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Job Title:  Director, Office of Procurement
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  ICE-SES-2013-884643

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
Thursday, May 02, 2013 to Thursday, May 23, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
United States Citizens


The President has challenged cabinet Secretaries and senior Federal agency heads to create a government that is more citizen centered, results oriented, and market based.  To achieve this vision within The Department of Homeland Security, we are searching for high caliber leaders who possess high standards of excellence and enjoy challenges and opportunities. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  ICE protects national security and upholds public safety by targeting criminal networks and terrorist organizations that seek to exploit vulnerabilities in the immigration system, in the financial networks, along the U.S. borders, and elsewhere. 

The Director, Office of Procurement heads the Office of Acquisition Management, which operates as a full business partner with internal and external organizations in delivering quality acquisition solutions in support of the ICE mission.  The incumbent of this position reports to the Executive Associate Director (EAD) of Management and Administration (M&A) for (ICE) and serves as the principal executive responsible for the negotiation of all business agreements with the private sector and for execution of statutory authority in obligating ICE and the private sector to specific contract performance.  The Director, Office of Procurement also serves as the Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) under the appointment of the Department of Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). 


Duty Location:  Washington, D.C.

ICE is an equal opportunity 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.

ICE provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.   If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please notify us.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Investigation


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  • Lead, supervise, and direct the work of an acquisition management organization in support of critical DHS programs that have an annual obligation amount of approximately $2 billion.
  • Serve as a principal partner on all elements of program execution that have a material impact on development, modification, and execution of ICE acquisition strategies.  
  • Partner with elements of the Executive Associate Director's organization to support the development, implementation, and refinement of the ICE business management process, to include voting membership on all boards, committees, and other panels managing this program.  
  • Provide executive leadership for the development and implementation of ICE procurement policies and procedures with the goal of properly implementing governing directives, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation ( FAR ).  
  • Serve as member of the Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO) Council and actively be involved in the overall DHS acquisition program.  The incumbent will also advise various boards and committees as identified by the CPO.
  • Develop and maintain contact with all levels of DHS officials, other government agencies, foreign governments, Congress, technology officials, support contract vendors, professional groups , organizations representing employees, educational and state institutions, and trade associations. Contacts are to exchange information; resolve highly complex issues and negotiate plans; set, explain, or justify DHS policies and procedures; persuade officials to pursue a recommended course of action; and carry out and evaluate operations .
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are established; direct a team of highly skilled employees, and work directly with ICE support contractors and other independent contractors to deliver products and services.  The work directed by the incumbent will include projects with broad-based proposals developed to increase the effectiveness of the overall acquisition administration system.  
  • Ensure the success of acquisition efforts by directly linking those efforts to the implementation of mission critical, highly complex, large scale information systems in an environment of rapidly evolving technologies, fiscal and resource constraints, and ongoing legislative changes.


As a member of the ICE executive team, you will implement the President's Management Agenda within your specific area of responsibility.  For an overview of the diverse responsibilities ICE carries out within the Government, visit our website at


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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization.The ideal candidate will have experience supervising a large number of employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees.

Your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance;
  • Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy making, policy determining, or other executive functions.


If your resume does not include these basic qualifications you will not be determined qualified for this position.


EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The Fundamental Competencies within the following five ECQs are also a part of the selection criteria for SES positions.  A narrative submission on each ECQ is mandatory for all applicants except current SES and those approved by an SES Candidate Development Program (non-competitive applicants).  The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential and do not evaluate technical expertise. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.


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.


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


TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION - Mandatory for all applicants

Expert knowledge and application of Federal procurement laws, rules, regulations, practices, to include demonstrated leadership of an organizational entity responsible for the management of complex acquisition operations. 


Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. A security clearance is required.

Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the CBP Applicant and Employee Drug Testing Program. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing.  

Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after appointment.

Selective Service: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and selected for this position, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Mobility: Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement.  Therefore, applicants are expected to be mobile and once appointed SES members may be reassigned at the discretion of the appointing authority.

Immigration Reform and Control Act: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.

Reference Check:  Verification of performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment. 

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



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 reference checks.  The ICE 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 after selection and before appointment can occur.


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You may be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. The total compensation package includes other benefits and options.  

You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal Retirement System.

You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings.

You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life and Long Term Care Insurance Programs.

In addition to the 10 regular paid holidays observed by the government, you will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year.


Relocation:  Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.  

