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Job Title:  Senior Executive Service - Assistant Director for Science Application
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  SES-14-1070090-KB

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

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Friday, May 23, 2014
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals. NOTE: Deadline has been extended to May 23,2014.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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The Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  Our major responsibilities are to protect and conserve migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and certain marine mammals and fish.  The Fish and Wildlife Service partners with farmers and ranchers, State and local governments, Federal agencies, Tribes, citizen volunteers, corporations, and conservation groups to accomplish its mission.  Our National Wildlife Refuge System is among the world’s most significant land and water systems managers for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and plants and encompasses more than 96 million acres and 78,000 square miles of waters.  Our Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation program helps safeguard fisheries worth billions of dollars, conserves at-risk species, and provides recreational opportunities.  The Service’s role in administering the Endangered Species Act enables us to accomplish conservation actions with the goal of recovering threatened and endangered species; and through our role in migratory bird management, we promote the long-term conservation of migratory bird populations while providing opportunities for the public to study, use, and enjoy migratory birds.  The Fish and Wildlife Service employs world-class scientists and other professionals who are also addressing climate change, the greatest environmental and conservation challenge of the 21st Century; as well as facilitating renewable energy development.  You can find additional information specific to our Bureau at WWW.FWS.GOV


  • 25% or Greater
  • Executive will be required to travel as necessary.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • A background investigation is required
  • Appointment MAY include a requirement for 1 year probationary period
  • Executive Public Financial Disclosure Report is required


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The Assistant Director for Science Application serves as the principal science advisor to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on all fish and wildlife science and research matters.  As such, the incumbent is responsible for scientific leadership, program formulation, and technical definition of research needs.  The incumbent serves as liaison between the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the FWS Regional Offices and its Regional Directors as well as Regional Scientists to address science program standards, priorities, and funding.  He/she represents FWS on DOI and inter-departmental science issues and initiatives.  The incumbent develops partnerships, particularly with states, to address science training and the role of science in natural resource management.  He/she coordinates issues with the DOI Science Advisor and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as the science efforts and programs of the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, universities, and other science organizations.  The incumbent develops and provides program direction for the application and adaptation of new concepts and techniques to implement advanced collection, analysis, and evaluation of data on population status and trends and habitat needs of fish, wildlife, and plants.  Such activities include national planning, policy guidance development, budget development, legislative and regulatory support.  These activities support the conservation and perpetuation of fish, wildlife, and plant resources in North America.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.



As a basic requirement, applicants MUST have a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. 


As an alternative, applicants may have:  A combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education;




4 years of experience that demonstrated knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.    


Additionally, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability as outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications.   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 governments, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.


Technical Qualifications:


1.    Experience in managing and leading complex and cooperative science programs, science policy, and in applying the results of science within management, regulatory and other decision frameworks, particularly within the field of natural resource management.


2.    Ability to identify, advocate, and advance new conservation science concepts.


3.    Ability to formulate science goals and objectives.


Executive Core Qualifications:


ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE:  You must have demonstrated an 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. 


Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision


ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE:  You must demonstrate 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.


Leadership Competencies:  Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building


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.


Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility


ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:  This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management


ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS:  This ECQ 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.


Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating


FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES:  The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications:  Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.



Selective Service: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

U.S. Citizenship is required.


Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.  This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified.  Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.  This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described above.


All applicants must submit the following in order to receive consideration for this position:


1.    A resume.  You must include the following information:

-     Vacancy announcement number

-     Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers

-     Social Security Number

-     Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received

-     Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:

-  Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)

-  Duties and accomplishments

-  Employer's name and address

-  Supervisor's name and phone number

-  Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)

-  Salary

-  Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor

-  Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


2.    A narrative statement addressing each of the Executive and Technical Qualifications – experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each.  Each technical qualification and each ECQ must be addressed separately. The narrative addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required) OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION.   Narrative statements for the executive qualifications may NOT exceed ten (10) pages total and for each individual technical qualification may not exceed two(2) pages.  IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  PLEASE SUBMIT THESE AS A SEPARATE DOCUMENT IN YOUR APPLICATION, DO NOT ATTACH IT TO YOUR RESUME. 


3.    Graduates of approved SES Candidate Development Programs must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.


4.    Current or former Career SES members must submit documentation of their SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.  NOTE: Non-Career SES members must address the narratives for BOTH the Executive Core Qualifications and the Technical Qualifications.


5.    If a current federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.


6.    A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector).


7.  Candidates are requested to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis.  Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law.  Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration.  The form can be found online at


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

 Relocation Expenses: Will be paid.


The maximum salary for individuals who have not previously held an SES position is $167,000 (EX-III).  Current SES who earn more than $167,000 (EX-III) will be reassigned at their existing salary rate.




The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278.  All forms must be filed within 30 days after appointment to this position.


The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee.


EEO Policy Statement


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement


Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring authority directly.  Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Legal and Regulatory Guidance


Social Security Number – Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application will result in your application not being processed.


Privacy Act – Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579):  The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.


Selective Service – If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

Your Resume

A complete Assessment Questionnaire

Performance Appraisal

Photocopies of Official transcripts

Narrative Statements addressing the Executive and Technical Qualifications


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on

Note: You may use this link to apply directly to this vacancy announcement or return to a previously saved or incomplete application package.


If you are unable to upload your application package, you may fax a completed cover page  along with your resume and supporting documents using the following Vacancy ID SES-14-1070090-KB.  


Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online please follow the instructions below for faxing your resume and supporting documents:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire  and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    For this job announcement the following documents are required:

    • Your resume
    • A complete Assessment Questionnaire
    • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action (that shows your current grade and step)
    • Most recent performance appraisal
    • Photo copies of Official Transcripts
    • Narrative Statements addressing Executive and Technical Qualifications


    Submitting Documents  

    • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 1070090
    • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
    • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
    • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.


    Kelly Billotte
    Phone: (703)358-2165
    Agency Information:
    US Fish and Wildlife Service Virginia
    Division of Human Capital
    4401 N Fairfax Dr MS 2000
    Arlington, VA


    We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel.  Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process.

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