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Job Title:Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:DHS-SES-CDP-2012 GV633038

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 16, 2012 to Friday, June 1, 2012




Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types




Many vacancies - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


This announcement is open to all qualified U.S citizens. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status eligibles are current and former federal employees serving or who have served under a career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service and current interchange agreement eligibles. Non-status eligibles are all other U.S. citizens. See "Who May Apply" section below for additional information.





The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) is one of the largest and most diverse departments in the Federal Government, with more than 280,000 employees located across the U.S. and in dozens of locations abroad.    DHS was created in 2003 when elements of 22 Federal organizations were brought together to improve the nation's ability to protect its borders and to prevent and respond to potential terrorist attacks and natural disasters.  For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, visit our website at


The President has challenged cabinet Secretaries and senior Federal agency heads to create a government that is more citizen centered, results oriented, and market based.  To achieve this vision within DHS, we are searching for high caliber leaders who possess high standards of excellence and enjoy challenging opportunities to make a difference that impacts our nation.


DHS invites qualified individuals to apply to the prestigious Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP).   Qualified individuals are those who have demonstrated through their performance and experience the potential to assume executive positions within the Department.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance.
  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective
  • Service system or be exempt from doing so under Selective Service law.


See the "Key Features of the Program" listed below.



This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens; both status and non-status.


Current Senior Executive Service (SES) members and individuals who are SES CDP certified will not be considered for this program.



Status Eligibles: Status eligibles are current or former employees serving or who have served under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and current interchange agreement eligibles.  Veterans' preference does not apply to status eligibles. 

Non-Status Eligibles: Non-status eligibles are all other U.S. Citizens.   Non-status applicants may be entitled to veterans' preference.  


You will be asked to indicate whether you are a Status or Non-Status applicant when completing the Occupational Questionnaire.  You will be required to select only one category.  You may not apply under both categories.  Status applicants must apply as Status.  Applicants on an interchange agreement must apply as Status.  Please visit the following website for more information about individuals covered under interchange agreements:



The Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) is designed to develop the talents and skills of individuals with executive potential in order to create a cadre of candidates who can assume senior management positions at the SES level as vacancies occur.   Successful graduates of the SES CDP are eligible for non-competitive placement into target positions (Core Occupations, Support Occupations, and Law Enforcement), at any DHS component, at the SES level after approval by a DHS Executive Resources Board and certification by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board. While the SES CDP is expected to be an important source of candidates for SES positions, successful completion of the program does not guarantee selection for such positions. 


Applicants selected for the program must commit to and complete all required instructional sessions - there are no make-up sessions.  This includes sessions requiring travel and (up to) 8 months of developmental assignments outside of home organization (which may also require travel for a portion or all of the assignment).

Applicants selected for the program that do not hold federal status must accept a full-time Schedule B appointment in order to participate in the SES CDP.   The Schedule B appointment does not confer civil service status. These appointments may be located around the country. If an SES CDP participant serving on a Schedule B appointment discontinues participation in the program for any reason, his/her employment with DHS will terminate because it is authorized only for an executive development position established in connection with the SES CDP.   Similarly, if a Schedule B participant graduates from the SES CDP, but does not obtain an SES position before the Schedule B appointment expires, his/her employment with DHS will terminate because a Schedule B appointment cannot exceed or be extended beyond three years.  TSA program selectees that do not hold Federal status must accept a temporary time limited appointment to TSA that is equivalent to the Schedule B appointing authority in other DHS components and with the same conditions that are identified above.

If you are applying as a Status candidate and you are accepted to the program, you will remain in your full-time position of record and perform developmental duties on a part time basis.


  • Orientation Session:  The SES CDP begins with a mandatory, two-part orientation with sessions near Washington, DC and Denver, CO that will include completion of a 360 degree assessment to assist candidates in identifying development needs.
  • Mentoring Partnerships:  Candidates will work with an SES mentor who will provide assistance and guidance throughout the program.   Mentors will assist candidates in the preparation of tailored Executive Development Plans (EDPs) describing all training, developmental assignments, and activities they will complete during the course of the program. 
  • Executive Development Plans:  Candidates must develop EDPs based on individual needs and competencies.   A DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will approve each candidate's EDP.   At periodic intervals, the ERB will review each candidate's performance and progress in completing the EDP activities.
  • Training and Development Assignments:  Each EDP must include:   (1) Formal interagency training exercises (approximately 20-30 days) that address the Executive Core Qualifications and their application to SES positions governmentwide; (2) At least 6-8 months of developmental assignments outside the candidate's position of record (including one continuous 4-month assignment outside the candidate's component of record); and (3) Supplemental training and activities depending on each candidate's needs and objectives. 
  • Office of Personnel Management QRB Certification:  Upon the candidate's successful completion of the CDP, the agency will request ERB approval and certification of the candidate's Executive Core Qualifications by an OPM Qualifications Review Board.   This certification permits career appointment to the SES without further competition to any position for which the individual is determined to be otherwise qualified (e.g., meets technical qualifications). 


Potential for advancement into an SES position is not guaranteed and depends on the needs of the agency and the availability of such positions for which candidates are otherwise eligible.


The program is an intensive leadership development program which lasts approximately 12-18 months but no more than 2 years. Candidates will remain in their position of record when not doing activities related to the SES CDP. Candidates who do not satisfactorily perform or fail to complete program requirements within the designated timeframe may be terminated from the program.


