Assistant Director for Operations

Washington D.C.
Apr 19, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time

76% or greater - You will be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes May qualify/authorize for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.


US Citizenship Required

If selected, a one-year SES probationary period may be required

Filing of OGE 278 - Public Financial Disclosure

Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret (SCI) clearance

Proficiency in the use of firearms

Retirement Coverage:
Prior experience in a primary law enforcement position, or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a prerequisite (5 CFR 831.902). Experience in a primary law enforcement position or equivalent experience outside the Federal Government is a prerequisite (5 C.F.R. 831.902)

Training Requirement: Incumbent must be a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Uniform Police Training Program (UPTP) or Criminal Investigators Training Program (CITP), or its equivalent.

Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. Person convicted of a misdemeanor of felony crimes of domestic violence are not eligible for the position.

Motor Vehicle Operation: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operations events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and actions of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result indisciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Mobility Agreement: This position may require the incumbent to be reassigned to a different geographic location. Accordingly, the incumbent will be required to sign a mobility agreement, which will remain in effect while assigned to this position.

This position is subject to random drug testing. It is our responsibility to eliminate any risks to national security, public health, and public safety that could be posed by individuals who use illegal drugs. In accordance with the NPPD Drug-Free Workplace Plan, this position is subject to random testing as a condition of employment. A positive drug test result or refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action, up to and including, removal from Federal Service.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Executive Core and Technical Qualifications listed listed below in a supplemental statement to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit.


The application process used to recruit this position is the Traditional Method.

A sample executive resume and ECQ narrative can be reviewed on this OPM link (resume indexed at pages 30-39 and ECQ narratives indexed at pages 9-22)

Please provide a narrative, not to exceed two (2) pages for each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and no more than three (3) pages for each Technical Qualifications (TQ).
**If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST submit a supplemental statement addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES, please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES. CDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate.

Technical Qualification(s) - Mandatory

TQ 1: Expert knowledge of and ability to manage complex, large-scale operations to enhance protection and mitigation processes and measure security posture across the entire Government Facilities Sector through collaboration, awareness, and the integration of law enforcement, security, and intelligence-based threat assessment.

TQ 2: Ability to lead and manage national incident(s) within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) standard management hierarchy - ensuring a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response from small incidents to large, multi-agency emergencies.

TQ 3: Ability to build consensus and gain cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals. Inspires and fosters collaboration across the organization's senior executives facilitating cooperation and motivation to accomplish group goals.

TQ 4: Mastery in the interpretation and understanding of the laws, rules, and regulations, which governs the agency's mission and, which ensures compliance relating to the administration of the agency's policies and procedures.

Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers made to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employees in the Executive Branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employee, please indicate this in your resume and when completing the online Occupational Questionnaire. Serving in a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES appointment WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.

Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

Relocation expenses may be authorized.

Probationary period:
You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

DHS is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences.

DHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments and experience. Your resume, ECQ and TQ narrative statements will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the Appointing Authority. Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your Executive Core Qualifications must be certified by an OPM/QRB before appointment can occur.

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