Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer

Rockville, Maryland
Jan 19, 2021
Jan 26, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


Reports To: Mary A. Lamary, Chief Human Capital Officer

Area of Consideration: Applications will be accepted from All Groups of Qualified Individuals Within the Civil Service. Current Senior Executive Service (SES) members, SES Reinstatement Eligibles, and Graduates of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program should apply through this announcement.

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The Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer (DCHCO) assists the Director in providing overall leadership and management of agency human capital (HC) and human resources (HR) planning, policy, and program development. Develops and implements the HC strategic plan and operating plan, and performance plan, consistent with agency-wide programmatic goals and objectives. Leads the development and implementation of the agency strategic workforce planning process (in collaboration with the agency Assistant for Operations).

Assists the Director in providing overall leadership and management of agency HC planning, policy, and program development and implementation.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

Leads in the development of the agency's strategic human capital plan and strategic workforce planning process. Develops and implements the HR strategic plan, performance plan, and operating plan consistent with agency-wide programmatic goals and objectives.

Advises NRC senior management in the planning and implementation of human capital goals consistent with agency policies and mission. Establishes accountability for achievement of human capital goals; monitors performance and provides feedback.

Serves as chairperson of the agency Human Capital Council; facilitates discussion and decisions as appropriate and serves as executive sponsor of the NRC's SES Career Development Program.

Plans and implements NRC policies, programs, and services to provide for employment services and operations, employee and labor relations, organizational development, and workforce information and analysis.

Plans, implements and provides agency wide training and development policies and programs designed to establish, maintain, and enhance the regulatory, technical, professional, and leadership skills needed by NRC employees to accomplish the mission of the agency.

Administers and manages the NRC work life services and occupational safety and health programs, including oversight of the workers' compensation and employee assistance programs, and the headquarters child care facility, health unit, and fitness center.

Provides advice and support for the planning, development, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of HR information systems.

Leads budget formulation and execution activities, including effective and efficient resource utilization of the agency human capital budget including the human resources management and training and development product lines and of the human resources office budget to support the mission of the agency.

Establishes policy guidance and criteria for implementation of human resources programs in the NRC's regional offices; assesses the effectiveness of established human resources programs; and determines whether the regions are implanting the programs in a manner consistent with program requirements.

Develops and implements recruitment, development and retention strategies to achieve a high-quality diverse workforce with the skills needed to accomplish program goals and objectives. Identifies critical skill and training needs of the organization and identifies and implements human capital strategies to close critical skill gaps. Staff recruitment, development and retention strategies promote workforce diversity and diversity management.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a security clearance is required for
  • This is a Drug Testing Position

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


You must have substantial supervisory or executive leadership experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully carryout the roles and responsibilities described above, typically evidenced by experience in progressively more responsible executive leadership positions. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you posses the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. Applicants who do not meet or do not demonstrate possession of the ECQs and PTQs in their application will be eliminated from further consideration.


Applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately and are required to respond to all ECQs. Abbreviated responses to the ECQ's, such as "significant experience" or "see resume" do not provide enough information and will not be considered. ECQ's must be submitted in the space provided. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the ECQ's unanswered.Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members eligible for reinstatement, and SES Candidate Development graduates (with OPM QRB certification) are encouraged, but not required, to address the ECQs to be considered. Use the following approach to describe your accomplishments:

Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model

Use one to two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. The number of examples is not as important as ensuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria.

Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

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

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

Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.). Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per ECQ. You must provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of responsible individuals who can verify the information provided for each ECQ.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at . Example ECQ statements are available at .

Executive Core Qualifications:
  • ECQ 1 - Leading Change: 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
  • ECQ 2 - Leading People: 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. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
  • ECQ 3 - Results Driven: 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
  • ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
  • ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: 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


    All applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the following PTQs. You must address each PTQ separately. Abbreviated responses to the PTQs, such as "significant experience" or "see resume" do not provide enough information and will not be considered. PTQ's must be submitted in the space provided. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the PTQ's unanswered.

    PTQ1 - Experience leading an agency-level HC management program, which includes designing, developing, and implementing the full scope of HC programs; including experience developing and implementing human capital strategies linked to the mission and business goals of the agency

    PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience working across organizational boundaries and establishing trust business partners to balance interests of a variety of customers including readjusting priorities to respond to pressing and changing customer needs.

    PTQ 3 - Experience leading an organization to improve administrative operations using business process modernization, setting priorities for current and future initiatives, allocating resources, and providing oversight of various complex and sensitive programs. Experience in leveraging data to improve performance and generate results.


    Additional information

    • Occasional travel may be required
    • Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid
    • When NRC determines that, in the absence of such an incentive, it will be difficult to fill the position with a suitable candidate, NRC may offer a relocation incentive to a current Federal employee who is required to geographically move.
    • Veteran's Preference does not apply to SES
    • Salary for SES positions varies depending on qualifications and the responsibilities of the position
    • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period in SES unless required probationary period has been served
    • This position is subject to Public Financial Disclosure Reporting requirements and NRC prohibited securities ownership restrictions. Selected candidate is required to file a "Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE Form 278) within 30 days after appointment
    • The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 287-0712. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
    • Selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
    • A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a section 145(b) waiver under the Atomic Energy Act. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you need favorable education verification, and reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a waiver is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.
    • The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. The individual selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

    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, experience, and education as they relate to the qualifications for this position. Your application will be evaluated by a rating panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and undergo reference checks. The NRC Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations to the selecting official and appointing authority.

    Unless you have been already certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your Executive Core Qualifications must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

  • Online resume and responses to vacancy questions
  • A copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other documentation, that indicates Federal status, tenure, and grade
  • If you are currently serving under a Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointment, or are eligible for reinstatement to the SES based on a previous career appointment, please submit a copy of your Standard Form 50 (SF-50) that documents your SES career appointment and/or eligibility for reinstatement
  • If you are a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, please submit a copy of your OPM certification of eligibility
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal is required for NRC employees and highly recommended for all applicants

  • All supplemental documents may be submitted electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
  • Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
  • Use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, .pdf, .doc, .docx; or
  • Use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

  • You may also send a copy of your supplemental material directly to Tia Haynes, Human Resources Specialist, at

    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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