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Job Title:  Executive Director, Program Accountability and Risk Management Office
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  DHS Headquarters
Job Announcement Number:  CHCO-13-004-DHS-866311

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
Monday, April 01, 2013 to Friday, August 9, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.

The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage.  Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce. 

For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, we welcome you to visit our website at


The incumbent serves as the Executive Director for the Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management (PARM) and reports directly to the Under Secretary for Management (who also serves as the Department's Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO).   PARM's portfolio includes approximately 88 active major programs whose total life cycle costs are valued at approximately $60 billion. These programs vary widely and include: ships and aircraft to secure the maritime and land borders; mobile surveillance; identity credentialing; assets to protect the President; cybersecurity; airport screening and biodefense.  

The PARM also provides oversight of the Department Component Acquisition Executives (CAEs).   The CAEs are the senior acquisition officials for each of the Departments 7 major components.   Components include: Custom and Border Protection (CBP); Transportation and Security Agency (TSA); Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); United States Coast Guard; Secret Service; and, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance
  • A one-year SES probationary period may be required
  • If selected, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (SF-278) is required


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As the Executive Director of PARM, the incumbent serves as the principal oversight and risk management official for all department-wide acquisition programs.   Execution of responsibilities requires demonstrated executive level competency in leadership, program management, acquisition life cycle management, quantitative analysis, and critical thinking while overseeing all phases of the program's life cycle.   These phases include: Needs Development, Analyze/Select, Obtain, and Produce/Deploy/Support.  

The incumbent is required to work in partnership with the Chief Procurement Officer, who is responsible for the procurement/selection and contract management phases, to interpret acquisition policies and procedures to manage acquisition program management. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for:

1)  Strategic leadership and executive oversight over all phases of DHS' acquisition programs throughout the approved Acquisition Life Cycle Framework.  

2)  Providing executive-level advice and assistance in support of various governance boards and councils.

3)  Developing effective qualitative/quantitative methodologies and analysis to inform independent acquisition program reviews.  

4)  Ensuring that component acquisition executives comply with approved acquisition strategies and achieves cost, schedule and performance goals and targets.

5)  Ensuring that component acquisition executives maintain a competent and ready program management workforce and comply with establishing certification standards.

6)  Guiding component acquisition executives and the acquisition workforce through the development and implementation of effective program management policies, standards and procedures that improve the probability of success and mitigate programmatic risk.

7)  Planning and overseeing the conduct of independent reviews, special studies, and provides expert advice to managers of Headquarters functions, using tools such as: alternatives of analysis, business cases, best practices, and risk studies and analysis.

8)  Developing, implementing and monitoring sophisticated business intelligence and other program management systems that focus on program performance.

9)  Evaluating new or modified legislation for projected impact upon DHS acquisition programs.

10) Serving as the USM/CAO's executive lead with senior Departmental and external officials.

The incumbent reports to the Department's USM/CAO, who delegates authority to oversee assigned programs. The incumbent leads a staff of over 50 professionals.


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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.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below:

We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY although you should not address the ECQs or TQs separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your resume.
Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link


Technical Qualification(s) - Mandatory

TQ1.     Expert knowledge of and demonstrated skill in program management and oversight of multiple complex and diverse acquisition programs within large public or private sector enterprises.


TQ2.     Ability to manage large-scale, complex programs with demonstrated expertise and knowledge in areas such as: risk/predictive analysis, business intelligence, program management, Earned Value Management (EVM), Return of Investment (ROI), and the development of acquisition strategies.


TQ3.     Expert knowledge and ability to ensure that programs comply with federal laws and regulations, and policies, especially in the areas of program planning and execution.

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.
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.
Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at 

Ability to obtain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance is required for this position.

5-Page Resume that incorporates the TQs and ECQs.


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


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Working for The Department of Homeland Security offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here


Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.


Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.


Probationary period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.


If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


DHS is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. 

DHS provides reasonable accomodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accomodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accomodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers made to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employees in the Executive Branch.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employee, please indicate this in your resume.  Serving in a Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES appointment WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

The complete Application Package must be submitted by fax or online through Application Manager by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013


To apply online:

1. Click the Apply Online button at the top right of the vacancy announcement to begin, by either creating an account or logging in to your existing USAJOBS account. 

2. You will be prompted to create an account or log in to your existing Application Manager account to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload your 5-page resume. (USAJOBS portfolio documents will not be accepted, therefore applicants are required to upload a 5-page resume through Application Manager.)

3. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

To fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Click this link to view and print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your 5-page resume to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. (This will only be applicable to applicants who applied through USAJOBS.)


A 5 page resume and occupational questionnaire.


Michelle Monroe
Phone: (202)357-8431
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions (including are you willing to be drug tested). Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.

Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 866311

1. Title of Job

Executive Director, Program Accountability and Risk Management Office

2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level (00-00) you will accept.


11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:

001 US Citizens

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Are you willing to take and be subjected to random drug testing?

A. Yes
B. No


Are you currently, or have you been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch?

A. Yes
B. No

3. Have you graduated from an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program? (If you selected 'yes', please include this statement at the top of your resume.)

A. Yes
B. No

4. Are you a current or former Career SES and your ECQs have been certified by OPMs Qualifications Review Board (QRB)?  (If 'yes', include this statement at the top of you resume).

A. Yes
B. No

5. As a former or current Career SES, have you completed a one-year Career-SES Probationary Period?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Not Applicable


I acknowledge that I understand that the method of recruitment for this position is the Resume-Only Method, and I have thoroughly reviewed the 'How to Apply' section of this Vacancy Announcement. The only required document is a 5-Page Resume and any additional pages and documents will not be considered.  I understand that failure to fax or upload a 5-page resume by the vacancy announcement's closing date may result in loss of further consideration.  I have reviewed this link as a tool to ensure that my resume incorporates the required ECQs and TQs.

A. Yes
B. No

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