The incumbent serves as Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). The incumbent is charged with promoting opportunities for small, minority, disadvantaged, and women owned businesses to participate in all Education Department (ED) procurement and related activities. OSDBU develops comprehensive ED-wide policies, procedures and systems pertaining to the participation of minority, small and disadvantaged, women owned and disabled veteran businesses in ED programs.

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The Director, OSDBU, serves as a chief advisor and principal consultant to the Deputy Secretary on all matters concerning minority, small and disadvantaged, women-owned and disabled veteran businesses in ED programs. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

Initiates, develops and defines policies, procedures, goals, regulations and guidance for administering and implementing ED-wide OSDBU activities.

Coordinates OSDBU activities with ED's two procurement offices: Office of Acquisition and Grants Administration in the Office of Finance and Operations (OFO) and the Federal Student Aid Acquisitions group within Federal Student Aid.

Reviews, analyzes and evaluates broad, varied and complex legislation and ED-wide administrative programs which relate to functions and activities of small, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses; ascertains problem areas; evaluates proposed actions; and identifies areas where greater participation may be achieved; sets goals and objectives and assesses the impact of changes resulting from programmatic activity in ED.

Identifies proposed solicitations that involve contract requirements and works with ED officials to develop and propose procurement strategies to increase the likelihood of participation of small businesses as prime contractors, or to facilitate small business participation as subcontractors and suppliers.

Monitors the effectiveness of Department of Education contracts, procurements, and contractors in accomplishing the objectives of the Department of Education's Small and Disadvantaged Business Subcontracting Program. Maintains liaison with other Federal agencies in reviewing the subcontracting programs to individual contractors. Recommends appropriate action to correct deficiencies.

Travel Required

25% or less – Occasional travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance.



EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible'. You should provide two written examples for each ECQ and your ECQs should not exceed ten pages total. When uploading your ECQs, choose the Supporting Document Type called ECQ.

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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4 – Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website please click here .

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualification. You must address each technical qualification separately. You must limit your narratives to two pages per technical qualification. When uploading your MTQs, choose the supporting Document Type called MTQ.

MTQ 1: Demonstrated experience implementing organizational performance metrics and/or evidence based decision making practices.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated ability and experience creating and leading organizational change in the areas pertaining to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), contract competitions and programs covered by FAR.

MTQ 3: Demonstrated experience leading Federal contract operations.

When responding to the MTQs and ECQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs and MTQs.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Applicants who use "see resume" as a response WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. 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 this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.


Additional information

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE – Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

MOBILITY – Individuals selected for senior executive positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

This position may be used to fill one or more vacancies for acquisition/procurement executives.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers,

Educational information, including the name, city and state of the colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received.

Information about your paid and non paid work experience related to this position including:

  • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. MTQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the mandatory technical qualifications. Each MTQ statement should not exceed two (2) pages.

3. ECQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. ECQs should not exceed ten (10) pages total.

4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

5. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit proof of eligibility (i.e., an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility).

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