The Office of Acquisition and Logistics is responsible for Acquisition Management VA-wide focused on the end-to-end acquisition lifecycle. Responsible for advising the VA Secretary on strategic acquisition activities which effectively drive improvements and lead to VA Supply Chain modernization. Major focus policy/guidance, workforce development, business systems and organizational systems necessary to assure focused management overseeing the VA Supply Chain to include logistics management.
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The responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Oversees and directs program activities related to acquisition policy, systems and oversights within the Office of Acquisition and Logistics.
- Manages and oversees critical aspects of the Department-wide acquisition management initiatives, one of the largest in the Federal government. The AED for PPSO is responsible for a full range of programmatic and oversight duties, including formulating VA-wide acquisition regulatory guidance, managing acquisition business systems, performing acquisition management reviews focusing on compliance and risk using A-123 methodologies for acquisition.
- Develop and maintains VA's Acquisition Regulations (VAAR), which supplements the FAR. Participates as an active member of federal acquisition council to formulate recommendations to update VA guidance related to legislative updates to legislation the FAR, internal VA processes, and other federal directives. Leads efforts to assure VA compliance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandums, along with other federal federal reporting requirements such as but not limited to the Service Contract Inventory.
- Develop and maintains VA's Acquisition Regulations (VAAR), which supplements the FAR. Participates as an active member of federal acquisition council to formulate recommendations to update VA guidance related to updates to legislation, the FAR, internal VA processes, and other federal directives. Leads efforts to assure VA compliance with federal reporting such as but not limited to the Service Contract Inventory.
- Plans specific milestones to permit successful monitoring to ensure goals and priorities are met and program activities are controlled, collects data for VA-wide reports in the area of procurement for transmittal to OMB and Congress. Conducts research to improve acquisition activities, to include establishing performance objective and measures. Formulates and implements VA acquisition regulatory and internal guidance assuring real-time content management along with timely publication on the Acquisition Knowledge Portal. Other areas of responsibility include supporting federal "green procurement initiatives".
- Ensures VA's acquisition activities complies with Federal laws and regulations, presidential directives, and OMB mandates for the purpose of driving modernization and improving Acquisition Management. Leading the development, maintenance, and continuous monitoring of various programs in PPSO focused on the end-to-end acquisition lifecycle.
25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- US citizenship is required.
- One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
- Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
- Successful completion of drug screening required.
- Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
- May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.
To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, medical facility or program manager. An individual's total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to each of the following ECQs and include your name on each page.. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.
1. Leading Change: 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.
2. Leading People: 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.
3. Results Driven: 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.
4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions: 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.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (TQ)s: In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following specific TQ(s). Please label and include your name on each page. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your TQ(s) in a word document and then upload into the system.
TQ1: Demonstrate experience managing and directing acquisition activities at a department headquarters level: crafting updates to the departmental supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation; developing internal acquisition procedures, guidance, and instructions, advising acquisition officials; reviewing acquisition documents; assessing internal controls, compliance, and risk; and managing acquisition business systems. Demonstrated knowledge interpreting legislative and OMB acquisition guidance active collaboration on various federal councils.
TQ2: In depth knowledge of Federal Acquisition standards and practices end to end acquisition lifecycle focus leading to improved acquisition management tools not rules. Demonstrated experience linking federal and departmental acquisition initiatives driving improvements throughout the acquisition lifecycle.
Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C). Applicants must possess or be eligible for Level Ill FAC-C certification in accordance with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) FAC-C Certification Standards or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). Applicants who currently possess or are eligible for Level II FAC-C certification and can achieve Level III certification according to VA or DAWIA standards within eighteen months from the date of appointment to this position will also be considered. Please indicate in your application your level and source (VA, DAWIA) of certification or eligibility for certification.
Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.: https: www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/Senior-Executive-Service/index.aspx .
Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA Senior Executive Service employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Step 1: ECQ qualifications
Step 2: Technical Qualification(s)
Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board
Step 4: Nominating Organization may conduct interviews
Step 5: Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening)
Step 6: OPM Qualifications Review Board certification
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Trust determination process
A complete application for this position includes the following items:
1. Resume not to exceed 5 pages;
2. Written narrative response to address each Technical Qualification(s) not to exceed 2 pages each; and
3. Written narrative responses to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) not to exceed 2 pages each for a total of 10 pages; or
4. Proof of non-competitive eligibility (if applicable). Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and proof of certification of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB).
Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, graduate of a Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility and your ECQs have been certified by the OPM QRB. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.
Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualification (s); not more than 2 pages per each TQ with a font size no smaller than 12 points. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.