiness programs.
  • 10 years of experience using Joint Staff planning systems to conduct detailed reviews, identify and analyze problems, devise feasible courses of action, summarize findings and make well-reasoned and relevant recommendations that resolve complex issues and improve organization or program performance.
  • 10 years’ experience using communication skills, both written and oral, to include preparation of written products for senior leader (general officer/flag officer/senior executive service level) use and the ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Top Secret Clearance; SCI eligible on day one of performance.
  • Master's degree from an accredited university in any field or a Bachelor’s Degree with 20 years of Military experience. Minimum of 10 years’ current experience applying analytical skills and expertise to improve human resources services, and to formulate, justify and defend manpower POM submissions; includes expert knowledge and understanding of manpower resourcing, POM programming and the Special Operations Command Requirements Board (SOCREB) processes to ensure capability gap measures via temporary or permanent manpower resources.
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in manpower/personnel related field as military or contractor providing HR support using human resources information systems, MS Office software applications. Prefer Joint environment experience with expertise in SOF structure.
  • Minimum 5 years of building and restructuring GCC/COCOM organizations for CONUS and OCONUS operations, preferably supporting USSOCOM and Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) reorganizations.
  • 10 years' current proficiency in developing, analyzing, and presenting to GO/FO-level leadership an executive-level analysis of manning shortfalls and capability gaps based on reports using a manpower tracking system, i.e., Defense Ready, SOCOM Personnel Enterprise Database (SOCPED), Electronic Joint Manpower and Personnel System (eJMAPS), Fourth Estate Manpower Tracking System (FMTS), etc.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience managing personnel programs and strength management, and working Human Resources and Administrative or Knowledge Management issues at Interagency, GCC/COCOM, a Service headquarters, or a combatant command headquarters (4-Star military HQ) as military or contractor, aligning Service Unit Manning Documents (UMD), Unit Manpower Personnel Records (UMPR), and other Service-specific personnel alignment documents to the Joint Table of Distribution (JTD) and the Joint Table of Mobilized Distribution (JTMD) to achieve priority fills.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience using communication skills, both written and oral, to include interacting with executive-level decision makers and preparing detailed, Strategic-level products relevant for senior (GO-/FO-/SES-level) decision making use, and the ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Minimum 10 years of senior level expertise utilizing DoD and Service manpower directives, regulations, instructions, policies, and orders to identify capability gaps and provide senior leadership with appropriate methodologies to resource the gaps.
  • Minimum 10-years' current experience with and training in the development and submittal of Joint Duty Assignment List (JDAL) validation and/or revalidation to J1- equivalent organizations is mandatory.
  • Top Secret Clearance; SCI eligible on day one of performance.