Chief Human Capital Officer

Washington, D.C
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The incumbent is a member of the Director's senior staff and serves as the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO). The position reports to the Agency's Chief of Staff and provides insightful leadership to plan and implement human resources systems and programs in support of the Agency's human capital needs. Peace Corps is an excepted service Agency and the incumbent will be responsible for managing HR systems and programs while ensuring the development and the implementation of best HR practices.

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The Associate Director (Chief Human Capital Officer) performs the following major duties:
  • Provides expert executive level advice, guidance, and support to the Chief of Staff and Agency's Director on key mission-critical human capital issues, initiatives, and success of the Human Resources program.
  • Partners with the agency's senior leadership and the strategy champions to define and execute a robust human capital management strategy.
  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Agency senior leadership on matters relating to federal laws of major significance, which substantially impact the personnel administration and human capital activities of the Agency.
  • Provides advisory services to Agency's senior leadership and officers regarding presidential management initiatives, restructuring, or streamlining changes, and advises and negotiates with Agency officials on modifications to the existing organizational structure, including risk analysis and implications of associated changes.
  • Ensures the organization's human capital strategy is aligned with current and future mission, goals, and objectives of the Agency and the workforce plans and programs meet the challenges of the evolving human capital demands.
  • Responsible for managing and supporting the assessment of organizational needs; and the design, implementation and evaluation of Agency's human resources programs.
  • Establishes policies, strategies and procedures which ensure that the Agency's human capital resources are appropriately integrated and managed effectively.
  • Provides leadership and strategic direction, policy guidance and oversight to the Agency's Office of Human Resources personnel, activities, and operations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Incumbent may be required to travel to complete duties related to the position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".

Intelligence Background Information

Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.

PC-1336 Form: Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed PC-1336 form , or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions. If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person-not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person- and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.

If your intelligence connection involves the NSA, you (or, if the connection is with a family member, that person) must contact NSA's Office of the General Counsel at 410-854-3910 before submitting this form to Peace Corps.


Time-in-Grade Requirements: Any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a position in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). NOTE: All current or former Federal employees (including internal employees), must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

To meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Technical Qualification and the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) identified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The ECQs define the competencies needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization. The Executive Core Qualifications are required for entry to the Senior Executive Service and are used by many departments and agencies in selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions. ECQs and their definitions can be found via the following link:

Also indicate if you meet the Desirable Qualifications. Your resume must clearly show leadership experiences that demonstrate executive level managerial capability. Typically, you should have a broad range of knowledge relating to administrative, business and financial management.

Specialized experience includes: Experience serving as the principal advisor to an agency's senior leadership and providing advice and guidance on all aspects of human resources management; Experience providing vision and leadership in developing an agency's human capital strategic plan, goals and objectives to accomplish the agency's mission and bridge the gap between the present and future organizational requirements; Experience leading the development and implementation of the agency's corporate strategy with regard to human capital management while providing executive leadership for policy, legislation, and program development for the program; Experience analyzing both policy and program matters to make executive decisions in order to advise the Chief of Staff, the agency Director, and other high-level officials within and outside the agency, on agency policies and legislation related to the human capital program.

In addition to specialized experience, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience that is directly related to the duties described and that have equipped the candidate with the scope and level of knowledge, skills and abilities identified in the "Qualifications" sections. This experience should have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience managing within an Excepted Service agency
  • A minimum of 10 years in Federal Human Resources
  • Five to seven years leading federal Human Resources teams
  • Knowledge of the Foreign Service Act
  • Five or more years managing federal, military, and or private sector multiple cross-functional Human Resources teams or projects, and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders

Technical Qualifications:
  • Directs and manages a government Human Resources system, including programs and functions of position management and classification, recruitment, pay administration, incentive compensation and rewards programs, performance management and employee benefits programs.
  • Provides leadership and oversight to three or more components of Agency's HR program, monitors program progress towards organizational goals with evaluation and necessary adjustments towards accomplishment of its targeted efforts.
  • Serves as the principal advisor to Agency leadership, provides authoritative interpretations of new or modified legislation or guidance material, such as U.S. Code; Congressional intent; judicial decisions, rulings, and decrees; OPM, Department of State, and Agency directives; Executive Orders; and decisions and rulings from GAO, CBO, and Comptroller General. Collaborates with Agency strategic advisors to translate new legislation into program goals, actions, and services and drafts special materials for the Agency's use during Congressional briefings, special and sensitive projects, and agency litigation.
  • Identifies, tracks, and measures trends to determine overall effectiveness of management initiatives to support Agency's human capital needs.
  • Provides leadership to design, develop and implement activities to support talent identification, assessment, and engagement.
  • Represents the agency on inter-agency councils and government-industry teams.
  • Scans internal, external, national, and international trends, legislation and policies to assess their impact on Agency's human capital program and operations and formulates agency objectives, priorities and strategies to enhance the program results and protect its long term interests.

Executive Core Qualifications

  • Leading Change - Creativity and Innovation; External Awareness; Flexibility; Resilience; Strategic Thinking; Vision
  • Leading People - Conflict Management; Leveraging Diversity; Developing Others; Team Building
  • Results Driven - Accountability; Customer Service; Entrepreneurship; Problem Solving; Technical Credibility
  • Business Acumen - Financial Management; Human Capital Management; Technology Management
  • Building Coalitions - Partnering; Political Savvy; Influencing/Negotiating

Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at .

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.



Additional information

Peace Corps (PC) Information
  • This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service and Peace Corps employees are paid on the Foreign Service scale. Employment is limited NTE 5 years.
  • Qualified internal applicants will be given first consideration.
  • Additional hiring needs may be filled through this vacancy.
  • National Service (e.g., volunteer experience) refers to paid or unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, community, student, social).
  • Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate 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 factors.
  • Peace Corps is a drug free workplace and promotes a drug free environment.
  • Peace Corps is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. Peace Corps strives to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
  • Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202-692-1200 or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

Conditions of Employment
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • You must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
  • You must meet Time-In-Grade requirements (See Qualifications).
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be selective service registered. If selected for this position, you must sign a statement certifying your registration, or you must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • Prior Intelligence Activity or Related Work: Individuals who have been engaged in certain intelligence activity or who have been employed by or connected with an intelligence agency are ineligible for employment with Peace Corps. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases.
  • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution.
  • A one (1) year trial period is required.
  • This is a drug tested designated position.
  • This is not a bargaining unit position.
  • This position requires the filing of a Financial Disclosure report.

If you have questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact . In the subject line, include the vacancy #, position title and closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


A Human Resources Specialist will review your application package to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. Please review the required documents section to ensure your application is complete. Failure to submit documents that validate your eligibility will disqualify you from consideration.

Qualifications Review

Your application will be evaluated based on your resume, attached supporting documentation and your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. Your materials will be evaluated to validate your possession of any required knowledge, skills, abilities (KSA) and/or competencies. The following competencies will be evaluated in the self-assessment questionnaire:
  • Client Engagement/Change Management
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Human Capital Management
  • Influencing/Negotiating
  • Interpersonal Skills

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration; including any documentation that is being used for qualifications. Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist, which must support the answers you provided. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for disqualification.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package. This includes: a detailed resume, a completed electronic self-assessment questionnaire, an SF-50 (for current and former Federal employees), and the submission of any other required documents. All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Resume: Include relevant work experience including job title, duties and accomplishments, employer name and address, supervisor name and phone number, start and end dates, hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or former Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09).

Veterans Documents: Veterans' preference in appointment does not apply to this vacancy; however, if you are using your 30% or more disability rating to be considered, you must attach all required documentation; including a DD-214 reflecting the type of discharge, the SF-15 and a VA Letter. Proof of a service-connected disability is required at the time of application. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please review the OPM Vet Guide .

Federal Employees: If you are a current or former Federal employee (including internal employees), you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (and/or the SF-50 which verifies your reinstatement eligibility). Please note that this appointment does not convey career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service; however, federal employees who have earned career tenure will not lose it as a result of this appointment.

Qualifications Based on Education or a Combination of Education and Experience: If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) or an appropriate course listing with a diploma. Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be used towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by recognized institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website .

Note: All applicants (including internal) are required to submit the applicable documents listed above as verification of eligibility. If you fail to provide the information requested, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for these positions.

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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