Director for Human Resources Management and Chief Human Capital Officer

Washington, D.C
Feb 17, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), a Departmental office, is responsible for providing leadership, developing policies, and directing programs in all aspects of human resources and human capital management and administration for all of the Department of Commerce (DOC).

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This position is located in the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration (CFO/ASA), Office of the Secretary (OS).

As the Director for OHRM and CHCO, the incumbent shall carry out the following functions:

Advises DOC senior leaders and senior human resources staff on all facets of human resources management, providing timely and quality advice and guidance to maximize the efficiency and productivity of the Department's employees.

In development of human resources policies, programs, and initiatives, assures integration with all other functions of administration (ex., budget, organization planning, diversity and inclusion, facilities operations, and executive direction).

Analyzes and provides guidance and assistance in executing HR solutions; serves as a thought-partner to stakeholders and customers; quickly analyzes problems and impediments and offers options/solutions; identifies and implements appropriate corrective measures as needed; and develops new or improved techniques to improve operations and services.

Continuously sources new and improved methods, strategies and actions to operate a customer-focused Federal HR organization and environment to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of services.

Balances priorities and aligns organizational expertise and resources to effectively respond to new or anticipated requirements.

Provides executive leadership and direction in all HR functional areas such as: recruitment; staffing and placement; classification and position management; executive resources; employee and labor-management relations, employee development and training; benefits and pay administration; human resources information systems; and occupational safety and health.

Ensures efficient and timely reporting to customers and other stakeholders and provides direct assistance and support to department leadership to resolve issues, enhance services, and advise on sensitive personnel matters, as needed.

Works in close coordination and in partnership with DOC's Enterprise Services organization to ensure appropriate and timely support is provided as needed.

Manages and aligns staff and resources effectively to ensure smooth and efficient operations, supporting execution of the Department's Strategic Plan.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - This is a Senior Executive Service position.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) within 30 days is required.
  • Incumbent maybe subject to geographical mobility.
  • Position may require some travel.
  • Relocation or recruitment incentives will not be offered.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each mandatory Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed. If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each mandatory PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example ECQ statements are available at

Key Requirements:
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Incumbent maybe subject to geographic mobility.

  • Qualifications

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    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.
    (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, 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.
    (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, 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.
    (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, 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.
    (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


    PTQ 1 -Demonstrated experience leading and providing advice on a full spectrum of human resources operations functions, such as strategic recruitment, hiring, staffing, position management, position classification, pay administration, benefits, retirement, personnel security, reasonable accommodation and work life programs, across the human capital employee lifecycle at both strategic and operational levels.

    PTQ 2 -Executive experience in: (1) cultivating a high-performing, diverse, and engaged human capital workforce, (2) encouraging an environment that is open, diverse, and inclusive, and (3) empowering personnel to their full potential.

    PTQ 3 -Successful executive management of an organization's corporate culture that embraces customer service and positive stakeholder engagement as an overarching competency, and successfully identifies, manages and adjusts to shifting priorities and other challenges to ensure success.


    This position DOES NOT have an educational requirement.

    Additional information

    Background Investigation: Secret- Critical Sensitive.

    Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Drug Testing: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

    Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    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.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    All applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. All applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, and the ECQs, if applicable, as follows:

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    In addition to your online application, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:
  • Resume (uploaded as attachment or USAJOBS resume created with USAJOBS Resume Builder)
  • For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows career appointment in the SES.
  • For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.
  • For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: You are encouraged to submit your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation.

  • Applicants who fail to submit requested documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating.

    If you are unable to upload documents, you may fax your documents using the instructions below. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.


    Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/

    1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

    2. Click on "Applications"

    3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

    4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information"

    5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue"

    Do not submit any additional information that is not required: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

    If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement.


    Christine Covington

    PH: (202)-482-2613

    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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