All applicants must meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
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 under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs). Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement will disqualify the applicant.
Evidence must be provided that clearly demonstrates the applicant has the necessary level of executive potential, skills, abilities, specialized knowledge, and technical qualifications to perform as a SES executive. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of assignments, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and long-range planning.
The best qualified candidates will be determined by assessing experience, education, awards, performance appraisals, and supervisory evaluations for this position. These assessments will be made against the ECQs and technical qualifications.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the SES and provide the focus for OPM certification of executive qualifications.
ECQ 1 - Leading Change - 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. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
ECQ 2 - Leading People - 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. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
ECQ 3 - Results Driven - 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. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen - The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions - 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. Competencies: partnering, influencing/negotiating
Fundamental Competencies – Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation are cross-cutting and provide the foundation for success in each ECQ.
Additional information about the ECQs can be found on the OPM SES website at:
For each ECQ, it is recommended that you provide at least one example of your qualifications using the challenge, context, action, and result model described on the above website.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: The following qualifications are required for the incumbent to perform the duties of the position. You must demonstrate all of the technical qualifications to be rated eligible for this position.
TQ 1: Demonstrated experience and a proven track record of accomplishments in the direction, management, oversight, and financial control of IT infrastructure and assets for an organization of comparable size and scope.
TQ 2: Ability to provide oversight to multiple, concurrent projects which vary widely in complexity and cost. This includes the ability to manage, supervise, monitor and evaluate projects, evaluate IT investments, and provide accountability for the expenditure of funding. This also includes experience with defining systems architecture, re-engineering of business processes, and the resolution of difficult problems encountered in the planning, development and operation of complex IT systems.
TQ 3: Experience overseeing or implementing complex issues related to large-scale data, information technology, enterprise architecture, and information assurance - to include personnel, physical, and cyber-security policy and procedures necessary to provide service to customers and maintain secure operations.
TQ 4: Experience evaluating and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and processes; skill in identifying improvements, challenging the status quo, and adapting those opportunities to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
TQ 5: Experience providing leadership in an environment that requires understanding of organizational dynamics including interplay between policy and operations; including experience supporting high-level officials with changing priorities.
TQ 6: Experience in using values to improve personal and organizational effectiveness.
Career applicants currently in the SES, former career SES appointees who are eligible for career reinstatement in the SES, or graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program who have been certified by OPM must address the technical competencies, but need not address the ECQs.
More information on how to address the ECQs and TQs can be found at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and responses to the online questions are an integral part of the process for evaluating your basic qualifications for this SES position. We recommend that you emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments (including the results of your actions) in your resume, question responses, and any other materials you provide. Although you are not required to provide a separate narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and Technical Qualifications, you are welcome to do so. Candidates who choose to provide the optional narrative statements should include clear and concise examples of activities or tasks that show the scope and quality of accomplishments pertaining to specific qualification requirements.
Initial review of your application will be conducted by a Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements of this position. Applicants who meet these mandatory requirements will be considered minimally qualified and will be evaluated by a panel of senior executives to determine the best qualified candidates. If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.
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