Director - Policy and Evaluation

12/09/2021 8:23 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)

Location: Washington, DC

Grade: ES 00

Salary Range: $132,552 - $199,300 per year

Open & closing dates: 11/30/2021 to 12/31/2021

How to Apply:


MSPB has a statutory mission to conduct studies on the civil service and report to the President and Congress. As Director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation, you will lead a program of research on Federal human resources policies and practices supporting strong and viable merit systems, review significant actions of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM); support MSPB's review of OPM regulation's, and develop and implement outreach strategies increasing awareness of MSPB's work.


The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop and manage the merit systems studies and OPM significant actions review programs.
  • Lead the planning, execution, and issuance of special studies and reviews of merit systems to 1) ensure that the Federal civil service is free from prohibited personnel practices (PPPs) and managed in accordance with the merit system principles (MSPs); 2) identify and examine issues and concerns in the management of Federal merit systems; 3) recommend legislative changes or systemic changes in regulations, polices or procedures; and 4) recommend human capital policies and practices that promote efficient and effective management of the Federal workforce.
  • Review regulations of OPM, in collaboration with the MSPB's Office of General Counsel.
  • Represent MSPB in meetings with high-level officials from other Federal agencies, congressional staff, members of the media, and officials of other nations.
  • Advise the MSPB Chair on controversial or sensitive matters, including emerging policy issues and MSPB's relationships with other Federal agencies.
  • Monitor and manage relationships with other Federal agencies to assure that MSPB can carry out its statutory merit studies and OPM review functions.
  • Support or direct activities related to the internal management of MSPB, such as strategic planning, internal program evaluation, and performance reporting and improvement.
  • Lead, develop, and motivate an independent, collegial professional staff of HR specialists and research psychologists.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Complete an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (SF-278).
  • A one-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period may be required.
  • Veterans Preference is not applicable in the SES.
  • Initial appointments are required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • Narrative Statements for the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) must not exceed 10 pages.
  • Background Investigation required.
  • Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination or request a religious or reasonable accommodation exception from this requirement.



As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under ECQs and MTQs listed below. 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 in the private sector. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
  • Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all MTQ and ECQs factors will result in your application being disqualified.

ECQs: The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy Initiatives undertaken and the results of your actions. Applicants should not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer.

The narrative must not exceed 10 pages. NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.

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 organizations 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)

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives. It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (C-C-A-R) model outlined in the guide.

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).

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.

Additional information about the SES and ECQs can be found on the OPM's Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

MTQs: All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following MTQs. You must address each MTQ separately. Each MTQ narrative must not exceed two (2) pages. Please give examples and explain the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issues you handled. NOTE: You must address each MTQ separately. You are required to respond to all MTQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "ineligible".

1. Experience in leading an organization that (1) conducts empirical research on complex public administration or human resources management issues; or(2) conducts or applies rigorous, evidence-based evaluations of human resources policies or programs.

2. Knowledge of public administration and management theories, principles, and practices, particularly knowledge of federal personnel law, regulations, policies, and practices.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This is a career reserved position and therefore must be filled by a career appointee. Successful applicants are not required to have previous SES career service before applying for this position. The selected candidate's executive and managerial qualifications must be certified by the OPM prior to an initial SES career appointment. This is a position level two with a salary range of $132,552- $199,300 per year. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances. SES employees are also eligible to receive bonuses and performance-based awards. Visit ( for additional information and benefits for SES employees.

Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, marital or family status, disability, and other non-merit factors will not be considered.

1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278), within 30 days of appointment.

2. Applications sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal agency courier service will not be considered.

3. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.

4. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employedby an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.

5. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of MSPB. The MSPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MSPB prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact MSPB's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at 612-332-3202. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis.

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.

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