Senior Advisor

Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Full Time


The position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Public and intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA). The incumbent will serve as a Senior Advisor to VA's leadership to build stakeholder inter-agency relationships across the Pacific Island region where VA has or plans to expand its presence to support the needs of Veterans in the three VA Administrations.

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The Senior Advisor serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (A/S OPIA) and the Executive Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and other key officials within VA on the development, adoption, and implementation of broad guidance for federal, state, territorial and private partnership opportunities leading to VA increasing its offering of benefits to Veterans who are eligible for VA services. The incumbent will perform independently and initiate and define project parameters that focus on identifying and establishing partnerships in the remote, western Pacific Island nations and territories.

The incumbent will focus on initiating projects to support VA's role in identifying and establishing partnerships in the Pacific Islands and U.S. territories of the United States in the western Pacific region. The Senior Advisor will establish working relationships with the gubernatorial and senior government officials in these remote areas to execute VA's integration of the Pacific islands campaign.

Additionally, the Senior Advisor will coordinate and oversee implementation of VA's role in external relationships with stakeholders and other federal, state, territorial, and local government agencies at the political and SES level to further VA's mission and priorities of supporting Veterans with an expansion of tele-health services, accreditation of Veterans Service Representatives for benefits and expansion of access to pharmaceutical medicines to Veterans in the "small islands, big ocean country.

The Senior Advisor will advise the Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA) and oversee VA's roles within the inter-agency Pacific Island campaign task force using OPIA to lead the way to shape public perceptions of VA. The incumbent will collaborate with senior leaders at the Department to kick off this initiative. The Senior Advisor will draft an action plan with milestones for VA to use after the end of the Senior Advisor's limited term to ensure the Secretary's vision is achieved.

The Senior Advisor is responsible for leading the development of policies and standard operating procedures; identifying new relationships and partnerships in local communities where VA services are offered to U.S. citizens across the Indo-Pacific area; assisting in the development and execution of memoranda of agreements and understanding and the Compact of Free Association (COFA). Develops strategic strategies that allow VA to have a continuous level of engagement between VA and its stakeholders of USG entities such as CDC, USAID, Peace Corps, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. Oversees the development of client and stakeholder engagement strategies for VA to ensure that the VA's components of the Pacific Island campaign long term plans are accomplished. Recommends short and long range strategic client relationship strategies.

Assists the Assistant Secretary OPIA in preparation and support of special conferences, meetings, briefings, and discussions to include public engagements. The incumbent develops strategies that maximize the value of VA's relationships with its partners and stakeholders to maintain a good reputation overall for the services VA provides -- expanded tele-health, accredited benefits' representatives and closer cooperation with Department of Defense for access to medications and care at Naval Hospitals Guam and Tripler in Hawaii.

The Senior Advisor is charged with the overall responsibility for building strategic client relationships. The incumbent develops a Plan of Action with Milestones for partnerships and implementation initiatives. Assists and offers key advice and consultation to Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary OPIA on development of beneficial partnerships and initiatives that assure furtherance of the VA's priorities.

Periodic international travel is anticipated to work with strategic partners of the Compact of Free Association island nations; the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island; the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position. Periodic international travel is anticipated.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship is required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of drug screening required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.
  • This a SES Limited Term position and may NOT exceed 3 years. A limited appointment is nonrenewable and may be terminated by the agency at any time.
  • Current Career/Career Conditional status applicants may be eligible for "Return Rights" to the former or similar position upon termination of the limited term appointment under certain conditions.


To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, medical facility or program manager. An individual's total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, 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.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to each of the following ECQs and include your name on each page.. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.

1. Leading Change: 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.

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.

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.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: 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.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (TQ)s: In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following specific TQ(s). Please label and include your name on each page. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your TQ(s) in a word document and then upload into the system.

TQ1: Demonstrated experience in international relations or international affairs. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Veterans issues and related programs.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.: .

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA Senior Executive Service employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: ECQ qualifications

Step 2: Technical Qualification(s)

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board Panel

Step 4: Nominating Organization may conduct interviews

Step 5: Approval by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (may include additional screening)

Step 6: OPM approval of the 3 year Limited Term SES appointment may be required.

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

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume not to exceed 5 pages;

2. Written narrative response to address each Technical Qualification(s) not to exceed 2 pages each; and

3. Written narrative responses to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) not to exceed 2 pages each for a total of 10 pages; or

4. Proof of non-competitive eligibility (if applicable). Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and proof of certification of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB).

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, graduate of a Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility and your ECQs have been certified by the OPM QRB. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.

Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualification (s); not more than 2 pages per each TQ with a font size no smaller than 12 points. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.

5. A copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current Federal employment status.

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