Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Washington, D.C
Sep 23, 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


This position is located within the Office of Civil Rights and will report directly to the Director, Office of Civil Rights.

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The Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer assures that policies, programs, guidance, and staff resources are provided to ensure world-class Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) efforts across the Department. Responsibilities include:
  • Develops and implements a DEIA strategy for the Department to fully integrate and sustain DEIA and belonging into the agency's culture, mission, and way of doing business.
  • Uses expert knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion accessibility research, theory, and practice in developing the Department's DEIA strategy
  • Leads and/or supports activities including policies and programs related to recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, training, and outreach in support of DEIA.
  • Supports activities that promote DEIA in the Department‘s externally-focused mission areas and service delivery.
  • Develops, monitors, and evaluates metrics to help measure and gauge the success of DEIA initiatives across the Department.
  • Assists the Director of OCR in supporting and managing the Department's DEIA infrastructure, including the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Council, which serves as the oversight body for the implementation of Executive Orders pertaining to DEIA and the Department's DEIA initiatives.
  • Conducts DEIA related analyses and presents findings and recommendations to leadership of OCR and the Department to advance a DEIA strategy for the organization. Analyzes Executive Orders in order to inform Departmental leadership of their obligations and responsibilities related to the Executive Orders, and to assure Departmental compliance with such orders.
  • Oversees the development and execution of DEIA training and awareness campaigns.
  • Provides policy direction, advice and guidance to the Department's bureaus in developing and implementing effective DEIA programs.
  • Represents the Director and Deputy Director of OCR at meetings, conferences and other events when so directed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position may require some travel (25% or less)

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Incumbent maybe subject to geographic mobility.
  • 1-year probationary period is required for new appointments to the SES

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed. This is a traditional method announcement; qualification narratives are required. ECQs must be no more than ten pages total; PTQs should be no more than two pages each. If you are currently serving in a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you should address each mandatory PTQ. All other applicants must attach ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. You MUST attach supporting documentation with your application. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" or "See Resume" to explain your answer will not be considered. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

The selectee is subject to Department approval. Initial appointment to the SES must have ECQs certified by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment.

Agencies must request OPM approval to appoint current or former (within five-years) Executive Branch political appointees in the following types of appointments: PAS; PA; Political appointees, as defined under 5 U.S.C. sections 5312 through 5316 (relating to the Executive Schedule); Political Schedule A; Appointments made by the President without confirmation by the Senate; Assistants to top-level Federal officials if the position is being filled by a person designated by the President as a White House Fellow; Schedule C; Noncareer SES; Limited Term SES [5 U.S.C. § 3132(a)(5); and 5 CFR § 317, subpart F]; Limited Emergency SES [5 U.S.C. § 3132(a)(6); and 5 CFR § 317, subpart F]; Appointees serving in a political capacity under agency-specific authority; and Provisional Political Appointments.

U.S. Citizenship is required.


To qualify, applicants must provide clear evidence of progressively responsible executive level leadership experience and office management experience directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The following are the five ECQs and their fundamental competencies. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad experience needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves 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.
(Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves 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. (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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
(Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification 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.
(Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at . Example ECQ statements are available at

Professional/Technical Qualifications (Mandatory):

1-Experience developing, implementing, and monitoring DEIA strategies within a complex, large organization.

2-Demonstrated achievement working collaboratively with senior management to integrate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility practices into workforce policies.

3-Proven ability to influence, motivate or persuade others to take actions related to advancing an organization's DEIA program strategy, building and maintaining strong working relationships with internal and external constituents to support a culture of inclusivity and diversity.


This position and/or series do not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

Background Investigation/Clearance: The position is High Risk Public Trust designated position requiring that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Application materials: The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Veterans preference and time in grade restrictions are not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service. Competitive status is not required.

SSN: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Pay: Pay increases and recognition are based on performance, if applicable

The physical worksite is located in Washington, DC. However, the Office of the Secretary is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when it moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the appointing authority. All applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, and the Executive (if applicable) and Professional qualification requirements. This is a traditional method vacancy announcement; ECQ and PTQ narratives are mandatory.

Your application will be reviewed as noted below.
1. Application completeness
2. Basic qualification determination
3. Rating panel assessment of your executive core qualifications and professional technical qualifications
6. Tentative selection by the hiring organization
7. OPM Qualification Review Board certification (as needed)

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Commerce is an equal Opportunity employer.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

In addition to your online application, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:
  • Resume (uploaded as attachment or USAJOBS resume created with USAJOBS Resume Builder).

    For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows career appointment in the SES.

    3. For current Federal employees: You should submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

    4. For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: You must submit your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation.

    5. Upload ECQs and PTQs using the appropriate documentation heading

  • 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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