Fort Lee, Virginia
Nov 06, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Full Time


The foundation for success of the Defense Commissary Agency mission is our people. It is DeCA's goal to have a workforce that is comprised of our nation's diverse cultures and backgrounds. DeCA operates a worldwide commissary system that provides quality grocery products to active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families, as well as current DeCA employees. The agency employs over 15,000 people and its annual sales exceed $4 billion.

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PLEASE NOTE: Writing sample is required. See required documents for additional information. Permanent Change of Station cost are authorized.
  • This position is organizationally located in the Headquarters (HQ), Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Office of the Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Travel to the Pentagon is frequently required.
  • The incumbent reports directly to the Director, with comprehensive responsibility for maintaining favorable and influential representation of DeCA with the Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD), the Military Departments/Services, other governmental agencies, other DoD resale entities, advocacy groups and trade associations on all Agency matters.
  • The incumbent serves as the Executive Secretary to the DeCA Board of Directors and will interface with executive staff at the 3 star and Deputy Assistant Secretariat levels on the Board. The incumbent is required to liaison with DeCA FPOs and other at Board sub and full committee meetings. The incumbent will also work with the Board Chairman and the DeCA Director to schedule BOD meetings, record, coordinate and distribute minutes. The incumbent will also routinely be required by the DeCA Director to carry out ad hoc taskings with various BOD members executive support staff.
  • This is a highly visible position in the Agency, and the incumbent works in a dynamic, fast-paced office, at the highest level of DeCA. The incumbent often works independently but will also work closely with other Command support staff in a team format. This position serves as the Director's representative with all government entities, defense advocacy groups and trade associations.
  • Collects and provides information on proposed policy and on the status of policy proposals in progress; identifies and assesses executive political environments.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position, up to 20% of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59 EST On the closing date.
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs: Authorized
  • Position Sensitivity: Critical Sensitive
  • Security Requirements: Must be able to obtain the required security clearance based on the appropriate background investigation.
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Required, up to 20% of the time.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act: (FLSA): Exempt
  • Bargaining Unit Position: Ineligible for inclusion in a bargaining unit.
  • Drug Testing: Not Required
  • Physical Requirement: Not Applicable
  • Obligated Position: No
  • Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system or exempt from Selective Service. Please visit for more information.
  • This position requires the selectee to sign a mobility agreement.


In accordance with the General Schedule Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, , applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level (or equivalent) by the closing date of this announcement. This experience may have been gained in the private or military sector.

Additional information is available in the Group Coverage Qualifications Standards.

Volunteer Experience: Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

For qualifications determinations your resume must contain your name, a description of your duties, the number of hours worked per week and the beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position. Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

In addition to meeting the qualifications outlined above, you must also meet the following requirements:

Time after competitive appointment: Candidates applying under merit promotion must have completed three months of civilian service after a competitive appointment by the closing date of the announcement. (5 CFR 330.501)

Time-in-Grade: Current or previous federal employees must have held a permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service for a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS-14 (or equivalent) level to be eligible for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Examples of specialized experience include:
  • Developing various documents in the form of position papers, information papers, talking points, Congressional testimony, Departmental views, policy, briefings and legislation that can be highly sensitive and controversial requiring advanced skill in articulating the an organizations position while balancing that position with DoD tactical direction and strategy.
  • Collecting and providing information on proposed policy and on the status of policy proposals in progress.
  • Identifying and assessing executive political environments.
  • Advising on and applying DoD staffing processes and procedures.
  • Working cohesively and effectively within task focused groups often comprised of more senior individuals where the incumbent is junior in seniority.
  • Representing an organizations Director or Department at high level meetings drawing on preparation with the Director and other senior officials.
  • Tracking major policies impacting military resale issues.
  • Collaborating with other DoD resale entities, i.e., Navy Exchange Service Command, Army Air Force Exchange Service, etc.


Education may not be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

Re-employed Annuitant: A former Federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is an Annuitant. An annuitant cannot be hired (i.e. re-employed) unless the vacant position meets the criteria in the Department of Defense (DOD) policy on employment of annuitants issued December 10, 2008.
The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at .

Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant.

Other Notes:
  • Individual with Financial Difficulty: .
  • Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing.
  • Applicants selected for this position may be required to serve a two year probationary period.
  • The incumbent is required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Statement of Affiliations and Financial Interest.
  • The incumbent must exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment in day-to-day activity, must be flexible and able to work under pressure, and must be articulate orally and in writing.
  • The incumbent must complete a Conflict of Interest Questionnaire as a condition of employment.
  • This position requires approximately 20% travel, utilizing military and commercial aircraft or land transportation in the performance of officially assigned duties.
  • This position requires access to DeCA's business systems and is designated as IT Level II.
  • Duties involved are especially critical to the Agency's mission with a broad scope of responsibility, demanding the highest degree of public trust.
  • This position involves protection of personal, private, controlled unclassified, or proprietary information (includes access to or processing of personal information such as that protected by the Privacy Act (PA) of 1974, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), financial data, government information that is "For Official Use Only," or privileged information involving the award of contracts, contractor proprietary information, etc.). The incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility based on an appropriate background investigation.
  • Mobility is required and, as such, the incumbent may be reassigned by the Director, DeCA, to any other position of equal grade and pay for which the incumbent is qualified for reasons determined to be in the best interests of DeCA mission accomplishment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
Commercial Industry Wholesale and Retail Management
Management Principles

WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED: This position requires providing written responses to inquiries or requests for information. Please provide an actual example of something you have written for consideration (maximum of two pages) that demonstrates your experience developing senior level correspondence. If you do not provide a writing example you will not be considered for this position.


To determine your qualifications, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the questions. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.To determine if you meet the qualifications, requirements and quality of experience required for this position, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the questionnaire. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

We will review your resume and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies identified as required for this position.

Applicants must choose ALL APPLICABLE ELIGIBILITIES in order to receive consideration for this announcement. Failure to choose any eligibility or select the wrong eligibility will result in non-consideration for this position. If you are unsure as to your eligibility, please select ALL Eligibilities.

Understanding Eligibilities and Qualifications as Part of the Application Process:

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Application packages should include the following documents:

Questionnaire: Required
Transcripts: Not Applicable.
Resume: Required **To ensure full consideration of your experience and education we encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume or to guide you in preparing your resume.

WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED: This position requires providing written responses to inquiries or requests for information. Please provide an actual example of something you have written for consideration (maximum of two pages) that demonstrates your experience developing senior level correspondence. If you do not provide a writing example you will not be considered for this position.

For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the following:
  • Applicant's full legal name and contact information
  • Description of your duties
  • Number of hours worked per week
  • Beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position
Applicants who fail to provide the required information on their resume will not receive consideration for this position. See for more information.

If you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within the next 120 days, you must submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the written documentation is signed. If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at the time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

Overseas Employees: DeCA employees working overseas MUST submit copies of your current SF-50, showing your current tenure, grade and salary.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service.
Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable).
Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months).

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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