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In this program you will be required to be available for travel and assignments, for extended periods of time, possibly in other geographic areas.
25% or less - In this program you will be required to be available for travel and assignments, for extended periods of time, possibly in other geographic areas.
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Conditions of Employment
- US citizenship is required.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
- Successful completion of a background investigation
- Selectee may be subject to placement geographically or organizationally.
- You must submit all application documents by the closing date.
QualificationsTo be considered, candidates must have executive level experience. Generally this experience would be obtained at the GS-14 or GS-15 level in the Federal service. This experience must include servicing as head of a major organization or program involving work in planning and directing specialized programs. This work must specify a level of marked difficulty, responsibility, and national significance, while maintaining accountability and exercising independent, reliable judgment. Candidates should be able to demonstrate in their application package significant achievements, increasing levels of responsibility as managers, and a solid record of successful professional performance.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ): All candidates must submit a written narrative in response to the following ECQs. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. for additional guidance candidates may visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications. Candidates are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results (C-C-A-R) model outlined in the guide. Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages. It is recommended that candidates prepare the ECQs in a Word document and upload it into the application system.
1. Leading Change: 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.
2. Leading People: 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.
3. Results Driven: 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.
4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions: 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.
The VA SESCDP is designed to train, develop, and cultivate leaders with the readiness and aspiration to immediately lead VA and Federal transformation efforts. VA SES Corp members must be willing to relocate in support of mission requirements. Specifically, the Program is designed to achieve the following goals:
-Identify individuals who have demonstrated strong potential for executive leadership and who possess the attributes necessary for becoming skillful and competent VA Senior Executives.
-Provide formal interagency training and development opportunities designed to enhance and augment candidates' executive leadership skills, competencies, and characteristics.
-Create a pool of well-developed, qualified, and diverse candidates eligible for SES positions with an enterprise mindset to ensure continuity of operations within VA and provide support across the Federal Government, as needed.
-Develop, strengthen, and broaden the candidates' knowledge and understanding regarding the mission, structure, organizational issues and operation of VA, thereby fostering executive mobility with VA and government-wide mobility to achieve continuous organizational renewal.
VA expects to select 25 candidates to participate in the Program and announce the selectees in December 2018 with required training starting in January 2019.
Candidates who successfully complete the program and receive certification of their executive core qualifications by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board under the criterion of 5 U.S.C. 3393(c)(2)(B), will be eligible for noncompetitive appointment to the Senior Executive Services (SES) Corp. Participation in the program does not guarantee placement in an SES position.
This is a 18-24-month, part-time developmental program. Candidates selected to the program from within VA will remain in their full-time position of record while completing program requirements. All program and travel costs will be the responsibility of the candidate's Administration, Agency or Staff Office. These costs (approx. $25K) must be communicated by the candidate to his/her leadership prior to application submission. Candidates selected from outside VA will also remain in their full-time position of record while completing program requirements. In addition, each external candidate must complete an Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA) with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the candidate's home agency and VA. All program and travel costs will be specified in the IAA and transferred to VA.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Orientation: After candidates are notified of their selection, they must attend a one-day mandatory orientation session tentatively scheduled in the Washington metropolitan area. Each candidate is provided with program requirements, policies, and expectations for the program. During this orientation session, formal mentorship will also be established with SES members.
360-Degree Assessment: Each candidate completes a 360-degree assessment exercise for 5-days, which is designed to determine those competencies which will be developed or reinforced during the program.
Executive Development Plan (EDP): An EDP is prepared by each candidate, together with the immediate supervisor and the mentor. The EDP is used to identify, track, and document completion of competency-based needs of the candidates. It is approved by the VA Executive Resources Board (ERB), and is updated or revised, as needed, throughout the program.
Mentor: Through their experience, proven capabilities, and management perspective, SES mentors will assist candidates in further clarifying their developmental objectives and in identifying developmental assignments and activities. typically, candidates will meet monthly with their mentor to review progress on their EDP, but also to talk through situations related to their EDPs.
Interagency Training: The OPM requires at least 80 hours of formal interagency training that addresses the executive core qualifications (ECQ) and their application to SES positions Government-wide. The training experience includes interaction with a broad range of senior managers and executives outside the candidate's organization or agency to foster a broader perspective.
