Applicants must meet the requirements for the 341 series, as defined by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Manual for General Schedule Positions which is available at: OPM Qualifications Standards GS-341 Website
This vacancy requires that you MUST submit a narrative response to the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications statements (see below). If you do not submit this information by the closing date of the announcement (11:59 PM EST), your application will not be considered.
To qualify, candidates must have had senior level experience (GS-14/15 or equivalent) that meets the following mandatory qualification requirements. The experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) (Mandatory):
You must submit a narrative statement individually responding to each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. The ECQs assess the broad executive skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES). The narrative should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of the programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. The basic definition for each ECQ is supplemented by underlying Competencies which are the personal and professional attributes critical to successful performance in the SES. Applicants need not address these Competencies individually in the narrative but they should be reflected in the related ECQ.
Applicants should also incorporate the Fundamental Competencies which are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs. Since the Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting, they should be addressed over the course of the ECQ narrative. It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole. The Fundamental Competencies are: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication,Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.
NOTE: If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management, you DO NOT need to address the ECQs. However, you must still provide the narrative response to the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below following the ECQs.
HOW TO WRITE YOUR ECQS: Information on addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), including the definitions of the ECQs and the Competencies associated with the ECQs, and how to write effective ECQ statements, is available in OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications. When addressing the ECQ and PTQ requirements, please use the first person as you assess and describe your leadership qualifications. (e.g., [In 2009 I led XYZ organization] NOT [In 2009 Mr. Doe led the XYZ organization]). Do not exceed more than TWO pages for each ECQ.
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 manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
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.
NOTE: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font and must be in narrative form, addressing each ECQ individually. For more detailed information and samples please see the OPM link Guide to SES Qualifications.
In addition to the Executive Core Qualifications listed above, candidates must possess experience at the senior level (GS-14/15 level or equivalent) in the following job-specific Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). The PTQs measure technical expertise required by this position. You must submit a narrative statement individually responding to each of the PTQs listed below.
PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs) (Mandatory):
1. Experience in administrative, supervisory, professional and/or technical work that provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge of management, leadership and ethical principles, practices, methods and techniques, and an understanding of the needs and problems of administering public programs.
2. Experience advising the Director and top management staff on fiscal, legislative,administrative, organizational, and/or human resources matters affecting a major organizational entity equivalent to an Institute.
3. Knowledge of best practices to maximize efficiency of operations and ensure coordinated,streamlined and results-oriented management.
4. Experience in strategic planning of human capital resources including managing a diverse workforce, directing and developing a subordinate staff, and designing human resource strategies to meet the organizations mission, strategic vision, and goals, and to achieve maximum potential for all employees in a fair and equitable manner.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
- Minimum requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found not qualified if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
- Rating: A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualifications for this position based on the information in your application. Your
application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your
experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this
position. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selection official.
- Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selection official for consideration and possible interview.