This Director position is located in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) headquarters in Washington, DC.
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The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is responsible for encouraging, coordinating, and ensuring the participation of small and disadvantaged businesses, as set forth by legislation and Agency procedures and regulations, in AID-financed activities.
Incumbent is responsible for all OSDBU operations, Agency policy, and compliance with governing legislation and regulations reporting directly to the Deputy Administrator. The incumbent is a member of-the Agency's Senior Staff and represents the Agency before Congress, the press, and public.
The executive is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to ensure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.
Directs the formulation, and oversees the implementation, of Agency policies, regulations, and procedures for ensuring the effective implementation of legislation affecting the Agency in the area of small, minority, and disadvantaged business contracting. Develops, conceives, plans, and implements policies and guidelines affecting broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs. Translates new legislation into program goals, actions, and policies, interpreting the impact of new legislative requirements on agency programs.
Directs the development and implementation of Agency, Bureau and Office goals designed to ensure and increase the utilization of small and minority businesses in (see application details) activities. Responsible for the production of reports on Agency goals and performance to the Congress, the White House, the Small Business Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, and others.
Provides Agency's liaison with the Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency on matters affecting Agency performance in this area of contracting. Also maintains continuing liaison with the Congressional Black Caucus the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and individual members of Congress on matters of concern and interest to them in the area.
Occasional travel - 1-2 nights per month
Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret Clearance
- Position requires incumbent to file OGE-278, Executive Financial Disclosure
- May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants MUST possess progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the competencies outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Applicants must provide detailed evidence of experience for each of the ECQs and TQs listed below. These ECQ and TQ statements will assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to refer to the selecting official. Qualifications and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY ECQS AND TQS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION .
**If you can claim Noncompetitive status-you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB)- you are not required to respond to the ECQs . However, you MUST submit supplemental statements addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES must include with your application a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified.**
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS - MANDATORY
You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:
ECQ 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. Core Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision
ECQ 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. Core Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and 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. Core Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN
This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Core Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management
ECQ 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. Core Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and 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, and Public Service Motivation
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS - MANDATORY
You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:
TQ1 - Expert knowledge in leading the development and implementation of a global organization/Federal agency strategy for the Small Business (SB) goaling process with the Small Business Administration (SBA), including advancing efforts to engage with new businesses/partners throughout the U.S. and encouraging new businesses/partners to engage enterprise-wide contract with small businesses, including socioeconomic firms, in support of the Small Business Act and an organizational mission.
TQ2 - Expert knowledge and experience with Federal procurement laws, rules, and regulations, of Sections 637a [8(a); FAR Subpart 19.8], 637d [Small Business Subcontracting Plans; FAR Subpart 19.7]; 637m [WOSB/EDWOSB; FAR Subpart 19.15], 644a [General SB; FAR Subpart 19.5], 657a [HUBZone; FAR Subpart 19.13], and 657f [SDVOSB; FAR Subpart 19.14] of the Small Business Act as they apply to the award of prime and subcontracts to small businesses in support of a large, complex organization with an annual contracting budget of approximately $20 billion or more.
There is no education requirement for this position.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed; when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit (see application details) . For more information about USAID, visit (see application details) .
Veteran's Preference: Veterans preference does not apply to positions within the SES OPM FAQ
Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position: SSS .
EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor: EEO.
Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate: Policy .
The selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers made to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer 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 Noncareer SES employee, please indicate this in your resume. Serving on a Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES appointment WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A preliminary review of applications will be made to determine if minimum qualifications as defined in this announcement are met. Those meeting minimum qualifications will then be evaluated by a Rating and Ranking Panel to determine the "Highly Qualified" applicants, based on the degree to which the ECQs and TQs are met. The Rating and Ranking Panel will refer the "Highly Qualified" for initial consideration and possible interview by the Hiring Office.
As a prerequisite for an initial career appointment to the SES, the selectee's ECQs must be certified by OPM's QRB.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or eliminate you from consideration. Failure to submit a complete application package will cause your application to be rated "ineligible."
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , National security
Please upload the following documents:
- ECQ Narrative Statements
- TQ Narrative Statements
- Complete online Assessment Questions
- If claiming Noncompetitive status, SF-50 showing SES Career Appointment or CDP Graduation Certificate from OPM
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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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