Director/Equal Opportunity Officer

District of Columbia, D.C
Apr 20, 2021
Apr 27, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


USAID's Director/Equal Opportunity Officer, is located in the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) headquarters in Washington, DC.

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As Director of OCRD, the incumbent is the Agency's Chief Diversity Officer and Settlement Official on settlements of informal and formal EEO complaints, and is also the Co-chair of the Executive Diversity Council (EDC). As Director, the incumbent reports directly to the Administrator, represents the Administrator in intra- and inter-agency discussions on Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) and diversity matters, and ensures that the Agency has a comprehensive, results-oriented EEO and Affirmative Employment Program. The Director of OCRD:
  • Serves as USAID's Chief Diversity Officer and Settlement Official on settlements of informal and formal EEO complaints.
  • Provides expert advice and counsel to senior management staff members and officials at multiple levels of USAID and private sector clients and vendors on Agency EEO/Diversity matters.
  • Collaborates with high ranking officials such as Agency heads in Washington and abroad, Chief Human Capital Officers, and executives of comparable government and private sector organizations.
  • Performs program management responsibilities to include, but not limited to, managing the EEO counseling process - handling of complaints at the informal and formal stages; managing a robust Alternative Dispute Resolution program to include investigation and settlement activities; and supervising the administration of equal opportunity programs and activities.
  • Develops and implements EEO/Affirmative Employment policies, programs, and guidelines in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, Executive Orders and administration directives. [Examples of current administration initiatives include: EO 13985 - Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government ; Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World ; National Security Memorandum on Revitalizing America's Foreign Policy and National Security Workforce, Institutions, and Partnerships (NSM-03) ]

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasionally 1-2 nights per month

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret Clearance
  • Position requires incumbent to file OGE-278, Executive Financial Disclosure
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period

As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants MUST possess progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the competencies outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) 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 nongovernmental organizations. Applicants must provide detailed evidence of experience for each of the ECQs and TQs listed below. These ECQ and TQ statements will assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to refer to the selecting official. Qualifications and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY ECQS AND TQS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

**If you can claim Noncompetitive status-you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB)-you are not required to respond to the ECQs. However, you MUST submit supplemental statements addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES must include with your application a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified.**


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.


You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

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. Core Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision

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. Core Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building

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. Core Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility

This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Core Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management

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. Core Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation


You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

TQ1 - Executive level expertise in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) (complaints process, harassment inquiry, reasonable accommodation program, Special Emphasis Program) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEi) ( demographic employment data, commemorative programs, training, and outreach) principles, as demonstrated by a history of success in an organization's civil rights and equal opportunity program, preferably in a large complex organization with a global presence and with multiple employment types governed by separate rules. Experience should include implementing and defending complex strategic programs and policies; representing the organization internally and externally as liaison on civil rights and before oversight and/or governance boards; use of technology and virtual platforms for conducting EEO and DEI activities; and developing innovative and effective approaches and solutions to systemic problems.

TQ2 -Executive level experience in applying principles of civil rights and equal opportunity to all operations by evaluating, interpreting, and monitoring laws, statutory, and regulatory requirements, policies, principles, and practices related to an organization's strategic planning and personnel management. Experience should include developing evaluations of external requirements, using data dashboards and complex tools to effectively communicate complex workforce data, and devising plans for integrated responses, program effectiveness, and business process improvements.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed; when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit Human Trafficking . For more information about USAID, visit USAID .

Veteran's Preference: Veterans preference does not apply to positions within the SES OPM FAQ

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position: SSS .

EEO Policy Statement: 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: EEO.

Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate: Policy .

The 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.

Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers made to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employees in the Executive Branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES employee, please indicate this in your resume. Serving on a Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES appointment WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A preliminary review of applications will be made to determine if minimum qualifications as defined in this announcement are met. Those meeting minimum qualifications will then be evaluated by a Rating and Ranking Panel to determine the "Highly Qualified" applicants, based on the degree to which the ECQs and TQs are met. The Rating and Ranking Panel will refer the "Highly Qualified" for initial consideration and possible interview by the Hiring Office.

As a prerequisite for an initial career appointment to the SES, the selectee's ECQs must be certified by OPM's QRB.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or eliminate you from consideration. Failure to submit a complete application package will cause your application to be rated "ineligible."

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Please upload the following documents:
  • Resume
  • ECQ Narrative Statements
  • TQ Narrative Statements
  • Complete online Assessment Questions
  • If claiming Noncompetitive status, SF-50 showing SES Career Appointment or CDP Graduation Certificate from OPM
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