Director for Communications

Washington, D.C
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position serves as the Director for Communications, a key member of the Environmental Management (EM) senior leadership team. This position plays a vital role in managing operations and directly and profoundly influences EM-wide policy and planning related decisions. This position exercises full managerial authority and aggressive integration of all Communications and Congressional Affairs Office policies, practices, and innovative business solutions to complex EM challenges.
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The Communications Office provides leadership for all messaging across EM HQ and sites and develops mission strategies, policy, and guidance to support EM's environmental mission. The office provides guidance for integrated, timely, and responsive internal and external communications across the EM complex and has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission. As the Director for Communication you will:
  • Provide day-to-day operational oversight and management of the EM communications office including media relations, public affairs, congressional outreach, communication with state and local elected officials, internal communications, directives review, procedure development, conference management and FOIA to ensure line management accountability.
  • Provide communications and congressional affairs support and advice to the EM program and field offices. Play a vital role in managing operations and directly and profoundly influence EM-wide policy and planning related decisions.
  • Exercise full managerial authority and seamless integration of all Communication Office policies, practices, and innovative business solutions to complex EM challenges.
  • Direct office organizational activities, frame strategic plans based on broad organizational assessments and evaluations of long-term organizational objectives.
  • Determine the financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations.
  • Identify the need for major organizational improvements and develop the requisite plans and direct implementing actions.
  • Oversee and direct the internal organization, staffing, policies, and personnel authorities required to carry out the responsibilities of the Office, including the recruitment of senior managers and technical experts necessary to ensure the success of the programs.
  • Serve as the senior advisor for EM on the planning, preparation and implementation of a communications program and the goals and strategies to reach targeted and broad audiences.
  • Advise and inform senior leaders on the needs and perceptions of internal and external audiences as they relate to or are affected by EM programs.
  • Participate in the development of EM strategies and policies to ensure transparent, timely and accurate communication with all internal and external stakeholders and interested parties.
  • Provide executive leadership of strategic communications for EM including the review, development and implementation of EM policies, requirements, and strategies.
  • Oversee the management and coordination of external affairs (including media, Congressional, and stakeholder outreach) and internal communications.
  • Serve as the senior EM point of contact on Congressional Affairs. Provide executive leadership of the tracking of Congressional interfaces, preparation of briefing papers, speeches, and associated materials for use by senior DOE and EM officials

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM.

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE (HSPD-12). A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

MOBILITY: EM anticipates that the incumbent will serve in the position for no more than four years before rotating to another executive position within the Program Office based on mission needs.

E-VERIFY: New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a U.S. Citizen or national

SELECTIVE SERVICE: All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.


Resume-Based Resume: Applicants must show possession of the ECQs and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package (MTQ narrative).
A sample 5-page executive level resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed at this link

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: 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.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications .

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ listed below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs:
  • MTQ #1 Executive experience leading a large and complex communications program, including demonstrated experience in developing programmatic and communications strategies and operational plans that inform and educate general and specialized audiences on complex, crosscutting, and high-priority and complex issues, and developing and implementing emergency communications strategies.
  • MTQ #2 Extensive high-level experience in dealing with senior Congressional (or state house)staffers, senior organizational officials, and other federal and/or state government officials as it pertains to coordinating responses and actions, responding to top-level inquiries, and enhancing relationships through timely and transparent interactions.
  • MTQ #3 Knowledge, ability, and experience in providing strategic planning, management, and advisory services for a broad spectrum of public affairs and communication policy and program operations across a geographically-dispersed organization.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Additional information

The Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal Employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.

Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education (if applicable). Your application will be rated and ranked by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate in their application sufficient possession of the ECQs & MTQs will be determined ineligible for further consideration.

Veterans' Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES)

As part of the Resume Based recruitment method, the ERB Panel conducts a structured interview for all applicants, both competitive and non-competitive, who are determined to be in the top category from the ERB Rating Panel. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who are determined Best Qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

Once a candidate has been identified for selection, reference checks may be completed. The Department's appointing official(s) will make a final approval of the selection, and in competitive cases, OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must certify the ECQs before final appointment can occur. If OPM approval is required for the ECQs, the candidate is required to assist in the development of the QRB template for submission to the QRB. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , Credentialing

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you fail to submit required documentation before the announcement closes, you will be rated "ineligible." All Applicants: Five (5) page ECQ-based Resume including the following:
  • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day & evening telephone numbers
  • Education information including:
  • Name, city, state of colleges/universities attended, major & type of degree received.
  • Report only schools accredited by the accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • All work experience (paid and unpaid) including:
  • Job title, duties/accomplishments, employer's name/address, start/end dates (include month, day, and year), average hours per week worked, salary
  • Honors, awards, special accomplishments
All Applicants: MTQ Narrative (no more than one page per MTQ). Current or former career SES members must provide your SES appointment SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and an SF-50 showing current career SES status or career SES reinstatement eligibility. Applicants who have successfully completed an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification. Current or former Federal Civilian employees, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (non-award) documenting show the following: 1) Full position title; 2) appointment type; 3) occupational series; 4) pay plan, grade, and step; 5) tenure code; 6) service computation date (SCD).
    Note: If you are a current DOE/NNSA federal employee, you do not need to submit an SF-50. This note does not apply to FERC and BPA employees.
All Applicants: If positive education requirement: you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) or a separate course listing showing the course title, department, hours earned (quarters or semester), and grade. If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit Department of Education Applicants will be prompted at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. Failure to submit the required documentation by 11:59 pm EST of the closing date will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position. Incomplete applications will result in a loss of consideration.
If you are selected for this position, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to verify your responses.

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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