Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are the most important qualification requirements for DISES positions. They are designed to assess executive experience and potential – not technical expertise. They measure whether you have the broad executive skills needed in a variety of senior executive positions. Failure to meet a qualification requirement will disqualify an applicant.
(Note: Current career SES or DISES members, former SES or DISES members who are reinstatement-eligible and graduates of OPM-certified Candidate Development Programs are not required to address the ECQs, but must address the Essential Factors in the Technical Qualifications.)
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): (Each must be addressed separately in your Supplemental Narrative Statement. One page maximum per 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.
a. 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.
b. 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.
c. Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
d. Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
e. 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.
f. 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.
2) Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in 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.
a. 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.
b. Leveraging Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
c. 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.
d. Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
3) Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in the ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems and calculating risks.
a. 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.
b. Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
c. 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.
d. 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.
e. Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
f. Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.
4) Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
a. 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.
b. 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.
c. 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.
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.
a. Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
b. Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
c. Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
6) Fundamental Competencies (FC): (Because they are cross-cutting, they should be addressed over the course of responding to the ECQs in your Supplemental Narrative Statement. It is not necessary to address each FC separately as long as the SNS, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.)
a. Interpersonal Skills: Treating others with courtesy, sensitivity and respect. Considering and responding appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
b. Oral Communication: Making clear and convincing oral presentations. Listening effectively; clarifying information as needed.
c. Integrity/Honesty: Behaving in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Showing consistency in words and actions. Modeling high standards of ethics.
d. Written Communication: Writing in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
e. Continual Learning: Assessing and recognizing personal strengths and weaknesses; pursuing self-development.
f. Public Service Motivation: Showing a commitment to serve the public.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens and are subject to a thorough background inquiry.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
All applicants must submit a resume and responses to the technical qualifications and managerial qualifications per the application instruction provided. Applications received which do not include the above information will not be considered. Applications received after the close out date will not be considered.