Executive Director, Labor Management Relations
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan"- by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
Announcement amended to extend the closing date and include travel requirements.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within VA, the Federal government and the private sector. The Senior Executive Service is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment.
The Executive Director for Labor Management Relations (ED/LMR) is the principal advisor to the Deputy Secretary (DEPSEC) of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Assistant Secretary (A/S) for Human Resources and Administration (HR&A) on all matters pertaining to VA's National Labor Management Policy and Program. In this role the ED/LMR oversees all National Negotiations for all three Administrations, as well as advising and briefing each Under Secretary on a regular basis about progress, compliance, and associated resource needs. A critical responsibility of the ED/LMR is to support the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs ensuring that the Department's LMR programs and practices are consistent with all applicable laws, regulations and Presidential Executive Orders. The ED/LMR has overall responsibility for leadership of the Office of Labor Management Relations with a budget of approximately $3,956,000. In carrying out the duties of the position, the ED/LMR actively collaborates with the Department's five National Unions and other members of VA's executive level leadership to ensure the work of the organization is strategically linked to the direction of the business of the Department and all components. The ED/LMR oversees the development and implementation of the Department's Labor Relations Policies, including the relationship of policy to negotiated labor agreements. The ED/LMR accomplishes all work by directing the organization of seventeen professional employees with four direct reports, the Staff Director Officer for Operations, Attorney Advisor, Administrative Officer, and Supervisor Executive Officer.
VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a Pay Band 3 position. The salary for this position is capped at $172,100.
- Occasional Travel
To meet the minimum qualifications, applicant must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, or program manager. An individual's total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): All applicants 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, applicants may visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications. Applicants 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 applicants prepare the ECQs in a Word document and upload it into the application system.
The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organization goals. Inherent
to the ECQ is the ability to establish an organization vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 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, facilities cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 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. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalition 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 (TQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following TQ. 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. Responses to the TQ must not exceed 2 pages per Technical Qualification.
TQ1: Demonstrated experience and in-depth knowledge of labor relations statutes, regulations, principles, concepts, and case law in a large, complex, multifunctional, and geographically dispersed organizational environment while applying critical thinking to information received from stakeholders, and evaluating what can be used for organizational success.
TQ2: Demonstrated the experience and ability to render expert and consultative advice on labor issues in a large, complex, and geographically dispersed environment with multiple statutory labor relations frameworks (e.g., Title 5 and Title 38).
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