Principal Deputy Director

Washington, D.C
May 23, 2019
May 31, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). OVC's mission is to enhance the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.
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This position serves as the Principal Deputy Director for OVC and as such, participates with the OVC Director, Deputy Directors and Associate Directors (as needed) in the development and management of OVC operations, programs, grants, contracts, budget, communications, and interagency liaisons for OVC's grant programs and technical assistance activities.

The Principal Deputy Director is responsible for leadership and technical support to the OVC staff in management and oversight. Working with the Director, has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs and applicable objectives under the DOJ Strategic Plan. Directs the OVC staff in formulating criminal justice policies affecting OVC programs and activities.

Assists state, local, and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence by providing executive leadership in the areas of OVC criminal justice policy, including internal and external communications, and training and staff development.

Provides national leadership and outreach on criminal justice issues by identifying and supporting evidence-based programs, best practices, and innovative approaches to key issues. Responsible for the development of criminal justice programs, activities and initiatives, that support state, local and tribal agencies and communities. Where appropriate, develops strategies for rural, urban, large, medium and small size agencies.

Develops and oversees OVC's strategic initiatives including the development of new evidence-based programs and best practices. Evaluates past, current and proposed programs and technical assistance to initiate, modify or discontinue projects, making way for new initiatives as appropriate.

Provides leadership and technical support to staff in the formulation and administration of policies affecting OVC programs and activities. Implements policies that promote the sustainability of criminal justice programs, and works with other OVC units to incorporate success factors into solicitations and program design.

Develops, conceives, plans, and implements policies and guidelines affecting broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs. Translates new legislation into program goals, actions, and policies, interpreting the impact of new legislative requirements on agency programs. Recognized as an agency authority in formulating new policies and program objectives that have a broad or long-range impact on one or more significant programs of the agency.

Directs the operations of OVC in conjunction with the Deputy Directors, and utilizes subordinate managers, as appropriate. Performs human resource management functions relative to the staff. Duties include establishing performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated. Promotes both accountability and recognition of staff activities. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters.

Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on individual development goals, as well as collective organizational performance. Develops and coordinates training opportunities and promotes effective communication among OVC staff and understanding of OVC programs and priorities. Encourages staff-driven training such as cross-training, mentoring, and other job-related program-specific training to promote personal growth and development.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 25%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Pre-employment drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • 1-year probationary period may be required.




As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Principal Deputy Director. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

Executive Core Qualifications:

You must clearly document and demonstrate the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), not to exceed ten pages total:

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, local and tribal governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at .


Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

You will be evaluated on the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Your responses to the MTQs should be addressed separately, not to exceed two pages per MTQ.

MTQ 1: Demonstrated ability in planning and directing several complex operational organizations in a minimum of two of the following areas: information technology, accounting, budget, and internal management controls.

MTQ 2: Knowledge of major challenges confronting the criminal justice or victim services field and demonstrated expertise in design and solutions to these challenges. The incumbent shall have demonstrated experience with federal funding regulations and demonstrated ability in managing large-scale federal, state, local or tribal grant programs.

MTQ 3: Demonstrated ability in oversight of federal grant or state grant programs and in developing and executing a plan for oversight and fraud detection of high risk grantees.



There is no minimum education requirement for this position.

Additional information

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

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are unable to apply via email, please contact Catherine Sinicrope at or (202) 616-1746 for alternate application procedures.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be evaluated based on how well they meet the Executive Core Qualifications and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, as outlined in the Qualifications section of the announcement.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

Applicants must address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately.

Please see How to Apply and Required Documents for specific instructions. The resume should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents


1. Resume,
2. Narrative statement for the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (limit of 2 pages for each MTQ), and
3. Narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications (not to exceed 10 pages total) OR proof of current SES status/eligibility (see the note below).

REMINDER: All documents must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement.

Please see the How to Apply section for submission instructions.

NOTE: The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required (Standard Form (SF)-50 or Qualifications Review Board certification). In addition, individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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