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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
OS-6000-19-KB-009 (SES)
Hiring Agency:
Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Position Title:
Deputy Assistant Secretary - Administrative Services, ES-0340-00
Open Period:
10/22/2018 - 11/22/2018


ES - 0340 00
USD $172,100 - USD $189,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

1849 C Street NW
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
DC HR Assistant


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent- Senior Executive Service (SES)
Marketing Statement:
The Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.   We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country's most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.

Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position.  This is a Category 1 position.  The minimum pay for this position is $172,100.00. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

On occasion the incumbent may be required to travel to regional bureaus, offices, or organizations.


The Department of the Interior:

  • Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.

  • Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.

  • Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation's vegetables.

  • Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation's domestic energy supply.

  • Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.

  • Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

  • Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.

  • Manages 388 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.

  • Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs 

The security clearance requirement is not a prerequisite to apply for this position. The incumbent of this position, must possess the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.

Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES).

The incumbent serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary – Administrative Services (DAS-AS), and shares fully in the program and management responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary.  The DAS exercises executive oversight and direction of the Offices of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution, Hearings and Appeals, Facilities and Administrative Services, Valuation Services, and the Interior Business Center.

The Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution leads the department’s conflict management, dispute resolution, and public participation/collaboration initiatives.  The Office of Hearings and Appeals is responsible for the administrative adjudication functions of the department.  The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services manages the Main Interior building in DC providing all administrative services for building occupants, and supports space and facilities needs of Office of the Secretary and AS-PMB offices nationwide.  The Office of Valuation Services provides independent real property valuation and minerals evaluation services to the bureaus and offices of the department.  The Interior Business Center is a federal shared service provider for Human Resources, Financial Management, and Acquisition Services.

Participates with the Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and other senior officials to provide leadership, guidance and oversight for offices, programs and initiatives within the purview of technology, information and business services as described above.

Oversees and provides direction for the planning, development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of all efforts related to administrative services.

Ensures that policies, guidance, and management practices are consistent with relevant laws, regulations, departmental policies and mandates or guidance from the Office of Management and Budget or the General Services Administration or other federal agency with relevant authority.

Establishes strategic goals and performance measures for implementation of policy, program management and service delivery.

Facilitates long-range planning that anticipates future needs and identifies future growth opportunities.

Reviews and assesses the Department’s technology, information and business services organizational structures, policies, procedures, and program operations to identify needs and opportunities for greater efficiency and to ensure customer satisfaction and a culture of continuous improvement.  Analyzes the extent, implications and urgency of needs and directs and monitors appropriate action to address them.

Collaborates with the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and, other DAS in ASPMB, and ensures consistent engagement of Departmental and bureau leadership and staff, and consultation with other federal agencies, State, local, Tribal governments, and customers and external stakeholders, academia, industry and business leaders, to fully understand the impacts of proposed policies and operational changes, identify best practices and new technologies, leverage resources and partnership opportunities, clarify priorities, and formulate appropriate short term and long strategies, and performance measures.

Represents the Assistant Secretary in both internal and external meetings and on departmental or interdepartmental committees. Attends high-level departmental and interagency meetings on behalf of the Assistant Secretary, assuring that the Assistant Secretary’s views are represented and that other views expressed are reported back accurately. Ensures that all commitments made on behalf of the Assistant Secretary are followed through to completion, maintaining close review and coordination on such items.

This is a Category 1 position.

Qualifications and Evaluations


As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been 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 non-governmental organizations.  Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Applicants who meet all 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.  Total 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 above.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Participation in direct deposit is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain the clearance level required by the position
  • Education Requirements:

    This position does not have a positive education requirement. 


    Executive Core Qualifications:

    :   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

    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

    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

    This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  

    Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

    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

    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

    1. Demonstrated experience and knowledge in applying federal laws, regulations, executive orders and other directives governing the program areas of administrative services and federal shared service providers, federal facilities and space management, administrative alternative dispute resolution programs.

    2. Knowledge of the organization, mission, and functions of the Department of the Interior, and understanding of how component organizations, resources, information and processes within a large, decentralized and geographically dispersed federal agency influence and impact development and operation of administrative programs and business service delivery. 

    3. Knowledge of principles and practices of team-building to create an environment that fosters partnership, innovation and continuous process improvement, and ability to use that knowledge to lead across a dispersed organization and to work with a diverse group of individuals, groups, and stakeholders to achieve mutually agreeable and acceptable solutions to complex and contentious issues with significant impact on agency operations. 

    You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.  To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the technical qualifications listed above.  Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below.  Your examples should be clear and concise, 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.  EACH TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION AND EACH ECQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. The narrative addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required) OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION. Narrative statements may not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification. However, the submission of your entire ECQ package (i.e., all five ECQ's narrative statements) may not exceed 10 pages in its totality.  IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    Benefits and Other Info


    Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below at

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.  In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior.  This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment.  DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity.  Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work.  All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    Other Information:
    Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for this position.

    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.  Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

    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.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application package must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.
    Required Documents:
    1. REQUIRED Your resume – it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement.  Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating.  It is recommended that you include the following information:
    • Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
      • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
      • Duties and accomplishments
      • Employer's name and address
      • Supervisor's name and phone number
      • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
      • Salary
      • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
      • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    2. REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications – experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each.  Each ECQ and each technical qualification must be addressed separately. The narrative addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required). Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification(s). However, the submission of your entire ECQ package (i.e., all five ECQ's narrative statements) may not exceed 10 pages in its totality.  IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 


    If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.


    If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.

    This document MUST be submitted using "Qualifications" as Document Type.

    3. REQUIRED If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.  Please remove your social security number and date of birth. 

    4. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector).  Please remove your social security number.

    5. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Candidates are requested to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis.  Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law.  Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration.  The form can be found online at

    To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom (or right) of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “My Applications”.  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
    Next Steps:
    We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel.  Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process.