Washington, D.C
Jun 19, 2021
Jun 27, 2021
Executive, Chief
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 Chief Information Officer (ACIO) is the senior information management and information technology leader for the National Park Service (NPS) and is a member of the DOI Chief Information Officers' (CIO's) executive leadership team. The ACIO maintains purview of the establishment of the NPS' information management and information technology strategy and its alignment with the objectives and expected outcomes of the Secretary of the Interior, the Department of Interior CIO's key priorities and mission and program objectives.

The ACIO is responsible for the following: 1) Providing thought leadership and strategic direction for the NPS' information technology (IT) operations, including infrastructure and architecture, applications development, re-engineering business processes, networks, sourcing alternatives, and computer and auxiliary operations and support; 2) Leading the bureau's Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) implementation, which seeks to strengthen authority over information management and technology (IMT) and supports the implementation of the DOI-wide FITARA plan; 3) Developing the bureau's annual IT operating plan for service-wide IT spending and developing the annual expense and capital expenditure budget for IMT; 4) Ensuring compliance with the Department's policies, procedures, and plans relating to records, privacy, and freedom of information act (FOIA) throughout the NPS; 5) advising the NPS Director, Deputy Directors, the NPS leadership, and the DOI CIO concerning proposed IT policies, standards and procedures of major IT investment decisions; and, 6) providing direction and implementation of departmental equal employment opportunity objectives and fostering merit-based practices in the recruitment, selection, appointment, training, and recognition processes.

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 Top Secret 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, expert knowledge of a large organization's IT priorities, mission and program objectives. This individual has worked in IT, at a senior level, and successfully managed a large, geographically dispersed organization, and has attracted and retained a highly skilled and diverse workforce.

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 8 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 8 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. ECQ narratives are limited to 10 pages total; TQs are limited to 8 pages total. If you exceed the page limit for ECQs and/or TQs your application will not be considered.

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


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


1.Demonstrated ability to lead the identification, implementation and evaluation of transformative technology solutions and IT shared services within federal government IT laws, regulations and policies.

2. Demonstrated experience in implementing and overseeing IT budget formulation and execution, IT acquisitions, IT service cost/pricing models and IT project management concepts and techniques.

3. Ability to oversee and direct geographically dispersed, complex IT operations, and strategically manage IT through its lifecycle from concept to disposition.

4. Demonstrated experience overseeing an IT security and privacy program, as well as the implementation of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) and NIST guidelines and best practices.


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 the application package, including the required 10 page narrative statements for the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the required 8 page narrative statements for the Technical Qualifications (TQs) described above.

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 - 11118487-
*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 8 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 for 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 8 pages).

4. Current or former SES reinstatement eligible members must submit documentation (SF-50 or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action; an SF-50 for an award or detail will not be accepted); 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. (an SF-50 for an award or detail will not be accepted.)

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
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

The following documents are required:
  • Resume (not to exceed 10 pages)
  • Narrative responses to the Technical Qualifications not to exceed 8 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 or SES CDP OPM certified graduate)
  • SF-50 (or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action); an SF-50 for an award or detail will not be accepted.
  • Performance Evaluation (optional to apply for this position, but will be required if you move forward to the Interview status)