Director & Chief Executive Officer of Defense Commissary Agency

Fort Lee, Virginia
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 22, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


We are hiring a Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) who will manage a worldwide chain of commissaries that provides groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

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The Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) exercises full authority and responsibility for the day-to-day management and control of DeCA and its commissaries worldwide. The Director/CEO is also accountable to the DeCA Board of Directors, which provides advice regarding operation of the commissary system and assists in the overall supervision of DeCA. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Exercises authority and responsibility for the full spectrum of human resource management activities across DeCA; provides leadership and direction for over 15,000 commissary employees to meet the organization's worldwide vision, mission, and goals.
  • Obtains and allocates resources; plans, programs, budget for, and executes the funds necessary to support DeCA programs, in accordance with law, regulation, and policy.
  • Represents the Agency in high level meetings, briefings and conferences with top level executives and managers from Congress, DoD, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), other federal agencies, departments and activities, private sector corporations and other business officials, and representatives of non-governmental entities.
  • Identifies and negotiates decisions concerning major budget allocations and other critical matters necessary to accomplishment of the Agency's mission.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.


The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. (Resume must not exceed 5 pages)

Applicants will be assessed against qualifications which fall into two areas: Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Failure to fully and concisely describe how your experience meets the competencies described in the ECQs and MTQs in your resume may eliminate you from consideration.

We recommend that your resume emphasizes your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments; each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.) including the results of your actions. Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered. Below are the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and the list of Executive Core Qualifications.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: Resume must include your of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications listed below. You are required to address all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible.

1. Demonstrated executive-level leadership and management of a large-scale enterprise, in which the incumbent successfully balances the competing interests of cost effectiveness and customer satisfaction.

2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience at the executive-level leadership in the enterprise-wide transformation such as conversion of appropriated fund personnel to non-appropriated fund personnel, and demonstrated ability to develop, articulate, and execute strategic vision, innovative strategies, and continuous process improvement.

3. Demonstrated ability to collaborate at the senior executive level with a wide variety of outside organizations such as the Congress, other federal agencies, private sector industry, and special interest and advocacy groups.

Executive Core Qualifications as Defined:

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: Your 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: Your 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: Your 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: Your ability to manage human, financial,and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: Your ability to build coalitions internally and externally, such as Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement:

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must have the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the application package (Resume and Technical Qualifications).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Additional Information Regarding DoD Pilot Program:

Section 1109 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 permits a qualified individual to be given an initial appointment into the Senior Executive Service (SES) within the Department of Defense (DoD) without being subject to the certification of Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualifications Review Board (QRB).

A career SES appointment made under this authority does not guarantee that you will be eligible to transfer to an other career SES appointment outside of the DoD without the need for you to compete.

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

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 on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

1. This vacancy announcement is using the Resume only application process. You do not need to submit a separate statement specifically addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and/or Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs); however, the ECQs and the MTQs must be embedded in the resume narrative. Your resume must address your qualifications for the position and cannot exceed five pages. Applicants typically provide the following information:
  • Vacancy Announcement number SES-10518217-19-SR
  • Full name, email and 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 of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http://
  • Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
2. Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing 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.

3. Demographics Information of Applicants: Click on the link to access the Demographics Information of Applicants

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.