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Job Title:  Director, Enterprise Risk Management & Chief Risk Officer
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-926738-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
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to Wednesday, August 07, 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.

The Director, Office of Enterprise Risk Management (OERM) and Chief Risk Officer is the lead Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) executive for ensuring VA has the processes and systems in place to identify, analyze, and mitigate risk across and throughout the Department.  The CRO serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer (ASM/CFO) of VA.  The incumbent:


      1.    Serves as the VA's primary resource for risk and risk analytic advice, information, expertise, and tools that   can be leveraged across the enterprise. 


2.    Leads the design of processes to integrate, aggregate, analyze/forecast emerging issues, and report meaningful risk and exposure information to the ASM/CFO. 


3.    Provides executive support to the VA Risk Committee by establishing and managing risk policy and guidance; providing objective, independent risk assessments and recommendations; escalating timely and actionable risk information; and maintaining visibility over Agency top tier risks. 


4.    Has the overall responsibility for leadership of OERM with a budget of approximately $8 million. 


5.    Ensures risks are managed within established tolerances, risk controls are effectively designed, and risk policies are understood and effectively applied. 


6.    Maintains a risk assessment program and provides assurance to senior executive leadership and risk oversight bodies buy directing an organization of nine direct/indirect reports.


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.



  • 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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The Director, Office of Enterprise Risk Management, is responsible to the Executive Director, Operations, Office of Management.  The responsibilities include, but not limited to:


·         Manages the establishment, budget, and ongoing maintenance of OERM and VA’s ERM function pursuant to the ERM vision and policy.

·         Provides leadership in executing an ERM vision and policy that identifies, measures, prioritizes, reports, and mitigates enterprise-wide risks, in an integrated and systematic manner.

·         Promotes strong risk awareness culture and senior executive leadership commitment.

·         Leads the implementation of an ERM framework that includes governance, common language, risk identification, assessment, measurement, mitigation and monitoring processes.

·         Leads the process of identification, assessment, prioritization, response, monitoring, and reporting of top enterprise-wide risks facing VA, and communicates them to the ASM/CFO and VA Risk Committee.

·         Ensures that risks are managed within established tolerances, risk controls are effectively designed, and risk policies are understood and effectively applied, and provides such assurance to senior executive leadership and risk oversight bodies.


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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: Strategic Thinking

 Target Competency 2: Vision




 Target Competency 1:   Conflict Management

 Target Competency 2:   Team Building




Target Competency 1: Accountability

Target Competency 2: Technical Credibility




Target Competency 1: Financial Management

Target Competency 2: Human Capital Management




 Target Competency 1:  Partnering

 Target Competency 2:  Influencing/Negotiating


Technical Qualifications 


1.   Demonstrated senior-level experience specializing in an Enterprise Risk Management program   that encompasses complex, multi-agency programs or equivalent with National scope.  Note:  Enterprise risk is defined as managing risks across a range of programs and factors that have broad or far reaching implications for the organization as a whole.


2.   Demonstrated senior-level experience leading, managing and providing strategic Enterprise Risk Management direction for a large, complex organization. 


3.    Demonstrated knowledge of ISO 31001 and enterprise wide automated reporting solutions.





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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