EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:
All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). You must respond to all ECQs and address each one separately. If you fail to do so, we will rate you 'ineligible' for the position. You can find additional information on the ECQs in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. A good competency-based qualifications statement should address the following elements for each ECQ: (a) the goal, problem, or activity and its challenge, (b) the context or environment in which the activity took place, (c) specific actions you took to address the challenge, and (d) the results or impact of the activity. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs you managed, and the results of your actions. You are strongly encouraged to review the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. The ECQ statement, addressing all five ECQs, is limited to a maximum of ten pages.
ECQ 1 - Leading Change:
This ECQ 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.
ECQ 2 - Leading People: This ECQ 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.
ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This ECQ 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.
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This ECQ 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.
All applicants must submit written statements of accomplishments that would satisfy the Professional/Technical Qualifications. You must address each Professional/Technical qualification separately. Normally, your written statements should not exceed one page per Professional/Technical qualification.
1 - Executive experience in successfully managing at least two of the following areas in a major organization: (1) human capital, (2) information and technology, (3) financial and budget, (4) acquisition and contracting, (5) administrative services (facilities/program management and physical/personnel security and safety), and (6) legal document processing and record management.
2 - Successful executive management of an organization's corporate culture that embraces customer service as an overarching competency, empowers personnel to their full potential, and successfully manages the impact of organizational and external changes to achieve strategic goals.
3 - Executive experience in successfully leading change in a major organization through the use of best practices from federal agencies and the private sector, and through the creative development and implementation of programs.
If you are a current career member of the SES, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply for competitive and/or noncompetitive consideration. If you wish competitive consideration, you must submit a resume and written statements addressing the ECQs, Professional/Technical qualifications, and other applicable qualifications. If you wish noncompetitive consideration, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the Professional/Technical qualifications, and other applicable qualifications; you need not submit written statements addressing the ECQs. You must also provide documentation of QRB certification (i.e., SF-50 showing career SES status, or OPM-issued SES qualification certificate.)
As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate executive leadership capabilities in terms of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the Senior Executive Service and professional and technical competence. Typically, you will have gained experience of this nature at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in the federal service, or with state or local government, a federally chartered corporation, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the executive core and professional/technical qualifications described above.
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