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We are currently recruiting for a Special Activities Branch (SAB) Planner to support the USSOCOM J39-Special Activities Branch (SAB) in the planning and execution of operations by drafting and maintaining currency of policies, programs, and other regulatory documents. Assist with conducting, conferences, working groups, and organizational meeting. Supporting mission requirements and advising senior leadership on issues to tailor J39-SAB planning efforts. Looking for cultural fit with a high-performance organization, committed to excellence with great growth opportunities. 

Multiple Locations:


Crystal City, VA 

Security Clearance: TS / SCI Clearance required 

SOF Mission Team Job Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience with strategic and/or operational planning, planning processes, and operational design at the JS, COCOM and/or regional theater command-level; national and regional strategies, plans, and objectives (e.g., National Military Strategy Defense Planning Guidance, Unified Campaign Plan, etc.); and the full range of SOF core activities (e.g., unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, etc.).
  • 5 years of experience staffing documents and activities conducted in support of DOD objectives, and conducting high-priority special assignments involving extensive research and/or analysis
  • 3 years’ experience responsible for the development of briefings, presentations, and papers for consumption by senior leadership (GOFO/SES/Secretariat Level) in the DOD and other governmental agencies and offices.
  • Must be creative, proactive, and could work with minimal guidance as part of a team or as an individual
  • Possess a current TOP SECRET clearance with the ability to obtain access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI)
  • Ability to travel domestically or internationally as required by mission
  • Willingness to take a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph test. 


  • Coordinate staff actions that ensure integration between theater SOF, National Mission Force, operational capabilities, and critical enablers.
  • Draft, edit, and review strategy and guidance to facilitate coordination across the SOF enterprise; including synchronizing, prioritizing, and assessing SOF operations, activities, and actions; and supporting the development of capabilities within an established HQ USSOCOM framework.
  • Prepare, edit, review, staff, and provide recommendations for SOF specific plans, policies, documents, and technical data for briefings and action
  • Facilitate, coordinate, and conduct conferences, working groups, and organizational meetings to support mission planning objectives and directed tasks.
  • Establish and maintain liaison contacts within USSOCOM and the other COCOMs, military service communities, non-DOD agencies, as well as the JS and the OSD.
  • Facilitate, participate, support and attend meetings, build briefings, report results, and assist with follow-up on J39-SAB action items.
  • Draft branch and sequel plans supporting CONOPS and orders.
  • Assist the government in conceptualizing, executing, and conducting AARs of SOF activities.
  • Maintain awareness, oversight and support of SOF operations, activities and investments (OAIs), and recommend measures of effectiveness and measures of performance.
  • Draft, edit, review, and staff key USSOCOM documents for government approval to provide relevant resourcing, training, and strategy development to J39 leadership.
  • Utilize knowledge, background, and /or understanding of SOF operations, acquisition and industry capabilities in order to prepare and present related briefings, AARs, and white papers designed to inform senior leaders and facilitate working groups.
  • Develop and maintain an electronic resource, to include key points of contact, to be used for mission continuity that may be accessed by all stakeholders.

Benefits include:

  • 401K Matching Plan
  • PTO and Holiday
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

If you are interested in a very well-compensated, empowered, and fulfilling position, while making a positive impact at a high level of significance, we encourage you to submit your resume/cv to