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    The Office of the Deputy Director for Field Operations (DDFO) is responsible for providing management oversight of and direction to Headquarters Offices, the Consolidated Service Center, and the Office of Science (SC) Site Offices; setting SC-specific policy related to operational functions executed by the Office of Science and the management, operation, and overall well-being of SC laboratories; ensuring effective and consistent implementation of operational policy across the complex.

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    As the Deputy Director you will:

    • Direct organizational activities and frame strategic plans based on broad organizational assessments and evaluations of long-term organizational objectives.
    • Determine the financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations; identify the need for major organizational improvements and develop the requisite plans and directs implementing actions.
    • Provide high-level management direction and oversight of the organization's operational functions.
    • Serve as the focal point within the organization on field and laboratory management issues/concerns and ensure effective operational and management support is provided.
    • Oversee the formulation and execution of the program direction budget within the Field and Operations organization. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • This employer participates in the eVerify program.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program, certified by OPM, his/her executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected.
    PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278):  Selected candidate must file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
    PROBATIONARY PERIOD:  An individual's initial SES career appointment becomed final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.
    A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) , governing personal identity.
    DRUG TESTING POSITION. You will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

    You must be a U.S. Citizen


    The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments.

    Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs:

    MTQ #1 Demonstrated operational oversight and leadership of diverse, technically challenging, and high-consequence activities and projects across geographically dispersed organizations, including personnel safety; nuclear and radiological activities; personnel, cyber, and technical security; and compliance with environmental laws and regulations.  This should include significant experience in oversight of large federal contracts.

    MTQ #2 Demonstrated senior level experience in resolving difficult and controversial issues in contracts, human capital and operations in a large enterprise organization including the mastery of and expert ability to oversee strategic planning, performance evaluation, assuring financial accountability, and to organize, direct, develop and execute these actions.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): the ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Your resume and application must demonstrate and address the ECQs and include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities; address the scope and complexity of the programs, activities or services managed; program accomplishments; describe policy initiatives undertaken; define level of contacts; convey the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; the results of actions taken. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the SES prior to appointment. The five ECQs are as follows:

    • ECQ 1: Leading Change - Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision an dto implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    • ECQ 2: Leading People - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    • ECQ 3: Results Driven - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    • ECQ 4: Business Acumen - Ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
    • ECQ 5: Building Coalitions - 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.

    For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications.


    Additional information

    Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
    You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.
    Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted.
    Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
    New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify."
    EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act
    Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a) and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.
    Selective Service
    All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants must submit a five (5) page ECQ-based Resume and a separate narrative addressign each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Substituting pages for other required documents in the application is not acceptable (e.g., submitting only a four-page resume but adding an additional page to address an MTQ). Do not use borders, provide photos or list a Social Security number or date of birth on any attachment.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extend of your total accomplishments, experience, and education (if applicable). Your application will be rated and ranked by an Executve Resources Board (ERB) Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate in their application sufficient possession of the ECQs and MTQs will be determined ineligible for further consideration.

    As part of the "Resume Based" recruitment method, the ERB panel conducts a structured interview for all applicants, both competitive and non-competitive, who are determied to be in the top category from the ERB Rating Panel. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined Best Qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

    Once a candidate has been identified for selection, reference checks may be completed. The Department's appointing official(s) will make a final approval of the selection, an in compettive cases, OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must certify the ECQs before final appointment can occur. If OPM approval is requried for hte ECQs, the candidate is required to assist in the development of the QRB template for submission to the QRB. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    If you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated "ineligible."

    1. 5-page ECQ-based Resume
    2. MTQ Narrative (no more than one page per MTQ)
    3. Current or former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing current status or reinstatement eligibility.
    4. Applicants who have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification. 
    5. Current or former Federal civilian employee, please provide a copy of  your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action)
    6. If this position has a positive education requirement, you must submit a copy of your transcript or a separate course listing showing the college name, course title, department, hours earned (quarter or semester), and grade.  If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit  Department of Education

    Applicants will be prompted at the “Vacancy Documents” section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. Failure to submit the required documentation by 11:59 pm EST of the closing date will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position. Incomplete applications will result in a loss of consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process with enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a five (5) page resume, and a separate narrative addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). In addition applicants have the option of submitting a cover letter (one page maximum). Fonts cannot be smaller than 10 point. All documents must be uploaded into the system; USAJobs Resume Builder will not be accepted. Separate written narratives addressing the ECQs will not be considered. Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Substituting pages for other required documents in the application is not acceptable (e.g., submitting only a four-page resume but adding an additional page to address an MTQ). Do not use borders, provide photos or list a Social Security Number on any attachment.

    Please review:Tips for preparing SES applications

    We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity fo the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

    Your five (5) page resume should include the following:

    1. Vacancy identification number "DOE-HQ-123456"
    2. Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
    3. Education information including:
      a. Name, city and state of colleges/universities attended, as well as major and type of degree received
      b. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by the accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
    4. All work experience (paid and unpaid) including:
      a. Job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, start and end dates (include month, day and year), average hours worked per week, and salary
      b. Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. Please be sure to include and address all ECQs and MTQs in your resume and application package. A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs can be view at this link (indexed at pages 29-37): Guide to SES Qualifications

    Agency contact information

    Department of Energy








    Department of Energy
    1000 Independence Ave SW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20585
    United States
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    Next steps

    You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes. USAJOBS has an alert setting in the system to drive status update notifications for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will update your status online as changes are made.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527005600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.