Please see How You Will Be Evaluated for qualifications information. Read this vacancy announcement in its entirety to ensure proper application procedures are followed.
Specialized Education and Licensing: You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, you must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. Failure to address both the mandatory technical/professional qualifications and the ECQs will adversely affect your chances for selection.
You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to this position; limit your responses to no more than one page for each TQ/MTQ. Unless you are a current Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointee, a former SES member having reinstatement eligibility, or an OPM-certified graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must also submit a separate narrative statement (10-page limit) addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the SES. You must address how you have demonstrated progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in this job announcement. Qualified candidates typically gain experience of this nature at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. For examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements, you are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf.
You must use the Challenge- Context- Action- Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments.
1) Technical Qualifications
a) A proven record of accomplishment of managing a complex organization and tackling challenging organizational issues.
b) Ability to manage a diverse workforce that includes lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, including architects, investigators, technical assistance specialists, and support staff, and federal contractors.
c) Ability to establish an organizational vision, develop a strategic plan and implement strategic change, develop and advance policy initiatives, and build coalitions, both within the organization and outside the organization, to effectively enforce the applicable statutory provisions.
d) Ability to communicate effectively on complex legal and technical issues, both orally and in writing, including the ability to advocate successfully with diverse stakeholders, external partners and individuals or groups having differing and often conflicting interests, on matters related to the successful execution of a large-scale organizations mission, programs, and projects.
e) Demonstrated experience supervising, developing, litigating or resolving issues, and negotiating agreements through effective oral and written communication.
f) Demonstrated ability to identify, supervise, plan, and represent employer in complex and significant litigation.
1) Mandatory Technical Qualifications
In addition to the specialized education and licensing requirements described above, you must have experience working with one or more of the applicable civil rights statutes.
2) Executive Core Qualifications
a) Leading Change: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-1: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
b) Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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 for ECQ-2: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
c) 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 for ECQ-3: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
d) Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies for ECQ-4: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
e) Building Coalitions: This core qualification 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 for ECQ-5: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.
The following fundamental competencies underlie the five ECQs, which should be incorporated into your responses to the ECQs and not as separate statements:
a) Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
b) Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
c) Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
d) Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
e) Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
f) Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.