Mobility, or willingness to move, is an important concern for components throughout DHS due to the geographic dispersion of the DHS workforce.   Therefore, applicants should anticipate developmental assignments and formal training programs that will require travel for extended periods of time during the training and developmental program.   Applicants selected must uphold a commitment to geographic and other availability for positions throughout the country during the program.


Selectees for the program who are DHS Employees will be required to sign a Continuous Service Agreement (CSA) to safeguard the Government's training investment.  The DHS agreement states that the employee will stay with DHS for three years after completion of the SES CDP.  Employees who voluntarily leave Federal civil service before completing the terms of the agreement will be required to repay the cost of training and related travel expenses, excluding salary or other compensation.  This does not preclude an employee from pursuing promotion or reassignment opportunities within the Federal government during the program.


Non-DHS Federal employees may be required to sign a CSA by their own agency.


Schedule B appointees may be required to sign a Continuous Service Agreement (CSA) for the duration of their Schedule B appointment, not to exceed 3 years. 



Any expenses associated with the developmental assignment will be funded by participants' sponsoring agencies.


Minimum 80 Hours Individual Training Fees: All course(s) and travel expenses will be funded by participants' sponsoring agencies.


Salary: Participants' salary will not change due to participation in this developmental program.  Status participants are expected to remain in their current position with their current agency.

DHS will fund the SES CDP orientation, core training, and graduation.  The cost of developmental assignments, travel, and additional training expenses will be funded by the participants' sponsoring organization or agency.


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



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.

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.  

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.  

                                           TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS

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:

  • Intelligence
  • 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:

  • Management
  • Finance/Budget
  • Procurement/Acquisition
  • Administration/Facilities
  • Information Technology
  • Human Capital/Human Resources/Training
  • Diversity and Civil Rights
  • Congressional/Legislative/Public Affairs
  • Policy and Planning
  • Legal/Counsel
  • 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
  • Investigations
  • 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. 


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.


DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits".



The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country.   This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility. 


Following completion of a rigorous, multi-phased executive development program, candidates will submit a package to the OPM Qualifications Review Board for certification of their Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) statements.  Graduates with approved ECQ packages may then be non-competitively appointed for 2 years to an SES position for which they demonstrate technical qualifications.  Completion of the Program and certification of ECQs does NOT guarantee appointment to an SES position; and the Program does NOT facilitate finding an SES position that interests the graduate.


Background Investigation:   You must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement in this program.   A security clearance may be required.

Drug Testing:   Satisfactory completion of a drug test may be a condition of placement in this program and the selectee may thereafter be subject to Random Drug Testing. 

Law Enforcement Applicants:   Applicants for target law enforcement positions must meet the requirements of the Lautenberg Amendment [Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(G)(9)].   Applicants for target SES law enforcement positions must also meet the requirements for placement in a position with secondary law enforcement coverage, as provided in 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) or in a Customs and Border Protection Officer position with enhanced retirement benefits. 

Some developmental assignments will require the candidate to hold a Top Secret or higher security clearance.  If the candidate does not have the required level of clearance, he or she will not be eligible for that specific developmental assignment.  This may limit the candidate's choice of appropriate developmental assignments.


Candidates Who Do Not Complete the Program

If you are a Non-Status candidate (or a Status candidate who accepted a Schedule B appointment for this program) and you do not successfully complete the program or if your participation is terminated by the agency, the Schedule B appointment (or TSA equivalent appointment) you received must also be terminated because it is authorized only for an executive development position established in connection with the DHS SES CDP.  This will result in termination from the agency and Federal service.


                    You must submit the following in order to be considered:  

(1)    A résumé to describe your qualifications.  Your résumé must not exceed five pages.  Please note that if a cover letter is submitted, it will count towards the 5 page limit.   Please do not submit an application form (such as OF 612, Optional Application for Federal Employment) in lieu of a résumé.   Applicants should provide the following information:

  • Vacancy announcement number:  DHS-SES-CDP-2012 GV633038
  • Full name (ON FIRST PAGE ONLY)
  • Social Security Number
  • Mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.   For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website:
  • Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including:
    • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and phone number
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
    • Salary
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments 

(2) Non-status applicants who are applying for Veterans' Preference should claim preference on their application and also submit the appropriate Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214 and/or VA Letter indicating a service-connected disability rating).   Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference.   Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 point tentative preference by providing an official statement of service indicating rank, years of active duty, and honorable service to do.  They must produce a DD Form-214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.

Note:   Reservists who are retired from the Reserves but are not receiving retired pay are not considered "retired" military for purposes of Veterans' Preference. 

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


For your awareness, if an individual makes it to the final phase of the recruitment and selection process (the face-to-face interview phase), he/she will be required to submit: 1) a Supervisory Reference Letter from either their current first or second level supervisor; and 2) an Executive Reference Letter (from a current or former SES member for status applicants; or from any Executive (an SES member of an Executive in private industry) for non-status applicants).


Our evaluation will be based on the information you supply.   We may also verify performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks and take that information into account in making selections and employment offers.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID GV- 633038.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire; and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


A resume as outlined in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

Veterans documents, if applying for Veterans' Preference.

If you are a status candidate, you must submit the most recent SF-50 that reflects the position you held at the GS-15 grade level or equivalent.  It must also reflect evidence of your appointment type.


Please note that all required documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, June 01, 2012.  Application materials received after the closing date will not be considered for the program.


San Francisco Services Branch
Phone: (415)281-7094
Agency Information:
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer Exec Res
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA


Notification Process:   Once the online questionnaire and resume are received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. 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.

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