Veteran's Preference:  SES positions are NOT subject to Veteran's preference.  Do NOT submit your DD214.


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Note: You must submit a complete online application package using the USA Jobs website application manager. We are no longer accepting resumes via email or standard/express mail.

  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  • Follow the directions to register and submit all required documents.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at


Your application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT of the closing date of this announcement date.


It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and sent is received and is accurate.


Fax: If you are unable to upload your documents using Application Manager, you may fax them to 1-478-757-3144.  DO NOT FAX the same documents that have been uploaded into Application Manager.  If you are unable to submit your application online, you may View Occupational Questionnaire, complete the questionnaire using form 1203-FX, and fax the form to 1-478-757-3144. The required fax cover sheet must be included and should include the Vacancy Identification Number: ICESES/13-884643.


You may verify your documents have been processed by logging into Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear virus scan. Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process.


PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REQUESTED (i.e., Letters of recommendation, DD214s, Training Certifications, etc.)

1.  Resume - Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number and email address.   Additionally, we recommend you include job titles, salaries, employers' names and addresses, supervisor's names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), starting and ending dates of employment. Your resume needs to emphasize your level or responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. When uploading your resume, choose the Supporting Document Type called "Resume".

2.   Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Required for all applicants except noncompetitive applicants. This document carries the greatest weight in your selection and is the basis for your final consideration for certification in the Senior Executive Service.   As a competitive applicant, you must submit a narrative statement for each ECQ describing work experiences that reflect proven, demonstrated success in meeting these requirements.    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.'   The narrative for your ECQs must not exceed 10 pages in total. It is recommended that each ECQ narrative be no more than two pages.  When uploading your ECQs, choose the Supporting Document Type called "ECQ."

The preferred format for your response is the CCAR Model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results). Simply, you should pick 1-2 work experiences per ECQ and write a story using this outline of the CCAR Model:  

a. Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal that you faced in a job.

b. Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, Members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale.) Describe how that context influenced how the problem evolved; why it was important; and what complicated resolving it.

c. Action: Discuss the specific action you took to address the challenge.   Be specific about what you did so you can show the nexus between your action and the impact on the final solution.

d. Results: Give specific examples of the results of your actions (e.g. process improvements, money saved, increased efficiency, productivity or customer satisfaction).   These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Your examples should emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.   ECQs measure of demonstrated performance.   Education or training alone in a particular ECQ is not qualifying experience.   References to training and education should be limited to those that specifically supplement your executive work experience.

Applicants preparing ECQs for the first time should expect to spend approximately 40 hours writing and refining the narrative responses, so you should plan accordingly to meet the application deadline.

Tips on writing a good ECQ narrative, guidance on the CCAR model, and sample approved ECQs are available at

NOTE:  ECQ Exemption for Non Competitive Applicants - If you are a career SES appointee, eligible for reinstatement into the SES or a graduate of an OPM-certified Candidate Development Program you do not have to submit ECQs, but you must submit MTQ(s), discussed below, and all other required documents.

3 .  Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Required for all applicants. Applicants must submit narrative responses to each of the qualifications listed in the Mandatory Technical Qualifications section of this vacancy announcement.   Narrative responses must not be longer than two pages per MTQ.  This is addition to the 10 page maximum for the ECQs.   You must address each MTQ separately.  When uploading your MTQs, choose the Supporting Document called "Other" or "Technical Qualifications".  You are required to respond to all MTQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Select the supporting document "MTQs" to upload your responses.


4.  Proof of Federal Employment/Status.   For positions open to all Federal employees, you must provide a Standard Form-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current or former civil service status.   You can obtain this from your Official Personnel Folder maintained by your servicing personnel office, or in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (EOPF).  When uploading your SF50, choose the Supporting Document called "SF-50".

5.  Proof of Non-Competitive Eligibility.   Current and former SES members and graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs, who wish to be considered as non-competitive eligible, must provide proof of eligibility.   Current and former SES should provide a copy of the Standard Form-50, Notification of Personnel Action, for the initial appointment to the SES.   This personnel action is the only action that reflects that you previously competed and were certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board.   Individuals who were removed from the SES or did not complete the SES probationary period are not eligible for non-competitive appointment. CDP graduates should provide a copy of the OPM QRB Criterion B Certification.  When uploading your SF50 (Proof of SES status), choose the Supporting Document called "ECQ". 


Martesia S. Lavant
Phone: (202)732-7568
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
800 K Street NW
Washington, DC


Please expect to receive periodic updates of your application status.

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