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Assistant Administrator Human Resources

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U.S Department Of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

$126,148.00 to $189,600.00

Arlington, VA

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$126,148 to $189,600 per year

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Arlington, VA

Arlington, VA

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Senior executives - SES only

Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

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Applications will be accepted from current/former career SES appointees.

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Do your career Justice by working with DOJ, which has been ranked among the top Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, an unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.

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This position is located in the Human Resources Division, Arlington, VA.

The incumbent serves as principal adviser and consultant to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator and senior leaders, reporting on all matters affecting the DEA's human capital functions. The incumbent makes authoritative recommendations for resolving key, critical, sensitive and controversial human capital issues.

-Provides leadership in directing human capital policies, procedures and guidelines and assuring that DEA is well structured to support its mission. Develops and implements plans to identify specific steps to re-deploy human capital to frontline services and activities.

-Develops effective measures to recruit, hire, develop and retain employees with strategic competencies for mission critical occupations. The incumbent manages the development and use of statistical information for such considerations as competency assessments, educational/occupational data, staffing/retention rates, etc. The incumbent utilizes information as necessary to achieve desired recruitment/retention rates for employees and that quality level of new hires meets desired targets.

-Develops goals and measures to ensure that the DEA recruits, develops, and retains high performing population of employees and that leadership in the DEA inspires, motivates, and guides employees toward goals by coaching, mentoring and challenging staff; adapts leadership styles to various situations; models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness and respect for individuals by applying these values.

-Develops strategies for creating a culture that motivates employees for high performance in conducting the mission of DEA. Establishes and implements common values while ensuring fairness throughout the workplace. Develops effective performance management systems to adequately distinguish between levels of performance and to ensure employees know their work is valued and that their performance is recognized as contributing to the execution of the DEA's mission.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0340 Program Management



Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Drug testing designated position.

New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.

Subject to a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless already completed).


Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQS). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position. Do not enter Refer to Resume to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to See Resume are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address all of the ECQs and mandatory MTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: To receive serious consideration, applicants for this position must demonstrate successful performance and creative leadership in prior managerial position(s). Applicants must demonstrate possession of competencies in the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ):

Applicants must submit a statement for each of the below ECQs. Statements shall be limited to a maximum of TWO pages per ECQ.

1. LEADING CHANGE: Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. LEADING PEOPLE: Demonstrated ability to lead people toward the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Includes 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 LEADERSHIP: Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems and calculating risks.

4. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.

5. BUILDING COALITIONS/COMMUNICATION: Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofits and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


Applicants must submit a statement for each of below MTQS. Statements shall be limited to a maximum of ONE page per MTQ.

MTQ 1. Demonstrated experience in formulating and implementing results-oriented policies, strategies, and solutions to achieve agency or organizational workforce goals and objectives.

MTQ 2. Demonstrated experience leading a human resources management program for a large, global organization which covers the full spectrum of designing, developing and implementing the human capital programs and policies regarding recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, separation, position classification, position management, pay administration, employee benefits and awards, employee relations, career management, compensation, workforce planning, cultural change, succession management, and employee satisfaction.

MTQ 3. Demonstrated experience developing and implementing programs to measure and improve the effectiveness of human resources programs for a large federal organization with law enforcement mission requirements, with particular emphasis on high performing human resources operations.

MTQ 4. Demonstrated ability to meet and deal effectively with the constituency in a manner that best serves the best interest of management, meets operational needs and promotes customer service accountability, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, and technical credibility.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Drug testing is required for this position.

All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire.

Selective Service: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-VERIFY - E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's). The questions are designed to capture the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

BASIS OF RATING: Candidates will be evaluated on the qualifications identified above based on their total background, i.e., education, training, self-development, awards, outside activities, performance appraisal, as well as work history. Only candidates meeting all of the mandatory technical qualifications will be deemed eligible for further consideration.

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process may be used to verify your stated level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret

Required Documents

Required Documents

To receive consideration applicants must submit:

1. A resume.

2. A separate statement addressing each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements.

3. A separate statement addressing each ECQ's that describes your managerial experience. While individuals who are current or former SES members need not submit an ECQ statement, they are required to provide an SF-50 to demonstrate their current or prior service. Otherwise, the absence of ECQ's will be identified as a failure to comply with the requirements of the vacancy. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

4. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, and grade level and a performance appraisal issued within the past 12 months, or if none exists, please include a statement to that effect.

Resume: Your resume MUST include the starting and ending of dates of employment and your position title, pay plan, series, and grade level of position held for all applicable federal work experience.

NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:

Submitting Supporting Documents:

For additional information about this position, please contact Lisa Schwartz at (202) 598-2685.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should notify the servicing human resources office directly. Determinations on requests will be on a case-by-case basis.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

- Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account

, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, click here

If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact LISA SCHWARTZ via email, LISA.M.SCHWARTZ@USDOJ.GOV or at 2025982685 to obtain an alternative application.

Agency contact information







Drug Enforcement Administration

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Springfield, VA


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Next steps

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive an acknowledgement letter of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. You will receive a notification letter of the results of the review of your application package via email.

We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Regarding Interviews: The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a withdrawal from further consideration for employment regarding this vacancy.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S Department Of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
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Company Profile
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

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