Chief of Staff/Senior Advisor

Washington, D.C
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time


Chief of Staff - Senior Advisor, reports to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for the Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI) and is OEI's central coordination point for all high level discussions and negotiations involving establishment or implementation of Department level policies, practices, management, and operational activities to carry out the mission of OEI. The SL focuses on advising OEI leadership on the development and implementation of policies and programs.

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The incumbent participates in all aspects of Departmental activities related to VA's organization and
management including organizational redesign. Leads or participates on internal VA Boards/Committees/Working Groups as required. Conducts thorough evaluations of Departmental management policies and proposals, independently or in consultation with the PDAS, ensuring that balanced and accurate documentation of all options are presented for consideration to OEI leadership. Assists OEI leadership with the oversight, technical operations, and development of policies, procedures, regulations, and processes for OEI business lines.

Strategically defines and oversees Departmental policies and procedures.

Provides strategic direction for building the agency's organizational structure and programs.

Responsible for identifying effective and efficient internal management controls and administrative practices.

Works closely with all VA Departments on organizing and creating efficient channels of projects, framework and controls.

Guides formulation of office management requirements, reviews program plan accomplishments, and assess program effectiveness.

Develops short- and long-range goals for OEI operations.

Advises on the courses of actions and recommended solutions to complex managerial and operational problems.

Evaluates program results; and based on results renders decisions on plans of action in OEI.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • 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.
  • Subject to Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.


Applicants must have one or more years of experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities below. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

1. Knowledge of program/project management principles techniques, requirements, methods and practices to carry out tasks to support planning, organizing and managing different programs/projects.

2. Knowledge of organizational deigns and business improvement methods.


Education cannot be substituted for experience.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: Review of resume for minimum qualifications (not to exceed 5 pages).

Step 2. SES Panel review to determine Best Qualified applicants for referral to selective official.

Step 3. Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening such as interviews, background and reference checks)

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for this position. Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact. Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated. DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume. DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical qualifications.

2. Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

3. Proof of competitive status: (Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career/career conditional status in the competitive service.)

4. Documentation in support of eligibility under a special hiring authority. (e.g. DD-214 for VEOA, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A authority, etc.).

5. Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are on a current career Senior Level (SL) appointment; an individual with SL reinstatement eligibility; or a current career Senior Executive Service (SES) member who has competitive service reinstatement eligibility (at any grade level) to any position in the competitive service. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the qualifications requirements. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career/career conditional status on an SL appointment, or SES Career Appointment and for SES members, proof of Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certification and proof of previous appointment showing career/career conditional status in the competitive service.

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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