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    This position is a career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Current federal civil services employees may apply. The civil service consists of all persons occupying an executive (including excepted service), judicial or legislative branch position. It does not include the uniformed services. Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

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    As the Senior Deputy Assistant Director, Correctional Programs Division, the incumbent has direct oversight for the Correctional Programs Branch; Correctional Services Branch; Designation and Sentence Computation Center; Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Branch; and Sex Offender Certification and Review. The incumbent is involved in major policy decisions in the assigned functional areas which requires the incumbent keep informed and current on goals and objectives of the Attorney General, Director of the Bureau of Prisons, Assistant Director, Correctional Programs Division, and the status of accomplishments toward those goals and objectives. The incumbent provides advice and technical assistance to regional office staff, and through them to institution managers. Supervises and monitors the interpretation and adoption of applicable directives from the Department of Justice, The Federal Judicial system, Office of Personnel Management, General Accounting Office, and other government agencies for incorporation into service-wide programs. Provides top level advice to the Assistant Director and Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons concerning assigned program areas, both operational and under development, and the impact these programs have on the total management of the agency. Serves as liaison between the Correctional Programs Division and other divisions and offices as well as outside agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Marshals Service (USMS), and United States Parole Commission (USPC).  

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for operational and training purposes.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship

    Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).
    Use examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
    Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
    Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
    Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
    Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    Each accomplishment should be clear concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of...) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).


    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: To be qualified for this position, applicants must be able to show progressively responsible experience in a correctional environment which has demonstrated the ability to perform supervisory or administrative duties such as training subordinates in the specific duties related to their function in the institution, coordinating and directing operations and programs in a correctional setting, evaluating performance of institution operations and the effectiveness of programs in relation to the inmate population, and maintaining high standards and work objectives. This experience must have been gained through the direction or assistance in the direction, of an entire correctional program or major phase of a correctional program. Applicants must possess: (1) an understanding of the problems of custody (especially security), treatment and training of inmates; and (2) an understanding of a correctional program's internal policies, relationships with associates, representatives of professional organizations, staff in other law enforcement components, inmates and their family members, and staff in a variety of occupational series.

    - You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

    - You must be a member of the Federal civil service. The civil service consists of all persons who occupy positions in the executive (includes excepted service), judicial, and legislative branches, excluding positions in the uniformed services.

    - After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

    - You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

    - You will be required to travel occasionally for training and operational purposes.

    - Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.


    Additional information

    You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Upon appointment, you are required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278. You must provide the information annually after appointment. Veteran's Preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based upon your response to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service, and are in addition to the specific mandatory technical qualifications listed above. To assess the executive experience of each candidate, applicants who are applying for their initial career appointment in the SES must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each of the five competencies. A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired, (e.g. organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources), and a narrative discussion of the qualifications. Applicants must follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result (CCAR) model to adequately address the ECQs. ECQ narratives must demonstrate relevant experience that addresses the leadership competencies. Completed ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.

    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. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

    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. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

    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. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

    4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

    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. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

    Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.

    Please refer to OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications for more detailed information.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    1. Resume showing relevant experience. In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date.
    2. You MUST submit a copy of your latest yearly performance appraisal/evaluation (within the last 13 months).
    3. Current or former Federal employees NOT employed by the Bureau of Prisons MUST submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) Form which reflects the most recent position, title, series and grade; competitive service appointment; tenure group; status or SES reinstatement eligibility; and salary (within the last 13 months).
    Failure to provide these documents will result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.

    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

    How do I Apply for this Position? You must apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents. NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the completion of the SES Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. All required supporting documentation MUST be received by Pamela Akers by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Required supporting documentation must be submitted via mail, e-mail or transferred from USAJOBS (uploaded). Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please contact Pamela Akers at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing of the announcement for an alternate application procedure. Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line: DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons 320 First Street, N.W. Room 748-b, Washington, D.C. 20534 E-Mail: p2akers@bop.gov Phone: 202-353-4818

    Agency contact information

    Pamela Akers


    SES Coordinator - Human Resources Specialist (SES)
    320 First Street, N.W. Room 748
    Washington, District of Columbia 20534
    United States
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    Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? Do your Career Justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 38,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530843600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.