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Job Title:  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-837620-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
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 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.


This position serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration and other key officials within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on matters pertaining to VA's human resources management policies, programs, practices, and applicable laws and regulations.  The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Human Resources Management (DAS/OHRM) has overall responsibility for leadership of the Office of Human Resources Management with a budget of $64,000,000.  In carrying out the duties of the position, the DAS/OHRM actively collaborates with executive level leadership to ensure that the work of the organization is strategically linked to the direction of the business of the Department and that VA is regarded in the Federal community both as an HR leader and an employer of choice.


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 Appraised Value Offer (AVO) (formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout) may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee may be subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Public 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


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The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Human Resources Management is responsible to the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration and other key officials within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on matters pertaining to VA's human resources management policies, programs, practices, and applicable laws and regulations. The DAS has overall responsibility for leadership of the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM).  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Human Resources Administration and other key officials to meet the mission, goals and objectives of the Department through a strategically aligned and customer-focused human resources management program.
  • Plans, develops, and executes customer-focused programs, policies, and products that are strategically aligned with VA's lines of business through subordinate managers. 
  • Serves as the principal advisor in all matters affecting compensation, recognition, and accountability of employees. 
  • Ensures all matters requiring the Secretary's consideration meet governing requirements and reflect sound human resources programs and policies.
  • Provides strategic consulting services to VA's senior leadership regarding effective executive management approaches to achieve the best and most efficient business practices and processes.
  • Develops external partnerships with other public sector departments and agencies and private sector organizations including the Office of Personnel Management, General Accountability office, Merit Systems Protection Board, OMB, the National Academy of Public Administration, and counterpart executives in leading edge private sector companies.
  • Represents VA interests before Congress and the Office of Management and Budget.


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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:  Flexibility 

• Target Competency 3:  Strategic Thinking



• Target Competency 1:  Developing Others 

• Target Competency 2:  Team Building



• Target Competency 1:  Accountability 

• Target Competency 2:  Customer Service

• Target Competency 3:  Problem Solving



• Target Competency 1:  Human Capital Management



• Target Competency 1:  Partnering


B.  Technical Qualifications


1.  Knowledge of sound human resources management principles, concepts and practices including knowledge of the multiple facets of Federal human resources management laws, rules and regulations applicable to a large, decentralized department.


2.  Knowledge of or experience with aligning human resources with an organization's strategic business plan and familiarity with teams-based organizations and performance measurement to include shared leadership models, employee empowerment, customer service standards, customer feedback tools, and organizational effectiveness.



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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