To be considered, applicants must meet the requirements described below by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
- Applicants must have 1 year of supervisory experience.
- Applicants must have experience equivalent to the GS-15 in the Federal service.
Supervisory experience consists of the following criteria:
- Is or has served as a first- or second-level supervisor;
- Accomplishes or has accomplished work through both technical and administrative direction of employees accounting for at least 25 percent of the position's time; and
- Exercises or has exercised, at a minimum, the authorities and responsibilities of a first-level supervisor.
First-level supervisors plan, direct, and monitor the work performed by a group of employees. Second-level supervisors direct work through subordinate supervisors. Both first- and second-level supervisors must have competence in a specialized subject matter, functional area, or occupation sufficient to review work for technical accuracy. In addition, they must provide administrative supervision, including such activities as assigning work, recommending or taking personnel actions, and advising on various administrative matters.
Applicants must have experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-15 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include serving as a head of a major organization or program within a bureau or company involving work in planning and directing specialized programs of marked difficulty, responsibility, and national significance and performing work of outstanding difficulty and responsibility while exercising independent judgment.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit the required documents and show in your résumé that you possess, OR have the potential for development in the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) listed below.
We recommend that your résumé emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. Please do not submit separate statements addressing the ECQs and/or the Technical Qualification(s). Those who review your application must be able to glean from your resume that you meet the requirements (vs. the applicant addressing the ECQs and/or Technical Qualifications separately).
Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS
ECQ 1 LEADING CHANGE: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 LEADING PEOPLE: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 RESULTS DRIVEN: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 BUSINESS ACUMEN: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 BUILDING COALITIONS: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
Final placement into an SES position requires that you meet the technical qualifications (TQs) for that position. Although TQs vary from position to position, you must indicate one of the three categories below (Core, Support, Law Enforcement) and the subgroup(s) within the category in which area you are interested. You must meet the technical qualifications for at least one of the positions listed under the categories below for which you are seeking consideration. You must indicate your choice(s) by way of the online questionnaire and certify that your answers are truthful and correct.
Core Occupations (CO) - These are non law enforcement positions which require skill in managing complex mission critical programs related to homeland security. They carry out the core mission of the Department on a daily basis. Examples of positions in this category:
- Cyber Security
- International Affairs
- Infrastructure Protection
- Trade and Agriculture
- Scientific Research and Services
- Emergency Mitigation, Response, and Recovery
- Transportation Security
- Marine Safety and Security
- Immigration Services and Operations
Support Occupations (SO) - These positions require skill in managing complex administrative programs. They provide support to the core mission of the Department. While mission support occupations are essential to carrying out the core mission of the Department, these positions generally do not directly carry out the core mission on a daily basis. Examples of positions in this category:
- Information Technology
- Human Capital/Human Resources/Training
- Diversity and Civil Rights
- Congressional/Legislative/Public Affairs
- Policy and Planning
- Business Operations/Transformation
- Security (Personnel, Information, and Physical)
Law Enforcement (LE) - These positions require skill in managing complex criminal investigation or law enforcement programs related to homeland security. They are core mission positions covered for Law Enforcement Officer or Customs and Border Protection Officer enhanced retirement benefits.
- Federal Air Marshal
- Protective Services and Operations
- Internal Affairs
- Air and Marine Operations
- Border Patrol Agent
- Customs and Border Protection Officer
- Detention and Removal
All candidates selected for the DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program will be required to attend a two-part Orientation, a one-day overview session tentatively scheduled for September 2012, followed several weeks later by a one week program.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Click the following link to view the assessment questionnaire, View Assessment Questions
You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your resume will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Based on application materials provided, highly qualified applicants will receive a telephone interview. Best qualified applicants from the telephone interviews may receive a face-to-face interview. Selectees will be chosen from the best qualified candidates. The number of candidates chosen for the program will be based on the overall need of the agency.
Application of Veterans' Preference: For applicants applying as non-status applicants, category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional.