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Job Title:  Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Capital
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Transportation Security Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HQ-OHC-13-654056-ESO

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, August 28, 2013 to Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VAView Map
Open to all U.S. Citizens.
This position is in the Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES) and is located in the Office of Human Capital (OHC) in Arlington, VA.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, we secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.
For additional information about our agency please: Click Here


  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
  • You must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.


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As the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Capital (DAA/OHC), you will serve as TSA's Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer (DCHCO). You will report to the Assistant Administrator for Human Capital. You will be responsible for a $270 million+ annual budget and the management of human capital programs and services for a large, complex, and geographically dispersed organization. You will be expected to personally exhibit an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to achieving results, and foster and encourage that approach by subordinate managers and staff; utilize a disciplined, problem solving, and (managed) risk taking approach to meet mission needs; and employ creative and innovative approaches to the achievement of organizational and mission goals.
As the DAA/DCHCO, you will provide executive leadership and operational oversight to twelve divisions within the Office of Human Capital. You will utilize your knowledge of the concepts, principles, Federal policies, and regulations pertaining to: recruitment and staffing; compensation and benefits; position management; training and development; workforce and succession planning; Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP); employee relations; conflict management and creating a high performance work place; and executive personnel programs.
In addition, as the DAA/DCHCO, you will be expected to:

  • Lead, oversee and manage the organization in developing strategic workforce planning initiatives and innovative human capital programs and service delivery mechanisms within the flexibilities inherent in TSA's authority under Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) provisions.
  • Ensure compliance with TSA human capital policies and practices by TSA program offices.
  • Provide oversight and management direction of contracted functions to ensure efficient and effective use of alternative resources, both public and private, in support of TSA's mission.
  • Develop and execute programs and initiatives to support cultural transformation and organizational learning within TSA.
  • Conduct briefings, counsel management and employees, and justify and defend approaches and decisions in resolving complex human resources issues.


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    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 managing Human Capital programs in a large, multi-layered, diverse and geographically dispersed organization.  This includes directing staff activities, managing within established staff levels and budgets, and providing executive leadership to a diverse workforce.  This includes experience involving multiple areas of Human Resource Management regarding knowledge of Federal policies and regulations of staffing and recruitment, position management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management, training and development, succession planning, and/or executive human resources programs as demonstrated by a comprehensive understanding and/or experience in multiple areas of human resources management.
    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 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 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.



    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.

    1. In depth knowledge and skill in the application of Federal human resource laws and regulations or similar knowledge and experience pertaining to human resource laws and regulations gained in a Federal Agency or in a highly regulatory non-Federal organizational environment.
    2. Demonstrated expertise and executive leadership experience in three or more functional areas of human resource management including: High Volume Recruitment and Staffing; Organizational Development; Workforce Planning/Succession Planning; Training and Development; Compensation and Benefits; Employee Relations; Conflict Management and creating a High Performance Workplace.
    3. Demonstrated experience in providing executive oversight and leadership for large scale strategic outsourcing initiatives and service delivery by third parties.
    4. Demonstrated experience reflecting the ability to direct, plan, organize, and coordinate complex operational activities, and develop and manage Human Capital programs in a large multi-layered, diverse, geographically dispersed organization.

    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,, for additional information about ECQs.
    Current SES/TSES members in a Career SES/TSES position, former SES/TSES members who have served a one year probationary period in a Career SES/TSES position and graduates from a Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board are EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses.

    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.


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    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "Benefits."


    The TSA, an excepted service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.

    This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TSA that enables Career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.

    You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.

    When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.


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    Your application MUST include:
    1. Resume.  Uploaded resumes will not be accepted for this position. You must create and submit your resume using USAJOBS Resume Builder. This resume may be reused for future applications. Click Here: USAJOBS Resume Builder
    2. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)
    Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply. If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password. Please call the TSA HRAccess Executive Services Office (ESO) Help Desk at 877-872-7991 (TDD 877-872-7992) between the hours of: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday.
    If you are unable to apply online, please call the ESO Help Desk at the number listed above for assistance.


    In addition to a resume built in the USAJOBS Resume Builder and the associated questionnaire, you must submit the following applicable supporting documents:

    SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.  Applicants who are not currently TSA employees must submit an SF-50 which supports inclusion in the area of consideration described under "Who May Apply" at the beginning of this Job Opportunity Announcement.


    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) if applicable.  Certain current or former career SES/TSES members with service in Federal agencies which are not excluded from the Senior Executive Service (statutory exclusions are specified in 5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) as well as graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program which resulted in certification by OPM's QRB may be EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses.  Career SES/TSES members are individuals who have been certified by the OPM QRB and who currently occupy an SES/TSES position in an agency not excluded from the Senior Executive Service by statute (5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) or who have left such a position after having successfully completed the SES/TSES probationary period.  To exercise this exemption without being disqualified for failure to provide ECQ responses:
    • Current SES/TSES members:  Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their current SES/TSES position; OR
    • Former SES/TSES members:  Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50 which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their former SES/TSES position as well as any Federal agency document which confirms their successful completion of an SES/TSES probationary period.  (Note: a second SF-50 dated more than a year after SES/TSES conversion or appointment, which documents continued unlimited assignment to the same SES/TSES position, will suffice to document completion of the SES/TSES probationary period.)  To avoid overwriting your first SF-50 when submitting a second document to prove SES probationary completion, you may enter the second document as "ECQ"; OR
    • Graduates of an OPM approved Candidate Development Program (CDP): Must provide a copy of an OPM QRB endorsed CDP graduation certificate.

    These documentation requirements apply to TSA employees as well as others who claim exemption from ECQ submission.


    HR Access ESO Help Desk
    Phone: 877-872-7991
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    TDD: 877-872-7992
    Agency Information:
    DHS/Transportation Security Administration
    Merrifield, VA
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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