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Job Title:  Executive Director, Office of Applied Technology (Chief Technology Officer)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  DHS Headquarters
Job Announcement Number:  CHCO-14-021-DHS-1169470

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
Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, August 4, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
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. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.

The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage.  Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce. 

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 the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Under Secretary for Management (USM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and senior executive advising and reporting to the CIO and the Deputy CIO.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Occassional travel required


  • Yes
  • A relocation incentive may or may not be authorized


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance
  • A one-year SES probationary period may be required
  • If selected, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (SF-278) is required
  • This position is subject to random drug testing


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The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) provides vision, leadership and advice in the development of information technology (IT) strategies and approaches leveraging emerging industry technology and standards.




As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO):


  • Promote the advancement of Information Technology (IT) within DHS to drive standardization of technologies, evolution of best practices, and identification of technology trends and/or approaches that may support or impede the fulfillment of DHS mission through collaboration and knowledge sharing with and education of management, partners, customers, and stakeholders. 
  • Serve as the key interface between DHS components and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in collaboration with the CIO's Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO) and the DHS Science and Technology Office (S&T), overseeing IT and information resource management for DHS.
  • Represent the CIO on a wide variety of information management and IT issues with Office of Management and Budget (OMB), other Federal agencies, State and local governments, Congressional committees, the Inspector General, the General Accounting Office (GAO), trade associations, and private industry.
  • Lead strategic planning to achieve DHS goals by identifying and prioritizing development initiatives; setting timetables for the evaluation, development, and deployment of IT services; assessing and ensuring that DHS internal technological policy processes and customer-facing services comply with community expectations and applicable laws and regulations for privacy, security, and social responsibility.
  • Identify technology trends and emerging technologies that may support or impede the fulfillment of DHS mission.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation, assessing industry obstacles that may hinder the successful implementation of CIO directives and/or vision.
  • Identify opportunities and/or risks for delivering OCIO services, such as leveraging emerging technologies in partnership with stakeholders and headquarter offices, directorates, and components within DHS.
  • Establish governance processes of direction and control to ensure that objectives are achieved, risks are managed appropriately, and the organization's resources are used strategically in all areas of IT with consideration of emerging technologies within the industry.


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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below:

We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY although you should not address the ECQs or TQs separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your resume.
Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link


Technical Qualification(s) - Mandatory

TQ-1:  Demonstrates executive level expert knowledge and ability to collaborate, share knowledge, and educate/inform the senior level management staff, partners, customers, and stakeholders in the standardization of technologies, evolution of best practices and identification of technology trends and/or approaches.


TQ-2:  Demonstrates mastery-level knowledge of best practices in Information Technology programs and skill in managing complex emerging technologies and related contractual agreements that support the strategy and vision of a multi-faceted organization, creates improved customer service, in-depth knowledge of logical and physical data architectures, system architectures, and telecommunications and supports the delivery of enterprise-wide information systems.


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.
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.
Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at 

Ability to obtain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance is required for this position.

5-Page resume addressing the TQs and ECQs.


You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Your resume 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 address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here


Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.


Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.


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


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 Non-career 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 Non-career SES employee, please indicate this in your resume.  Serving in a Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointment WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.



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

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

The complete Application Package must be submitted by fax or online through Application Manager by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, August 04, 2014


To apply online:

1. Click the Apply Online button at the top right of the vacancy announcement to begin, by either creating an account or logging in to your existing USAJOBS account. 

2. You will be prompted to create an account or log in to your existing Application Manager account to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload your 5-page resume. (USAJOBS portfolio documents will not be accepted; therefore applicants are required to upload a 5-page resume through Application Manager.)

3. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

To fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Click this link to view and print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your 5-page resume to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


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. (This will only be applicable to applicants who applied through USAJOBS.)


A 5 page resume and occupational questionnaire.


Michelle Monroe
Phone: (202)357-8431
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete 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.  

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions (including are you willing to be drug tested). Be sure to double check your application before submission.


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