This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Office Director

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:CSHRM-2013-0015

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


Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Friday, June 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Patrick AFB, FL, USView Map


  • All groups of qualified individuals.
  • Noncompetitive (Current career SES, QRB certified graduates of SES candidate development programs and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility)
  • "You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."


    The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide. Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

    The position is located in the Office of Aviation, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). INL is responsible for minimizing the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering global cooperation. Included in the INL portfolio is the mission of developing policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. INL programs reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States and combat crime which complement counterterrorism efforts, both directly and indirectly, by promoting modernization of and supporting operations by foreign criminal justice systems and law enforcement agencies charged with the counter-terrorism mission. The Office of Aviation is an integral and indispensable component of these efforts due to the critical importance of aviation assets in the successful execution of these missions.

    The Director of the Office of Aviation reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary, and works closely with the Assistant Secretary and other Deputy Assistant Secretaries on myriad issues related to the Bureau’s worldwide aviation counternarcotics program as well as general aviation support to Embassies Kabul and Baghdad. The Director manages a program involving approximately 900 million dollars in projects and contracts, supervising the work of 20 Civil Service employees and approximately 46 Personal Services Contractors and over 1,900 contractor personnel. In addition, the Director has oversight responsibility for approximately two hundred active fixed and rotary wing aircraft, of both civilian and military design.

    Persons selected for initial appointment to the career Senior Executive Service must have their Executive Core Qualifications certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period. Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES).


    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
    • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
    • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
    • Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278.
    • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.


    Back to top

    The Office Director develops policies and programs designed to: aerially-eradicate drug crops with herbicides; support institution building of cooperating host government counternarcotics aviation programs; destroy cocaine and heroin processing laboratories and interdict drug trafficking activities; conduct aerial reconnaissance to locate drug crops and production facilities and verify eradication program results; develop and implement technological innovations to improve effectiveness and safety of aerial eradication and interdiction efforts; and provide general aviation passenger and cargo support to select Embassies. This program is also positioned to support host governments worldwide in their efforts to locate and eradicate drug crops, interdict drug production and trafficking activities, and develop their own institutional counternarcotics aviation capabilities.

    Serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretaries on a wide variety of planning and management issues related to these highly dynamic aviation programs. Provides instructions/guidance to overseas posts (in coordination with other Bureaus and Agencies, as appropriate) on the program.

    The incumbent is responsible for directing all aspects of the work of the Office, including assessing policy and program feasibility, goals and implementation plans, designing an organizational structure that promotes effective work accomplishment, establishing operating policies, and setting internal effectiveness and control standards.

    Develops and establishes long and short-range plans, goals and projects. Serves as principal advisor to the Bureau’s senior management team on the formulation, development, implementation and oversight of policies associated with the Bureau’s international aviation program. Provides leadership, direction, and guidance to all permanent staff, as well as the large contract staff, in the implementation of the Bureau’s counternarcotics and general support aviation programs. Recommends program policy changes to more effectively accomplish the intent and objective of broadly stated Department of State and Administration policies that impact existing or proposed aviation programs.

    Establishes and institutionalizes standards of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity for the Department’s aviation program that are aligned with the Department’s and Bureau’s Strategic Goals and program/policy objectives.  Establishes internal controls, monitors and evaluates progress toward productivity, and recommends adjustments in management operations to improve productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.


    Back to top

    Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (last five questions). All applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Technical Qualification questions in order to receive consideration for the position. To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website please click here. When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Mandatory Technical Qualification and Executive Core Qualification. Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for the position.

    For this position applicants must address the following mandatory technical qualifications:

    1. I have demonstrated experience with contract oversight and management, budget and financial management operations, audit relations, and human resource management for a large, complex organization.

    2. I have extensive experience implementing large programs and developing policies that are consistent with relevant governing laws, e.g. contracting laws, federal aviation laws, and authorization and appropriation laws.

    3. I have expertise in managing multi-million dollar operational programs in challenging domestic and/or international environments.

    If you do not possess the mandatory technical qualifications described above, you may be considered ineligible for this position.

    This position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's completion and favorable adjudication of a background security investigation. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.


    Applicants will be evaluated by a Qualifications Review Panel of senior officials. The Panel will rate applicants on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience and education. The Panel will determine the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the the mandatory technical requirements of the position and the Executive Core Qualification requirements. Among the factors the evaluation panel will consider in determining the applicant's relative capacity and fitness for the position are education, training, experience and demonstrated executive level qualifications. The Panel will rate your application against each of the Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates. Candidates determined to be best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration for the position.
    To preview questions please click here.


    Back to top
    SALARY RANGE: The salary range for this position is $119,554.00 to $179,700.00 The total compensation package includes other benefits and options. Total employer paid contributions are worth approximately $20,000 to $27,000 excluding paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and performance based bonuses. PAY, BENEFITS, AND WORK SCHEDULE: This is a permanent position. 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, Long Term Care Insurance and Flexible Spending Account programs. Senior Executive Service employees earn 8 hours of annual leave each pay period. Federal Employees also earn 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.


    SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed. SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Work/Life Programs, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


    Back to top
    Applicants must submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State application system when you apply on-line. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following three-step application process: STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions provided. WHEN COMPLETING YOUR ON-LINE RESUME DO NOT CONVERT IT TO THE SES RESUME FORMAT. STEP 2: Answer the mandatory technical and executive core qualifications. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this job. Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the user information questions and the mandatory technical and executive core qualifications. STEP 3: Submit all required documentation listed in the required documents section of this announcement to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of the announcement. Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources Office no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern Standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the career SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you MUST submit proof of non-competitive eligibility i.e., conversion to career SES SF-50 or SES Certificate. You must attach a copy of a SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action" that verifies status or eligibility. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration as a non-competitive candidate.

    For all other applicants, please submit a copy of your SF-50 that shows proof of status (indicates your tenure and appointment type). Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration for this position.

    All required documents must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement which is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."


    Phone: 000-000-0000
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    U.S. Department of State
    2401 E Street, N.W.
    Room H-1104
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation. You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process: 1. Upon receipt of your application. 2. Upon minimum qualification determinations. 3. After the certificate is issued. 4. After final selection is made. For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here .

    Back to top
    Print Preview

    Job Announcement Number:


    Control Number: