Compensation Program Manager

Alexandria, Virginia
Nov 18, 2020
Nov 25, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Executive Director. This position serves as the Compensation Program Manager.

More than the number of positions listed may be filled through this vacancy announcement.
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As a Compensation Program Manager, you will:

Serve as key advisor and technical expert in the development, update, and administration of NCUA's compensation and merit pay program.

Provide expert advice, assistance, program development, management, and evaluation in all areas of compensation, to include pay systems; executive compensation; analysis and evaluation; and other related compensation program management functions.

Develop and implement new policies and procedures for the agency's compensation program. Work with staff members in researching changes in laws, rules, and regulations which impact NCUA and developing new policies and procedures, and advising the Deputy Executive Director (DED) accordingly.

Lead or conduct work groups or cross-functional teams, institutes surveys or focus groups with the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) agencies and other external organizations, or use other novel approaches for developing and identifying solutions to NCUA-wide systemic, critical, or chronic problems that are resistant to solutions to include special initiatives, legislative changes in order to achieve broad policy shifts, operational enhancements, or mandated program changes.

Review and analyze survey statistical data and conducts position benchmark analysis. Conduct cost analysis functions of the compensation program and assesses agency-wide financial impact of changes to that compensation program.

Manage the annual merit increase pay adjustment program. Ensure NCUA's pay scale is comparable to other FIRREA agencies, in accordance with the law. Provide strategic guidance in promoting effective performance management practices. Develop compensation models for projected merit pay matrixes and overall costs for merit cycles.

Prepare responses to proposed legislation, policies and standards from FIRREA agencies, OPM, OMB, and others. Ensure that the impact of the proposals is thoroughly considered by management officials and that NCUA's views and interests are adequately represented.

Write and issue rulings, decisions, or responses to case-specific actions requiring the Executive Director's involvement including authorizations, waivers, appeals, policy advisories, and Congressional inquiries. Develop a broad range of written material including policy documents, information papers, briefings, analytical reports, statistical analyses, regulations, draft legislation, standard operating procedures, guidance for NCUA senior management, and correspondence.

Assess organizational needs and readiness, makes recommendations on major changes in work plans or operations, defends the rationale for decisions, and negotiates compromises among stakeholders.

Work closely with the management negotiating team and assists with all aspects of negotiation by reviewing and providing guidance on the impact of management and union proposals on the agency's compensation program.

Provide assistance to HR specialists on compensation comparisons and any grievances filed by employees. Review the basis for the grievance and provides information based on agency compensation program policies, Federal laws, rules and regulations. Provide expert opinion on the potential impact, if any, on the agency's overall compensation program.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable adjudication of background/security investigation is required.
  • A probationary/trial period may be required.
  • Financial disclosure is required.


You must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service in order to qualify for this position.

To qualify at the CU-14 level, you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the CU/GS-13 level in federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience is defined as experience performing at least three of the following: (1) providing pay/compensation guidance and advice; (2) developing compensation and benefits comparability surveys; (3) conducting salary analysis; (4) projecting future salary needs for an agency or company;and (5) presenting briefings to management officials.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by the closing date of this announcement.


Education may not be substituted for experience.

Additional information

Pay will be set within the advertised pay range to align with the selectee's skills and experience and the requirements of the position.

SALARY: Pay will be set using NCUA's compensation policy. The salary range shown is NCUA's Local Pay Rate (LPR) which includes a locality rate of 45.87% for the Alexandria, Virginia geographical area.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: 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. You may register or check status of your registration by visiting the Selective Service website at: .

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES (political) employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the point of contact listed on this vacancy announcement.

Shared Certificates: Applicants may be considered for other positions within the agency that require similar qualifications and are in the same series and at the same grade level of this position.


NCUAuses E-Verify, a web-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

First, your application package will be reviewed for completeness (resume, completed assessment questionnaire, and supporting documentation). You will not be considered if you fail to submit all the required documents as outlined in this vacancy announcement.

Second, if you have a complete application package, your resume will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications and specialized experience requirements (see "Qualification" section). You must provide specific details in your resume as to how your experience meets the specialized experience.

Third, your resume and supporting documentation may be compared to your responses to the assessment questions. The numerical rating you receive is based on your responses to the questions. If upon review it is determined that your resume and supporting documentation do not support your responses to the questions, your numerical rating may be adjusted and you may be excluded from consideration for this position.

If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. To preview the application questionnaire, please click here: .

The self-assessment questions have been developed to evaluate your competency in the following areas:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Oral Communication
  • Reasoning
  • Writing

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

VETERANS: If you wish to be considered under an applicable Veteran's Authority such as (VEOA, 30% or more Disabled vet, VRA, etc.), you must submit a copy of your Veteran's Documentation (DD-214 (member 4 copy preferred, however documentation provided must contain dates and character of service), VA letter, SF-15).
  • If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD214 and is claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters.
SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: To receive consideration for a special appointment authority (severely disabled, Peace Corps or Vista volunteers,certain military spouses, etc.) you must submit all required documents supporting your claim.

SF-50: Current and former federal employees must submit a Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, that indicates grade, status, tenure and the full performance level (FPL) of the position held . Please do not submit an SF-50 for a cash/time off award.

Please Note: Current permanent NCUA employees are not required to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). Status will be confirmed by the Agency.

CTAP/ICTAP: Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of their eligibility:
Copy of agency notice;
Most recent performance rating; and
SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced federal employees must receive an 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For additional information, click CTAP .

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
1. Resume
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or if a Basic Requirement
  • Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
  • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty for veterans for consideration under veteran hiring authorities.
  • Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement. When describing your experience in your resume, please be specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Please ensure that your resume includes the grade (if you are a current or previous federal employee), month and year that you began and ended for each position held or that position may not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.

YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire. Failure to provide support may result in a lower rating and/or you may be excluded from consideration. Your latest resume submitted for this vacancy announcement will be used to determine qualifications and supersedes previous submissions.

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