Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
Department Of Health And Human Services - Silver Spring, MD

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This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations. This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

The Food and Drug Administration is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and for tobacco product regulation in order to decrease the tremendous toll of disease, disability, and death caused by tobacco use in the United States. FDA’s programs are national in scope and effect, and the agency’s activities have a direct and significant impact on multi-billion dollar industries, in addition to protecting the health and safety of American consumers. The work of the Agency is carried out by a staff of over 14,000 scientists, physicians, regulatory and other personnel stationed throughout the United States.

This position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, in Silver Spring, Maryland .


U.S. Citizenship is required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.

Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.

As Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, the individual operates as the principal advisor and representative for the Commissioner, providing staff leadership and direction and training on equal employment, civil rights, diversity management and conflict prevention and resolution activities that influence the agency. In addition, the Director contributes executive management to a large professional, technical, and support personnel staff, assisting in the formulation, assessment, and most importantly regulation of operational activities including resolutions to complaints of discrimination and policies. The incumbent also plays a key role in the agency achieving its human capital strategy goals, working closely with the Office of Human Resources.

The Director, Office of EEO initiates and/or leads the management and operations change process; creates energy, commitment, and drive among key stakeholders; takes steps to remove barriers; demonstrates a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement of management operations.

The incumbent leads in a proactive manner consistent with Agency vision and values, effectively communicating program issues to external audiences. Takes a leadership role in advocating for and advancing the priorities of FDA. Ensures financial and managerial accountability by acting with prudence when executing fiduciary responsibilities. Demonstrates high integrity and adheres to the highest ethical standards of public service. Uses effective business practices including balanced measures of results, values and invests in each employee; and emphasizes empowerment and two-way communication.

The Director, Office of EEO exercises leadership to ensure that all programs under his/her direction reflect the principles of equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity in their management and operation in such areas as recruitment and staffing by inclusion of minority groups, women, and people with disabilities; employee development; staff assignments; and communications. In addition to demonstrating personal commitment to the objectives of equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity, the incumbent ensures that subordinate supervisors and managers recognize the importance of their EEO and diversity enhancement responsibilities. Provides reasonable accommodations needed to best utilize qualified people with disabilities.

Specialized Experience Requirement

To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in such programs and operations. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Senior Executive Service Requirements

Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs in order to receive consideration for the position. Current or former career SES employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but must address the Technical Qualifications (TQs).

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission, if selected. If you are applying under this option, you must address both the TQs and ECQs in this announcement. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the TQs but are not required to address the ECQs.

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

When responding to the 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. In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide. You should limit your narrative to two pages per each ECQ, for a total of 10 pages.

In order to satisfy all of the specified requirements, you must submit narrative responses addressing the five ECQs outlined below.

Executive Core Qualifications

Fundamental Competencies: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs. Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation. These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.

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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

Other Requirements

The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

In accordance with Federal and Agency Travel regulations, the payment of travel and relocation expenses may be reimbursed for travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

In addition to the ECQs, candidates must possess experience at the senior level (typically, GS-14/15 level or equivalent) in each of the following job-specific Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (MPTQs). The MPTQs measure technical expertise required by the position. Evidence that you posssess the technical expertise should be in your resume, ECQs and Assessment Questionnaire responses, as applicable. In addition, although not required, we strongly encourage you to address the Desired Qualifications, as it will help determine the most highly-qualified candidates.

Technical Qualifications

In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:

1- Executive level experience in designing, regulating, managing, and appraising a program concerning the promotion of equal employment opportunities and diversity management, dispute resolution and accommodation programs, within a large, geographically dispersed, nationwide scientific, professional and technical work force.
2- Ability to identify and develop innovative approaches, methods, and techniques to resolve challenging barriers to diversity within an organization, through continual analysis of policy and methods to resolve any impediments.

Desired Qualifications

It is desired that candidates have the following qualifications:

1- Education and exectutive level training in such fields as management, business, or public administration and/or related areas.
2- Receipt of honors, awards or other recognition for performance or contribution in the field of equal employment and civil rights.

Your resume, responses to the technical qualifications and the narrative responses to the five Executive Core Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration. Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:

1. Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration).

2. Basic qualifications review. Your resume and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement. (If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration).

3. Review of your supplemental qualifications document to determine your rating.

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