US Department of Defense - Fort Lee, VA4.3

The Executive Director, Total Force Directorate, leads a workforce of 140+ civilian employees and military personnel performing civilian human resource management, military personnel management, and combat support functions, in consonance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

Directs program administration, evaluation, customer support, and advisory services in functional areas of labor and employee relations, human resources development, Work Life programs, pay and leave administration, recruitment and staffing, position classification, workplace discipline and conduct, Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) administration, performance management programs, incentives and awards, workforce shaping, and Senior Executive Service Program Management.

Directs development, coordination, resourcing, implementation, and oversight of human capital short- and long-term strategic plans, policies, and initiatives. Directs development of organizational structures and positions necessary to effectively carry out the Agency's goals and objectives. Advises the Agency Director, Deputy Director, and senior leadership team on major enterprise restructuring proposals and the impact of reorganizations on positions and employees.

Directs development and execution of the Agency's comprehensive labor, management, and employee relations programs. Provides executive leadership and professional judgment over problem resolutions affecting union and management relationships, labor relations policy issues, and the collective bargaining negotiating process.

Directs development and implementation of recruitment and retention strategies and policies in promulgation of a diverse and inclusive business environment. Directs establishment of the Agency's workforce development strategy, policy, operational planning, and implementation. Directs development and implementation of comprehensive intern training and development programs, business and leadership development, and mentoring and coaching programs.

Directs development of Agency personnel policies for Military and Reserve members in accordance with DoD and Service policies. Provides strategic direction and oversight over military personnel program operations. Directs development of strategic direction and oversight of operations for the Combat Support Center, which serves as Agency's strategic contingency and combat support focal point.

Liaison with representatives of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Office of Personnel Management, and other Federal agencies, to obtain or provide information on high priority personnel projects and to ensure consideration of Agency programs, policies, and recommendations.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Business travel required up to 25% of the time

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0201 Human Resources Management

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Conditions of Employment
Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Must complete a drug test and comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements.
Must complete an Executive Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278).
All newly appointed DoD career SES members must sign a Reassignment Rights And Obligations Agreement.

Who May Apply:
All groups of qualified individuals

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work. Applications should include experience which demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications :
Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess basic specialized experience and have developed the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the specific duties of the position.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability, and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined below under Professional/Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15/NH-04 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. The successful candidate will be a motivated leader who has a record of sound fiscal management, proficiency in organizational management, and experience in a senior administrative position.

PROFESSIONAL/MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs) : MTQs are essential for successful performance in the position. All applicants must submit separate narrative statements that fully describe how their experience supports each MTQ requirement. The statements should include specific examples of actual experience, education, and accomplishments that directly relate to the MTQ. Examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize the level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of action taken, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

1. Demonstrated strong leadership skills, high level of technical expertise, and wide practical experience in management or administration of a comprehensive, agency-level, civilian human resources management program, including forecasting Agency manpower requirements and translating into sound recruitment strategy and training pipeline, leading to a highly-qualified, professional, acquisition workforce.

2. Demonstrated strong leadership skills, technical expertise, and practical experience in management or administration of a comprehensive military personnel management program. Demonstrated thorough knowledge of DoD military personnel policies, regulations, principles, and practices, integral to the successful execution of Defense Agency military personnel programs.

3. Demonstrated strong leadership skills, technical expertise, and authoritative experience in management of employee-management relations program, and labor-management relations program, including anti-harassment policies, collective bargaining negotiations on personnel policies or practices, and arbitration of grievances. Demonstrated mastery of organizational and management principles and practices, mature professional judgment, and negotiation skills for situations with a high degree of complexity.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential and measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed in a variety of SES positions.

Applicants* must submit separate narrative statements to address each of the five ECQs below (maximum length of each statement: 1-2 pages).Each statement must fully describe how their experience demonstrates the specific ECQ. Include two relevant specific examples of actual experience, education, and accomplishments that directly demonstrate competencies for each ECQ. Examples should be clear and concise and emphasize the level of responsibilities and scope and complexity of programs managed. Applicants must use the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) model to describe their accomplishments.

CHALLENGE: Describe a specific problem or goal.
CONTEXT: Describe individuals and groups they worked with, and/or the environment in which they worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
ACTION: Describe the specific actions they took to address a challenge.
RESULT: Describe specific examples of measures/outcomes that had impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of their leadership skills.

  • EXCEPTIONS TO ECQ REQUIREMENT: Current Career SES members, former Career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to submit narrative ECQ statements.
ECQ 1-LEADING CHANGE: 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. (Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision)

ECQ 2-LEADING PEOPLE: 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. (Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building)

ECQ 3-RESULTS DRIVEN : 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. (Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility)

ECQ 4-BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management)

ECQ 5-BUILDING COALITIONS: 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. (Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating)

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement : In addition to qualification requirements described above, the DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the application package.
Positive Education Requirement: None.
An earned (Baccalaureate/Grad/Post Grad) degree from an accredited institution of higher education is highly preferred but not required.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information
The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at: www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
Two-year SES probationary period may be required.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Direct Deposit of pay is required.
Tour of Duty: Full-time
FLSA: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: No
When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf for more information.

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

Your application will be evaluated to determine whether basic qualifications requirements are met, and on the extent to which it shows that you possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties based on the scope and quality of total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applications of basically qualified candidates will be evaluated by an executive rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. The ECQ statements of the selectee must be certified by the OPM Quality Review Board, unless previously certified.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
1) A current resume (failure to submit will eliminate applicant from further consideration). Include in your resume the following information:

Vacancy Announcement number #
Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening phone numbers
Education information (name, city & state of accredited college/university, type of degree and date received from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education)
Information about your paid and unpaid work experiences related to this position (job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, dates and duration of employment, and salary)
Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments (do not attach copies of awards)

2) Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) Statements (failure to submit will eliminate applicant from further consideration). A separate narrative statement specifically addressing each MTQ (maximum length of each statement: two pages). Your application should include three separate MTQ statements, totaling no more than six pages.

3) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) Statements*(failure to submit will eliminate applicant from further consideration). A separate narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ, written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model.

  • NOTE: The ECQ narrative statements are NOT required if the applicant is a:
(a) current or former Career SES member (These members MUST provide SF50 or DD3434, Notification of Personnel Action, as documentation of SES Appointment), OR
(b) graduate of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM.

DO NOT COMBINE THE MTQ AND ECQ STATEMENTS. Failure to submit mandatory statements will eliminate applicant from further consideration.

4) Performance Assessment. Applicants who are current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of the most recent performance appraisal (or an explanation of why a performance appraisal cannot be provided). Failure to submit will eliminate applicant from further consideration.

5) Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or DD-3434). Applicants who are current or former Federal employees MUST provide the most recent document that shows their status or reinstatement eligibility and grade and salary. Failure to submit will eliminate applicant from further consideration.

6) Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program must provide a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility.

Additional documents may be requested. They include, but are not limited to: for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

Future Military Retirees*: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

Future Separation from the Military*: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

  • Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed unless on terminal leave or already separated from the armed forces.
** The "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The Statement of Service must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters, AND the Statement of Service letter must include your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge, Character of Service (i.e. honorable), and, if applicable, when your terminal leave will begin.

NOTE: Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

IMPORTANT: Applicants who fail to submit all required documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Incomplete application submissions, including those received without the required resume, MTQ narrative statements, ECQ narrative statements, SF50, or performance appraisal, will result in an 'Incomplete' rating. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required documentation before the closing date of the announcement.
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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