Deputy Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 28, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), Washington, DC.

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Serves as a full Deputy to the Director and Chief Operating Officer of the agency in all facets of administering OWCP programs. This includes significant involvement in the development and implementation of nationwide policies, regulations, procedures, and financial management for OWCP. These program responsibilities include the following:

Assists the Director in determining changes of policy to help achieve maximum program effectiveness, and to assure that the OWCP policies are in agreement with overall Departmental policies and goals. Develops and revises policies based on knowledge of OWCP's programs, Administration and Departmental policies, and pending legislation pertinent to OWCP. Assesses the need and probable effect of proposed policies, formulates recommendations to the Director, and follows through to assure that proposed policies are developed and implemented through the OWCP Program Heads and the Division Directors. Makes decisions on technical and administrative problems as they occur.

Develops, establishes and oversees the implementation of operational and administrative procedures and practices for the examination, investigation and adjudication of claims for compensation for disability and death arising under the FECA, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Act, and Coal Mine Health and Safety Act as amended, Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, as amended.

Oversees and is accountable for the ongoing administrative management activities of OWCP. This includes allocation of resources and staff within OWCP, financial management for both administrative and benefit funds including budget formulation and execution, accounting, financial statement preparation, and audits implementing all Federal financial and audit standards relevant to administrative funds and benefit programs. Serves as the focal point for fund adjustments and problems in connection with workers' compensation funds and payment facilities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 25%.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires a security clearance.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular subject-matter knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically, we would find this experience in work within the field or a field that is closely related. You must demonstrate possession of specialized experience in the described duties.


To qualify for this position, all applicants must write a narrative in the spaces provided detailing accomplishments that would satisfy each of the ECQs and MTQs. You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible.

In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results.

Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. It is recommended that applicants draft their ECQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each ECQ to ensure length requirements. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the following link:

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.

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.

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.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. APPLICANTS SHOULD LIMIT THEIR RESPONSES TO ONE (1) SINGLE SPACED PAGE PER EACH MTQ WITH THE FONT SIZE NO SMALLER THAN POINT 12. It is recommended that applicants draft their MTQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each MTQ to ensure length requirement.
  • Proven ability to run large, multi-faceted organizations and implement wholesale change that significantly impacts technology, operations, and workforce culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand constraints typically associated with large organizations without allowing them to prevent innovative solutions, to calculate risks, and to offer bold, effective solutions without losing sight of practical implications of implementation.
  • Ability to effectively communicate program policies and requirements and to serve as a spokesperson for the organization in a variety of executive-level professional settings.

  • Education

    Additional information

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on your experience and your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, your application will be rated ineligible.

    Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM must provide a narrative response to address each of the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you must input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You must submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable). 2. Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable). 3. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional).

    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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