Correctional Institution Administrator (Complex Warden)

Prince George, Virginia
Sep 28, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Full Time


This position is a career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Current federal civil services employees may apply. The civil service consists of all persons occupying an executive (including excepted service), judicial, or legislative branch position. It does not include the uniformed services. Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

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As the SES Complex Warden at the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, Virginia, the incumbent is responsible for the overall management of a federal prison, the mission of which is the safekeeping, care, protection, discipline, programming, and release of nearly 2,200 inmates charged with or convicted of offenses against the United States. Many of these inmates have complex sentences and have compiled serious records of institution misconduct which indicate they require stringent security measures. Under the general direction of the Regional Director, incumbent is delegated full authority and responsibility for carrying out the directives of the federal courts and the Attorney General. Incumbent is responsible for all administrative functions of the institution, including planning and coordinating all programs related to security, discipline, etc., and developmental issues with regard to federal inmates. To receive serious consideration, applicants for this position must demonstrate successful performance and creative leadership in senior management position(s).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for meetings and training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
ES - 00


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Age

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).
Use examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of...) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).


- Applications will be accepted from qualified, current federal civil services employees.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: To be qualified for this position, applicants must be able to show progressively responsible experience in a correctional environment which has demonstrated the ability to perform supervisory or administrative duties such as training subordinates in the specific duties related to their function in the institution, coordinating and directing operations and programs in a correctional setting, evaluating performance of institution operations and the effectiveness of programs in relation to the inmate population, and maintaining high standards and work objectives. This experience must have been gained through the direction or assistance in the direction, of an entire correctional program or major phase of a correctional program. Applicants must possess: (1) an understanding of the problems of custody (especially security), treatment and training of inmates; and (2) an understanding of a correctional program's internal policies, relationships with associates, representatives of professional organizations, staff in other law enforcement components, inmates and their family members, and staff in a variety of occupational series.

- You must satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the 3-week Introduction to Correctional Training Techniques Program at Glynco, Georgia.

- In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution.

- After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

- You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

- You will be required to travel occasionally for training and operational purposes.

- Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.


This position does not have an education requirement.

Additional information

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Upon appointment, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually. Veteran's Preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

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 based upon your response to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service, and are in addition to the specific mandatory technical qualifications listed above. To assess the executive experience of each candidate, applicants who are applying for their initial career appointment in the SES must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each of the five competencies. A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired, (e.g. organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources), and a narrative discussion of the qualifications. Applicants must follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result (CCAR) model to adequately address the ECQs. ECQ narratives must demonstrate relevant experience that addresses the leadership competencies. Completed ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.

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. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

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. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

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

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

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. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at . Please refer to OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications for more detailed information.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience. In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date.
  • You MUST submit a copy of your latest yearly performance appraisal/evaluation (within the last 13 months).
  • Current or former Federal employees NOT employed by the Bureau of Prisons MUST submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) Form which reflects the most recent position, title, series and grade; competitive service appointment; tenure group; status or SES reinstatement eligibility; and salary (within the last 13 months).
  • Failure to provide these documents will result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.

    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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