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Job Title:  Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Benefits Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-864352-JJ

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
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Wednesday, April 10, 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 all sources: within VA, the Federal government, and from 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.

As Principal Deputy Under Secretary, the incumbent is responsible for the effective operation of the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) 56 regional offices, VA Central Office organization and all business lines (Compensation Service, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Loan Guaranty Service, Education Service, Insurance Service, and Pension & Fiduciary). The Principal Deputy Under Secretary serves as the Under Secretary's alter ego and is responsible for the effective operation, policy development, external relationships and service for the more than 26 million Veterans serviced. More information on the Veterans Benefits Administration can be found at


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a Pay Band 1 position. The salary for this position is capped at $179,700.


A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Guaranteed Home Buyout may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee maybe subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Pubic 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 Principal Deputy Under Secretary is responsible to the Under Secretary for Benefits.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


·         Through three Deputy Under Secretaries (Disability Assistance, Economic Opportunity, and Field Operations), and a Chief of Staff, the incumbent provides leadership and direction of 56 regional offices, 8 regional loan centers, 11 national call centers (9 National call centers; 1 Pension call center; and 1 Education call center), and 4 education processing centers.


·         Provides leadership and direction for VBA’s Transformation initiatives, other national initiatives, projects, pilots and studies in the areas of organizing and controlling mission and support operations of the VA benefits delivery system.


·         Assures that all operations of VBA, both in Central Office and the regional offices, are conducted in the most economical and effective manner and that they conform to all applicable laws, regulations, established policies, standards or procedures.


·         Ensures close contact with stakeholders to include, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, high-level officials of various congressional committees, and those with oversight responsibilities for Veterans affairs, and Veterans Service Organizations.  Represents VBA in meetings with these groups, with full authority to commit VBA and the Under Secretary for Benefits to a course of action. 


·         Provides executive oversight in budget formulation and execution and ensures the integration of national Departmental goals and objectives.


·         Ensures a successful integration between VBA, the Department, and the Office of Management and Budget in developing and reporting on VBA’s performance measures and outcomes, and submission of VBA’s 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.


Both competitive and non-competitive applicants MUST SHOW in your 5 PAGE RESUME that you 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: External Awareness 

• Target Competency 2: Vision


• Target Competency 1:  Conflict Management

• Target Competency 2:  Team Building


• Target Competency 1:  Accountability

• Target Competency 2:  Decisiveness


• Target Competency 1:  Financial Management

• Target Competency 2:  Human Capital Management


• Target Competency 1:  Partnering

• Target Competency 2:  Political Savvy


B.  Technical Qualification


Demonstrated experience in successfully leading and managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services for a large group of beneficiaries or customers.




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 above).


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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 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:




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. Your resume should include three references with at least one being the current or prior supervisor.


3.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


4.  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.



Jeannette Jones
Phone: (202)461-7907
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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