Designated Agency Ethics Official/Director, Departmental Ethics Office

Posted on May 04, 2020

Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior

Washington, DC

This position is the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) for the Department of the Interior (DOI).

The DAEO also serves as the Director, Departmental Ethics Office in the Office of the Solicitor and reports to the Solicitor.

The incumbent is an attorney and considered to be an expert in the field of Government ethics law and rules, including the Hatch Act, and in the management of Government ethics programs.

To qualify, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive level leadership experience and legal office management directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under theExecutive Core Qualifications(ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed 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.

The ideal candidate will have legal management experience supervising employees through subordinate supervisors, have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees, and must possess an expert knowledge of legislative history and regulatory requirements related to ethics program responsibilities, including sanctions and remedies sufficient to prepare internal policies and develop training programs.

Superior interpersonal skills, discretion, and sensitivity in the utilization of these skills are critical to success in this position.nPlease provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you for this position.

You should include two examples for each ECQ and they shouldbe 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.

Be specific in describing results achieved for each of the factors.


Narrative statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.

Narrative Statements for the TQs must not exceed two pages each.

The narrative addressing ECQs should follow the format provided at

Applicants who refer to their resume as a response will not receive consideration.If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM’s Qualification Review Board (QRB), you are not required to address the ECQs.

However, you MUST provide separate narrative responses addressing all mandatory TQs.

Current and reinstatement eligible SES members should include a copy of your SF-50 (notification of personnel action) with your application documenting your career appointment to the SES.

SES CDP graduates should include a copy of your OPM certificate.Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) -Mandatory: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.

Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, 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.

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 core qualification 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 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.

Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQ: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.Technical Qualifications: 1.Knowledge of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, the Hatch Act, and other applicable statutes, rules, regulations, and administrative and judicial decisions pertaining to procurement integrity, fraud, financial disclosure, criminal conflict of interest, conduct, and government ethics, and ability to interpret and apply legal authorities, precedents, and administrative guidance.n2.Demonstrated ability to integrate an ethics program into organization operations, including planning and implementing a comprehensive ethics training program, assuring timely and accurate advice and counsel, and managing sound systems for financial disclosure reports and results.

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