The Multi- Agency CIO/CISO SES CDP is designed to develop individuals with proven leadership potential who wish to serve at the executive levels of government to lead the information technology (IT) community. Qualified individuals are those who have demonstrated, through their performance and experience, the potential to assume executive- level IT positions within the Federal Government.Learn more about this agency
- The CIO/CISO SESCDP is designed to provide a series of developmental experiences for high potential individuals to prepare them to occupy positions in the SES in the Federal IT Community.
- These developmental experiences include formal training, assessment, and seminars.
- All program selectees must complete one Executive-level Developmental Assignment, at least four months of full-time service to include at least one assignment of 90 continuous days, will be required of each candidate during the program
- All program selectees must create an Executive Development Plan that will guide program development experiences.
- At the end of the program, candidates must submit their portfolio to the CIO/CISO Executive Resources Board for review and approval prior to QRB submission.
- Applicants moving to the structured interview phase of the selection process will be required to submit a Supervisory Endorsement Form.
- All program selectees must have an SES mentor.
- All program selectees must complete the 80 hour inter-agency training for the CIO/CISO SESCDP. This training will be funded by the CIO Council.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. citizenship is required
- Current Federal Employees
- One year supervisory experience at the GS-14 level (or equivalent) or above
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
- All required application documents must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement
QualificationsAll qualified individuals within the civil service who have at least one full year of supervisory experience at the GS-14 level (or equivalent) or above, and have demonstrated exceptional executive leadership potential are eligible to apply to the CIO/CISO SES CDP. Supervisory experience includes planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinate employees.
The Following Applicants will NOT be considered for the program:
- Current or former Career SES members or equivalents including members of the Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES)
- Former SES CDP graduates from any agency
- Employees who have had their Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) certified by OPM's Qualification Review Board (QRB)
Civil Service Career Type:
- Status Applicants are applicants serving under career or career-type appointments in the civil service. Status candidates are not entitled to veterans' preference.
- Block 24 on SF-50 lists tenure as "1" or "2"
- Non-Status Applicants are applicants who occupy other than career or career-type appointments within the civil service.
- E.g., Temporary appointments, seasonal, term appointments, etc.
- Block 24 on SF-50 lists tenure as "3" or "4"
Applicants selected for the program that do not hold federal status must accept a full-time Schedule B appointment at USDA in order to participated in the CIO/CISO SES CDP. The schedule B appointment does not confer civil status. These appointments may be located around the country. If a SES CDP participant serving on a Schedule B appointment discontinues participation in the program for any reason, his/her employment will terminate because it is authorized only for an executive development position established in connection with the SES CDP. Similarly, If a Schedule B participant graduates from the SES CDP, but does not obtain a SES position before the Schedule B appointment expires, his/her employment will terminate because a Schedule B appointment cannot exceed or be extended beyond three years.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to one (1) of the following TQs. The TQ narrative must not exceed two (2) pages using a font size of 12 point or higher. Please give examples and explain the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issues you handled.
1. CISO: Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the Information Security Core Competencies to include Security and Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Architecture and Engineering, Communications and Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations, Software Development Security as they relate to Information Technology, Internet of Things, Control Systems, Mobile Devices, Networks and Emerging Technology.
2. CIO: Substantive knowledge of program/project and technology business management principles, techniques, and practices to effectively manage the achievement of goals and objectives, ensure conformance with legislative and other regulatory requirements to ensure effective management and utilization of IT resources within a large, complex organization; knowledge of capital investment analysis or business case analysis, including return on investment analysis; and providing expert advice to managers on using tools such as alternatives of analysis, business cases, best practices, and risk analysis in a steady-state and operationally active environment.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Applicants must demonstrate competence and potential for development in the five SES Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), which are the leadership criteria defined by OPM to certify candidates for SES positions. OPM's guide to the SES Qualifications http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications provides detailed information on the ECQs.
The candidate selection process involves several phases:
Phase I: Initial Review of Application Package
The application package will reviewed for completeness, basic qualifications, and eligibility. This includes whether or not the applicants meet the technical qualifications of the CIO/CISO discipline/occupation. In addition, applicants who are found not qualified will be notified.
Phase II: Screening Panel
A review of the resumes of applicants meeting the basic qualifications will be conducted. During the phase of the process, a diverse team of trained executives will review and rate the resumes of the applicants against ECQs and any technical competencies that are designated by the vacancy announcement and assign a score. Applications in this will include the initial review of the content of their resume and supplemental documentation. Applications must include an Executive Resume (ER) of no more than 5 pages, describing the applicants accomplishments in each of the five executive core competencies:
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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Phase III: Structured Interview (SI) The next phase in the screening process will be a structured interview of the applicants rated "Best Qualified". The panel will consist of Federal IT executives trained on conducting interviews based on guidance issued by OPM. The panel will rate and assess candidates using targeted questions. Candidates advancing to the structured interview phase will be required to provide a Supervisory Endorsement. When scheduling applicants for the structured interview, applicants will be provided with a supervisory endorsement form and asked to have it signed and submitted either prior to the interview or at the interview.
