DHS Headquarters Director, Compliance Branch in Washington, District Of Columbia

DHS Headquarters
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/18/2016 (26 day(s) away)

Job Overview

In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.

The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage. Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce.

For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, we welcome you to visit our website at http://www.dhs.gov

The Director of Compliance is located in the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The mission of the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is to assist the Secretary, directorates, and offices of the Department to develop, implement, and periodically review Department policies and procedures to ensure that the protection of civil rights and civil liberties is appropriately incorporated into Department programs and activities. One way CRCL accomplishes this mission is to investigate civil rights and civil liberty complaints about Department activities by the public, and provide policy advice resulting from those investigations in order help the Department to shape policy in ways that protect civil rights and civil liberties. CRCL also has oversight authority to ensure that DHS programs and activities comply with constitutional, statutory, regulatory, policy, and other requirements related to civil rights and civil liberties.

This primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Director for the Compliance Branch and to assist the office generally on cross-cutting issues that require senior leadership review or involvement.


The Director manages the Compliance Branch of the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which is responsible for conducting investigations of allegations by members of the public of civil rights

and civil liberties abuses throughout DHS; making findings; and offering recommendations for improved systems, policies, and procedures to promote ongoing civil rights protection.

The Director is accountable for the success of the program and is required to guide the program towards its organizational goals and make appropriate adjustment to such goals.

The Director plays a key role in ensuring that the protection of civil rights and civil liberties is appropriately incorporated into Departmental programs and activities by providing the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Secretary, and other senior leadership advice and assistance in developing, implementing, and reviewing the civil rights and civil liberties training needs and programs of the Department. The Director collaborates with components and recommends policy changes and training development to remedy civil rights and civil liberties issues discovered through complaint investigation. Provides testimony to Congress at the behest of the Officer and Deputy.

Other duties include:

Collaborating with CRCL Programs Branch as needed in investigation, response, and analysis of complaints;

  • Reviewing clearances sent to CRCL for component comment or concurrence, providing a review for civil rights and civil liberties concerns;
  • Maintaining a robust and effective complaint system;
  • Seeking, clarifying, and implementing legal advice from the Office of the General Counsel regarding civil rights and civil liberties authorities.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • 5%
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • A Top Secret/SCI security clearance is required for this position.
  • A one-year SES probationary period may be required.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualification(s) and Executive Core Qualifications 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 in the private sector.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your*résumé*that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) listed below. We recommend that your résumé emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME-BASED METHOD, although you should not address the ECQs and TQs separately, evidence of each must be CLEARLY REFLECTED in your resume.

*Your application package should not exceed a total of 5 pages. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered. *A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37) http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals2012.pdf

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. Leadership 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. Leadership 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. Leadership 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. Leadership 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating** These 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.

Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp

Technical Qualifications - Mandatory

You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

TQ#1- Demonstrated experience developing or overseeing the application of civil rights and civil liberties laws, regulations, and overseeing the investigation of abuse allegations,

TQ#2- Demonstrated experience planning and analyzing the implementation of civil rights and civil liberties compliance programs for a multi-tiered organization.

Background Investigation:To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for TOP Secret/SCI clearance a as a condition of placement in this Special Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Upon receipt of the online questionnaire, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."

Other Information

**Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.**

Probationary period:You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

This is a Drug Testing Designated Position (TDP) and is covered by the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Drug-Free Workplace Program. The incumbent is required to sign a Condition of Employment form (for certain positions identified as critical under the drug testing program) and must pass urinalysis testing, as required prior to appointment, reassignment, or transfer, and employee will be subject to random testing while employed with the Department in a TDP.

The incumbent is required to file on a yearly basis form OGE 278, Executive Financial

Disclosure Report.

This position has been designated as SPECIAL-SENSITIVE and requires a security clearance at the TOP SECRET level with special access to Special Compartmented Information (SCI), as the individual will be required to access, process, use, and safeguard classified information. The employee is required to obtain and maintain this clearance level and failure to do so may result in separation 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 in a Schedule A, Schedule C, or Noncareer SES appointment WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.

If you are a male applicantwho was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

DHS is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences.

DHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Salary Range: $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: ES-0340-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453388800

Job Announcement Number: OCHCO-045-16-DHS-1825384