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SOF ORSA, Tampa, Good Pay, TS/SCI, Full Beni’s

Position Title:     Operations Research Systems Analyst  (ORSA) 
Clearance:          TS/SCI
Location:             Tampa, FL
Salary: $105,000 ($146,700 equivalent in Wash DC)

Summary:           The Contractor shall provide Operations Research Systems Analysts (ORSA) for
the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Wargame Center (WGC) in order to
achieve the mission planning and execution activities by facilitating event planning, design, and
execution; operating designated systems; and conducting post-event analysis. The USSOCOM
WGC designs, plans and conducts senior leader seminars, and other events that allow senior
leaders to understand complex problems and develop solutions.  These events require
visualizing, displaying, synchronizing, and rehearsing operational and mission concepts in terms
of time, space and prioritization during multiple Commanders’ directed leadership events.

Duties & Responsibilities: 
1.       Conduct strategic, organizational, and programmatic analysis in support of USSOCOM mission to align command
performance (functions, tasks, resources) to strategic priorities.
2.       Develop a senior level seminar by leading through communication, presentation and facilitation of working groups
during a series of engagements of analytical process called design workshops while adequately dealing with
incomplete, ambiguous and sometimes misinformed information.
3.       Lead the design, development, execution and assessment of executive level seminars that explore complex issues.
These issues are synthesized using a systemic method that encompasses both creative and critical thinking
incorporated in the description, understanding and visualization of scenarios (case studies, vignettes, moves/turns,
4.       Lead/guide a collaborative network of subject matter experts through an exchange of information and reasoning
using structured analytical techniques such as design thinking, structure thinking, and other qualitative methods as
appropriate to solicit from a working group the true nature of a problem to be addressed by senior strategic decision
makers across the whole of government.
5.       Lead, facilitate and develop the production of problem solving methods to properly frame complex issues by
challenging the group to question intuitive judgments.
6.       Lead working groups using design thinking techniques both within the command and with external partners to
conceptualize and appreciate a problem from multiple perspectives.
7.       Lead detailed after-action sessions with the sponsors of SLSs and a separate after action session with the WGC team
to identify best practices and requirements produced from the SLS.
8.       Conduct and lead working groups to properly define problems, establish objective, determine methods of analysis,
and establish desired end-states.
9.       Identify and evaluate through practice alternative mental models to address and mitigate cognitive biases that may
adversely affect intuitive judgment of decision makers.
10.   Assist in development of other types of “events” that require critical and creative approaches to designing a process
in which key information will be communicated to senior leaders.
11.   Anticipate senior leaders’ biases by combining structured analytical techniques along with substantive expertise and
an inquiring and imaginative mind.
12.   Skillfully articulate/educate participants of working groups, sponsors, and senior leaders of the value of the various
qualitative analytical methods and how they will achieve the objective of promulgating structured discourse between
high ranking (4 star and above) decision makers
13.   Communicate and collaborate with senior leaders and decision makers to effectively describe, visualize, and
understand complex issues/problems to achieve the command’s and partner’s objectives.
14.   Collaborate with senior leaders within the command and partners outside of the command to develop critical
questions to be addressed and analyzed during executive level seminars. Facilitate the creation of story board
scenarios/vignettes to conceptualize and communicate a defined problem to decision makers. Coordinate, train, and
assist various briefers with a crawl, walk, run concept of briefer development/rehearsal during an “action officer”
week prior to the SLS to artfully communicate a problem set.
15.   Coordinate and lead an “action officer” week that synchronizes the data gained from the workshops with the
technical, visualization capabilities of the WGC.
16.   Synchronize the qualitative data gained from workshops with the visualization of the vignettes.
17.   Develop subsequent working groups using various methods outlined in such works and qualitative theories as Art of
Design – School of Advanced Military Studies, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Ground Theory, Content Analysis
and Nudge to name a few with a goal of producing case studies, vignettes, or moves to achieve a structured discourse
by senior leaders.
18.   Work independently of the group to further achieve analytical insights by advising and assisting sponsors and/or team
leads to properly craft scenarios (case studies, vignettes, moves/turns, etc.) and indicators that can be used for
19.   Conduct data collection through various note taking techniques during the execution of seminars. Then convert this
raw data into informative qualitative insights to be used as study results.
20.   Advise and assist lead planners with implementation of best practices and qualitative research prior to officially
forming of working groups.
21.   Facilitate working groups to achieve the objectives described above, and contribute to the conduct and assessment of
executive seminars.
22.   Assist visual graphic designers with the context of the story board to ensure the working group products are
adequately captured and displayed visual.
23.   Presents study results, findings, conclusions, options and opinions to WGC customers, including senior leaders
(GO/FO/SES level).
24.   Log and manage historical products of the design workshops to properly apply a stream of events depicting the
cradle-to- grave approach of the wargame.
25.   Advise WGC leadership of common best practices that the command’s problem sets can be applied against within the
field of behavioral economics, design thinking, prospect theory and a litany of others qualitative applications.
26.   Contribute original authorship and assists with compilation, editing and publication of written products such as
operational summaries, project descriptions, trip reports, and the results of WGC activities.
27.   Other duties may be assigned, as necessary.

Minimum Requirements: 
         Education:          M.S. in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, OR Industrial Engineering; OR a B.A. OR B.S. in
Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, OR Industrial Engineering with 4 years of experience in Operations
Research and Analysis in military related matters or subjects.  
         Experience:  5 years of operations, planning, OR resourcing experience; 2 years of strategic wargaming
experience; 6 years of operations research system analysis (ORSA) experience in qualitative and quantitative
analyses of complex military and related problems supporting DOD planning, programming and budgeting system
(PPBS), Requirements Development/Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS) and/or major
defense acquisition programs (MDAPS); 3 years of experience leading study teams, operational planning teams,
communities of interest, and/or other diverse groups in the examination of complex problems and the
development of recommended solutions using illustrative briefings, narratives, and related vignettes and
scenarios, that serve to enhance understanding of those problems. 
o Work history shall demonstrate 3 years of experience in design thinking theory, doctrine, philosophy and
o Work history shall demonstrate 3 years of experience in capturing data, typically as a data collector
during the seminars.   
o Work history shall demonstrate 3 years of experience in using qualitative analyses while leading various
working groups to problem frame by thinking deeply/appreciating the problem, describing vividly relevant
aspects of the problem, and producing a means of communicating the problem to senior level decision

Please address all of the following above in red in application and resume then email that awesomeness to Ian at

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