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The vacancy has been extended from the original closing date of Friday, October 14, 2022.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, each applicant must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of executive-level management capabilities that are directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below. The ideal candidate will have experience managing employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or equivalent in the private sector or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirements in addition to all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically disqualify an applicant.

Specific Duties

The Incumbent Carries Out The Following Specific Responsibilities
Functions as the chief executive officer of the Office of Insular Affairs, responsible for the proper operation of the office including staffing, resource allocation and the effective accomplishment of the Office’s mission.
Coordinates the development and implementation of policies pertaining to the insular areas and provides financial oversight to ensure that Federal funds provided to insular areas are used consistent with their authorized purposes.
Oversees the preparation of reports, and briefs appropriate Federal agencies, departmental officials, Congressional staffers and insular government officials on issues related to the insular areas.
Develops, coordinates, resolves, and implements a variety of special projects on insular affairs policies and programs.
Coordinates issues with the territories and freely associated states of the United States.
Applicants who meet the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Each candidate’s background including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described in this vacancy.


Additionally, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as
Directing the work of an organizational unit;
Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.
If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, then you will not be considered further for this position and will not be determined as minimally qualified.

Help Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination.
Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1-year probationary period
Public Financial Disclosure (OGE-278 filing within 30 days is required)
This position requires pre and post-employment drug screening.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s)- *Required Documentation*

The Office of Personnel Management has identified five executive core qualifications (ECQs). The ECQs define the competencies needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization. The ECQs are required for entry to the Senior Executive Service and are used by many departments and agencies in selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential-not technical expertise.

ECQ 1 – LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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 & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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.
Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
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.
Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ 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.
Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating
FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)- *Required Documentation*

MTQs are designed to assess an applicants experience relevant to the specific position requirements. Each MTQ narrative response must 1.) not exceed two pages per narrative statement; 2.) include specific examples of your experience, education, and/or accomplishments; and 3.) address specific challenges, contexts, actions, and results.

1. Extensive knowledge of and experience working with the political, cultural, social, and economic aspects and issues of the insular areas, including the four territories (Guam, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and the three freely associated states (the Federal States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshal Islands and the Republic of Palau)
Extensive knowledge of current legislation, agreements, Federal mandates and regulations that affect the development and implementation of policies that affect insular areas.
Challenge-Context-Action-Result(s) (CCAR) Model.

CCAR Model is outline below. When addressing the ECQs and MTQs, you are strongly recommended to utilize the CCAR Model. Each ECQ or MTQ statement should include more than one example of relevant experience.
Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context: Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle 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 the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Your responses to the ECQs and MTQs will be evaluated based on how clearly and concisely you emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and the results of actions taken.

You are required to submit separate narrative statements for each ECQ and MTQ to receive consideration for this position. Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section for complete details regarding the page limitation and formatting requirement.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

Additional Information

CURRENT FEDERAL APPLICANTS: If you are a federal employee (non-SES or SES), then you must include your most recent performance appraisal within the last 12 months of your submission to this application. Additionally, you must include your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that reflects an appointment (i.e., initial, transfer, reinstatement, and etc.) or pay adjustment.

NON-FEDERAL APPLICANTS: You must include your most recent performance appraisal within the last 12 months of your submission to this application OR a justification stating the reason why this information cannot be provided.

Special Note To All Applicants

Your resume, performance appraisal, SF-50, Executive Core Qualification’s (ECQs), and Mandatory Technical Qualification’s (MTQs) for this announcement must be received online via the USAJOBS/Application Manager application system by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on closing date of the announcement. ECQs and MTQs must be submitted in the CCAR model format as previously outlined within this vacancy announcement. Email submissions from an applicant will not be accepted. Failure to submit a complete application will eliminate an applicant from further consideration. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist point-of-contact prior to the closing date if assistance is needed to submit an application online.

The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.

The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee.

Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

If applicable, travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

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Senior Executive Service Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one-year SES probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program: Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. This position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will conduct an initial qualifications evaluation of all the applicants who have provided the required documentation. Minimally qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a SES Rating Panel to determined the Best Qualified applicants. The best qualified applicants will be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration and possible panel interview. You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position and failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a “not qualified” determination.

Upon receipt of your completed application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the qualification requirements. Our determination will be based on your separate narrative statement responses to the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications using the required CCAR Model in addition to the information stated in your resume. If you are among the best qualified applicants, then your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. Interviews are exclusively at the discretion of the Selecting Official.

FINAL CERTIFICATION: If you are selected, then you must be certified by the Office of Personnel Management’s Qualifications Review Board before you are appointed to the position. You are exempted from this requirement if you are a:
current career SES member;
former career SES member with reinstatement eligibility; or
SES Candidate Development graduate and have already been certified by OPM.