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Job Title:  Chief of Staff
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  DHS Headquarters
Job Announcement Number:  CHCO-14-08-DHS-1106961

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
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 to Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Top Secret/SCI


In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving.  To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.  For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, we welcome you to visit our website at

This position is located in DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A).  I&A is a member of the national Intelligence Community (IC) and ensures that information related to protecting the homeland is collected, gathered, analyzed and disseminated to the full spectrum of homeland security customers. 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance
  • This position is subject to random drug testing
  • Filing of OGE-278 - Public Financial Disclosure
  • If selected, a one-year SES probationary period may be required


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The incumbent serves as the Chief of Staff (COS) and trusted advisor to the Under Secretary and Principal Deputy Under Secretary for I&A.  Other duties include:

  • Managing the office through his or her supervision of the mission enabling areas of human capital, security, facilities, logistics, property accountability, privacy/civil liberties/civil rights compliance, and I&A executive secretariat activities.
  • Serving as an advisor to the Under Secretary, Principal Deputy, and other senior I&A leadership as appropriate on all matters of interest.
  • Representing I&A in a variety of senior level forums-both internal and external to DHS-requiring he or she maintain an expert knowledge of all I&A activities.
  • Overseeing the accuracy, quality, and timeliness, for the Under Secretary and Principal Deputy, of all I&A communications and products distributed widely across the Department and Federal community, to include the Office of Management and Budget, Congress, the Director of National Intelligence, as well as a broad range of State, local, tribal, and private sector officials.


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Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Executive Core and Technical Qualifications listed below in a supplemental statement to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official.  Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit.  FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION STANDARDS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Please provide a narrative, not to exceed two (2) pages for each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and no more than three (3) pages for each Technical Qualifications (TQ).

**If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM’s Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs.  However, you MUST submit a supplemental statement addressing all mandatory TQs.  Current and reinstatement eligible SES, please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES.  CDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate. ** 

Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

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

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.
Leadership Competencies:  Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and 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, and Technical Credibility

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Leadership Competencies:  Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management

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.
Leadership Competencies:  Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications:  Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation

    Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at 
    Technical Qualifications - Mandatory

You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

TQ-1.  Demonstrated skill in the management of complex and variable programs, such as finance/budget, human capital, security, facilities, logistics, property accountability, and acquisition activities, in a large, diverse organization.

TQ-2.  Demonstrated skill in advising senior officials and executive staff on a wide variety of sensitive organizational issues, insuring they have the necessary information to make informed decisions and to support the organization's activities. 



You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments and experience.  Your resume, ECQ and TQ narrative statements will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.  The DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.  Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur. 


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Working for The Department of Homeland Security offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: and


Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers made to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employees in the Executive Branch.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employee, please indicate this in your resume and when completing the online Occupational Questionnaire.  Serving in a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES appointment WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

DHS is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. 

DHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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To begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

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

1. Your Resume

2. ECQ narrative statements

3. TQ narrative statements

4. A complete online Occupational Questionnaire

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  1106961.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire 
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational 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.

4. Double-check your application before submission.


A resume, ECQ and TQ narrative statements, and a complete online Occupational Questionnaire.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT ANY REQUIRED DOCUMENT WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.


Dianna Mangelsdorf
Phone: (202)357-8517
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Washington, DC


Upon receipt of the online questionnaire, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  


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