To qualify for this position, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the level of the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance. You would typically gain this experience by working within this field or a field of work that is closely related. Such experience includes demonstrating senior executive managerial capabilities providing oversight of several units or a major subdivision with contractual responsibilities and should demonstrate application of a comprehensive knowledge of contracting methods and contract types sufficient to independently perform pre-award requirements, post award requirements, contract price/cost analysis and other highly specialized or complex acquisition management functions.
As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level or SV-K Pay Band in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.
You must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution and completion of 24 semester hours (or 36 quarter hours) in any of the following business-related subjects: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organization and management. (Credit for education completed outside the United States must be certified by a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials as equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.)
You must have completed all mandatory training required for Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III OR the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III for Contracting. You will be expected to achieve full certification within 12 months. These certifications require a minimum of four (4) years experience in contracting or related positions. Details are available at: http://www.fai.gov/certification/specialist.asp and http://dap.dau.mil/career/cont/Pages/Certification3.aspx.
To be considered for this position, you must include a separate narrative (Under Additional Documents) describing how you meet all elements of the qualification requirements listed above in your application package along with your PTQ and ECQ responses. Candidates who are invited to interview for this position must be prepared to provide documentation (i.e., training records and transcripts) to support claims made in this qualifications narrative. Waivers of minor deviations from the training requirements for certification may be considered by the agency senior acquisitions executive at that time, however, such waivers are the exception rather than the rule.
You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.
DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing during employment.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Secured Compartmentalized Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers and approximately 2,800 Behavior Detection Officers, each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.
As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the mandatory factors listed below. When describing your qualifications, be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity and scope of your work, discuss the impact of your work products and services, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed.
Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):
The Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below must be addressed; failure to address all PTQs precisely as worded in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration. Number each of your responses with the PTQ number you are addressing and provide specific examples of your experience, education and accomplishments that are applicable. Please limit your responses to no more than two pages for each PTQ. Please DO NOT incorporate your PTQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your Social Security Number (SSN) on your PTQ responses.
- Experience in applying knowledge of Federal Acquisition laws and regulations to specific acquisitions to achieve the desired outcome of supporting the mission at the best value for the government.
- Experience in communicating and resolving complex and controversial acquisition issues, including the development of acquisition plans/schedules and contracting strategies, with both internal customers and external stakeholders such as members of Congress.
- Experience in leading a workforce to accomplish acquisition priorities and ensuring the workforce obtains necessary training and experience to develop into a well-rounded acquisition professionals.
- Knowledge of principles underlying multiple acquisition career fields such as contracting, program management, logistics, cost estimating, and test & evaluation.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):
You will also be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Please DO NOT incorporate your ECQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your SSN on your ECQ responses. Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's website, http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/guidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf, for additional information about ECQs.
Certain current or former SES/TSES members with service in Federal agencies which are not excluded from the Senior Executive Service by statute (5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)), as well as graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program which resulted in certification by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QEB), are EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses. The referenced career SES/TSES members are individuals who have been certified by the OPM QRB and who currently occupy an SES/TSES position or who have left such a position after successful completion of the SES/TSES probationary period. Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this Job Opportunity Announcement for specific details.
ECQ 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.
ECQ 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.
ECQ 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.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 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. To preview questions please click here.