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Job Title:  Associate Executive Director, Technology Acquisition Center
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-922270-LMM

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, July 15, 2013 to Monday, July 29, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Eatontown, NJ 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 within VA, the Federal government and 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.

The Associate Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the VA's Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) which provides comprehensive acquisition support for VA's highly complex information technology (IT) requirements.  The TAC Associate Executive Director formulates and recommends policies, acquisition approaches, plans, and strategies for acquisition planning, comprehensive procurement functions, and contract administration related to VA's IT services and commodities which support the delivery of medical care and benefits to the nation's Veterans.  The TAC Associate Executive Director oversees the development of contractual actions having high level of significance and criticality to the VA, and frequently having national scope.  The TAC Associate Executive Director leads/manages a comprehensive outreach program to ensure high quality and timely acquisitions, including the execution/improvement of a comprehensive education and training program for TAC customers.  The TAC Associate Executive Director is responsible for executing VA's IT strategic sourcing program and procurement of TAC's advisory and assistance contracts.  The TAC Associate Executive Director make recommendations concerning overall resources needed and participate in developing and executing procedures for reducing operational costs without impairing overall organizational effectiveness.


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 2 position and the salary range is $119,554-$173,600. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.


A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Guaranteed Home Buyout may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee may be 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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The incumbent in this position serves as the Associate Executive Director, Technology Acquisition Center (TAC). The TAC provides comprehensive acquisition support for VA's highly complex requirements, primarily computer systems and hardware.  The incumbent in this position reports directly to the Executive Director, Office of Acquisition Operations. The incumbent's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Formulates and recommends policies, acquisition approaches, plans, and strategies for acquisition planning, comprehensive procurement functions, and contract administration related to VA's IT services and commodities which support the delivery of benefits and medical care to the nation's Veterans.
  • Serves as a key member of the Executive Director, Office of Acquisition Operations management team, consulting in the functional areas under the incumbent's responsibility and serving as a high-level VA resource on acquisition related matters.
  • Oversees the development of contract actions that have high-level significance and notability and may be national in scope.
  • Develops a comprehensive outreach program with his/her customers to ensure quality and timely acquisitions, including the development of a comprehensive education and training program for TAC customers.
  • With his/her customers, develops acquisition strategies and timelines for all acquisitions exceeding $5 million.
  • Collaborates with VA executive-level leadership to ensure the work of the organization is strategically linked to the direction of the Department.


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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.


All applicants MUST SHOW in their 5 PAGE RESUME that they possess the basic education requirements, the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


Acquisition Certification:  Applicants who possess or are eligible for Level III certification by the Federal Acquisition Institute (Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C)) or Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Certification in Contracting); Or applicants who currently possess or are eligible for Level II FAC-C standards within eighteen months from the date of appointment to this position will also be considered.  Please indicate in your application your level and source (DAWIA or FAC-C) of certification or eligibility for certification.


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:  External Awareness

• Target Competency 2:  Strategic Thinking



Target Competency 1:  Conflict Management

Target Competency 2:  Team Building


• Target Competency 1:  Accountability 

• Target Competency 2:  Problem Solving

• Target Competency 3:  Technical Credibility



• Target Competency 1:  Human Capital Management



• Target Competency 1:  Partnering

• Target Competency 3:  Political Savvy


B.  Technical Qualification


1.  Extensive knowledge and experience apply Federal procurement laws, rules, regulations, practices and procedures in order to lead complex procurement operations for a Federal government or similar organization.


2.  Skill in analyzing complex programs and devising highly successful acquisition strategies in support of an organization's Information Technology requirements.  Demonstrated ability to operate and manage an organization capable of delivering high quality, timely, and effective customer service, and to manage the transformation of an organization on a significant scale to meet mission requirements.  Inherent to this qualification is the demonstrated ability to assess and prioritize customer needs, to develop with management a strategy to address those needs and an organizational plan to execute the strategy, the ability to manage multiple facets of complex organizational change, the ability to influence culture and values in delivering and developing improved services, and the ability to serve as a champion to employees during the change process.

C.  Basic Education Requirements

To meet basic requirements for the 1102 series, applicants must have completed a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included, or was supplemented by, at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.  COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE PROVIDED AS PROOF.  CANDIDATES WHO DO NOT PROVIDE PROOF WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.



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).


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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 11:59 pm EDT 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.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Transcripts


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.


Lucrecia Murdock
Phone: (202)461-7887
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. 

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