Executive Director

Washington, D.C
Jan 28, 2022
Feb 05, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Executive Director leads the administrative functions of the CFTC to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness in its programs and operations. The Executive Director oversees the Information Technology Branch, Business Operations Branch, Human Resources Branch, Financial Management Branch, Enterprise Risk Management Section, the Proceedings Section, and the Cyber and Physical Security Branch within the Division of Administration.

The Executive Director has overall Commission-wide responsibility for implementing, through its operating divisions and offices, the management and administrative policies and decisions of the Chairman and Commissioners. The Executive Director serves as a key management advisor to the Chairman and the Commissioners. The Executive Director's responsibilities include;
  • Ensuring that CFTC administrative activities comply with governing statutes and regulations in support of the effective and efficient accomplishment of CFTC's mission.
  • Providing periodic assessment of the administrative efficiency and managerial effectiveness of the CFTC through program reviews, reviews of programmatic goals and outcomes, and resource utilization in achieving results.
  • Consulting with and advising Divisions and Offices on general management and operating practices affecting their substantive program areas.
  • Developing solutions to potential and existing barriers that may limit or impede goal achievement.

The Executive Director has frequent contact with key officials throughout the CFTC, and high-level contacts with officials of other government agencies and external organizations. These contacts often involve controversial and complex questions of agency direction and resources, as well as matters of policy, and require an extraordinary degree of tact and negotiation skills.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service

Your resume must include information that emphasizes progressive leadership responsibilities for positions held to include the scope and complexity, program accomplishments, and results of executive actions taken. Additionally, the resume must include information that addresses how your qualifications relate to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and the Executive Competencies.

NOTE: EACH MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION and EXECUTIVE COMPETENCY must be addressed separately in a supplemental narrative statement.


To qualify for the CT-18, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-15 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience gained outside federal service.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience in managing two or more of the following functional areas: strategic and operational planning, budget and financial management (which may include procurement), human capital management, diversity and inclusion, management operations (including space, facilities, physical and personnel security), and records management/legal proceedings/or agency secretariat functions.

Must demonstrate the ability to perform at an Executive Level - see competencies below.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 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.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications

1. Extensive management experience in planning, leading, and directing a broad range of operational programs and functions. Expert level experience in overseeing complex operational budgets and financial management functions including management controls related to financial stewardship responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to lead a broad program of management support functions at a major organizational level, including strategic and operational planning; human capital management; information technology; procurement; space and facilities; physical and personnel security; and records management/legal proceedings.

2. Senior level management experience and skill in enabling the effective delivery of an organization's mission while adhering to the laws and regulations governing administrative programs, internal operations, and services. This experience must reflect a record of successful customer communication, outreach and collaboration, accountability, and continuous program improvement of internal business processes and systems.

Executive Competencies

1. Leading the Organization - Develops and implements an organizational vision that integrates program goals, priorities, and values. Assesses and adjusts to changing situations, and implements innovative solutions to make organizational improvements. Strategically formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the organization mission.

2. Leading Others - Provides clear direction and ensures accountability; inspires others; provides constructive feedback; encourages and fosters an environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities. Demonstrates collaborative and cooperative approach. Develops and manages workforce based on staffing needs and budget.

3. Leading Self - Understands personal strengths and weaknesses and objectively views their behavior. Seeks and accepts constructive feedback and adapts personal leadership style/strategies as needed to most effectively build trust and lead their division.

4. Business Results - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Makes decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Forms and communicates a vision and priorities. Develops and executes plans that achieve outcomes for the organization.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Probationary Period. One year managerial/supervisory period may be required.

*As of November 21, 2021, required by Executive Order 14043, all Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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 before onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement*

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

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