Assistant Inspector General for Strategic Communications and Programs

Washington, D.C
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


The Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides independent, objective reviews of the efficiency and effectiveness of Department of Transportation programs and operations, and detects and prevents fraud, waste, and abuse, and criminal violations of laws affecting DOT. OIG fulfills statutory responsibilities and supports members of Congress, the Secretary, Department officials, and the public in achieving a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system.

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The Assistant Inspector General for Strategic Communications and Programs (AIGSCP) reports directly to the Deputy Inspector General and serves on the senior management team. The incumbent works closely with the Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General in the day-to-day operations of the Office and on special projects as necessary. The incumbent is a trusted advisor and resource, and serves as the critical link in communication between the front office and OIG staff and stakeholders. The AIGSCP serves on senior leadership teams in formulating and recommending policies and procedures and ensuring implementation. In addition, the AIGSCP develops the agenda and content for the SES Onsite and Offsite conferences. The incumbent prepares the Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General for meetings, testimonies, briefings and conferences; tracks priorities; and manages appropriate resources. The AIGSCP consolidates strategic planning efforts leading to the Office's 5-Year Strategic Plan.

The AIGSCP provides strategic guidance and direction to the following direct reports and their teams: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Communications Officer, Executive Administrative Staff, Organizational Development Specialist, Director, Office of Government and Public Affairs, and Civility, Diversity and Inclusion Program Director.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel up to 25%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • This position requires a top secret clearance. Drug testing required.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278e) is required within 30 days.

NOTE: Persons newly appointed to an SES position will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must show in your resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualification and Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION: Demonstrated executive-level experience in collaborative strategic planning to include: working with executives across organizational entities; restructuring/reorganizing offices; responding to external and internal surveys, changing regulations, and hiring authorities; building in attention to civility, diversity and inclusion; analyzing alternative courses of action; communicating results and/or way forward; and implementing decisions to meet mission needs.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that must be clearly described in your resume.

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. Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking and Vision.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: 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. Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: 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. Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving and Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: The ability to manage human, financial, material, and information resources strategically. Financial Management, Technology Management, and Human Capital Management.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS/COMMUNICATIONS: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organization, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Influencing/Negotiating, oral Communication, Partnering, and Political Savvy.

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

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website (


Additional information

Selective Service System: 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. Please see for additional information.

Background Investigation: This position requires a Top Secret security clearance and is designated as critical-sensitive, requiring that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

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-278e), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, political affiliation, union affiliation or non affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical handicap, or any other non-merit reason.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is an equal opportunity employer.

Veteran's preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

An SES Executive Resources Board will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check.

If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) before you can be appointed to the position, unless you are a current career SES member, a former career SES member with reinstatement eligibility, or an SES Candidate Development Program graduate already certified by OPM.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please submit the following documents by the closing date in order to be considered for this position:
  • Resume - The resume you submit should not exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence of how you possess the Technical Qualification and the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications.
  • SF-50 - If you are a current, retired, or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action form. Do not submit an SF-50 that is for an award.
  • Candidate Development Program Certificate - If you are a graduate of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and certified by OPM, please submit a copy of your certification for non-competitive eligibility consideration. You must meet all technical qualifications.

You will be directed to fax or upload documents at the site to attach to your application for this position. If you select the fax option, please use the required covered sheet and follow the instructions provided.

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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