Phase IV: Certificate Best qualified applicants will be placed on a Best Qualified selection certificate for selection recommendation by the CIO/CISO multi-agency Executive Resources Board (ERB). After the candidates have been rated and ranked and the Best Qualified list has been determined, supervisory endorsement forms for the applicants will be reviewed. The supervisory endorsement will document that the applicant has the support of his or her supervisor during the duration of the SESCDP, including time to attend training as well as to participate in the 120-day detail.
Phase V: Selection The USDA CHCO and participating agency Appointing Authorities will approve and ratify final selections based on the candidates technical qualifications, experience and potential to master the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). CIO/CISO SES CDP Executive Resources Board (ERB) will confirm and ratify final selections based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, and potential to master the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Candidates will be notified whether they have been selected or not through email.
- Candidates must also demonstrate competence in one of the technical qualifications.
- In addition to the resume, a review will be applied to the applicants technical qualifications
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position you need to only submit a resume which CANNOT exceed FIVE (5) pages using 1inch margins and a 12 point font. You must submit a resume which provides evidence of how you possess the five Executive Qualifications (ECQs).
1. Resume (limited to 5 pages)(The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Do NOT submit Executive Core Qualifications Narratives in lieu of a resume): You must show in your resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability. Your resume should emphasize your level of responsibilities (including supervisory status, as applicable), the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments with the following information:
- Full name (ON FIRST PAGE ONLY, DO NOT INCLUDE HEADERS OR FOOTERS THROUGHOUT YOUR RESUME)
- Email address, and day and evening telephone numbers.
- Job title (include series and grade if Federal job); Duties and accomplishments; Employer's name and address; Supervisor's name and phone number; Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year); salary; Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishment
- Information about paid and non-paid work experience related to supervisory experience
- Do NOT include date of birth, social security number, or last four of your social security number
3. You MUST upload your responses to the Technical Qualifications (TQs)
4. Veterans' Preference Documents: Applicants who are applying for Veterans' Preference should claim preference on their application and also submit the appropriate Veterans' Preference Documentation to include a DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or VA Letter indicating a service-connected disability rating. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete form SF-15 for 10-point Veteran Preference, plus provide supporting documentation as indicated by the SF-15 form https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp
Application of Veterans' Preference: For applicants applying as non-status applicants, category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the best qualified category.
5. Supervisory Letter of Endorsement: Prior to the structured interview applicants eligible for this phase of the selection process will be asked to provide a supervisory letter of endorsement. The Supervisory Letter of Endorsement does not need to be submitted with your initial application.
Please note that all required documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement 8/26/19. Application material received after the closing date will not be considered for the program
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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
***ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY UPDATES***
To apply for this program, you must submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.
The initial questionnaire and required documents must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 8/26/2019 to receive consideration.
- To begin, click the blue Apply button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents.
- Click the Submit Application button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.
Note: ONLY ONE APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED PER INDIVIDUAL; MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS WILL DISQUALIFY THE APPLICANT.
Agency contact information
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250
Once applicants submit the initial application, applicants will receive an acknowledgement email from USAJOBS indicating application received status. Once this announcement closes, applicants will receive an email from USAJOBS indicating announcement closure, with instructions and timeframe of next steps.
Upon conclusion of each selection phase, applicants will receive electronic notification of their status. Once program selections have been finalized, applicants on the Selection Certificate will receive an email indicating final status (selected; not selected).
Continued Service Agreement: Selectees for the program who are USDA Employees will be required to sign a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) to safeguard the Government's training investment. The agreement states the employee will stay with an Agency of the Federal Government for three years after completion of the USDA SES CDP academic/formal interagency training element of the program. Employees who voluntarily leave Federal civil service before completing the terms of the agreement may be required to repay the cost of training and related travel expenses, excluding salary or other compensation. This does not preclude an employee from pursuing promotion or reassignment opportunities within the Federal government during the program. Non-USDA Federal employees may also be required to sign a CSA through a Memorandum of Agreement.
For candidates selected from other Federal agencies, USDA will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as described by 5 CFR 412.302(d)(3) with the candidate's employing agencies. The MOU will indicate that the candidate may participate in the SESCDP even if leadership changes occur within the candidate's employing agency. The MOU will be signed by the CHCO and submitted to USDA.
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- 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.
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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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/541680300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.