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Job Title:  Director, Office of Policy and Evaluation (OPE)
Agency:  Merit Systems Protection Board
Job Announcement Number:  MSPB-SES-2013-0003

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
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
All qualified persons.


Protect the Merit Principles and promote an effective Federal Workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.

MSPB carries out its statutory responsibilities and authorities primarily by adjudicating individual employee appeals and by conducting merit systems studies. In addition, MSPB reviews the significant actions of the Office of Personnel Management to assess the degree to which those actions may impact merit.

About the Position:

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 and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution. SES employees are also eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran’s preference is not applicable to the SES. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless previously completed under an SES appointment. Visit for additional information and benefits for SES employees.

As the guardian of merit systems in the Federal Government, MSPB has a statutory mission to conduct special studies on the civil service and report results to the President and Congress. As Director of MSPB’s Office of Policy and Evaluation (OPE), you will— 

  •  Lead a program of research on Federal human resources policy and practice to support strong viable merit systems and ensure that Federal workforce is managed in a manner consistent with the merit system principles (MSPs) and free from prohibited personnel practices (PPPs). 
  • Carry out the MSPB’s statutory responsibility to review significant actions of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to determine if they are in accordance with the MSPs and free from PPPs. 
  • Support MSPB review of OPM regulations to assure that those regulations do not require commission of a PPP.
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to increase awareness of MSPB’s work and implementation of its recommendations among stakeholders including the President, Congress, Federal agency executives and human capital leaders, and employee and professional organizations. You will be a key face of the Board’s merit systems studies function.
  • Support MSPB implementation of the GPRA Modernization Act (GPRAMA) and conduct internal program evaluation. 
  • Lead a staff of professional human resources specialists and research psychologists.

MSPB has a collegial work environment and provides the opportunity to work with considerable independence. More information about MSPB and its research can be found on the OPE Web page (the studies tab on


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Complete, if selected, an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (SF-278)
  • A one-year SES probationary period may be required


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Major duties include:

  • Develop and manage the merit systems studies and OPM significant actions review programs to accomplish MSPB’s mission.
  • Lead the planning,  execution, and issuance of special studies and reviews of merit systems to 1) ensure that the Federal civil service is free from PPPs and adheres to the MSPs; 2) identify and examine issues and concerns in the management of Federal merit systems; 3) recommend legislative changes or systemic changes in regulations, polices or procedures; and 4) make recommendations on human capital policy and practice to stakeholders to promote efficient and effective management of the Federal workforce.
  • Review regulations of the Office of Personnel Management, in collaboration with the MSPB’s Office of General Counsel.
  • Represent MSPB in meetings with high level officials from other government agencies, staff of congressional committees, members of the media, and officials of other nations.
  • Serve as the principal policy advisor to the agency for assigned functions, advising the Chairman on controversial or sensitive matters, including emerging policy issues and MSPB's relationships with other Federal agencies.
  • Monitor and manage relationships with other Federal agencies to assure that MSPB can carry out its statutory merit studies and OPM review functions.
  • Support MSPB’s corporate management responsibilities by directing or supporting strategic planning, internal program evaluations, and performance reporting and improvement.
  • Lead, develop, and motivate an independent, collegial professional staff of HR specialists and research psychologists.


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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.

Candidates must possess senior level management and technical experience. Candidates experience must have been at a high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the professional and technical, as well as program knowledge, skills, and abilities outlines under the five Executive Core Qualifications and the mandatory technical qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Experience is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.


This is a career reserved position and therefore must be filled by a career appointee. Successful applicants are not required to have previous Senior Executive Service (SES) career service before applying for this position. The selected candidate's executive and managerial qualifications must be certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to an initial SES career appointment. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential -not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.


A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ): All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per ECQ.

The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individuals has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety 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 rated as ‘ineligible’.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements to two pages per ECQ with no more than 2 examples per ECQ.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at

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. (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. In addition to this ECQ, you must also describe your accomplishments in EEO and/or CIVIL RIGHTS. This includes opportunities provided to minorities and women to receive grants and/or contracts, employment and advancement, training, award recognition, and program benefits. (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. (Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility)

ECQ 4 BUISNESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (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. (Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating)

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications; Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; they should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative. It is necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ): All applicants must submit written statements. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per TQ.

1. Experience in the leadership of organizations responsible for conducting empirical research in complex public administration and human resources management issues. 

2. Knowledge of public administration and management theories, principles, and practices, particularly knowledge of Federal personnel law, regulations, policies, and practices.

To preview questions please click here.


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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below.


For information regarding CTAP eligibility for applicants who are displaced Federal employees click on the link below: Career Transition Assistance Programs Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: 1-800-877-8339. MSPB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER and employment decisions are based on merit factors only. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in an employment decision by this agency, you have the right to seek counseling to resolve your complaint. You must do so within 45 days of the alleged discrimination action. If you desire to seek counseling, call the MSPB Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-254-4405.


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A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications questions
  • Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications
  • Supporting Documentation (See Required Documents for more information)

For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

For information on how to submit your supporting documentation through our automated hiring system and/or print additional fax cover sheets click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

Required Documents: All applicants are required to submit the following information. The initial competition and identification of candidates to be interviewed will be made solely on the basis of this material. Candidates who do not submit complete a complete application as indicated below will not be considered.

  • If you are a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program graduate, submit proof of the Office of Personnel Management's certification and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications.
  • If you are a current or former SES member, submit documentation of SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the mandatory technical qualifications.
1. Respond to EACH of the ECQs individually. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each page of the supplemental applicant statement. The purpose of this statement is to provide you, as an applicant, the opportunity to elaborate on your experience, training, and specifically, significant achievements which relates to the ECQs being used to identify the best qualified candidates for this vacancy. DO NOT simply repeat entries from other parts of your application package. Please provide complete responses to the executive core qualifications. Detailed information on the ECQs and Key Characteristics may be found at: for additional guidance on writing your Supplemental Applicant Statement. When addressing the five ECQs the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages. Please use the C-C-A-R Model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), the preferred method of writing your ECQs provided at An ECQ statement may include one or more examples of relevant experience. The number of examples is not as important as assuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria. Please provide your examples using the four C-C-A-R elements below:
  1. Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
  2. Context - Talk about 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.)
  3. Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
  4. Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.

These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

2. Respond to EACH of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications individually. Your narrative responses must not exceed two (2) pages per Technical Qualification.

3. Submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal using the auto generated fax cover sheet printed via the on-line automated system. This is required of candidates who are current Federal employees and all others who could reasonably be expected to receive such an appraisal on a periodic basis.

4. If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility using the auto generated fax cover sheet printed via the on-line automated system.


Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:

Do I need to submit college transcripts?

I attended school at a foreign university. Do I need to submit any additional documents?

I am a displaced or surplus Federal employee. What documents do I need to submit?

Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of faxed supporting documentation. You should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document.
  • If you are using the system generated fax cover sheet, please fax to the number listed on the fax cover sheet.
Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


Sharon Satre
Phone: 612-336-3202
Fax: 612-336-3555
Agency Information:
Merit Systems Protection Board
100 N. 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 612-336-3555


The open period of this announcement is three weeks and may be extended if there is a lack of qualified applicants received by the close date. Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements in the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications above will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory knowledge, skills, and abilities described in items A and B. Interviews and qualifications inquiries may be required. The executive core qualifications of the selectee are subject to prior approval by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board. When reviewing Executive Core Qualifications Statements, the Qualifications Review Board is looking for specific challenges, actions, and results.

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