Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Field Operations

District of Columbia, D.C
Nov 16, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the nation's housing agency committed to strengthening the Nation's housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

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The Office of Field Policy and Management is the public's first contact for access to HUD's services and information. FPM is responsible for representing the Secretary in the field; driving strategic initiatives of the Department that require cross program collaboration; developing community relationships that ensure the success of the Secretary's initiatives and special projects; and providing operational feedback that influences program design and Departmental policy making. In the event of a Federally Declared Disaster, FPM ensures a coordinated field response to emergency disaster efforts.

The Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Field Operations coordinates oversight of HUD's regional and field offices and implementation of Secretarial Initiatives assigned to the Office of Field Policy and Management. The position requires contact with senior Departmental officials on policy, program evaluation and other issues impacting FPM responsibilities and key Federal, State and local officials that form the constituency of the Department.

As the Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Field Operations, the incumbent is the source of expertise and advisor to the Director of Field Policy and Management (DFPM) on all matters relating to the implementation, administration, and management of OFPM programs, initiatives, and community engagement activities delivered by the field offices related to community engagement priorities, Secretarial initiatives, the strategic, management and/or annual operating plans, disaster response, and other cross-programmatic deliverables. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing/orchestrating the conduct of broad organizational, functional and policy issues and assessments for transformation activities; and developing recommendations and plans for successful issue resolution, as well as maintaining productive relationships with executive leadership across the Department and critical outside stakeholders.
  • Support the DFPM for FPM in providing leadership direction, guidance and support to the Regional Administrators, Deputy Regional Administrators, and Field Office Directors. Support DFPM efforts to promote cross-program collaboration and teamwork across the field offices and headquarters, as well as constructive and cooperative relationships between members of management and local union leadership, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Manage multiple staff teams working on the portfolio of initiatives assigned to FPM. Ensure that key tasks and objectives will be accomplished to the maximum extent possible, in order to have the greatest success in the achievement of national program goals and the implementation of Secretarial Initiatives.
  • Secure key information about the new initiatives and any complex, controversial or difficult implementation issues and develop or suggest major procedural or substantive means for implementing or modifying program activities.
  • Identify issues that have visibility and national impact on the Department, recommend options and solutions to resolve any compliance or performance issues and report on those activities as they apply to Secretarial initiatives for possible inclusion into policy direction, guidance, and new program development. Review, analyze, and make recommendations on legislative proposals from Congress, other HUD offices, and Federal agencies and organizations that impact Secretarial Initiatives.
  • Utilize available technology and data systems to maintain current Departmental data, track performance trends and compliance issues, and generate appropriate analysis. Configure, adapt, and maintain platforms to enable and support evidence-based decision making in programmatic execution. Analysis will serve as the basis for briefings to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and ADS for FPM, as well as resource allocation decisions. When necessary they will work in partnership with the Chief Information Officer and other appropriate HUD offices to develop new technological solutions to improve Departmental data and functionality.
  • Participate on ad hoc committees, task forces, etc., on various policy and program matters affecting Secretarial Initiatives. Lead committees, task forces and review teams to assess the level and quality of services being provided in furtherance of the office and Departmental goals and mission.
  • Identify issues that have visibility and national impact on the Department, recommend options and solutions to resolve any remedial compliance or performance activities and report on those activities as they apply to national initiatives for possible inclusion into policy direction and/or guidance.
  • Review, analyze, and make recommendations on legislative and policy proposals from Congress, other HUD offices, Federal agencies and organizations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Work related travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.
  • A one-year probationary period is required, if not previously completed.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs).
  • Will be required to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278.
  • Must meet Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

Failure to follow explicit instructions provided will result in loss of consideration for this position. Before applying for this position, please read the entire announcement and follow the instructions in the How to Apply Section.


As a basic requirement, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional, technical, and executive core qualifications set forth below. Your experience should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions. If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined to be qualified for this position.

YOU MUST FULLY ADDRESS EACH MTQ AND ECQ TO BE RATED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST fully address the MTQs.


You will be evaluated on the following. You must provide a written narrative for each MTQ, not to exceed more than 1 page per MTQ. Applicants that exceed the 1 page per MTQ limit will be removed from further consideration. Each MTQ must be fully addressed to be rated for further consideration.
  • Skill in managing a federal program involving multiple partners and stakeholders at the national, state and local level including interacting effectively with high level officials at the Federal, State and local governments, non-profit industry, and with various clients and private interest groups.
  • Proven ability to establish and manage outreach strategy for a national federal program or place-based initiative, including the establishment of management of public relations and communications strategy involving multiple federal agencies, state and local partners and stakeholders. Experience in presenting to housing and community development stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage data and data systems to support evidence-based decision making in daily program administration, including a proven track record developing systems or adapting systems to changing business needs.


    Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential - not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions - not whether they are the most superior candidates for a particular position. Successful competence in the SES requires competence in each ECQ. Candidates must demonstrate executive experience in all five (5) ECQs. Your application should reflect an overall record of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed in the SES.

    You must provide a written narrative for each ECQ, not to exceed 10 pages (2 pages per ECQ). Examples of good qualifications statements and the use of the C-C-A-R model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), the preferred method of writing your ECQs, is provided in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications . Each ECQ must be fully addressed to be rated for further consideration. Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST fully address the MTQs. Applicants who fail to adhere to the 10 page total and/or 2 pages per ECQ limit will be removed from further consideration.

    1. Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

    2. Context - Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

    3. Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

    4. Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.

    These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    NOTE: Your responses to the five ECQs must describe the context and the results of your achievements in lay terminology, free of jargon and excessive reliance on acronyms.

    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 . (Leadership Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, strategic thinking and vision).

    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. (Leadership Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others and team building).

    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. (Leadership Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving and technical credibility).

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Leadership competencies: financial management, human capital management and technology management).

    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. (Leadership Competencies: partnering, political savvy and influencing/negotiating).

    To be considered for this position, you MUST submit a written statement fully addressing each MTQ and ECQ. Failure to fully address both of the MTQs and ECQs, will adversely affect your chances for referral or selection.


    Additional information


    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development strives to ensure that the public perceives HUD as a fair and equitable agency that administers its programs in an objective and impartial manner. As such, HUD is committed to its government ethics program, which advises employees on applicable ethics laws and regulations designed to protect the agency against real and apparent conflicts of interest. As a federal employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct and the U.S. criminal conflict of interest statutes. As a HUD employee, you will also be subject to the HUD Supplemental Ethics Regulations which restrict the extent to which a HUD employee can engage in certain activities and hold certain investments. For more information, you can find information about these rules here - .

    Upon your new appointment, you will receive additional guidance regarding your ethics obligations, which will include the requirement to file a public financial disclosure report (OGE-278). You will also be required to attend a mandatory ethics training within 3 months of appointment.

    The Most Common Prohibitions specific to HUD employees

    Common Prohibited Financial Interests (applies to HUD employee, spouse and minor child)
    • Financial interest in a project, including any single-family dwelling or unit subsidized by HUD, or which is subject to a note or mortgage insured by HUD
      • Exception: Employees can have an FHA mortgage on their primary residence and one other single family property.
    • Section 8 subsidies to or on behalf of a tenant of property you, your spouse, or a dependent child owns, unless one of the following exceptions applies:
    • The employee, or the employee's spouse or minor child acquires, without specific intent as through inheritance, a property in which a tenant receiving such a subsidy already resides;
    • The tenant receiving such a subsidy lived in the rental property before the employee worked for the Department;
    • The tenant receiving such a subsidy is a parent, child, grandchild, or sibling of the employee;
    • The employee's, or the employee's spouse or minor child's, rental property has an incumbent tenant who has not previously received such a subsidy and becomes the beneficiary thereof; or
    • The location of the rental property is in a Presidentially declared emergency or natural disaster area and the employee receives prior written approval from an agency designee.

    Common Prohibited Outside Activities (paid or unpaid) (applies to HUD employees only, NOT spouse or minor child)
    • Employment with a business related to real estate or manufactured housing
      • HUD employees may hold a real estate license but may only use it in relation to purchasing or selling a single family property for use as the employee's primary residence, or the primary residence of the employee's immediate family member
    • The operation or management of investment properties to the extent that it rises to the level of a real estate-related business.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be evaluated against the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The examples should be clear and concise and show levels of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. FAILURE TO FULLY ADDRESS THE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs and ECQs) WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING DISQUALIFIED.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Your application package must include your:

    1. Resume: In addition to your written statements fully addressing the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume to describe your qualifications. It should include: full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers and email addresses. 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 the position including:
    • Job title (including series and grade, if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and telephone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
    • Hours per week
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    • Country of citizenship

    2. Reinstatement Eligibles: Include a copy of the Standard Form 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting career appointment to the SES.

    3. OPM-Certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates: Provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification.

    4. Written narratives fully addressing each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), not to exceed one (1) page per MTQ.

    5. Written narratives fully addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), not to exceed a total of 10 pages (generally 2 pages per ECQ). Current or former Career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST address the MTQs.

    Veterans Preference does not apply to the SES.

    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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