Associate Administrator for Spectrum Management

Washington D.C.
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 03, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Position may require some travel (25% or less).

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Selectee must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Incumbent may be subject to geographical mobility.
  • Recruitment incentives maybe offered.
  • The 855 series has an educational requirement. See vacancy details.
  • Applicants are required to submit only a resume which provides detailed evidence of how they meet the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  Applicants currently serving on a career SES appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program with ECQs certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) QRB are not required to be evaluated on the ECQs.  For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at 

    If selected for the position as  your initial career SES appointment, you will be required to submit a written narrative statement addressing all of the ECQs.  The Department of Commerce will work with the selectee to develop the appropriate ECQ narrative for OPM QRB certification, as needed.

    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed.  These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization.  An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.  Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    In qualifying for the 855 series, please see educational requirements.

    Applicants do not need to submit any separate narrative responses to address the ECQs or PTQs.  Please remember that if experience is not stated in your resume, it will not be presumed that you possess it. Sample resumes that incorporate the ECQs and PTQs are available at: 


    The following are the five ECQs and their fundamental competencies which are selection criteria for SES positions.  The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience.

    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.  (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. (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. (Competencies:  accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (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.  (Competencies:  partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

    PTQ 1 - Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and expertise in radiocommunications technology, spectrum management, and associated national and international regulatory policies of sufficient depth for authoritative identification, assessment and development of solutions to complex radio and Federal telecommunications problems involving both technical and policy considerations.

    PTQ 2 - Demonstrated ability to formulate, manage and present detailed technical, policy and regulatory issues of present and future spectrum use by Federal agencies and the private sector; resolve complex and controversial spectrum-related issues through negotiations with senior leaders and subject matter experts of key federal and non-federal stakeholders; apply results in national and/or international fora and in particular the International Telecommunication Union and regional organizations.

    PTQ 3 - Demonstrated ability to direct large, technical and diverse staff and to apply comprehensive knowledge of the spectrum management process and statutory responsibilities, radiocommunication applications and limitations on the use of the spectrum, frequency assignment and coordination processes, and the growing relationship between spectrum management and economic, political, legal, national security and foreign policy issues, to achieve agency mission.

    Qualifications for the 855 series: This series has educational requirements. To qualify as an Electronics Engineer (855), applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university.
    Applicants must meet the educational requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions at
    Applicants must submit a copy of their transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. This is a mandatory requirement. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For information on Foreign Education visit:
    Failure to submit a copy of your transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking will result in an incomplete application and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Applications will be accepted from All Qualified Individuals
    (U.S. Citizens Only).

    This position is being advertised as interdisciplinary. Applications will be accepted from candidates who qualify in the Telecommunications Series (391) or the Electronics Engineering Series (855).

    Background Investigation: This position requires a Top Secret security clearance and is designated as special-sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

    Financial Disclosure:  This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees.  The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period:  Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Mobility:  Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Drug Testing:  Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the Department of Commerce.

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

    Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website.  Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.  Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579):  The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


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

    Key steps in the evaluation process are as follows:

    1. Basic qualfication determination

    2. Executive core qualifications and professional technical qualifications determination

    3. Rating panel assessment of your application

    4. Structured interviews

    5. Tentative selection by the hiring organization

    6. OPM Qualifications Review Board certification, if applicable

    You are not required to submit responses to the ECQs and PTQs. If you submit narrative ECQs or PTQs responses they will not be considered and will not be forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required Yes

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