Deputy Associate Administrator – Pipeline Safety Policy and Programs
Statement on Senior Executive Service (SES)
Positions The Senior Executive Service (SES) is a corps of executives selected for their superior leadership qualifications. Members of the SES serve in key positions just below the top Presidential appointees, and are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the federal workforce. Candidates for SES positions must possess both technical qualifications (subject matter expertise) and executive qualifications (leadership and managerial experience). By definition, SES positions are managerial, supervisory, and policy positions classified above the GS15 grade level.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the principal agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) responsible for protecting people and the environment from the risks of hazardous materials in transportation.
The candidiate of this position serves as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs, Office of Pipeline Safety (PHP), located within PHMSA. The candidiate, in collaboration with the Administrator and the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations, carries out a national program to ensure the safe, reliable and environmentally sound operations of the Nation’s pipeline transportation system. Responsible for administering policies and programs, performing high-level program planning, and providing executive direction for carrying out PHP’s mission and program responsibilities.
- Relocation is authorized.
As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must show in your resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that must be clearly described in your resume. Your responses must explain how your experience supports each of the TQs
- Expert level ability to provide operational and strategic leadership at the National level for a complex geographically-dispersed organization. Experience establishing agency strategic plans and program policies to enable mission success.
- Skilled collaborator with experience coordinating with executive level counterparts in other Federal agencies, officials of state and local governments, the Congress, OMB and representatives of industries, organizations and related businesses.
- Experience in leading the development of long-range planning, budget formulation and execution, and extensive knowledge of personnel and financial management regulations and policies.
Please Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.
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 environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, 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, Team Building
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, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, 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, 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, Influencing/Negotiating
FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.
Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website.
You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on addressing Executive Qualifications in a Resume.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
- Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
- Complete a Public Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
The Deputy Associate Administrator – Pipeline Safety Policy and Programs -
- Advises the Office of the Administrator on all hazardous liquid, natural, and other gas pipeline safety matters. Participates fully in policy determinations falling within assigned responsibilities. Issues implementation guidance for approved policies within the purview of delegated authority.
- Manages the daily interface of Headquarters pipeline safety and environmental programs with operating parameters. Develops strategic and annual plans, identifying initiatives and establishing strategic goals. Identifies pipeline safety and environmental problems and recommends innovative regulatory and non-regulatory solutions to address safety and environmental problems. Develops priorities for the national pipeline safety program to ensure compliance with regulations and progress in reduction of threats to integrity. Develops new program initiatives based on analysis of safety data.
- Establishes and fosters partnerships among the Federal Government, the states, regional and local government, and the industry to solve problems which threaten the integrity and safety of pipelines. Promotes innovative and/or exemplary programs that enhance operational practices, governmental and industry relationships, and customer service focus. Provides for customer evaluation of the services that OPS provides.
- Administers a national pipeline enforcement program. Oversees development of enforcement policy and procedures for pipeline operator implementation of risk management and risk-based programs. Coordinates with the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations to develop policy and programs for enforcement and to evaluate enforcement results.
- Provides technical and resource assistance for state pipeline safety programs to ensure oversight of intra-state pipeline systems and educational programs at the local level. Oversees a program of community assistance and technical service to advance public safety, environmental protection, and pipeline reliability. Leads the development and implementation of pipeline safety training programs for Federal and state regulatory and compliance staff and the pipeline industry, coordinating these program activities.