Executive Director of Investigations, Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection

Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection

Duties

The Executive Director reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and has direct oversight of advisory, analyses and strategic development of OAWP policies and procedures.

The EDI participates as a member of OAWP’s senior leadership with responsibility to assist in execution of OAWP’s strategy and goals to meet its mission, and participation and assistance involving key issues that affect OAWP.

The EDI oversees and leads staff as they establish national-level policy and procedures to implement the Accountability Act.

The EDI drafts or reviews laws, regulations, executive orders, and related documents affecting OAWP investigatory and training functions. The EDI represents the Assistant Secretary, or designee, in confidential, sensitive and complex meetings with employees, media, and Congress by developing and presenting briefings and/or reports.

The incumbent will have recurring personal contact with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, and other high-level executive officials in VA, other federal agencies, Veteran Service Organizations and members of Congress.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of drug screening required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required within 30 days of appointment.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement as required by Executive Order 14043, for further details, refer to additional information below.
  • VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 3 position and the salary range is $135,468 to $187,300. Exceptions to the cap of the range may be considered in certain circumstances.

Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, medical facility or program manager. An individual’s total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; 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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to each of the following ECQs and include your name on each page. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and demonstrate the underlying competencies in the narrative. Examples should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.). Applicants should use the Challenge, Context, Action and Results (CCAR) model below when responding to each ECQ:

  • Challenge. Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • Context. Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale, etc).
  • Action. Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
  • Result. Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Your narrative response should not exceed 10 pages, be typed in 12 point font with one-inch margins. It is recommended that you include 2 recent (not older than 10 years) examples per ECQ and draft your ECQs in a Word document before uploading into the system to ensure these guidelines are met. Information that exceeds these guidelines will not be reviewed. Detailed information on each ECQ, the underlying and fundamental competencies, sample narratives and a tips sheet for writing effective ECQs are available in the “Guide To Senior Executive Service Qualifications” GUIDE (opm.gov) at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/.

1. Leading Change: 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. (Underlying Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision)

2. Leading People: 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. (Underlying Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others and Team Building)

3. Results Driven: 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. (Underlying Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving and Technical Credibility)

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically. (Underlying Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management and Technology Management)

5. Building Coalitions: 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. (Underlying Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy and Influencing/Negotiation)

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (TQ)s: In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following specific TQ(s). Please label and include your name on each page. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your TQ(s) in a word document and then upload into the system.

TQ1: Experience and knowledge of laws, federal rules and regulations involving employee relations, investigating employee and senior leader performance and misconduct, and/or whistleblower rights and protections, including familiarity with these matters within the federal system.

TQ2: Demonstrated experience in supervising, managing, planning, and conducting complex administrative investigations and adjudicating discipline due to violations of Federal law, rule, and/or regulation to develop legally sound decisions and advise senior management on sufficient courses of action.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

COVID-19 Pandemic Expanded Telework Program

Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization’s telework policy and the duties of the position.

Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service. https://www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/Senior-Executive-Service/index.aspx.

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA Senior Executive Service employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.

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