Chief of Staff

Washington, D.C
Feb 27, 2021
Mar 07, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


This position is located in the HUD OIG Front Office (FO), which provides executive leadership to the OIG. As the Chief of Staff, the incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and serves as a principal policy advisor, assistant, and confidant in connection with the planning, administration, implementation, and evaluation of all programs and activities within the OIG.

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As the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we remain an independent and objective organization, conducting and supervising audits, evaluations, and investigations relating to the Department's programs and operations. We promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in these programs and operations as we also strive to prevent and detect fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. We are committed to keeping the HUD Secretary, Congress, and our stakeholders fully and currently informed about challenges and deficiencies and the necessity for and progress of corrective actions. We invite you to join HUD OIG, where we are guided by five shared core values of accountability, courage, respect, stewardship, and trust. These core values serve as the framework for all of our work.

As a Chief of Staff, you will:
  • Provide high-level support to the IG serving as a trusted advisor and resource, and as a critical link in the communication between OIG leadership, OIG staff and stakeholders.
  • Make legislative and policy recommendations based upon research, analysis and the evaluation of expert information.
  • Review and edit OIG reports and correspondence requiring the Inspector General's approval.
  • Manage the legislative activities of the OIG, including monitoring legislative activity, providing comments on legislative proposals, drafting testimony, and responding to requests from Congress.
  • Oversee and direct the administrative components of critical program segments, various internal projects, and key high-level organizational elements which have a direct influence on the OIG mission.

Travel Required

25% or less - Must be willing to travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) 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 with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.

Candidates must meet all of the following qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement, including general management skills and characteristics applicable to all SES positions AND technical or program responsibilities specific to this position.

Guidance on Addressing the ECQs and MTQs: Use your overall set of professional and volunteer experiences, education and training, accomplishments, awards and potential in describing your ECQs and MTQs. Be clear and concise, using examples that demonstrate the scope and quality of your experiences, accomplishments, and/or potential relevant to each ECQ and MTQ. THE NARRATIVE STATEMENT MUST ADDRESS EACH ECQ AND MTQ SEPARATELY AND IDENTIFY WHICH ECQ OR MTQ IS BEING ADDRESSED (e.g. ECQ 1, MTQ 1, MTQ 2, etc.).

IMPORTANT: Structure your ECQ statements in terms of actions you have taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken and the outcome or results of those actions (Challenge - Context - Action - Result (C-C-A-R) Model). For further information and tips on writing effective narrative statements, see OPM's publication 'A Guide to SES Qualifications' available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at: Please be advised that the individual selected for this position will likely require certification by a Qualifications Review Board conducted by OPM, prior to receiving the SES appointment.


Each of the following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. The essay competencies address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Your responses are required for each of these ECQs, unless you have had your ECQs previously certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB) for the Senior Executive Service (SES).

If you are already certified by OPM's QRB, submit proof such as a copy of the certification or an SF-50 showing SES Career Status.

There is a system limitation for the ECQs and MTQs of 10,000 characters. If you need to submit additional information please upload the information into the correct category.

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. Creativity and Innovation - Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes. External Awareness - Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. Vision - Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

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. Conflict Management - Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. Leveraging Diversity - Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Developing Others - Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods. Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

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. Accountability - Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions. Entrepreneurship - Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives. Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Financial Management - Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. Human Capital Management - Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations. Technology Management - Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

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. Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly. Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Each of the following essay competencies address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Your responses are required for each of these MTQs.

MTQ 1: Demonstrated experience developing and executing strategic plans, initiatives, and communications to accomplish target performance goals.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated experience leading comprehensive oversight programs, and implementing innovative processes, methods, and approaches to continuously improve oversight operations.

MTQ 3: Demonstrated experience collaborating with senior leaders to develop complex work products and communicate the results of agency work, and demonstrated experience justifying conclusions, reports, and results to stakeholders.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.


Additional information

  • This position has been designated as a Career Reserved position and will be filled on a career basis. Office of Personnel Management approval and a probationary period will be required for any applicant who does not have Senior Executive Service (SES) career status.
  • OPM Certification: An initial appointment to an SES position is contingent on approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully completed an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.
  • Veterans' Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service. Executive Branch agencies are prohibited by law from accepting or considering political recommendations and are required to return any political recommendations to the sender.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
  • The HUD OIG has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of Fiscal Service (BFS) to provide certain personnel services to its organization. BFS's responsibilities include advertising the vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

  • Receive certification from OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) based on your submitted ECQs, unless you have been certified in the past.
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed) in the Senior Executive Service (SES) under career status.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Have and maintain a reputation of integrity, reliability, trustworthiness, impartiality, and good judgment.
  • Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Must be willing to travel.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to each ECQ and MTQ, and required supporting documents.

Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

Rating: A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualifications for this position based on the information in your application. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selecting official. Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

In order for your application to receive full consideration, the following information must be received by the closing date.

  • A resume which thoroughly and accurately reflects relevant experience, training, education, awards, etc.
  • A separate narrative response for each of the five ECQs and three MTQs. Applicants who fail to do so will be eliminated from consideration. (Career applicants currently in the SES, SES reinstatement eligibles, or graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program who have been certified by OPM's Qualification Review Board need only address the mandatory MTQs).
  • Candidates SHOULD NOT repeat entries from their application when addressing each of the ECQs and MTQs. Instead, elaborate on your training, experience, and accomplishments, highlighting the problems involved in and the objectives of your work, how you handled problems and met work objectives, and the result of your efforts (evidence of your success), including recognition received. Focus on accomplishments.
  • SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates must submit proof of OPM Qualification Review Board Certification (if applicable).
  • Most recent supervisory appraisal of performance. Candidates unable to provide their most recent performance appraisal must provide written justification for its absence.
  • Current and former SES staff must submit a SF-50 to verify their eligibility for transfer or reinstatement to the Senior Executive Service.
  • Current and former Federal employees must submit a SF-50 to verify their eligibility. *****Current or former SES staff must submit a SF-50 to show eligibility for transfer or reinstatement to the Senior Executive 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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