Executive Director for Compliance & Oversight, Office of Accountability & Whistleblower Protection

District of Columbia, D.C
Dec 03, 2021
Dec 11, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Executive Director for Compliance and Oversight within VA's Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP)oversees OAWP's Compliance and Oversight Division (COD) to develop processes and procedures to implement 38 U.S.C. 323(c)(1)(A)(F) and (G), which requires that OAWP: record, track, review, and confirm implementation of recommendations from audits and investigations carried out by internal and external audit and investigation agencies, identify trends and to support advice to the Secretary on all matters involving accountability. The functions are critical to the success of OAWP and the implementation of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (Accountability Act).

The Executive Director reports directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and oversees COD staff, including approximately three direct reports and 20 indirect reports.

The Executive Director advises the Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection on policy and processes related to COD, including implementation of the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to its fullest potential.

The Executive Director oversees the implementation of approved policy and processes within COD and ensures measurable success for the duties of that team. The Executive Director works as part of OAWP leadership staff to implement the Accountability Act.


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.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement as required by Executive Order 14043, for further details, refer to additional information below.


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.

Experience in Health Care Compliance will be considered favorably.

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: Experience and/or knowledge regarding the identification of risk areas that impact the ability of the VA to meet its mission to the fullest potential stemming from issues that involve accountability and other matters that impact public trust. Working knowledge regarding auditing and investigative functions that issue recommendations and/or require corrective action by a complex organization. Use of data to meet these goals.

TQ2: Experience in identifying and analyzing barriers and/or changes needed to achieve organizational goals of accountability and transparency, and in matters that affect public trust in an organization. Ability to create and execute performance audits or other tools necessary to provide data and key information needed for senior leaders to address specific problems that involve accountability and transparency within a complex organization. Ability to succinctly report on findings and summarize key data.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

COVID 19: Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as required by Executive Order 14043 , regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.

If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if after November 22, 2021.

VA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Please contact the Human Resources Point of Contact listed at the top of the JOA.

Due to COVID-19, the VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

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.