Executive Director Diversity Equity Inclusion Assault and Harassment Prevention

Washington, D.C
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 3 position and the salary range is $132,552 to $183,300. Exceptions to the cap of the range may be considered in certain circumstances.
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The Executive Director Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Assault & Harassment Prevention Office (EDDEI &AHP) serves as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources across VHA program and field offices to promote a culture of inclusion where individuals from all racial and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities are able to thrive and be engaged in an environment free of assault or harassment.

In carrying out the duties of the position, the EDDEI &AHP actively collaborates with executive level leadership to ensure the work of the organization is strategically linked to and supportive of VHA's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) goals and VHA is regarded in the Federal community as a D&I leader and employer of choice.

The EDDEI &AHPI advises VHA leadership on a variety of civil rights, diversity, inclusion, training, data analytics, and issues impacting the agency's complex and diverse workforce.

The EDDEI & AHP) reports to the Deputy Under Secretary for Health (DUSH). The responsibilities include, but not limited to the following:

Provides executive leadership and works across departmental lines, with a particular emphasis with Human Capital Management Office on recruitment, retention, and equity and Office of Resolution Management Diversity and Inclusion (ORMDI) at the Department level as a strategic partner to ensure alignment and coordination of D&I goals and initiatives across the Department.

Provides vision and leadership to effectively influence diversity in the workforce and culture of inclusion within VHA, working closely with leadership, diversity point people to shape and implement plans and strategies aligned with VHA goals and creating a welcoming environment for all. This includes facilitating and coordinating strategic planning and privatization in the areas of diversity and inclusion; reviewing periodic climate surveys; and working collaboratively to develop and implement strategies and initiatives that advance a climate of diversity and inclusion and support VHA's mission.

Serves as a member of the USH executive team. Builds coalitions necessary to create and accelerate VHA's momentum to transform the organization's culture by applying a broad knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of clinical systems and healthcare administration, business management and public policy. The incumbent directs highly complex and enterprise-wide implementation efforts and focuses on management of results and outcomes.

The incumbent has extensive authority, limited only by Administration and Department policies, for planning, developing and coordinating VHA programs and objectives.

Serves as a critical partner and senior D&I advisor to the Health Equity, Human Capital Management (HCM), Workforce Management and Consulting (WMC), and EEO Offices.

Chairs the VHA D&I Committee which reports to the Organizational Health Council, where the EDD&I is a voting member. Chairs and leads VHA policy work groups, engaging pertinent stakeholders and senior leaders in the VHA community. Serves on the Workforce Committee.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of drug screening required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required within 30 days of appointment.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.


To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, medical facility or program manager. An individual's total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to each of the following ECQs and include your name on each page. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.

1. Leading Change: The 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.

2. Leading People: 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.

3. Results Driven: 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.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: 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.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (TQ)s: In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following specific TQ(s). Please label and include your name on each page. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your TQ(s) in a word document and then upload into the system.

TQ1: Demonstrated leadership experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures for complex diversity and inclusion programs, which includes training and agency review functions. The candidate will have an in-depth ever adaptable knowledge, understanding, and direct work experience with the following: a) Cultural differences, b) Gender equity, c) Religious tolerance, d) Structural racism, e) Agism f) Harassment, g) Assault Prevention, h) Gender identity and expression, i) Ethnicity, j) Sexual orientation, k) Disabilities.

TQ2: Candidate must have a current, ever adaptable, in-depth understanding of diversity, inclusion, harassment, and assault landscapes as well as experience with implementing complex and far reaching organizational transformation activities.

TQ3: Proven track record in leading large-scale organizational development and change management. Demonstrated experience developing responsive shared services from a highly decentralized span of control.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.: https://www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/Senior-Executive-Service/index.aspx .

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA Senior Executive Service employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: ECQ qualifications

Step 2: Technical Qualification(s)

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board

Step 4: Nominating Organization may conduct interviews

Step 5: Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening)

Step 6: OPM Qualifications Review Board certification

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume not to exceed 5 pages;

2. Written narrative response to address each Technical Qualification(s) not to exceed 2 pages each; and

3. Written narrative responses to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) not to exceed 2 pages each for a total of 10 pages; or

4. Proof of non-competitive eligibility (if applicable). Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and proof of certification of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB).

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, graduate of a Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility and your ECQs have been certified by the OPM QRB. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.

Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualification (s); not more than 2 pages per each TQ with a font size no smaller than 12 points. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.

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