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Job Title:Director, Office of Enforcement

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Job Announcement Number:FERC-ES-2013-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all sources.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity.  FERC also regulates natural gas and hydro power projects.  As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.ferc.gov.

The Commission is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position to provide leadership as the Director, Office of Enforcement in Washington, DC.  As the Director, the incumbent will provide leadership and direction in developing, improving, and managing processes for protecting consumers through market oversight and surveillance; assuring compliance with tariffs, rules, regulations, and orders; detecting, auditing, and investigating potential violations; and crafting appropriate remedies, including civil penalties and other measures.  
The Office of Enforcement encourages entities to adopt robust and effective compliance programs and practices. Where violations occur, the enforcement program seeks the imposition of appropriate remedies, including compliance commitments, disgorgement of unjust profits resulting from the violations, and civil penalties. The Office focuses on four priorities: 
- Fraud and market manipulation 
- Anticompetitive conduct 
- Serious violations of the electric reliability standards 
- Conduct that threatens the transparency of regulated markets 

The Commission is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position to provide leadership as the Director, Office of Enforcement in Washington, DC.  As the Director, the incumbent will provide leadership and direction in developing, improving, and managing processes for protecting consumers through market oversight and surveillance; assuring compliance with tariffs, rules, regulations, and orders; detecting, auditing, and investigating potential violations; and crafting appropriate remedies, including civil penalties and other measures.  


The Office of Enforcement encourages entities to adopt robust and effective compliance programs and practices. Where violations occur, the enforcement program seeks the imposition of appropriate remedies, including compliance commitments, disgorgement of unjust profits resulting from the violations, and civil penalties. The Office focuses on four priorities: 


- Fraud and market manipulation

- Anticompetitive conduct

- Serious violations of the electric reliability standards

- Conduct that threatens the transparency of regulated markets 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet mandatory technical and executive core qualifications
  • One year probationary period may be required
  • Must meet specialized experience
  • Travel is required

DUTIES:

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  • Manages and leads a diverse team of professional and support staff to oversee and assess the fair and efficient operations of the nation's gas, oil pipeline, and electricity markets.
  • Analyzes and seeks to understand energy market dynamics and directs the staff in: identifying potential and actual problems and opportunities; assessing the ability of various policy options to solve identified problems; and, investigating actions of market participants.
  • Plans a market outreach program, represents the Chairman and the FERC in all matters involving market oversight and investigations, and provides relevant testimony to Congressional committees.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the mandatory technical qualifications.  You must address each mandatory technical qualification separately.  You are required to respond to all of the mandatory technical qualifications.  If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible.  The following are the mandatory technical qualifications:

 
1. Demonstrated experience overseeing investigations arising out of the energy markets, such as litigation experience, briefing and arguing motions, trying cases in federal district court, arguing appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals.


2. Knowledge in auditing entities, investigating, overseeing energy markets and market analytics and surveillance for violating rules orders and regulations. 

 

3. Demonstrated knowledge of electric, natural gas, and associated financial derivatives trading, including physical, exchange-traded, and over-the-counter markets, as well as the application of quantitative analysis to those markets.

 

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular subject-matter knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform, Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related. You must demonstrate possession of specialized experience in the described duties. This level of experience must be gained at or above the GS-15 level or its equivalent and demonstrates progressive responsible experience in the leadership/executive and technical areas. Applicants for an initial SES career appointment must clearly demonstrate that they possess the broad executive core qualifications needed to succeed in the SES. A summary of the key characteristics for the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at this link: http://opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp

 


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
If selected for this position, you will be required to:

Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9_IFR_02-02-09.pdf).  Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

Successfully complete a background investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the Executive Core Qualifications in addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications.  When describing your technical qualifications, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.  Applicants will be evaluated on their resume, Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates.  In order to properly review your qualifications, please ensure that your resume clearly indicates evidence that you qualify for the Senior Executive Service position and that you possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications.

 

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):  In order to be considered for the position, applicants must submit a narrative addressing each ECQ as separate statements. The statements should contain at least two examples describing experiences and accomplishments/results in each required qualification.  As a guideline, 1-2 pages per ECQ is sufficient.  Applicants for an initial SES career appointment must clearly demonstrate that they possess the broad executive core qualifications needed to succeed in the SES.  A guide to assist with writing the ECQ narratives can be found at this link: http://opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp  You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - 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.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves 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.
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.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - 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.

ECQ 1 - 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:

 

1. Creativity and Innovation - Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.

2. External Awareness - Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. 

3. Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. 

4. Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

5. Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

6. Vision - Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

 

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves 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:

 

1. Conflict Management - Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

2. Leveraging Diversity - Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 

3. Developing Others (New) - Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

4. Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

 

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:

 

1. Accountability - Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.

2. Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

3. Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

4. Entrepreneurship - Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.

5. Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

6. Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

 

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

Leadership Competencies:

 

1. Financial Management

Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. 

2. Human Capital Management

Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

3. Technology Management

Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

 

ECQ 5 - 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:

 

1. Partnering

Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

2. Political Savvy

Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

3. Influencing/Negotiating

Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity.  Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs.  Our benefits package includes:

Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards;  

Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 26 days of vacation time each year;

Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire;

A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods.  We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums;

Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and health and fitness programs.


Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here.


OTHER INFORMATION:

You must submit all required information by the closing date.  The materials you send with your resume will not be returned.  Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278.  You will need to provide the information annually.  Relocation expenses will not be paid.  This position is subject to random drug testing.

HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY:
The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.  We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

FERC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.  

Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)
- We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3.  You may need to customize your  resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.  
- You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing.  Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, it will not be sent to Smart Hire.   

Step 2 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application.  You will be redirected to FERC's Smart Hire website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on FERC's Smart Hire website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment.  The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions.  Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions.  You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details).  Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review.  You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax.  Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents.  To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
1.  Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application.  You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS.  or
2.  You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy.  Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online."  Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application.  Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.

In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Smart Hire if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finish" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in Smart Hire by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number is provided on the cover-sheet.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You are required to upload a separate document that is a narrative statement addressing the five Executive Core Qualifications listed in the announcement. Please note that if you don't provide all required information by the closing of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position.

 

Current and former Federal employees must submit their most recent SF-50.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lisa Savage
Phone: 202-502-8807
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Lisa.Savage@ferc.gov
Agency Information:
FERC
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC
20426
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine if you meet minimum qualifications.  The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the status of your application up to four times throughout the application process.  You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status."  We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings."

Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement.  Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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Job Announcement Number:

FERC-ES-2013-0006

Control Number:

332390900