Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere

Washington D.C.
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Some domestic and/or foreign travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • 1 year probationary period for new SES members
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days of hire)
  • All members of the SES are subject to geographic relocation.
  • Applicants are required to submit only a Resume which provides detailed evidence of how they meet the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM 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 Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The Department of Commerce will work with the selectee to develop the appropriate ECQ narrative for QRB certification, as needed.

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed.  These qualifications typically would be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and executive potential.  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:

    Executive Core Qualifications
    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)

    Professional Technical Qualifications 

    PTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience leading a large and geographically dispersed organization to achieve program results.

    PTQ 2 - Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. Government trade promotion programs and international trade, economic, and business issues to assist and advocate for U.S. business in international markets.

    This position does not have an educational requirement.

    Background Investigation/Clearance:  This position is designated as special-sensitive and requires a Top Secret clearance.
    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.
    Application materials: The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
    Veterans' preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
    SSN: 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; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume.  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.
    Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.

    Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications without regard to race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliations, religion, marital or family status, or disability (including Targeted disabilities).

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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. Executive core qualifications and professional technical qualifications determination (Basic Qualification assessment from resume submission)
    2. Rating panel assessment of your application
    3. Structured interviews
    4. Tentative selection by the hiring organization
    5. OPM Qualification Review Board certification, if applicable

    You are not required to submit responses to the ECQs and PTQs.  If you submit narrative ECQs or PTQs reponses 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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