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Job Title:  Chief, Direct Investment Division, ES-0110-00/00
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of Economic Analysis
Job Announcement Number:  SES-2013-0020

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 22, 2013 to Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. citizens. Join the Bureau of Economic Analysis where we are looking for diverse, innovative thinkers. Embark on a new career that is challenging and exciting!


The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is one of the world's leading statistical agencies, recognized throughout the United States and around the world as a key source for the best and most comprehensive economic statistics available. The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used in decision-making by policy-makers in the Congress and the executive agencies, including the Council of Economic Advisers, Federal Reserve, Office of Management and Budget and Treasury. BEA's data are also used extensively by private businesses and a wide range of regional organizations, state and local governments, businesses and educational institutions.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis is seeking a highly-motivated and capable executive to serve as the Chief, Direct Investment Division (DID). The Chief, DID plans and develops the direct investment programs and accounts for BEA, coordinates and oversees the activities of the Direct Investment Division, and advises on major developments and important economic research in the direct investment and business survey field.

This position is a senior executive service (SES) career-reserved position. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES pay is commensurate with qualifications. SES employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to SES.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.


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As the Chief, DID you will direct and coordinate the activities of the Direct Investment Division.  You will develop recommendations for plans, programs, and policies that will ensure that the Bureau presents a coherent, up-to-date picture of the international economic position of the United States.  The Chief, DID directs current and developmental work on the measurement of foreign direct investment, emphasizing improvements in the efficiency of data collection, database management, and estimation, along with survey coverage and data quality.

As the Chief, DID you will direct and coordinate the data collection and estimation work of the foreign direct investment program, including annual and benchmark surveys and estimates of foreign direct investment and of the operations of foreign-owned enterprises; quarterly estimates of direct investment balance of payments transactions; annual estimates of new foreign direct investments in the United States.

You will develop plans for continuously updating and upgrading the accuracy, timeliness, and relevance of the BEA’s foreign direct investment program; monitor major economic developments and problems concerning all aspects of foreign direct investment and the characteristics of entities engaged in such investment; and provide leadership on survey methodological issues, particularly as applied to the measurement of foreign direct investment.  

You will serve as principal technical advisor with respect to foreign direct investment; brief Department of Commerce officials, officials of other Federal agencies, and public and private groups on foreign direct investment; and represent the BEA at conferences, on committees, and at conventions and other meetings with top-level representatives of business organizations; international, Federal, State and local government groups; research foundations and educational institutions with interest in the current business situation and international business and economic trends.  


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Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: 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.

Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision

ECQ 2 - Leading People: 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.

Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: 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.

Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: 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.

Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.

Applications should be submitted on-line through You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.


You must have at least a bachelor's degree in economics from an accredited college or university or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the completion of a bachelor's degree. Studies must have included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus. In addition to the education requirements, in order to be considered for the position, applicants are required to submit a separate statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

A narrative description of 1-2 pages per ECQ and PTQ is normally sufficient. When addressing the ECQs and PTQs, statements that describe personal beliefs or philosophies should be avoided. Each response should include a brief summary of your executive experience in relation to the specific ECQ and PTQ and specific examples of accomplishments. Please review the complete guide to writing executive qualifications at and use the Challenge, Context, Action, Result model to develop your statements.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience, and education they possess. All applicants must meet the mandatory ECQs to be eligible for further consideration, and must provide detailed evidence of how they meet the additional PTQs for this position. Applicants must show that they possess the required experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and must show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that demonstrate the level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.

Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

PTQ #1 Demonstrated thorough knowledge and expertise in international business economics and accounting, gained through educational or work experience, in the fields of international business economics, international banking and finance, and international direct investment.

PTQ #2 Demonstrated experience in the conceptual and methodological aspects of economic accounting, database management, and statistics, including data collection, compilation, estimation, and analysis.

PTQ #3 Demonstrated experience in the conceptual and methodological aspects of designing and implementing business surveys.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include: health and life insurance, comprehensive retirement, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K), sick and annual leave, ten paid holidays, Flexible Spending Account, and other benefits which may include flexible work schedule, transportation subsidy, and more.


You may FAX supplemental documents at any time during the open period of a vacancy announcement by going to

1) Log into My USAJOBS,

2) Click on "Applications",

3) Locate the vacancy you applied to,

4) Under "Application Status" column, click on "More Information". This will take you from Recruitment-One-Stop (ROS) to the Department of Commerce site (this will take a few seconds, please be patient);

5) Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheets" and click "Continue",

6) Select type of document to be faxed,

7) Click on "Print Cover Sheet" to print fax cover sheet

8) Once the cover sheet has printed click button "Return to ROS" to bring you back to the USAJOBS site. You can then logout.

Current and former career SES members only - A copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment. (No response to ECQ statements is required.)

SES Candidate Development Program graduates only - A copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification. (No response to ECQ statements is required.)

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational and functional lines.

If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.

You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

Filing of the Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report is required if selected for this position (Ethics in Government Act P.L. 95-251).

Public law requires all new appointees to submit proof of identity/employment eligibility.

If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must confirm their selective service registration status.

In accordance with 5 USC 3303, any recommendation by Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected State or local government officials, political party officials or other individuals or organizations making the recommendation on the basis of the party affiliation of the applicant is prohibited. Executive Branch agencies are barred from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations, and indeed, are required to return to the individual any prohibited political recommendation with reference to statutory prohibition. Such officials may supply a statement which "relates solely to the character and residence" of the individual.

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 Human Resources Division at 301-763-3371. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

The Department of Commerce does not condone or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


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Applications should be submitted electronically through Emailed, faxed, hand-delivered or mailed applications will not be considered. You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement. For more information, contact the SES Program Staff on (301) 763-3727.

This vacancy may be accessed via the Internet at

In addition to your resume, you must also submit separate narrative statements addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the three (3) Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

To apply electronically through, you must register on-line by creating a user account. Then upload or create your resume using the Resume Builder. The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions (ECQs and PTQs).

You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Remember to click the box indicating that you would like a copy of your application emailed to you, then click "Finished". If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, a screen will appear telling you that your application has been sent. If you do not see this screen, you have not successfully completed your application. You may edit your information until 11:59 pm EST of the announcement closing date.

You must FAX supplemental documentation - During the on-line application process, you will see a webpage listing available fax coversheets. Please print the coversheet pertaining to your requirements. Send your supplemental documents to the fax number listed on the fax coversheet to ensure proper receipt of your materials. That fax number is 571-258-4052. Documents must be faxed prior to the closing date of the announcement. Failure to do so may result in lost consideration.

For problems during the application process such as faxing documents through the on-line system, contact the Help Desk at 1-877-662-7730 or send email to The Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM EST. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.

ECQ responses are not required for current and former career members of the SES, (Indicate whether you a a current or a former member of the SES in the essay response box). You must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.

ECQ responses are not required for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, however you must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification document.


ECQ and PTQ Statements - Each applicant is required to submit a separate statement addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence in applying.


Latasha Ellis
Phone: 301-763-3727
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Human Resources Division
SES Program Office
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


A panel of senior executives will distinguish the best-qualified candidates from other applicants based on a review of each applicant's ECQs, as appropriate, and PTQs. Failure to meet all qualification requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Eligibility for this position will be based upon clearly showing that the applicant has experience, knowledge, skill, and ability of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position. If you are tentatively selected for appointment to this SES position, your ECQs must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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