Deputy Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration

District of Columbia, D.C
Aug 21, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


The Deputy Commissioner provides overall management direction, leadership and coordination to the State Monitoring and Program Improvement Division and the Training and Service Programs Division within the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Service (OSERS).

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The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

Oversees the development of policies and program plans for the implementation of Federal efforts in the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Approves policies, plans, and procedures for administration of RSA programs, goals, and objectives. Provides guidance and direction on fiscal, legal and audit processes, and their application in managing RSA programs and support services.

Assumes responsibility for critical issue identification within RSA. This involves oversight of RSA's role in the development of annual budget and program priorities, directing RSA activities with OMB/CFO on planning and budget milestones, coordinating the design and implementation of strategic planning processes and anticipating future issues of concern to the Commissioner.

Participates in the overall direction of the Office by providing the day-to-day managerial direction and supervision of assigned programs through program staff directors who in turn have delegated authority for carrying out their specific program assignments. Ensures that these delegated authorities are executed in accordance with applicable legislation and initiatives. Coordinates and provides direction to directors and managers with regard to the management priorities and program objectives to be achieved. Serves as an authoritative source for decisions and guidance concerning the formulation and establishment of operational policies.

Oversees RSA monitoring activities to ensure compliance with Federal laws and ensures, through comprehensive technical assistance activities, States' implementation of these laws. Ensures the cost-effective development and use of management information systems and other technological resources that improve the accountability of agency operations.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance.



EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible'. You must limit your narrative to two (2) pages per ECQ. When uploading your ECQs, choose the Supporting Document Type called ECQ.

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

To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website please click here .

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualification. You must address each technical qualification separately. You must limit your narratives to two (2) pages per technical qualification. When uploading your MTQs, choose the supporting Document Type called MTQ.

MTQ 1: Demonstrated commitment to raising expectations and improving outcomes for persons with disabilities.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated experience in collaborating meaningfully and effectively with diverse stakeholders to improve outcomes for persons with disabilities.

MTQ 3: Demonstrated experience in leading/implementing programs/efforts designed to improve outcomes for persons with disabilities.

When responding to the MTQs and ECQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs and MTQs.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Applicants who use "see resume" as a response WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.


Additional information

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE - Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

MOBILITY - Individuals selected for senior executive positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers

Educational information, including the name, city and state of the colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received

Information about your paid and non paid 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 (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. MTQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the mandatory technical qualifications. Each MTQ statement should not exceed two (2) pages.

3. ECQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. ECQs should not exceed ten (10) pages total.

4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility). Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

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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