Specialized Experience Requirement
To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level; have broad scientific, clinical and product development expertise and experience; coordinating with appropriate officials to develop strategies to advance policies and programs, and to represent an organization in meetings and negotiations; demonstrated diplomacy skills for organizational dynamics to manage complex relationships with internal and external partners tactfully and effectively; and demonstrated capability in effective written and oral communications, including delivering presentations and testifying at hearings, and excellent interpersonal and partnership development skills. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.
Senior Executive Service Requirements
Current or former career SES employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but must address the Technical Qualifications (TQs) within the assessment questionnaire. Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs and TQs via the assessment questionnaire in order to receive consideration for the position.
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected. If you are applying under this option, you must address both the TQs and ECQs in this announcement. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the TQs but are not required to address the ECQs.
Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.
When responding to the TQs and ECQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the TQs and ECQs.
Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide. You should limit your narrative to two pages per each ECQ and TQ.
In order to satisfy all of the specified requirements, you must submit narrative responses via the assessment questionnaire addressing the TQs and the five ECQs outlined below.
In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:
1. Knowledge of and familiarity with the statutes, regulations, policies and procedures related to relevant FDA programs, as set forth in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended; the Public Health Service Act; the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; the Food and Drug Administration Science and Innovation Act (FDASIA); and other applicable laws;
2. Directly related professional experience in government, industry, academic or other sectors, as required, to provide the requisite subject matter expertise, advocacy experience, and a documented record of success; OR broad scientific, clinical and product development expertise and experience;
3. Ability to coordinate with appropriate officials within and outside an organization to develop strategies to advance policies and programs, and to represent the FDA in meetings and negotiations;
4. Demonstrated diplomacy skills for organizational dynamics to manage complex relationships with internal and external partners tactfully and effectively; and
5. Demonstrated capability in effective written and oral communications, including delivering presentations and testifying at hearings and excellent interpersonal and partnership development skills.
It is desired that you:
1. Possess an advanced scientific degree, preferably an Ph.D. or other earned doctorate in a scientific field related to the position to be filled or a Medical Degree (M.D.);
2. Are recognized as a national expert in a public or scientific field; and/or
3. Possess training, professional development, and outside professional activities that provide evidence of initiative, resourcefulness and potential for effective job performance and honors, awards, or other recognition for performance or contributions based on managerial excellence.
Executive Core Qualifications
Fundamental Competencies: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs. Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation. These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.
1. Leading Change: This core qualification 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
2. Leading People: This core qualification 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
3. Results Driven: This core qualification 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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)
The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.
All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.
All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.
In accordance with Federal and Agency Travel regulations, the payment of travel and relocation expenses may be reimbursed for travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.
As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.