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Job Title:  Director, Corporate Travel Management & Reporting Office
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-962232-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
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 to Tuesday, October 08, 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 all sources: within VA, the Federal government, and from 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 incumbent leads the development and implementation of a strategic system that establishes clear organizational policies and procedures for obtaining approval of conference and training events, reporting requirements and methods for reporting and overseeing VA conference and training reports.  Serves as the expert to VA's top management officials on Departmental travel and participates in the formulation and articulation of an overall plan that integrates all conference and training events' planning, monitoring, execution, and reporting for VA. 

Travel, conferences, and training events are of significant interest to the public and Congress and are critical to the mission of VA. The Director exercises a high degree of program management expertise and managerial competence and must provide solutions and decisions to very complex problems based on evaluation of program results.  Work of the organization has an overall agency impact that is subject to Congressional and media scrutiny.


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 3 position and the salary range is $119,554 - $165,300.  Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee maybe 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 Director of the Corporate Travel Management and Reporting Office is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic system that establishes clear organization policies and procedures for obtaining approval of conference and training events, reporting requirements and methods for reporting, and oversees VA conference and training reporting.  The responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Interpretation of government-wide travel, conference and training event policy, guidelines and reporting requirements, and serves as the Department's authority and subject matter expert on Government-wide requirements.

Development of related VA policy, operational procedures, reports, and systems for reporting to ensure that VA is in  compliance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and relevant public law(s) and statue(s).  Collection and analyses of data related to programs, and assists VA Administrations and staff offices in the implementation of travel, conference and training events management processes.


Ensures that conference proposals are in compliance with OMB's Memorandum M-12-12 relevant public law and statutes, and VA policies, and that all VA conference requests are accurate, complete, justified and adequately convey the importance, scope, requisite detail regarding training objectives, outcomes, and return on investment for VA-sponsored and co-sponsored training events.


Prepares guidance, recurring reports and analyses, and updates for VA senior officials on potential issues, problems and areas of White House, OMB, Congressional and public interest and concern (attendance, costs, etc.). Performs studies and completes comprehensive analyses of factual financial and programmatic data regarding travel, conferences, and training events from a wide variety of sources within the Department.
Oversees Departmental travel issues related to automated systems implementation and management (FedTraveler, ETS2), conference/travel reporting (development of a VA conference reporting system or tool (CORK); conference and training attendance and costs, and completing audits and assessments of VA travel costs for the purpose of identifying cost-efficiencies and cost-effectivness for reducing costs and improving travel operations.   Also, directs the activities, operations and staff of 41 employees ranging from GS-9 to GS-15.


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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.


Both competitive and non-competitive applicants MUST SHOW in your 5 PAGE RESUME that you possess 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: Strategic Thinking

 Target Competency 2: Vision




 Target Competency 1:   Leveraging Diversity

 Target Competency 2:   Developing Others




Target Competency 1: Accountability

Target Competency 2: Problem Solving

Target Competency 3: Technical Credibility




Target Competency 1: Financial Management

Target Competency 2: Human Capital Management




 Target Competency 1: Influencing/Negotiating


Technical Qualifications 


1.   The incumbent must possess broad knowledge of Federal government-wide principles, policies, and regulations relating to travel, conferences, and training at Federal government Departmental level, and has managed travel financial systems and operations in a large decentralized activity.  


2.   Demonstrated senior-level experience leading, managing and providing strategic direction for a large organization. 




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 above).


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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 11:59pm 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. Your resume should include three references with at least one being the current or prior supervisor.


3.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


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.  If you are deemed a "Highly Qualified" applicant, you should be prepared to participate in a structured interview. 

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