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Job Title:  Executive Director, Operations
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-908623-NE

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, June 13, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 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.

VA's Office of Management (OM) is responsible for directing the Department’s budgetary, financial, capital asset management,  performance management, enterprise risk management, and business oversight functions.  OM has two primary roles — operational, in support of the Department’s Administrations and staff offices so they can accomplish their missions, and stewardship, to ensure for the Secretary VA’s compliance with laws, policies and directions from external organizations such as OMB, Treasury, GSA, GAO and Congress.


OM’s responsibilities are executed through programs administered by the Deputy Assistant Secretaries for Budget, and Finance; and by the Directors of the Office of Asset Enterprise Management, Office of Business Oversight, Office of Performance Management, and Office of Enterprise Risk Management. 



VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 1 position and the salary range is $119,554 - $179,700. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.



 Multiple similarly categorized positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee maybe subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Public 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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This position serves as the Executive Director, Operations in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Management (OM).The responsibilities include, but not limited to:  


Serves as the focal point in the Office of Management for the development, adoption, and implementation of Department-wide programs and policies affecting financial management operations within VA.  The Executive Director analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of these programs and policies and presents balanced recommendations for improvements.

Coordinates and oversees implementation of approved significant program and policy changes with appropriate staff and key Departmental officials as necessary.  Consults with and provides authoritative advice to the officials responsible for implementing these programs and policy changes.  Recommends short and long range objectives for the Department.

Keeps the Assistant Secretary and key staff informed of any pertinent or emergent issues.


Provides executive oversight of initiatives/projects to ensure the organizational goals are linked to the Departmental strategic goals and objectives.  The Executive Director serves as the Assistant Secretary's liaison with internal and external top officials on assigned projects and keeps the Assistant Secretary apprised of complications and overall progress. 


Independently addresses and coordinates financial management operational and emerging issues, on behalf of the Assistant Secretary, with the Offices of the Deputy Secretary and Secretary, Under Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and other Key Officials.


Represents the Assistant Secretary in a wide variety of situations within the Department and with representatives of other Federal agencies and the private sector regarding Departmental programs.


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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: Flexibility

 Target Competency 2: Resilience




 Target Competency 1:   Conflict Management

 Target Competency 2:   Team Building




Target Competency 1: Accountability

Target Competency 2: Customer Service




Target Competency 1: Financial Management

Target Competency 2: Human Capital Management




 Target Competency 1:  Partnering

 Target Competency 2:  Political Savvy


B.  Technical Qualifications 

1.  Executive-level experience in a large, corporate organization requiring knowledge of the Federal budget process, financial accounting principles, and asset, performance and risk management. 


2.  Highly skilled at relational management needed to manage the operational aspects of a large, complex organization with a multi-million dollar budget.




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 11:59pm 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 in 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:


Please note you may also call USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 to have the OPM Form 1203-FX mailed to you; however, this is not a practical alternative if the announcement is nearing its closing date. After the introduction on the recording, press 1, and listen for instructions to request the form.


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.


Nikole Ellis
Phone: (202)461-5478
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.  If you are deemed a "Highly Qualified" applicant, you should be prepared to participate in a structured interview. 

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