Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Dean, VA Learning University
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-819398-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
Friday, January 11, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
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 all sources: within VA, the Federal government, and from 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 VA Learning University (VALU) is the Department's corporate university that supports the agency’s mission and business objectives through high quality, cost-effective continuous learning and development that enhances leadership, occupational proficiencies, and personal growth.  The Dean, VA Learning University provides management and leadership for the full range of training and educational experiences across the VA.  This is a full time position that reports to the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration.  To know more about the VA Learning University please visit: 


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a Pay Band 2 position.  The salary for this position is capped at $173,600. Exceptions to the cap of the range may be considered in certain circumstances.


A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer (formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout) may be authorized.



  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee maybe subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Pubic Financial Disclosure Report is required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One year probationary period for initial SES appointment


Back to top

The Dean, VA Learning University has overall responsibility for ensuring the Department of Veterans Affairs provides its employees with the full range of training and educational experiences required to perform their duties competently and efficiently.  Working closely with the heads of major VA components, including the Under Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and Staff Office Directors, the Dean will assist them to identify their training needs; develop appropriate training curricula; allocate resources by training priority; align their training efforts with their strategic business plans; and evaluate the effectiveness of training in improving performance on the job.  The Dean will foster a “One VA” approach to training which will strengthen a Department-wide culture, achieve efficiencies of scale, and ensure that the newest and most effective didactic techniques and educational technologies are made available to all VA employees, including those in smaller organizational elements.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·         Represents the VA to other Federal agencies, such as the USDA Graduate School, and with corporate training universities to benchmark best practices, stay abreast of new educational approaches, and identify off-the-shelf training materials which can be imported to VA. 

·         Works closely with colleges and universities to ensure VA training programs incorporate state of the art approaches, and coordinates with the Chief Academic Affiliations Officer to maintain development and affiliations with medical schools, dental schools, and other institutions providing professional training to health care providers. 

·         Through the use of existing and emerging technologies, the incumbent is responsible for creating a prototypic virtual learning university to enable VA employees to meet the demands of continual learning.

·         Leads the continued transformation of an established employee education network whose goal is to develop a workforce which will set new standards for government service and efficiency.

·         Develops comprehensive long- and short-term strategies for the management of VA’s education and training capabilities.

·         Responsible for budget oversight on a national level and represents VA budgetary requirements and resource needs for education and training resources to the Congress and Office of Management and Budget, through VA’s Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO).


Back to top

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:  Strategic Thinking



• Target Competency 1:   Conflict Management

• Target Competency 2:   Team Building



• Target Competency 1:  Accountability

• Target Competency 2:  Problem Solving



• Target Competency 1:  Financial Management

• Target Competency 2:  Human Capital Management



• Target Competency 1:  Partnering

• Target Competency 2:  Influencing/Negotiating


B.  Technical Qualification


1. Comprehensive knowledge of organizational effectiveness as related to administration of a career development, education or training program in a large organization.  Knowledgeable of instructional systems or administration of the application of technology to organizational change, and evidence of a broad understanding of the relationship of the functions of a benefits/service delivery business to decision-making. 


2. Demonstrated knowledge and the ability to manage the utilization of electronic systems for the delivery and management of services in an adult learning environment. 




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 above).


Back to top

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:


Back to top

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. Your resume should include three references with at least one being the current or prior supervisor.


3.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


4.  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.

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance