Washington, D.C
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 24, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Department of the Interior (DOI) has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences. We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country's most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.
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The Associate Director, Interpretation, Education and Volunteers, National Park Service (NPS), Department of the Interior, is responsible for the executive direction and line management of division managers for each of the following functional areas concerning interpretation and education: Harpers Ferry Interpretive Design Center, Cooperating Associations, Volunteers-in-Parks program, interpretive training and development, and comprehensive program evaluations.
The Associate Director is also responsible for the following: 1) providing leadership, policy development, and national level guidance for the National Park Service Interpretation, Education and Volunteer organization and programs; 2) managing a balanced integration of the environmental and education philosophy and establishing priorities and direction over a wide variety of educational programs; 3) providing service wide program development, technical assistance and leadership in the Interpretation, Education and Volunteer functional areas.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Confidential clearance
  • Males must meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement.
  • You will be required to make occasional travel.
  • SES does not have Veteran's Preference.
  • Individuals selected for an SES position are subject to reassignment.
  • You must complete a one year probationary period as a newly selected SES, unless you have served the required SES probationary period in a previous SES position.
  • The Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Category 4 position; the minimum pay for this position is $158,541.00. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.
  • As an SES you will be required, annually, to fill out the OGE-278 Financial Disclosure form.
  • Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee within an Executive Branch, you must disclose that information on your resume.


We are looking for an individual with a proven track record of working with executive teams, who possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills, has an understanding of, and experience in, interpretive training and development, educational programs, volunteer programs, and has successfully managed a large, geographically dispersed organization, and has attracted and retained a highly skilled and diverse workforce.

To be considered for this you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, applicants must address each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications(ECQs) listed below.

Your narrative submittals should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. The narrative addressing ECQ's must follow the format provided at . (Adobe Acrobat required) ECQ narratives are limited to 10 pages total; TQs are limited to 4 pages total. If you exceed the page limit for ECQs and/or TQs your application will not be considered.

If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) approved by OPM, you only need to submit a narrative statement covering each of the Technical Qualifications (TQ's) listed below (not to exceed 4 pages). You do not need to submit a narrative on the ECQs which have been already certified by OPM. (SES CDP graduates should submit a copy their CDP program certification with their package.)

ECQ AND TQ NARRATIVES ARE REQUIRED BY ALL OTHER CANDIDATES! Your narrative submittals should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Please contact the Executive Resources Manager listed on this vacancy announcement if you have any questions on which narratives you are required to complete!

Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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.
Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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.
Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

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

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ 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.
Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: 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, Public Service Motivation

Technical Qualifications:

1.Ability to manage a complex program which includes interpretation and education programs, cooperative association partnerships, volunteer programs, entrepreneurial management, training, and development of comprehensive program evaluations.
2. Knowledge of budget-related issues that affect a major organization.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants who meet the mandatory executive and technical qualifications, and have submitted all the correct required information for this vacancy announcement will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified and will potentially move forward for an interview with the selection manager. Total background, including experience (resume), ECQ and TQ narratives, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from your application package.

All applicants must submit the following in order to receive consideration for this position:
1. A resume which should include the following information: (not to exceed 10 pages)
Vacancy announcement number - 11118473-
*Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
*Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including:
*Job title (include series, grade and step if a Federal employee)
*Duties and accomplishments
*Employer's name and address
*Supervisor's name and phone number
*Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
*Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
*Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. NON Civil Service employees (private sector employees) must submit narrative statements addressing each of the ECQs (no more than 10 pages) and TQs (no more than 4 pages). Please refer to the Qualifications Required section of this vacancy announcement for more information on ECQ's and TQ's, or call, and/or email, the Executive Resources Manager listed on this vacancy announcement with any questions.

3. Graduates of approved OPM SES Candidate Development Programs (CDP) must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility and narrative statements addressing only the Technical Qualifications (do not exceed 4 pages).

4. Current or former SES reinstatement eligible members must submit documentation (SF-50 or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action); Please only address the TQ narrative statements if you have current SES status, or are SES reinstatement eligible.

5. Current Civil Service employees must submit a copy of a recent SF-50, or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. (please do not submit an SF-50 for an award or detail.)

6. A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. (optional to apply for this position, but will be required if you move forward to the Interview status)

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required:
  • Resume (not to exceed 10 pages)
  • Narrative responses to the Technical Qualifications not to exceed 4 pages total. (mandatory for all applicants)
  • Narratives for the Executive Core Qualifications not to exceed 10 pages total. (not required by current SES, SES reinstatement eligible candidates or SES CDP OPM certified graduates)
  • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATES ONLY - AN SF-50 (or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action); please do not send an SF-50 for an award or detail.
  • Performance Evaluation (OPTIONAL TO APPLY, BUT WILL be Required if you move to the Interview Status)

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