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Job Title:  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Job Announcement Number:  OST.SES-2013-0003

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 $172,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013
Permanent - Career
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. Citizens.

Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on March 1st and March 14th.


Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation's economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration serves as the deputy policy and operations leader and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Transportation on Department-wide and Office of the Secretary (OST) administrative matters.  The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration will provide executive advice and support to the Assistant Secretary for day-to-day operation of the organization and for coordination of recommendations affecting the policy and program issues requiring decision by the Deputy Secretary and Secretary.  The Deputy  shares responsibility for strategic management of human capital; monitoring the progress of departmental offices related to sustainability goals; controls and standards to ensure that procurement and financial assistance programs are in accord with good business practices; follow-up and resolution of Government Accountability Office and Inspector General audit reviews; information resource management; property management information; facilities, and security.  Additionally, the Deputy Assistant Secretary oversees management studies and administrative initiatives, as required by the Assistant Secretary for Administration.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date


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As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, you will:

  • Participate with the Assistant Secretary for Administration in the planning, administration, and implementation of the management policies and decisions of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary. Provide advice and guidance on major administrative and policy matters related to short term and long term policy initiatives.
  • Provide strategic advice regarding organizational management matters and policy and process development in areas such as acquisition, facilities/space management, human resources, security, property, information and asset management, and financial management. 
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate action on proposals originated by the Operating Administrations and the OST Secretarial staff offices that may affect management policy or require policy decisions by the Assistant Secretary for Administration.


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As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must show in your resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

Your resume should emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that you will be presented with once you have applied to this announcement. You must clearly demonstrate in your resume how your experience supports each of the TQs. 

  1. Executive level experience managing at least three of the following management programs: audit relations, human resource management, security, financial management, facilities, acquisition and asset management.
  2. Executive level experience leading change through the creative development and implementation of policy for a large, complex organization, or Federal Department, with regard to a variety of management programs.  This includes developing innovative solutions that resolve problems or conflicts between management requirements, an organization’s mission, and customer needs.
  3. Experience providing leadership for sound financial management and expertise in managing across organizations to achieve results.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that you will be presented with once you have applied to this announcement.

  • Please Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the 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 ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

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

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, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

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

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

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website.


An SES reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.
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Our benefits package offers:

Annual Leave (paid vacation), Sick Leave, and Holidays - You will earn 26 days of annual leave and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Federal Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.

Health Benefits - Employees and family members are eligible for health benefits at reasonable rates with no required medical examinations or restrictions because of age or physical condition. Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - You may choose to participate in the FSA Program. This program allows you to set aside money, on a pre-tax basis, for certain kinds of out of pocket medical expenses or dependent care costs of a child or parent

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program - You may elect to participate in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.

Life Insurance - You may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance program. The program offers employees an opportunity to acquire life insurance protection at group rates with a government contribution toward the cost of basic insurance.

For more details on the various health and life insurance benefits offered to most Federal Employees click here

Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website

Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.

Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $230 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

Telework - DOT recognizes the importance and encourages the use of telework.


Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application
  • Complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.
  • Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.


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The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME ONLY. You must submit a resume which cannot exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence of how you possess the technical qualifications and the 5 ECQs. Application packages must be received online no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
  • Create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account
  • Upload your resume and supporting documents
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at


The following documents must be provided by the close date:

RESUME - showing relevant experience and education.

SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade.)

  • Current Career Senior Executives and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50 which shows career SES status
CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE - individuals who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, submit a copy of your OPM certificate. Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1200 New Jersey Ave
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive online confirmation that your application package has been received, as well as the final outcome regarding selection. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.

Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on February 28th and March 14th. All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you.

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