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Associate Commissioner for Administration

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

  • Plans, executes, and evaluates a broad and responsive management and administrative program that supports the programmatic and technical responsibilities of the BLS. Major functions of this program include budget formulation and execution; budget and performance integration; strategic planning; grants management; accounting and payment services; administrative and management information systems; administration of equal employment opportunity programs; facilities and property management; safety and health; print, mail, and records management; management of statistical confidentiality policy (Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act); management control and oversight; employee ethics; and legal guidance and legislative research.
  • Oversees liaison activities in support of human resources management, workforce
    development and training, employee and labor management relations; procurement and contract administration; and security.
  • Serves as a member of the Bureau's principal policy-making body, the Executive Oversight Board. As a major participant of this Board, composed of the Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner, and all the Associate Commissioners, the incumbent assists in the determination and formulation of BLS policies.
  • Develops and proposes policies in the area of administrative management deemed necessary for greater managerial efficiency in the operation of the Bureau's numerous programs; reviews proposed programs to validate staffing and funding needs and their
    most effective organizational location and structure; reviews proposed programs and operational policy in light of administrative feasibility and sound management practices; assures that BLS activities and responsibilities are performed in the most efficient and economical manner; and provides leadership for and promotes planning activities as an integral part of the management responsibilities carried out by each organizational unit.
  • Directs the BLS Management Process, which integrates strategic and short-term planning, budget formulation and execution, and program performance measurement and its review, analysis, and evaluation efforts.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Must complete one year SES probationary period if not previously covered.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • If selected, the candidate must receive approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board in order to be appointed to the SES.
Candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have had experience at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal service).

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have had experience at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal service).

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

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): In writing your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. NARRATIVE RESPONSES TO ECQS MUST NOT EXCEED 10 SINGLE-SPACED PAGES. 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 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 (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. APPLICANTS SHOULD LIMIT THEIR NARRATIVE RESPONSES TO ONE (1) SINGLE-SPACED PAGE PER EACH MTQ WITH A FONT SIZE NO SMALLER THAN POINT 12. It is recommended that applicants draft their MTQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each MTQ to ensure length requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of strategic operational planning and the ability to oversee development and implementation of plans that include and define the financial, human capital, administrative management, and DEIA initiatives of a large organization.
  • Demonstrated results that indicate deep analytical capabilities to make data focused decisions.
  • A proven ability to manage a diverse workforce and diverse customer base. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to effectively multi-task and manage a complicated set of program priorities with limited resources.

  • Education

    This position does not have a positive education requirement.

    Additional information

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which employee 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.


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