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Job Title:  Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of Defense
Job Announcement Number:  SES-849143-TO

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, April 15, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals. This is a Tier 1 position. Salaries for Tier 1 positions range from $119,554 to $165,300 per annum.


The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, and program evaluation responsibilities. OSD includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Under Secretaries of Defense, Assistant Secretaries of Defense, General Counsel, and the Director of Administration and Management.

  • This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders.  SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.
  • As an executive you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.
  • The incumbent serves as the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense in his role as the Presidential Designee for The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCACA), 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.  The Act covers the voting rights of all members of the Uniformed Services, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps,  the Commissioned Corps of the  Public Health Service (PHS) and all U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. 
  • This position serves under the authority and direction of the Director, Defense Human Resources Agency (DHRA):


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret Security clearance.
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.


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  • The Director, FVAP establishes, develops, and directs the DoD Voting Assistance Program and provides policy guidance to the DoD components and partners with the components to provide training and facilitate their voting assistance programs.
  • The Director develops and prescribes the official Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, including secrecy envelopes and mailing envelops for such ballot, for the use of elections for Federal Office by overseas voters.
  • Serves as the liaison to State Chief Election Officers and works closely with their professional organizations, such as the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), to consult and ensure that officials are aware of the requirements of UOCAVA.  The Director also works closely with professional election organizations, such as the Election Center, and is responsible for building strong, working relationships with these organizations and their individual members.
  • The Director implements and administers the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to ensure Congressional intent and compliance with the specific provisions are carried out to enable all citizens to register at armed forced recruitment offices.
  • The Director deals with officials in foreign governments and at all levels of federal, state, and local governments, both elected and appointed, as well as executives in major U.S. and multi-national corporations, executives of political parties, candidates for elected offices, the general public, and Service Members, their families, and all U.S. citizens residing outside of the U.S.  The political and operational sensitivities in dealing with these different and diverse constituencies vary according to the nature and complexity of the subject matter.


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To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'Ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at  Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your action. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per ECQ.

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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4 - 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.

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement

In addition, DoD requires the following Enterprise Perspective: Possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences.  A separate narrative statement is not required.  This information should be embedded within the application package (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately.  You are required to respond to all three of the technical qualifications.  If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "Ineligible".  Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification.

1).  Knowledge of the operations, rules, procedures, and organization of the Federal Government, as well as the role and responsibilities of the 55 state and territorial governments as they pertain to absentee voting.

2).  Demonstrated experience in dealing effectively with congressional staff and senior leaders across the Federal Government as well as senior officials in national organizations and in the private sector; skill in both oral and written communication, to include experience in public speaking and media engagement on sensitive issues as required.

3).  Ability to analyze complex issues and problems including: analysis of legal implications; developing practical recommendations that are supported by senior level management; managing operations affecting large numbers of individuals; and coordinating the activities of multiple organizations with differing views on sensitive issues to develop common solutions to complicated problems.

Education Requirement:  This position does not have an education requirement.

•All newly appointed career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
•You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.
•In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Secret security clearance (Non-Critical Sensitive)  

•Submit application and resume online by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
•Provide all required documents by the closing date of the announcement.


You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resource Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your ECQs must be certified by an OPM QRB before appointment can occur.


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There are a variety of benefits available to Federal Government employees.  You will find specific information pertaining to those benefits at


  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report' (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • In accordance with the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act (Public Law 112-105), SES members (including spouses and dependents) may be subject to their personal financial details being posted onto an online database.  Information such as Stocks, Bonds, Blind Trusts, and other financial information will be made available to the public to view online at anytime.
  • Applications MUST be submitted through USA Jobs.  Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will not be considered.
  • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
  • PCS expenses may be authorized.


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You must apply on-line.  Applications must be received by Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION THROUGH USAJOBS:  In order to expedite the review of your application, you must submit a complete online application package to include the resume and vacancy questions.  To apply online, please select the 'Apply Online' button at the bottom of this announcement.  Please note: your online resume may not be a complete application.  Be sure to carefully read this announcement to see if additional information is required and how it should be submitted.

Please Note:  Applications mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e. a resume, ECQs, and technical qualifications narratives)  WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, do not not fax the same documents.  To verify whether your documents successfully uploaded, please wait at least one hour.  If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete the cover page at the following link using the following Vacancy ID and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.  The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number.
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.

 If you are unable to apply online, you must fax the completed 1203FX (please only complete questions 1-8) form along with your complete application to 1-478-757-3144.  The form 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  The form can be found at  The complete Application Package (containing the required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.


1.  Resume - In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format your choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

  • Vacancy Identification Number - 849143
  • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website:  
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experiences related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary.
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

2.  Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification.  MTQ statements should not exceed two pages per MTQ (Ten pages maximum).

3.  Mandatory ECQ statements. A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ.  In lieu of the narrative statement, current Career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates must provide the documentation in #4.

4.  Copy of Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50):  Current and former Career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES CDP must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

5.  College Transcripts (If Required):  A copy of your college transcripts must be submitted for this position.  Please refer to the Education section of this announcement.

Please Note:  All applicants must submit a copy of their Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to receive consideration for this announcement.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Extraneous materials such as award certificates, performance appraisals, etc. will not be considered.


Teresa Oliver
Phone: (703)693-8548
Agency Information:
Human Resources Directorate
OSD Senior Executive Management Office
4800 Mark Center Drive Ste 03D08
Alexandria, VA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  You should expect to hear back from the organization after 90 days of the closing date.

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