Executive Director Strategic Solutions Office

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 18, 2020
Closes
Nov 25, 2020
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), Strategic Programs Division (SPD), Strategic Solutions Office.
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Responsibilities

Provides expert advice and guidance to DHS leadership and component program management
offices on strategic acquisition approaches to meet mission goals, through integration of program
and acquisition best practices from acquisition planning through contract award.

Collaborates closely with DHS program offices and Heads of Contracting Activities across the
enterprise, private industry and other federal agencies, to analyze highly complex and sensitive
programs, market data, and acquisition strategies that will significantly enhance the ability of DHS to meet its mission critical requirements.

Devises flexible innovative strategically sourced solutions to resolve routine and critical issues, ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, and increase efficiency and effectiveness for the Department.

Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex
program functions and processes related to category management strategic planning. Identifies and proposes solutions to management concerns which are of major importance to category management program direction. Prepares critical and non-critical recommendations for
management which may impact category management strategic planning decisions throughout the Department.

Formulates and implements plans to improve strategic acquisition program policies, practices,
methods, and organizational structure; and coordinates requirements among OCPO divisions and
DHS components in the formative stages of program initiation, project design, project implementation, and management of ongoing acquisition programs.

Drives the utilization of category management principles, where appropriate, to improve supplier relations, effectively utilize resources, and enhance customer service. Working in collaboration with operational procurement organizations, develops a range of alternative solutions to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the acquisition of products and services to fulfill agency needs.

Leads the analysis of proposed and recently passed complex regulations, specifically with regard
to strategic sourcing and federal-wide acquisitions. Recommends, develops appropriate language
and coordinates with appropriate OCPO policy officials for potential or proposed changes to
Federal Acquisition Regulations and/or Homeland Security Acquisition Manual.

The incumbent is a senior level advocate for the OCPO on category management and promoting
the use of strategic sourcing contract vehicles across the DHS enterprise in accordance with DHS
Directives; identifies barriers to use of such vehicles and acts to eliminate them; and
challenges acquisition strategies that inhibit innovation and the implementation of category
management principles.

Directly coordinates with the Office of Management and Budget leadership on DHS' position on
acquisition programs and policies related to category management. Provides guidance and
support to DHS senior leadership on the impact of statutory requirements and OMB-issued
guidance on DHS-wide acquisition programs. Leads Federal-wide strategic plan and priorities for category management and ensures coordination with Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator leadership.

Serves as the DHS Lead on government-wide category management councils. Coordinates and directly influences the activities of the Category Management Leadership Council at both the DHS and federal level and serves as the Federal-wide Category Management Executive as
assigned. Lead a Cross-Agency Category Management Team for Federal-wide Security and
Protection efforts to implement established priorities and initiatives.

Oversees the DHS supplier relationship management efforts by ensuring continued industry engagement to understand the marketplace, build market intelligence, and help inform DHS category management strategies.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Selectee will be required to complete form OGE-278, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Form.
  • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.


Qualifications

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualification(s) and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) listed below. We recommend that your résumé emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME-BASED METHOD, Therefore, evidence of each ECQ and TQ must be CLEARLY REFLECTED in your resume.

Your application package should not exceed a total of 5 pages. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37) http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf

**If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST address all mandatory TQs in your resume. Current and reinstatement eligible SES members, please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES. SESCDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate.**

Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

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, Resilience, 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

These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp

Technical Qualifications - Mandatory

You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

TQ.1- Demonstrated experience in leading a complex and multi-faceted acquisition or acquisition related operation that supports an agency with spend of at least $3B or more annually. This includes experience in leading an operation implementing major acquisition initiatives across an organization and delivering tangible operational improvements and efficiencies.

TQ 2.-Demonstrated experience and significant knowledge of laws, regulations and policies governing the Federal acquisition of services, equipment and supplies. Experience must reflect responsibility for developing business sourcing strategies, category management plans, and supplier relationship management strategies that enhance mission performance, improve acquisition efficiency, and generate savings.

FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS EACH MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE RESUME WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. 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 this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

Education

Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. ( https://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2016/08/newly-established-leave-policy-gives-disabled-veterans-more-time-to-address-medical-issues-1/ )

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret/SCI clearance as a condition of placement in this Special Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's Preference does NOT apply to the SES positions.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-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.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, education and experience. Your resume will be evaluated by an SES rating and ranking panel, and afterwards, highly qualified candidates may undergo the Structured Interview process. The DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority where final interviews and reference checks may occur. Only the selectee will be required to write Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) narratives. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by the QRB before appointment can occur.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • Your Resume, not to exceed 5 pages, which incorporates both ECQ and TQ responses;
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Are you a current or reinstatement eligible SES member? You must provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your career appointment to the SES.
  • Are you a graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program? - Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification. Your status must be clearly stated in your resume.
  • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? You must submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    - Position title
    - Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
    - Agency
    - Beginning and ending dates of appointment

  • FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

    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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