Director, Enforcement

Washington, D.C
Mar 25, 2023
Mar 31, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director of Enforcement serves as the Agency's principal advisor regarding policy and program matters pertaining to enforcement activities undertaken pursuant to civil and criminal provisions of Title I of ERISA and as well as related provisions of other Federal laws. The Director provides executive leadership and direction in the formulation, development and execution of the functional responsibilities of the Office of Enforcement; the establishment of Agency's enforcement objectives, policies, and priorities; the evaluation of achievements and improvement of efficiencies in the Agency's enforcement program; coordination of investigations to ensure strong and effective enforcement of ERISA; and collaboration with other federal and state agencies, the employee benefits community, and the public. The Office of Enforcement is composed of the Division of Financial Investigations and the Division of Health Investigations, which formulate national enforcement policy, oversee major investigations and provide technical assistance to EBSA field offices; the Division of Criminal Investigations, which coordinates national criminal enforcement policy with EBSA field offices and with other government agencies such as the Department of Justice; the Division of Investigative Strategies which proposes, initiates, and conducts novel and challenging pilot program investigations and builds investigative models, templates, training modules, and best practices tools; and the Division of Field Operations and Support, which coordinates national compliance projects and targeting efforts, conducts program and project evaluation, and provides administrative assistance to EBSA field offices.


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Appointment to this position requires a background investigation.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job (typically equivalent to the GS-15 level) that has given you the particular subject-matter knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically, we would find this experience in work within the field or a field that is closely related. You must demonstrate possession of specialized experience in the described duties.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.


To qualify for this position, all applicants must write a narrative in the spaces provided detailing accomplishments that would satisfy each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ). You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. It is recommended that applicants draft their ECQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each ECQ to ensure length requirements. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

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.

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.

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.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the ECQs above, qualified applicants must possess the following three (3) technical qualifications which represent the experience required to perform the duties of this position. Proficiency in these technical qualifications MUST be clearly evident in your application. MTQs include:

1. Demonstrated experience successfully managing and overseeing the operations of a large complex organization, including integrating strategic goals into program operations to identify and achieve efficiencies, performance planning and evaluation, human resource policy, budget formulation, contracting and procurement. 

2. Demonstrated experience at the highest professional level reflecting:

a. A comprehensive knowledge of ERISA and related laws, regulations, precedents, policies, and legal decisions, including the prohibited transaction provisions, as well as an understanding of the corresponding provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA). 

b. An in-depth understanding and current awareness of: (a) the structure, administration, and operation of employee benefit plans, (b) the multitude of investment procedures, practices and vehicles employed by pension and welfare plan administrators; and (c) financial institutions and practices (i.e., securities, tax, banking, insurance, or other financial regulatory statutes).

c. Extensive knowledge of investigative techniques, experience in compliance and enforcement programs, and familiarity with auditing methods.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.