VA Emerging Executive Training and ECQ Resume Development: VA SESCDP includes a 5-day training session. This final training session of the program will provide VA Department level training on key executive skills topics, will integrate the developmental training received to date, and will assist candidates in preparing their final ECQ narratives.
Executive- Level Developmental Assignments: One of the SESCDP requirements listed in 5 CFR 412.302(c)(3) is a developmental assignment totaling at least four (4) months of full-time service outside the candidate's position of record. This assignment must be at least ninety (90) continuous days in a position other than, and substantially different from, the candidate's position of record. The purpose of the assignment is to broaden the candidate's experience and increase the knowledge of the overall function of the agency so the candidate is prepared for a variety of SES positions. The assignment(s) includes executive-level responsibilities and differ from the candidate's current and past assignments. The assignment(s) will challenge the candidate with respect to leadership competencies and the ECQs.
Progress Review: Progress in meeting EDP requirements is closely monitored by the SESCDP Program Manager, mentor, and the ERB, and is evaluated periodically to assure timely completion of program activities.
Candidates cannot waive a program requirement and may be removed from the program for failure to complete all requirements with 24 months of selection.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Our evaluation will be based on the information you provide. We may also verify performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks and take that information into account in making selections.
The candidate selection process will have multiple steps. Candidates will be notified of their status following the completion of each step of the selection process.
Step 1: Minimum qualifications review
Step 2: VA Selection Panel
Step 3: Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking
Step 4: Approval by the Secretary
Step 5: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Drug Testing: All non-VA candidates tentatively selected for VA employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Candidates who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
Appointment Type: Selectees currently on a career or career-type appointments in the civil service will be placed at their current salary and grade level.
Schedule B Appointment. Selectees who occupy other than a career or career type appointment in the civil service must accept a Schedule B appointment to participate in the SESCDP. The Schedule B appointment does not confer civil service status. If an SESCDP external candidate, discontinues participation in the program for any reason, their employment with VA will terminate.
Continued Service Agreement. Current Federal employees who are selected into the program will be required to sign a Continued Service Agreement (CSA). The CSA does not apply to Schedule B appointments due to the time-limited nature of their appointments.
Candidate Status While in the Program. VA selectees who are serving on a career or career-type appointment will retain the grade, pay, and status of their current positions while completing the program. They will remain employees of their current organization.
Non-VA, Federal selectees will be detailed to VA from their employing agency for the time required to participate and perform in activities related to VA programs. These activities may require 50% or more of their time for the duration of the SESCDP.
6. Mobility Statement. Candidates are expected to accept temporary developmental assignments which may involve organizational, functional, and/or geographic mobility. In the event of selection to a selection to a SES position during the training program, permanent relocation and signing of a mobility agreement will be required.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date, 08/29/2018 in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.
To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online:
1. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers to the questionnaire (refer to link for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
2. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10276558
3. Print your resume and required documents.
4. Fax to (478) 757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.
Mobility Statement. Candidates are expected to accept temporary developmental assignments which may involve organizational, functional, and/or geographic mobility. In the event of selection to a selection to a SES position during the training program, permanent relocation and signing of a mobility agreement will be required.
Continuity of Service Agreement. Selectees to the program who are VA employees are required to sign a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) to safeguard the Government's training investment. Non-VA employees may be required to sign a CSA by their own agency. Due to the time-limited nature of their appointments, the CSA will not apply to Schedule B (NTE 3 years) appointees.
Candidate Certification After a candidate completes all program requirements, the candidate, in collaboration with the SESCDP Program Manager, prepares all required documentation and submits the completed package to the Corporate Senior Executive Management Office for review and final ERB determination. The ERB makes the final determination if the candidate has demonstrated that he or she is prepared to serve as a member of the SES or if more development is needed. Once the ERB determines that a candidate has successfully completed the program, the package will be submitted to the OPM Qualification Review Board for certification of their Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) statements. If the ERB determines that more development is needed, the candidate the candidate will be provided specific recommendations for additional training or development assignments necessary to successfully complete the SESCDP.
Agency contact information
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20420
The Corporate Senior Executive Management Office (CSEMO) will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members to determine the "best qualified" candidates. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board (QRB).
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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