Opportunities at the JAIC

Strategy and Policy Directorate

AI/ML Strategy and Policy Technical Expert



The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) was established to enable the Military Departments and Services, Joint Staff, Combatant Commands (CCMDs), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and other DoD Components, to serve on a Cross-Functional Team (CFT) to swiftly introduce new capabilities and effectively experiment with new operational concepts in support of DoD's warfighting missions and business functions with the overarching goal of accelerating the delivery of AI-enabled capabilities, scaling the Department-wide impact of AI, and synchronizing DoD AI activities to expand Joint Force advantages. A CFT is an inter-disciplinary team including military officers, acquisition officials, and technical experts.


  • Location: Arlington, VA | USA
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Salary: $187,000k-199,000k
  • Open & Close Dates: 10/21/2021-Current
  • Number of Openings: 01

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is looking for a Policy Technical Expert for the development and deployment of a DoD-wide strategies and policies that facilitates the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities across integrating AI products into critical defense mission areas. In this role, you would serve as a Technical Advisor for the development of strategies policies, programs, and partnerships to further the DoD’s artificial intelligence mission.


  • Serve as a Technical Advisor for the development of strategies policies, programs, and partnerships to further the DoD’s artificial intelligence mission.
  • Leverage best practices from industry and academia, to provide thought leadership, technical advisement and consultation to the JAIC for the development and coordination of innovative strategies, policies, and initiatives advance National and DoD artificial intelligence objectives.
  • Maintain cognizance of relevant public policy artificial intelligence trends and developments.
  • Analyze complex and highly visible legislative and regulatory changes that have an impact on the Department’s artificial intelligence mission, accounting for issues such as technical feasibility, regulatory limitations, and intangible political considerations for DoD and national mission initiatives.
  • Provide technical recommendations and guidance for responding to complex artificial intelligence issues.
  • Develop reports that reflect an in-depth analysis and interpretation of policy matters involving relevant data science, and artificial intelligence issues.
  • Present expert analysis, as well as advice to senior leadership on the impact of highly visible or controversial artificial intelligence policy actions.
  • Provide technical expertise and advisement for the development and coordination of DoD issuances, Secretary of Defense guidance memoranda and provides input to other strategic documents, such as Defense Planning Guidance, on artificial intelligence technical policy, ethics, standards, and other issues as appropriate.
  • Provide technical expertise for the development of policies governing technical standards for AI in the areas of data management, Artificial intelligence safety, security, assurance, test and evaluation, and verification and validation of algorithms.
  • Develop and coordinates DoD positions in support of interagency policy meetings on matters pertaining to artificial intelligence and machine learning, including White House-led meetings.
  • Build linkages and fosters joint projects and efforts of mutual interest across the Government, Academia, and Industry.
  • Serve as a technical expert in AI technical standards working groups across the DoD, US interagency, and the international community.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the JAIC Deputy Director and Directorate Director.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience addressing current artificial intelligence public policy trends and issues across Industry and/or Academia.
  • Expert knowledge of artificial intelligence and data science concepts, methodology, techniques, and technologies.
  • Demonstrated leadership and collaboration with a wide range of internal and external senior level/key officials across Industry and Academia on complex and controversial issues concerning artificial intelligence and machine learning programs.
  • An exceptionally strong understanding of relevant Artificial Intelligence developments in industry, academia, government, with our allies and partners, and with our adversaries. Ability to apply this understanding to inform DoD artificial intelligence and machine learning strategies, roadmaps, policies, and key decisions.
  • Preferred industry executive-level experience leading the coordination of strategy, policy development and implementation of Enterprise-wide artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives.
  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain a DoD SECRET-level security clearance within 12-months of hire and be eligible to be updated to the TS/SCI level.


In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the requirements described below and provide transcripts with the required degree at time of application.

  • GG-0801/0854 Professional Engineering Series: Four-year Professional Engineering degree.
  • GG-1550 Computer Science Series: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor’s degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science (at least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus).
  • GS-1515 Operations Research Series: Bachelor's degree or higher in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics (at least 3 of the 24 semester hours have been in calculus).
  • GS-1529 Mathematical Statistics Series: Degree that includes 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.

All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

For more detailed information on the above criteria, please review the OPM Qualification Standards.


Please submit a complete application package with the following documentation to JAIC Hiring Box at: osd.JAIC-Hiring@mail.mil

  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Interest
  • Resume (required)
  • Unofficial transcripts (required)
  • DD214 (required if applicable)

Complete application packages must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Incomplete packages may be removed from consideration.


  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • This national security position, which may require access to classified information. Selectee must complete a Special Background Investigation and receive a favorable adjudication by a determining authority. Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI). Failure to maintain security eligibility may result in termination.
  • This is a drug testing position – successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. Tentative offers of employment will be rescinded upon failure to report to the drug test appointment or failure to pass the test. You will be subject to random testing.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Pursuant to the Executive Order on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Federal Employees, new DoD civilian employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entry on duty, subject to such exceptions as required by law. More details regarding this requirement can be found at: https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.


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