Executive Director Labor Management Relations

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Washington, D.C
Apr 06, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Executive Director, Labor Management Relations (ED/LMR) is the principal advisor to the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and other key officials within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on all matters pertaining to VA's National Labor Management Policy and Program. The ED/LMR has overall responsibility for leadership of the Office of Labor Management Relations with a budget of $5,914,000.
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A critical responsibility of the Executive Director, Labor Management Relations is to support the transformation of VA, ensuring that the Department's LMR programs and practices are consistent with all applicable laws, regulations, and Presidential Executive Orders.
  • Directs and supervises a comprehensive labor management relations program for the Department. Provides executive leadership in dealings with all unions' national headquarters. Oversees the implementation of labor management policies.
  • Plans and develops long-range Departmental policies, programs, and procedures. Coordinates union involvement in the policies of the Department.
  • Ensures that the Department's strategic plans and the plans of individual VA organizational components are appropriately supported by labor management relations programs. Takes steps to address misalignments such that the goals of the Department are not impeded.
  • Participates fully with the Assistant Secretary, Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security and Preparedness (A/S HRA/OSP) and key Departmental Officials in discussions concerning programs, legislation, and procedures, which may affect the Department and its relationship with labor organizations and employees.
  • Formulates legislative strategy to advance the goals of the Department. Provides information to the A/S HRA/OSP and the key officials concerning these issues.
  • Represents the Department in dealings with labor unions and similar organizations holding consolidated unit recognition. Directs the negotiations on behalf of the Department. Has authority to commit the Department during these negotiations.
  • Serves as the Senior Department Official for Labor Management Relations with Federal and non-governmental entities such as Congress, Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Develops external partnerships with these public and private sector organizations.
  • The Executive Director accomplishes all work by directing the organization of 20 professional employees.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • 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.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.
  • Telework Eligible


To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, medical facility or program manager. An individual's total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

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.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to each of the following ECQs and include your name on each page.. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.

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.

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.

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.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.

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.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (TQ)s: In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following specific TQ(s). Please label and include your name on each page. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your TQ(s) in a word document and then upload into the system.

TQ1: Demonstrated experience and in-depth knowledge of labor relations statutes, regulations,
principles, concepts, and case law in a large, complex, multifunctional, and geographically
dispersed organizational environment while applying critical thinking to information received
from stakeholders, and evaluating what can be used for organizational success.

TQ2: Demonstrated the experience and ability to render expert and consultative advice on labor
issues in a large, complex, and geographically dispersed environment with multiple statutory
labor relations frameworks (e.g.title 5 and title 38).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.: https://www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/Senior-Executive-Service/index.aspx .

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA Senior Executive Service employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: ECQ qualifications

Step 2: Technical Qualification(s)

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board

Step 4: Nominating Organization may conduct interviews

Step 5: Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening)

Step 6: OPM Qualifications Review Board certification

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume not to exceed 5 pages;

2. Written narrative response to address each Technical Qualification(s) not to exceed 2 pages each; and

3. Written narrative responses to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) not to exceed 2 pages each for a total of 10 pages; or

4. Proof of non-competitive eligibility (if applicable). Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and proof of certification of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB).

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, graduate of a Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility and your ECQs have been certified by the OPM QRB. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.

Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualification (s); not more than 2 pages per each TQ with a font size no smaller than 12 points. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.

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