Director Acqusition Policy and Legislation

Washington D.C.
Jun 06, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.
The vital mission of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to safeguard the American people, our homeland and our values. This position offers exceptional opportunities to deliver on this mission by influencing major acquisition programs through the application and development of acquisition regulations, policies and directives. DHS is a recognized leader in procurement innovation across the federal government, and this position provides strategic direction and executive leadership over the agency's procurement innovation initiatives helping to enhance mission capabilities. For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, we welcome you to visit our website at

At DHS Headquarters, we foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenging opportunities on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performing workforce. We build and sustain a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. As a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) at DHS, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

  • 25% or Greater
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • This position is subject to random drug testing
  • A Top Secret/SCI security clearance is required for this position.
  • If selected, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (OGE-278) is required
  • A one-year SES probationary period may be required
  • Basic Qualification for ES-1102-00: Applicants must possess training, certification and education as described below.

    A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head od the agency for progression to the GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III certification or eligibility for FAC-C Level III is required at the GS-13 and above level.

    B. 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

    C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade,

    As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.
    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below:
    We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
    The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME-ONLY METHOD, although you should not address the ECQs or TQs separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your resume.

    Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.
    A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37)

    Technical Qualifications - Mandatory

    You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

    1. Demonstrated experience in foreseeing complex acquisition related regulations or policies and implementing effective measures to ensure the management and oversight of a large scale, complex, multifaceted acquisition operation, providing mission critical supplies and services.This includes experience in leading an operation to implement acquisition initiatives across large, geographically diverse organizations and with multiple lines of business.

    2. Demonstrated extensive experience and expert knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies governing the federal acquisition of supplies and services.Prior experience must reflect responsibility for both pre-and post-award management and administration of major acquisitions.

    3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and persuasively across multiple lines of business, Components, and across agencies to build consensus that delivers outcomes to meet mission needs of the organization.

    Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

    You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

    ECQ 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
    Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience,
    Strategic Thinking, and Vision

    ECQ 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.
    Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team

    ECQ 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.
    Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial,and information resources strategically.
    Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management

    ECQ 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.
    Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

    These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

    Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

    You must submit a copy of your college transcript (official or unofficial) OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. If selected, official transcripts will be required. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to be credited towards qualifications; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions.

    Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript to receive credit for that education. For more information on the evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

    5-Page Resume that incorporates the TQs and ECQs.
    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret/SCIclearance a as a condition of placement in this Special Sensitive position.

    Top Secret/SCI

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