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Job Title:  Principal Deputy Vice Chairman
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Board of Veterans Appeals
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-924244-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 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 Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board/BVA) is the component of the VA that is responsible for entering the final decision on behalf of the Secretary in each of the thousands of claims for entitlement to veterans' benefits that are presented annually for appellate review.


The incumbent serves as the Principal Deputy Vice Chairman (PDVC) in the Board of Veterans' Appeals and reports to the Vice Chairman. The Principal Deputy Vice Chairman is primarily responsible for quality performance of  the Appellate Group with the goal of effectively integrating the resources of the Board to achieve the highest level of productivity and quality decisions which are impartial, just and equitable under the law.. The PDVC leads the professional and administrative services of the Board, as directed by the Chairman or Vice Chairman.  Serves as one of the key advisors to the Chairman and/or Vice Chairman, serving on their behalf in their absence.  Ensures continuous operations of all elements of the Board.  Directs policy in areas involving complex legal issues; manages quality of work product; rules on motions of law.  Involvement in development and execution of long-range plans related to all facets of the Board, such as staffing, finance, policy, coalition building, and effective operations.  Functions as an active member of the Board's top management team and is engaged in all aspects of strategic planning; balancing ongoing transformation with continuity, stability and discipline of operations. Along with upper management officials, incumbent is responsible for the Board's overarching strategic and functional goals, including as relative to the Appellate Team.


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 1 position and the salary range is $119,554-$179,600. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs, a recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer may be authorized. Some travel maybe required.


Multiple similarly categorized positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


  • 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 PDVC, is responsible to the Vice Chairman. The position requires the effective and economical direction, control, and operation of the Appellate Team. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Provides efficient direction and coordination for the Appellate Team.

Provides continuous supervision over goals relative to quality and qualitative goals/accomplishments

Oversees the development and approval of policy and policy changes in response to legislative, judicial or organizational needs and changes.

Plans and directs studies of complex or unusual legal issues with extensive policy implications.

Confers with top departmental offices of the VA and other government agencies, including members of Congress and officials of the Veteran Service Organizations (VSO).

Reviews critical legal analysis of significant issues where few precedents are available and, therefore, end results will have significant influence in proposal to regulation or legislation.



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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 licensure, condition of employment and 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:  Strategic Thinking 



• Target Competency 1:  Conflict Management

• Target Competency 3:  Team Building



• Target Competency 1:  Decisiveness

• Target Competency 2:  Entrepreneurship

  Target Competency 3:  Technical Credibility



• Target Competency 1:  Financial Management



• Target Competency 1:  Partnering

  Target Competency 2:  Influencing/Negotiating



B.  Condition of Employment:


Selectees must be a member of the Board of Veterans Appeals as nominated by the Secretary and approved by the President of the United States.  If selected and not already a member of the Board of Veterans Appeals, this nomination process will be a requirement for final placement in addition to any SES certification.  


Selectee must possess demonstrated expertise regarding all statutory and regulatory provisions governing any and benefits which may be the subject of an appeal to the Secretary.


C.  Technical Qualifications

  Broad knowledge of the Department of Veterans Affairs: familiarity with the laws and regulations affecting the Department of Veterans Affairs.


D.  Licensure Requirement


An applicant MUST be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.  PROOF OF LICENSURE MUST BE UPLOADED IN USAJobs.  APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE PROOF WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.                                 


Steps in the SES process


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 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.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Proof of licensure.


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. 

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