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Job Title:  Executive Secretary to the Department
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Office of the Secretary
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-803264-LMM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within VA, the Federal government and the private sector.  We have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a 5 page resume to apply for this position.  Because of this improvement, we are only announcing our positions for 14 days.

The incumbent serves as the Executive Secretary to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.  Serves as the internal expert to the agency's top management officials and participates in the formulation and articulation of an overall plan integrating sensitive public affairs issues of the department into White House and Congressional correspondence.


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a pay band 2 position and the salary range is $119,554 - $173,600.


A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Guaranteed Home Buyout may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee may be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally
  • Public Financail Disclosure Report (SF-278)
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service


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The Executive Secretary to the Department of Veteran Affairs serves as the internal expert to the agency's top management officials and participates in the formulation and articulation of an overall plan integrating sensitive public affairs issues of the department into White House and Congressional correspondence.  Other duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Manages the activities, operations, and staff of the VA Executive Secretariat
  • Controls and directs the development, analysis and review of policy documents, position papers and decision documents on behalf of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Manages a broad range of policy development and adminstrative activities based on knowledge of the mission and vision of the Department
  • Supervises a staff of correspondence analysts, specialists and support personnel ranging from GS-5 to GS-15 in performing the work of the unit
  • Directs the conduct of special inquiries into sensitive or controversial matters relating to VA programs of interest to the Secretary or Chief of Staff 
  • Additionally, the incumbent will oversee and supervise the Training Support Office and the Advisory Committee Management Office


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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad perspective of government, and a public service commitment.


All applicants MUST SHOW in their 5 PAGE RESUME that they possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


The target competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under each ECQ description below. It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas. Remember, your resume must not exceed 5 pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be considered or evaluated.


The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at:


A.  Executive Core Qualifications



Target Competency 1:  Creativity and Innovation

Target Competency 2:  External Awareness

Target Competency 3:  Strategic Thinking



Target Competency 1:  Developing Others 

Target Competency 2:  Team Building



Target Competency 1:  Customer Service 

Target Competency 2:  Technical Credability



Target Competency 1:  Technology Management



Target Competency 1:  Partnering

Target Competency 2:  Political Savvy


B.  Technical Qualifications


1.  Demonstrated leadership experience in development of methods and approaches for planning, integrating and evaluating the overall correspondence and policy development programs for the Department.



Step 1: Minimum ECQ-based qualifications

Step 2: Technical qualification screening

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking

Step 4: Structured interviews to determine Best Qualified (BQ) applicants

Step 5: Tentative selection by Nominating Organization (May include additional screening)

Step 6: Approval by the Selecting Official (May include additional screening)

Step 7: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application as noted under Required Documents.  The agency has the option of considering you noncompetitively or including you in the competitive process (steps 2-6).


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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We strongly encourage you to apply online. Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, login in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. 


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print your resume and required documents.


3. FAX to (478)757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, to provide your answers. Refer to the link below for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is at:


Please note you may also call USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 to have the OPM Form 1203-FX mailed to you; however, this is not a practical alternative if the announcement is nearing its closing date. After the introduction on the recording, press 1, and listen for instructions to request the form.


A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY technical and executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated.  DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical and executive core qualifications.


2.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Non-competitive applicants:  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered QRB. Traditional method applications will NOT be accepted.


Lucrecia Murdock
Phone: (202)461-7887
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of the status of your application throughout the process. 

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