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Job Title:  Senior Procurement Executive/Head of Contracting Activity
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Coast Guard
Job Announcement Number:  CG-SES-13-03

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 11, 2013 to Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20593View Map
Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The Senior Procurement Executive/Head of Contracting Activity is the principal official responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and controlling the procurement policy and operational contracting programs of the Coast Guard.  This position reports directly to the Chief Acquisition Officer of the Coast Guard.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • The applicant is subject to pre-appointment and random drug testing.
  • This position requires a Top Secret clearance.
  • The selectee is required to complete a Personal Financial Disclosure Report


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The Senior Procurement Executive/Head of Contracting Activity (SPE/HCA) serves as the principal consultant and advisor on procurement and contracting matters for the Chief Acquisition Officer and provides expert advice to DHS Under Secretary for Management/Chief Acquisition Officer and high level Coast Guard officials. 


The incumbent provides expert advice and guidance on acquisition policy development, determines program emphasis and goals, and establishes standards and procedures for the effective, efficient and ethical implementation of Coast Guard procurement activities. 


The SPE/HCA monitors and oversees the Chiefs of Contracting offices and contracting officers' decisions on a wide variety of contract types, and situations which are highly controversial, complex and involve significant issues which involve Administration, Congressional, and Departmental interest. 


The incumbent will direct Coast Guard procurement programs for small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses to maximize their participation in government contracting opportunities. 


As Source Selection Authority, the incumbent is responsible for selecting the successful contractor for all major acquisition.


The SPE/HCA is responsible for oversight of the budget, training and business plans for the Procurement Management Office. 


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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.  In addition applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements of the position. 

Basic Qualifications:

A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions.  At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


B. A four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.


Since this position has a specific education requirement, applicants should verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of an official or unofficial college transcript with the application.  We will be unable to return these documents to you.  However, if selected for this position, you must provide an original, official college transcript before appointment.


- Education information in your application should only reflect attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

- The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. To apply for this position, please submit an uploaded resume which DOES NOT exceed FIVE (5) pages using a 12 point font and no less than 1 inch margins. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. You must submit a resume which provides evidence of how you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications listed below in one document. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

The application package cannot exceed a total of 5 pages. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQ)

TQ1:   Demonstrated management ability in leading, planning, directing, and overseeing all aspects of a major contracting organization (handling all types of contracts ranging from Major Acquisition to Simplified Acquisition and Purchase Cards), with experience in competition advocacy, socio-economic programs, procurement policy, program management, contract administration, and major systems source selection.

TQ2:   Demonstrated ability to manage and negotiate consensus on complex issues related to major system acquisitions with senior levels of industry and Government, including Program, Agency/Component, Departmental, Government Accounting Office, and Congressional entities. 

Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

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 Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ2 - 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.

ECQ3 - 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.

ECQ4 - 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.

Applicants can obtain additional information regarding the Executive Core Qualifications on the Internet at



A preliminary review of the applications will be made by the Human Resources Operations Division to determine if candidates meet the mandatory TQs and ECQs. Applicants who meet the mandatory TQs and ECQs will be considered minimally qualified for this position.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."


This position is designated as career-reserved. 


Selectee will be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period in the SES, unless he or she is exempt based on previous successful completion of such probation.

Any required investigations and clearances or waivers must be completed before a selectee is placed in this position.

Selectee must file an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) upon appointment in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.

Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors will not be considered.

This position requires a Top Secret clearance.  Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain this level of clearance.

The applicant is subject to pre-appointment and random drug testing.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-7098. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


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There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:
*Uploaded resume
*Responses to on-line core questions
*Response to on-line self-assessment
*Supporting documents if requested

You must submit your application so that it will be received on-line by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of the announcement. Applicants must submit all of the required information, as stated below, or their application will not be considered.

1. Your uploaded resume (limited to five (5) pages, 12 point font and no less than 1 inch margins) which includes the required information listed below:

a. Your full name, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail and mailing address.

b. If applicable, reinstatement eligibility to the Senior Executive Service and dates held on the SES career appointment.

c. Job titles, salaries, employers' names and addresses, supervisors' names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), starting and ending dates and hours per week of unpaid or non-paid work experience that relates to this vacancy.

d. Specifics on how your education meets the requirements outlined in the Qualifications section above. You should also include any job-related training courses, special skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards and publications.

Questions related to the position or required documents may be directed to Ms. Jean M. Fifer at (410) 636-7098 or

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


Candidates must submit a copy of their college transcripts reflecting possession of the above mentioned required education.


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 graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification.


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 410-636-7266
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
2401 Hawkins Point Road
Building 1
Attn: Human Resource Service Center Northeast
Baltimore, MD
Fax: 410-636-7266


A panel of Senior Executive Service and equivalent executives will determine the highly qualified candidates. Highly qualified candidates may undergo interviews and a reference check. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded through the Department of Homeland Security to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

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