Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Resources

Arlington, Virginia
May 16, 2021
May 25, 2021
Full Time


The incumbent serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Human Resources Division with primary responsibility for running the day to day operations. Responsible for the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of human resources program and policies for the worldwide operations of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Serves as a principal advisor on human resource matters to all top management within DEA.
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As Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) the incumbent is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction in establishing and maintaining a proactive and visionary human resources program, which is responsive to the needs of both DEA management and employees, and assures optimum productivity and goal attainment in all program functions. Among other duties and responsibilities, the incumbent will:
  • Provide oversight and lead strategic planning and implementation related to agency HR activities. As the agency expert provides strategic advice and direction, evaluating human capital program and operations for efficacy and efficiency. Initiate and sunset policies, programs and processes as indicated. Initiate development of HR programs and provide briefings to top-level management, operating officials and supervisors designed to instill an understanding of responsibilities for continuing sound management of human resources.
  • Represent the Assistant Administrator (AA) at various DoJ and OPM forums. As necessary will communicate or brief Congressional staff/committees, the Government Accounting Office, Office of Management and Budget or other pertinent organization regarding the major thrusts and policies of the agency in the area of human resources management.
  • Oversee and/or lead ongoing analysis of organizational HR performance to identify developing trends and issues based on changing workforce performance and/or changing workforce demographics, initiatives or mission objectives. Develop plans for addressing those issues in coordination with AA/HR.
  • Exercise technical direction over HR staff. Manage the development of personnel within assigned career fields to provide the skills, experience, training needed for the future. Ensure personnel management initiatives are consistent with strategic plans. Exercise leadership in acquiring and retaining a diverse workforce and enforce equal opportunity and treatment.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Drug testing designated position
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period
  • This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) - Excepted Service Position. Please review Federal Hiring Paths for more information:
  • Veterans Preference is not applicable to the SES


Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the four Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer for either the ECQs or MTQs. Applications directing the reviewer 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 all of the ECQs and mandatory MTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: To receive serious consideration, applicants for this position must demonstrate successful performance and creative leadership in prior managerial position(s). Applicants must submit a statement for each of the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. Statements shall be limited to a maximum of TWO pages per ECQ.
  • LEADING CHANGE: Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • LEADING PEOPLE: Demonstrated ability to lead people toward the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • RESULTS-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP: Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • BUSINESS ACUMEN: Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • BUILDING COALITIONS/COMMUNICATION: Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofits and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
  • MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must submit a statement for each of the four MTQs listed below. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Statements shall be limited to a maximum of ONE page per MTQ.

    MTQ 1 - Demonstrated expertise and experience in leading and managing a complex Human Resources Office responsible for the full scope of operational programs such asrecruitment and placement, performance management, awards and recognition, compensation, employee benefits, suitability, data systems, entitlements and allowances, employee relations, workforce restructuring.

    MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in executing and delivering human capital strategies, programs, policies, and procedures that are flexible, innovative and efficient, incorporating industry leading and best practices (public and private sector), with a strong emphasis on customer satisfaction and data-driven decision making for a large, geographically dispersed organization

    MTQ 3 - Thorough knowledge of contemporary human resource management policies and workforce initiatives, including Federal personnel laws and regulations and appropriate human resource program metrics

    MTQ 4 - Experience which demonstrates partnership with other senior leaders to solve critical organizational problems and make decisions involving complex or sensitive policies, allocation of resources, and other management concerns that impact nationwide or agency-wide operations.


    There is no educational requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Drug testing is required for this position.

    All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

    It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire. .

    Selective Service: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    EEO Policy Statement:

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

    In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-VERIFY - E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at .

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's). The questions are designed to capture the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

    BASIS OF RATING: Candidates will be evaluated on the qualifications identified above based on their total background, i.e., education, training, self-development, awards, outside activities, performance appraisal, as well as work history. Only candidates meeting all of the mandatory technical qualifications will be deemed eligible for further consideration.

    Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process may be used to verify your stated level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    To receive consideration applicants must submit:

    1. A resume.

    2. A separate statement addressing each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements.

    3. A separate statement addressing each ECQ that describes your managerial experience. While individuals who are current or former SES members need not submit an ECQ statement, they are required to provide an SF-50 to demonstrate their current or prior service. Otherwise, the absence of ECQ's will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    4. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, and grade level and a performance appraisal issued within the past 12 months, or if none exists, please include a statement to that effect.

    Resume: Your resume MUST include the starting and ending of dates of employment and your position title, pay plan, series, and grade level of position held for all applicable federal work experience.

    NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: .
    Submitting Supporting Documents:

    For additional information about this position, please contact Katrina Flowers at (202) 256-6120.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should notify the servicing human resources office directly. Determinations on requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

    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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