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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director, Office of Wildland Fire

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:OS-12-SES-MM649552

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

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$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 20, 2012 to Monday, June 4, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Are you interested in joining an agency whose mission includes protecting and preserving America's special places, such as the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon and whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation's environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities?

NOTE:  This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to Monday, June 4, 2012.


The Department of the Interior:


  • Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.
  • Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.
  • Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation’s vegetables.
  • Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation’s domestic energy supply.
  • Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.
  • Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.
  • Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.
  • Manages 388 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.
  • Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs.

NOTE:  Current SES members who earn more than $165,300 will be reassigned at their current rate if selected.


  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Participation in direct deposit is required
  • Veterans preference does not apply to the SES


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NOTE:  Special requirements for current and former political appointees.  See How to Apply section for more information.

The Director, Office of Wildland Fire (OWF) has the authority and responsibility for overseeing and coordinating the Department’s implementation of the National Fire Plan, 2001 Wildland Fire Policy update and recommendations, and evolving legislated mandates. The Director, OWF reviews and coordinates the budget allocations and appropriations requests for wildland fire management in concert with the four land-managing bureaus (BLM, BIA, FWS, and NPS) and the Department’s Office of Budget. The Director, OWF coordinates the Departments wildland fire management program policy, strategic planning and performance measures with the USDA Forest Service, state governments and other stakeholders. The Director, OWF is also responsible for providing departmental guidance, policy, and oversight in accordance with congressional mandates and GAO audit recommendations to the wildland fire management agencies. Director, OWF is the wildland fire management liaison with congressional members, GAO, OMB and other Federal political appointees. The Director, OWF also provides liaison to the National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho, where the four land management bureaus coordinate operational aspects of their fire program.



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As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.  Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.  To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the technical qualifications listed below.  Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below.  Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  EACH TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION AND EACH ECQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. The narrative addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required) OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION.   Narrative statements may not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical and each individual ECQ.  IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 


Technical Qualifications:


  1. 1. Demonstrated ability to lead all aspects of a wildland fire program, including, but not limited to hazardous fuels, preparedness, and suppression activities, for a large, geographically dispersed organization.
    2. Demonstrated executive level ability to collaboratively work across organization (federal, state, local, and tribal) lines in implementing the broad range of wildland fire programs.
    3. Expert knowledge of and demonstrated competency in the application/implementation of the full range of wildland fire laws, regulations, policies, budget, and programs.


Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE:  You must have demonstrated an 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. 


Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision


ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE:  You must demonstrate 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.


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


ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN:  This core qualification involves 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.


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


ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:  This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  


Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management


ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS:  This ECQ involves 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.


Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating


FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES:  The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications:  Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation



Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.  This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified.  Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.  This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described above.


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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below at


  • Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model that offers you choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums. And you can pay your share of premiums as well as your out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.

  • Our leave policy provides ample time off to take care of your personal, your recreational and your health care needs. In addition to 10 paid holidays every year, you will accumulate 13 days of sick leave each year along with 26 vacation days.

In addition to these programs that we know will be of interest to you right now, the Federal Government recognizes the need for income replacement and income support benefits down the road.


  • Our 3-part retirement program includes a social security benefit, a 401(k) type plan, and a defined benefit component based on years of employment and salary history.

  • In addition to retiree health insurance benefits under the FEHB Program, you also will be eligible for Medicare.

  • You will be able to choose among several options for life insurance coverage for both you and your family members.

  • We offer the largest group long-term care insurance program in the country. As a new employee, you may be eligible to enroll by answering just a few simple questions. And you can tailor your benefits package to your own needs.


The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278.  All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.


The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee.  Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.


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Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.


Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Monday, June 04, 2012 



To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:


1. REQUIRED Your resume – it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement.  Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating.  It is recommended that you include the following information:


  • Full name, 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 degrees received
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid 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
    • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


2. REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications – experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each.  Each ECQ and each technical qualification must be addressed separately. The narrative addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required). Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical and each individual ECQ.  IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 




If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.




If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.


This document MUST be submitted using "Qualifications" as Document Type.


3. REQUIRED If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.  Please remove your social security number and date of birth.


4. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector).  Please remove your social security number.


5. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Candidates are requested to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis.  Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law.  Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration.  The form can be found online at


To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom (or right) of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “My Applications”.  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, narrative statement and other supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144 and use the official FAX coversheet found here




Executive Applications
Phone: (202)208-6702
Agency Information:
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Division of Human Resources
381 Elden Street
MS 2400
Herndon, VA


We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel.  Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process.

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