EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS DEFINITIONS 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. Key competencies include: 1. Creativity and Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes. 2. External Awareness: Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. 3. Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. 4. Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. 5. Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. 6. Vision: Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action. 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. Key competencies include: 1. Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter- productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. 2. Leveraging Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 3. Developing Others: Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods. 4. Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals. 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. Key competencies include: 1. Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. 2. Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. 3. Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions. 4. Entrepreneurship: Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives. 5. Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. 6. Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise. ECQ 4: Business Acumen This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Key competencies include: 1. Financial Management: Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. 2. Human Capital Management: Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations. 3. Technology Management: Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems. 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. Key competencies include: 1. Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. 2. Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly. 3. Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals. Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. Key competencies include: 1. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations. 2. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. 3. Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics. 4. Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. 5. Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development. 6. Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: In addition, applicants must specifically address the following technical qualifications which represent the specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
1. Describe your experience in applying business principles to the management of scientific and technical information in a web-based environment.
2. Describe your experience in applying management philosophy, policies, principles, and methods to administer a scientific and technical information program.
3. Demonstrated skill in oral and written communications to influence or develop support for complex or controversial programs and initiatives and/or address concerns.
- If selected, you must pass a drug test prior to placement in the position and must participate in random testing following employment.
- Selection for this position will require you to disclose information about your financial holdings and/or interests in order to assure no conflicts of interest exist.
- Frequent travel may be required.
- Veteran's preference does not apply to Senior Executive Service.
- New SES members are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
- Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
- You will be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment," form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. Applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) listed below. CURRENT/FORMER SES CAREER APPOINTEES AND CERTIFIED GRADUATES OF AN OPM APPROVED SES CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ECQ STATEMENTS. All other applicants must address the ECQs to be eligible for consideration. Your ECQ statements MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES and should focus on accomplishments that support possession of each ECQ. For further information pertaining to the SES, applicants are encouraged to visit the OPM SES web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: (1) Leading Change; (2) Leading People; (3) Results Driven; (4) Business Acumen; (5) Building Coalitions/Communication.
Applicants will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants are to specifically address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) (unless exempted) and the Technical Qualifications questions listed in the announcement by documenting demonstrated experience, training, and/or education. Applicants who do not specifically address the required qualifications will be ineligible for consideration. Applicants who have successfully completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their Certificate of Completion in lieu of addressing the ECQs; however, they must still address the Technical Qualifications questions. Current or former SES members must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting their SES designation in lieu of addressing the ECQs; however, they must also address the Technical Qualifications questions. The Merit Staffing Panel will rate and rank each applicant based on each of the qualification requirements and refer the top candidates to the selecting official. The selecting official will consider the best qualified applicants referred based on the information provided and/or personal interview. The DOE Executive Resources Board will approve final selections and, in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will certify qualifications through the OPM Qualifications Review Board.
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