Director, Office of Policy Analysis, ES-0340-00

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 14, 2019
Closes
Aug 22, 2019
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Category 3 position. The minimum pay for this position is $164,200.00. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

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Responsibilities

The Department of the Interior:
  • **Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.
  • **Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.
  • **Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation's vegetables.
  • **Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation's domestic energy supply.
  • **Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.
  • **Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.
  • **Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.
  • **Manages 388 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.
  • **Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs.

The security clearance requirement is not a prerequisite to apply for this position. The incumbent of this position, must possess the ability to obtain and maintain a Critical Sensitive (Top Secret) clearance.

Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES).

This position is eligible for situational telework only.

Serves as Director, Office of Policy Analysis, and, as such, manages the staff and financial resources of the Office in performing the analytic, coordination, and other functions of the Office related to the scope of program responsibilities and policies of the Department of the Interior and its bureaus.

Reviews, determines and provides recommendations for program areas and issues for which in-depth analyses or special studies should be made for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management, and Budget, and the Secretary. Such analyses include the evaluations of (a) national, regional or other needs, (b) program objectives and goals, (c) alternative approaches to meeting objectives and goals that would produce the same or greater benefit at the same or lesser cost, and (d) establishment of relative priorities. Coordinates and directs broad cross-bureau and interagency evaluative and in-depth studies of Departmental priorities, such as public lands, energy, water resources, and wildlife to assure optimization of their conservation and management in order to satisfy the multiple national security, economic, environmental requirements.

Provides expert advice to Department leadership on the integration of natural resource and environmental programs of the Department with those of other agencies.

Assists in the development and evaluation of prospective future programs and in monitoring cost-effectiveness of programs. Directs staff in delivering comprehensive analytical evaluation of departmental program issues and economic alternatives, and in providing useful and systematic presentations of program proposals to the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Secretary.

Provides professional leadership, advice and assistance to the Assistant Secretary and bureau staffs in the development of policy analyses. Directs a high-level professional staff who assist in conducting, coordinating, and advising on the accomplishment of technical, analytic, and evaluative research studies; review of bureau, regional, and local programs and activities; scientific research; analysis and presentation of data and development of interpretive reports, position or policy statements, environmental impact statement reviews, and legislative reviews, or other matters as requested.

Conducts, or supervises the conduct of, major negotiations and coordination leadership assignments addressing natural resource and other issues of departmental importance that are assigned to the office.

This is a Category 3 position.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - On occasional the incumbent may be required to travel to regional bureau's, offices, or other organizations.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Participation in direct deposit is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain the clearance level required by the position
  • Must address Technical Qualifications and ECQ's Separately


As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described below.

Qualifications

Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE:
You must have demonstrated an 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 & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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.

Leadership 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.

Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ 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, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:
  • Skill in planning and developing complex technical and policy analyses, and in communicating technical concepts to laypersons, both in writing and in oral presentations.
  • Demonstrated capability to critically evaluate conduct economic and technical research and organizational analysis for a broad range of substantive issue areas pertinent to the Department.
  • Experience in conducting strategic and project planning, as well as outcome evaluation, for relevant Departmental policy issues.
  • Knowledge of Federal, state, local, tribal and non-governmental organizations, missions, and operations responsible for environmental and natural resource science, policy and management.
  • Knowledge of Department of the Interior functions and programs.

  • You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the technical qualifications listed below. Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. EACH TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION AND EACH ECQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. The narrative addressing ECQ's must follow the format provided at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf (Adobe Acrobat required) OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION. Narrative statements may not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification. However, the submission of your entire ECQ package (i.e., all five ECQ's narrative statements) may not exceed 10 pages in its totality. IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Education

    There is no positive education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position

    The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee. Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

    Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

    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 the information you provide. Verification of performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making an offer of employment.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and reference checks. The Department of the Interior's Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selection 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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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    1. REQUIRED Your resume - it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information:
    • Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
      • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
      • Duties and accomplishments
      • Employer's name and address
      • Supervisor's name and phone number
      • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
      • Salary
      • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
      • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    2. REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications - experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each. Each ECQ and each technical qualification must be addressed separately. The narrative addressing ECQ's must follow the format provided at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf (Adobe Acrobat required). Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification. However, the submission of your entire ECQ package (i.e., all five ECQ's narrative statements) may not exceed 10 pages in its totality. IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    OR

    If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.

    OR

    If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.

    This document MUST be submitted using "Qualifications" as Document Type.

    3. REQUIRED If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please remove your social security number and date of birth.

    4. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector). Please remove your social security number.

    5. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Candidates are requested to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis. Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law. Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration. The form can be found online at http://www.doi.gov/diversity/di1935.pdf

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    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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