Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for HR (Information Technology, Systems and Analytics)

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 29, 2017
Full Time


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.

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. 

This position serves as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) for Human Resources (Information Technology, Systems, and Analytics)(HRITSA) in Washington, DC.  HR automation programs under this position impact over 380,000 VA employees located throughout the United States, the Philippines, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  HR technology, systems and analytics are employed to manage a highly diverse and professional workforce including Title 5, Title 38, and hybrid Title 38 employees, including health care occupations such as physicians, dentists, and nurses.  

VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a Pay Band 3 position.  The salary range for this position is capped at $172,100.  Exceptions to the cap may be considered in certain circumstances.

A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive, and/or an Appraised Value Offer (AVO) (formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout) is not authorized.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required.

  • No

  • US citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.
  • Drug Testing: Yes

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: 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, facilitates 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 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 (TQs):  All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following two TQs.  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 each TQ must not exceed 2 pages.

TQ1.  Demonstrated experience researching, defining, developing, integrating, testing, implementing, enhancing and maintaining enterprise-wide Human Resources  (HR) data products in a large, complex, multifunctional, and geographically dispersed organizational HR environment, including multiple types of HR services, while applying critical thinking to information received from stakeholders, and evaluating what can be used for organizational success.

TQ2.  Demonstrated experience formulating, leading and implementing a strategic and innovative HR IT portfolio to include stakeholder management in a large, complex, and geographically dispersed environment.


Public Trust - Background Investigation


The ADAS is responsible to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management and other key officials.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

a) As ADAS HRITSA, the incumbent leads the transformation of VA Human Resources Information Technology systems, capabilities, and investment management by providing strategic planning, policy, and integration to facilitate accomplishment of the Human Resources mission across the VA Enterprise.  The incumbent manages the VA HR domain and sub-domain consisting of automated systems, programs and applications, common business processes and business analytics programs,.  The incumbent is responsible for the development, delivery and operation of all VA HR automated systems and tools (including the infrastructure components) to support a VA employee population of approximately 380,000 employees located across the country in three separate Administrations and the VA Central Office.  The incumbent is responsible for integrating systems and infrastructure to provide VA-wide automation and tools to support business analytics, efficient management of resources and streamlined business processes.

b) The incumbent is the senior leader and technical authority for HR systems, programs, applications and tools, and exercises authorities as delegated. S/he is also the senior leader on matters pertaining to the development of HR analytics, dashboards, data integrity, and associated common business processes. Directly supervises subordinate Division Directors and remotely located support resources at the GS-15 level in the following areas: Systems Operations, HR Line of Business (Product Integration, Design & Development), Business Analytics (Reports, Dashboards and Mass Action processing), HR Smart Management, and Data Integrity.

c) In carrying out these responsibilities, the incumbent: provides leadership coordination of requirements identification, budget identification and execution, strategic planning, cost analysis, risk analysis and strategic control of HR systems requirements.

d) The incumbent ensures VA HR systems and responsible programs reflect the most advanced technology and developments. Incumbent provides input to VA's IT budgetary decisions with an emphasis on aligning resources with senior leader priorities. Sponsors necessary pilots and studies to continually improve systems and processes for the VA's HR service environment.

e) Is responsible for the requisite research, analysis, planning, integration and use of HR data to ensure effective processes and productivity of HR service delivery. Through use of appropriate analysis techniques and business measures, the incumbent continuously evaluates performance and analyzes/reports on the integration of HR systems and tools for effective HR service delivery, performance management, data management and tracking, and business analytics. Continually evaluates IT systems modernization efforts and submits investment certification packages to eliminate redundant and stove-piped IT investments. Develops an effective capital planning and improvement analysis process.

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