As a minimum qualifications requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained 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.
Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement on bond paper, which addresses BOTH the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) outlined below. Applicants who do not submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses these factors will be ineligible for further consideration. The narrative portion for the Technical Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 6 PAGES TOTAL.
The supplemental narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications should address the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. The narrative portion for the Executive Core Qualifications MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES. For guidance in preparing a narrative statement addressing ECQs, applicants can access OPM's website at www.opm.gov/SES/writingstate.html.
The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but MUST address the Technical Qualifications factors. Categories include: Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50 - Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES), or applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50 - Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES), or applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification.)
Failure to meet the minimum qualifications requirement and all Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for TS-SCI as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
All required application materials will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet the mandatory qualification requirements. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information supplied by the applicant.
The best-qualified candidates for this position will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation committee to determine the degree to which qualification requirements are met. Applicants should provide specific evidence of possession of the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications, as outlined under Qualifications, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best-qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Experience which demonstrates the ability to lead a large, complex organization through subordinate supervisors, in formulating, implementing, administering and evaluating high-impact policies, programs and projects and multi-disciplinary, agency-wide support services, such as: occupational safety, health, and deployment readiness; energy, environmental, and sustainability management; privacy; records, directives, and Freedom of Information Act management; real and personal property management; facilities management and support services; mail management; and related programs.
2. Demonstrated effectiveness in leading a large workforce with significant budgetary resources in meeting detailed operational objectives and targets, and in adjusting work processes when performance falters in order to achieve operating plan goals including customer service requirements.
3. Demonstrated experience and ability in the use of change management techniques; in implementing recommendations that significantly change, interpret, redirect policies or programs; and in the use of 'best practices' from Federal agencies and the private sector and through the creative development and implementation of policy for a large organization.
MANDATORY 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.
Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
a. Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
b. 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.
c. Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
d. Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
e. 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.
f. Takes a long-term view and builds 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: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
a. 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.
b. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
c. 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.
d. 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: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
a. 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.
b. Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
c. Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
d. 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.
e. Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
f. 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: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
a. 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.
b. 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.
c. 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: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
a. Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
b. Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
c. Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp