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Job Title:  Equal Opportunity Officer
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AN1006006

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 06, 2014 to Monday, February 03, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Top Secret


USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance in less developed countries and countries that are experiencing or emerging from conflict. We operate in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.



This position, Director/Equal Opportunity Officer, is located in the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) headquarters in Washington, DC.

USAID is committed to achieving and maintaining a diverse and representative workforce within the Agency, free of discrimination, and reflecting the innovation and creativity that diversity can bring to the USAID workplace.  Diversity and inclusion are principles that are imperative to fulfilling the Agency’s mission and are therefore an organizational priority.  USAID seeks a leader who can take this vision and make it a reality as part of the Agency’s culture, values, and leadership imperative. In partnership with the Office of Human Resources, the Office of General Counsel, the Counselor to the Agency, the Chief Strategy Officer, the Office of the Administrator, and others, the Director of the OCRD will be critical to formulating a strategic plan and conducting short- and long-term actions towards this vision.  In addition, the Director will encourage fairness throughout the entire Agency and foster an environment of inclusion by ensuring that USAID programs, policies, and work environment promote equal opportunity in hiring, advancement, and training. 

The Director’s responsibilities may require travel abroad and work in a variety of cultural contexts in order to ensure that the Agency’s overseas missions have appropriate access to EEO counseling and training and in order to provide proper EEO advice, guidance, program management, and policy development and oversight across the Agency as a whole. 


USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. Information on this effort can be found at For more information about USAID, visit


Current SES, CDP graduates, and reinstatement SES applicants may also apply to this job announcement.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required


  • No


  • US Citizenship required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance
  • One year probationary period will be required
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • Travel and Relocation expenses will not be paid


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As Director of OCRD, the incumbent is the Agency’s Chief Diversity Officer and Settlement Official on settlements of informal and formal EEO complaints, and is also the Co-chair of the Executive Diversity Council (EDC). As Director, the incumbent reports directly to the Administrator, represents the Administrator in intra- and inter-agency discussions on Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) and diversity matters, and ensures that the Agency has a comprehensive, results-oriented EEO and Affirmative Employment Program. The Director of OCRD:


  • Serves as USAID’s Chief Diversity Officer and Settlement Official on settlements of informal and formal EEO complaints. 
  • Provides expert advice and counsel to senior management staff members and officials at multiple levels of USAID and private sector clients and vendors on Agency EEO/Diversity matters.
  • Collaborates with high ranking officials such as Agency heads in Washington and abroad, Chief Human Capital Officers, and executives of comparable government and private sector organizations.
  • Performs program management responsibilities to include, but not limited to, managing the EEO counseling process - handling of complaints at the informal and formal stages; managing a robust Alternative Dispute Resolution program to include investigation and settlement activities; and supervising the administration of equal opportunity programs and activities.
  • Develops and implements EEO/Affirmative Employment policies, programs, and guidelines.
  • Serves on inter-agency, national, and/or international special working groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects that are critical to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and problems.
  • Represents the Administrator and USAID interests working closely with the Office of General Counsel in negotiating with counterparts before Congress and at other U.S. Government Agencies, such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit System Promotion Board, Office of Special Counsel, USAID Affinity Groups, and Diversity Organization.
  • Conducts outreach activities to promote awareness, facilitate cohesion, establish mutual goals and develop strategic plans that encourage diversity and fairness.


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Applicants must demonstrate that they meet all of the qualifications (I and II) listed below:


I. TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Your resume must demonstrate such experience and you will be required to address narratives within the assessment section of this job announcement. Work experience should be in or directly related to the work of the position and include the following: 


1.    Demonstrated expertise in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) principles or corollary knowledge of such principles as acquired through personnel management, management analysis, program analysis or a related field.

2.    Demonstrated management experience including developing and managing complex strategic programs and the ability to defend program objectives; developing innovative approaches; identifying required resources; communicating roles and responsibilities; establishing and coordinating teamwork; and establishing an effective management structure.

3.    Demonstrated leadership in developing and managing major components of an EEO program, e.g. compliance adjudication, affirmative employment, anti-discrimination, public policy or advocacy.

4.    Skill in directing, planning, organizing, and coordinating complex policy development, implementation, and operational activities; budget and program operations; training and outreach efforts; evaluation and overall oversight of programs; and in managing a multi-layered, diverse organization.

5.    Experience in evaluating, interpreting, and monitoring laws, statutory, and regulatory requirements, policies, principles, and practices related to an organization’s strategic planning and personnel management, including the ability to develop evaluations of external requirements and devise plans for integrated responses, program effectiveness, and business process improvements.

Desirable Technical Qualifications: The following technical qualifications are desirable but not required.  You may choose to address the below narratives within the assessment section of this job announcement. 

1.    Demonstrated experience as organization representative in intra- and inter-organization discussions on Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) and diversity matters and ensuring that the organization has a comprehensive, results-oriented EEO and Affirmative Employment Program, including the management of the planning and policy development, budget and program operations, training, outreach efforts, and evaluation and overall oversight of such programs.

2.    Directly related experience fostering an environment of inclusion, ensuring that programs, policies, and work environment promote equal opportunity in hiring, advancement, and training.


II. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved and certified by OPM, you must address the Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Please provide detailed narratives to support progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capabilities related to the skills and abilities outlined using the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)


  • *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 strategically manage human, financial, and information resources. 
  • *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 organizational to achieve common goals.


*Responses should summarize the applicant's experience in relation to the specific ECQ (noted above) and specific examples of accomplishments. Examples should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with result of your actions, policy initiative, and level of contact. For each competency, you must describe an accomplishment which should include the following information:


  • Situation - a general statement of the situation or circumstances surrounding what you accomplished/achieved.
  • Actions - a precise description of exactly what you did (activities you performed, duties, and responsibilities.
  • Outcomes - a description of the outcomes (the direct or indirect results or long-term impact of your accomplishment).
  • The start and end dates of the time period during which the activities were performed.


Specific instructions for preparing your statement and definitions of these core qualifications are available at


You must submit narrative responses to the technical qualifications and ECQs by following the link to the assessment questionnaire. If you are not able to take the assessment online, you must fax your narrative responses addressing each of the technical qualifications and the ECQs (each response is limited to 7500 characters).


Please see the "How To Apply" section below for further information on applying online and alternative methods to the online application. 


All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Once the application process is complete, a preliminary review of your resume will be made to determine if you are qualified for this position. Qualified applicants will be evaluated by USAID's Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel to determine the "Best Qualified" applicants and will be based upon the degree to which you meet the ECQs and the Technical Qualifications (TQs). The ERB will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration. As a prerequisite for an initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service, individual's executive qualifications must also be certified by a Qualification Review Board (QRB) convened by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Information on SES benefits can be found at:



This position may be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy.

Veteran's Preference: Veterans preference does not apply to positions within the Senior Executive Service

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit


Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications and the responsibilities of the position.


The selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.



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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 03, 2014 to receive consideration.


* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account @ and click the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account @  and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144. (Vacancy ID is: 1006006)

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include it with any supporting documents that you fax (e.g., resume, transcripts, technical qualifications, ECQs, SF-50, etc.) to the same fax number above. Please ensure that you review the required document section to ensure that you have faxed all required documents and read the above instructions thoroughly. All application materials must be submitted by the closing date of the job announcement.


Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying online.


  • Résume
  • Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Responses to the Technical Qualifications Online Assessment Questionnaire
  • Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications Online Assessment Questionnaire (ECQ)*


If you are a current Career Senior Executive Service appointment, Eligible for Reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved and certified by OPM, you must submit must submit one of the following:


  • Notification of Personnel Action/Standard Form (SF) 50 – showing career status in the SES
  • Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Program must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility


*Note: If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved and certified by OPM, you do not need to address the ECQs. You must still address the Technical Qualifications, provide your resume and complete the responses to the occupational questionnaire.




Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
OPM Federal Building
200 Granby Street
Suite 500
Norfolk, VA


You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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