Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory

Washington D.C.
Apr 30, 2019
Apr 30, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional to frequent travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated or random drug testing may be required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required within 30 days.
  • Mobility agreements are required for members of the SES.
  • Minimum education requirement.
  • Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the duties and assignments of the position.  Additionally, applicants must meet the basic education requirements to be eligible for consideration for this position.  

    To meet the minimum qualifications of this position, you must possess all of the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications and meet the basic education requirement for this position.

    Basic education requirement for the 1301 series: A. Bachelor's degree in: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

    As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the ECQs and PTQs.

    You must show in your resume that you possess the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and the Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. We recommend that your resume emphasizes your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs you managed, and your accomplishments, including the results of your actions. An individual’s total experience must demonstrate possession of the ECQs and PTQs to perform the duties of this position.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

    ECQ 1 - Leading Change: 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, and Vision. 

    ECQ 2 - Leading People: 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 conflict. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building. 

    ECQ 3 - Results Driven: 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: 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: 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.

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

    Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

    PTQ 1. Demonstrated experience providing authoritative direction and management for a scientific and engineering laboratory of significant size, resources, scope, and complexity.

    PTQ 2. Demonstrated experience achieving operational results as evidenced by experience applying analytic, diagnostic, and qualitative techniques sufficient to identify, evaluate, and recommend appropriate solutions to resolve the most complex, interrelated technical problems and solutions and make associated recommendations at all staff levels.

    PTQ 3.  Expert knowledge in physical measurements and research as evidenced by leadership positions, technical experience, and results in the field, including publications, presentations, and/or substantial participation and recognition in the national and/or international physical measurements research and technology community.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Applications should be submitted on-line through 

    Please do not submit separate statements addressing the ECQs and PTQs.

    The application process used to recruit for this position requires submitting a RESUME ONLY. Although there is no requirement to address each of the ECQs or PTQs separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your resume. You must upload or create your resume using the Resume Builder in USAJOBS. Your resume must not exceed 5 pages.

    This position has an education requirement. Please submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment. You may list degree and/or course information to satisfy the basic education requirement. Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

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

    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. Please see for more information.

    Relocation expenses: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized.

    Background investigation: This position 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 of their appointment, annually thereafter and upon termination of Federal Government employment.

    Qualifications approval and probationary period: Persons newly selected for career appointments within 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.

    Drug Testing: Applicants selected for employment in this position may be subject to designated and/or random drug urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs.

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

    Travel: Occasional to frequent travel may be required.

    Social Security Number: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) to initially access and create an account at the website. However, only the last four (4) digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.

    Privacy Act notice (PL93-579) - The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    False Statements: If you make false statements 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.

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

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

    Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of Senior Executives to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Executive Resources Board 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 ECQs must be certified by a QRB after selection and before appointment can occur.
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    Drug test required Yes

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