Managing Director of Strategic Planning & External Liaison

Washington, D.C
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Strategic Planning and External Liaison (SPEL) staff office is looking for a Managing Director to oversee the multiple efforts within the office, including expanding its fee-for-service program (the Center for Audit Excellence) for providing training and technical assistance to the international and domestic accountability community, participating in international and domestic accountability organizations, and leading strategic planning efforts.

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  • Oversees the Center for Audit Excellence (CAE), a fee-for-service entity, designed to build institutional auditing capacity and promote good governance by providing training and assistance to qualified personnel and entities.
  • Oversees an international relations program to connect GAO to the global government audit community through GAO's leadership and participation in the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).
  • Oversees a domestic relations program that includes organizing national and regional intergovernmental audit forums to promote dialogue around accountability issues and foster collaboration with the accountability community.
  • Leads development, review, and update of GAO's policies for international visits, ceremonies, meetings and special events to promote diplomacy between GAO and its invited guests.
  • Oversees a strategic foresight and planning program that manages a quadrennial strategic planning process, annual plans for prioritizing audit resources, environmental scanning, and external advisory boards.
  • Represents GAO externally to develop and strengthen strategic relationships with partner organizations in academia, foundations, and non-profit organizations.
  • Manages a unit of management analysts, public affairs specialists, and strategic planners.

Travel Required

25% or less - .

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • You must submit a financial disclosure report.
  • You must be registered with the Selective Service as applicable.
  • You may qualify for a recruitment incentive in accordance with agency policy.
  • You must complete a 1-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you've already completed one.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.


You must meet the qualification requirements by the announcement's closing date.

Technical qualifications
  • The technical qualifications describe the necessary professional and technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. If you're a federal employee, this level of experience is typically gained in a GS-14, GS-15, or equivalent-level positions.

The technical qualifications for this position are:
  • Experience developing and maintaining partnerships with international organizations to leverage resources, develop products, and further knowledge sharing.
  • Experience as a leader and manager overseeing strategic planning, business development, or organizational development issues.
  • Experience overseeing multiple projects, managing multiple project teams, and developing strategies to deliver on program goals.

Desired qualifications
  • Experience developing and maintaining partnerships with governmental entities, academic institutions, or non-profits.

Executive core qualifications (ECQs)
  • The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.
  • The ECQs for this position are:
    • 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
    • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
    • 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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
    • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
    • 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)



Additional information

  • Additional selections: we may use this announcement to make additional selections for similar positions.
  • Reasonable accommodation: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email .
  • Veterans' preference: does not apply to GAO's Senior Executive Service (SES) positions.
  • Premium pay: you can't earn overtime, compensatory time unless it's for religious observances available to all GAO employees, or credit hours.

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 how well you meet the qualifications.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must submit the required documents by the announcement's closing date.
  • Resume
    • Emphasize your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the results of your actions.
    • Your resume must show evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive-level management capability and directly related to the executive core qualifications.
    • Include start and end dates for each position (e.g., month and year; month, day, and year).
    • Please make it 5 pages or less.
    • Use the Addressing Executive Qualifications in a Resume section of the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications to help you write your resume.
  • Career Connector question responses

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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