Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


  • This is a Tier 1 position. Salaries for Tier 1 positions range from $158,541 - $183,300
  • This position is in the Senior Executive Service, a small elite group of top government leaders. SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.
  • As an executive, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

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As the Deputy Director, DSSC, you will be responsible for the following duties:
-Assist the Director with coordination and oversight of Field Activity programs, which includes analysis and development of the workforce, designing major program and operating plans, establishing policies and setting goals to ensure the most effective application of available resources to achieve DSSC goals and planning, formulating, developing, implementing, evaluating, and reporting on the effectiveness of DSSC activities.
- Provide advice on the fiduciary and administrative operations of the DSSC directorates and programs involving high visibility initiatives requiring significant executive level involvement.
- Actively correct workplace problems, solve challenges and resolve disputes. Use effective communication skills to build cohesive work teams, develop individual skills and improve performance. Solicit and consider feedback from internal and external stakeholders or customers to adjust workflow and team operating dynamics.
- Handle all major operational and policy issues encountered, to ensure full coordination with affected stakeholders.
- Maintain high-level contact with senior officials in the Department of Defense, the Military Services, and other Federal Departments.
-Support an effective and aggressive management controls system to assess vulnerability and promote avoidance of fraud, waste and abuse of government resources.
- Ensure sound organizational and managerial principles are used in organizing DSSC into staff and operational elements to deliver effective oversight and integration of assigned missions that cross across DHRA policy domains.
- Support DHRA's long range strategic planning and the Field Activity's achievement of established performance goals by balancing the interests of a range of stakeholders to ensure responsiveness to both internal and external customers.
- Establish and articulate organizational objectives to ensure alignment of human resources objectives.
- Develop and supervise a program of planned training and development for the military, contractor, and civilian staff to ensure maximum efficiency in performance of duties and outcomes, and to encourage incumbent self-development efforts.
- Ensure a continuing affirmative application of DHRA policies concerning equal opportunity.
- Serve successfully as Director in the absence of the Director.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Veteran preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain Special Sensitive/Top Secret SCI clearance
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) - 10 pages total
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ) - 2 pages each maximum
  • Mobility Agreement: All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • Probationary Period: You will serve a two-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position.
  • Senior Executives are required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF 306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
  • Overtime: None
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Telework: Situational telework eligible
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see, additional information. Additional Information


EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear 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. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately.

OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:

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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

Applicants that are either Career SES members, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. Please limit your written statements to two pages per TQ.

1. Ability to communicate and work effectively with senior decision-makers within the Federal Government and lead senior leader teams and work groups to collaborative and successful decisions and results-oriented outcomes. Includes demonstrated ability to successfully create inter-agency or joint partnerships within DoD and/or across the Federal Government

2. Demonstrated ability to achieve major policy, plans, programs, and operational goals and objectives through data analyses and performance metrics, and apply optimized process/technology innovations

3. Experience leading and managing a complex organization using organizational development, knowledge management, strategic planning, and process improvement methods and projects, including developing and executing business process reengineering initiatives that respond to a dynamic organizational environment.

Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.

The best-qualified candidates will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation panel of senior level subject matter experts and executives referencing the technical and executive core qualifications.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this position.

Additional information

All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, please review the Federal civilian vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at

You can review our benefits at: and Benefit s . The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

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


SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. If you are required to register but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for appointment by executive agencies of the Federal Government.

Background Investigation: This position is designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process. The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).

If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.

Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position. This must be submitted annually and upon termination of employment

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documents, for the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as it relates to the fundamental competencies, identified below. Your application will be evaluated by an Executive Evaluation Panel rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be contacted for an interview and to provide reference checks.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:

1. Resume- Your Resume listing your name, contact information, work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be referred for consideration.

2. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each ECQ. Your narrative should be no more than 1 page per ECQ.

3. Technical Qualifications (TQ) - Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each technical qualification. Your narrative should be no more than 2 pages for each technical qualification.

4. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former career SES members must provide anSF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

DO NOT submit additional information (i.e. cover letters, awards, appraisals, pages in excess of the page limit for technical qualifications.

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