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Executive Director For Privacy and Disclosure

Company name
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)

$126,148.00 to $180,137.00

Gwynn Oak, MD

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$126,148 to $180,137 per year

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ES 00

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Woodlawn, MD

Relocation expenses reimbursed


You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

This job is open to

Senior Executive Service

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

Clarification from the agency

All groups of qualified individuals may apply. Current career Senior Executive Service (SES) members, OPM certified graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility may be considered noncompetitively.


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The men and women of the Social Security Administration (SSA) are the stewards of the Federal Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance programs, as well as Supplemental Security Income for the aged, blind and disabled. With a workforce of approximately 65,000 employees in 1,300 service locations across the country, our mission is to advance the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.

The Executive Director for Privacy and Disclosure provides national oversight, formulation, implementation, and coordination for SSA's privacy and disclosure policy to integrate privacy and disclosure statutes into SSA programs. The incumbent is directly responsible for developing and interpreting SSA policy governing the collection, use, maintenance and disclosure of personally identifiable information under the Privacy Act and requests for information made under the provisions of the Privacy Act and FOIA, and as the agency's recognized privacy subject matter expert, confers technically-sound guidance to the Senior Agency Official for Privacy (SAOP) and other senior leadership.

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The Executive Director for Privacy and Disclosure has overall responsibility for developing national standards relating to the release and exchange of personally identifiable information in SSA databases to Federal, state, and local agencies. The incumbent has agency responsibility to manage SSA's interaction with other agencies in negotiating data releases and exchanges; and negotiates with various Federal, state, and local government entities regarding electronic data sharing, directing terminal access to SSA computer records and use of the social security number.

The Executive Director is responsible for reviewing Agency projects and initiatives to ensure compliance with the Privacy Act and related laws and regulations and for developing decisions on Privacy Act appeals for the Commissioner. The incumbent develops, implements, and manages policies and controls to sustain compliance with all applicable privacy laws and guidance, including the Privacy Act of 1974, the e-Government Act of 2002, Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) privacy-related controls, and other laws, Executive Orders, court decisions, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance and directives.

The incumbent develops and implements a strategic privacy program plan, with a consistent overall approach to privacy policies and processes, and identification and mitigation of privacy risks.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

0306 Government Information Specialist



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required.


The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package.

Candidates must have had responsible professional experience at a senior level (equivalent to the GS-15 in either the General Schedule (GS) or a comparable pay plan).

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Your resume and application must demonstrate and address the ECQs and include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; address the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; describe policy initiatives undertaken; define level of contacts; convey the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and identify the results of actions taken. The five ECQs are as follows:

(1) Leading Change - Ability to develop and implement an organizational vision with integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity. Includes the ability to formulate effective program strategies consistent with the overall goals of the organization.

(2) Leading People - Ability to design and implement strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Includes leveraging diversity and other differences, promoting developmental opportunities for staff, fostering commitment and team spirit, and constructively resolving conflicts.

(3) Results Driven - Stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of program and policies. Includes the ability to address and balance complex and diverse program requirements within available resources in response to major changing needs in the diverse field of social insurance/welfare reform and the interdisciplinary impact on social insurance programs.

(4) Business Acumen - Ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making. Includes demonstrated ability in recruiting and selecting staff, allocating resources, and/or managing budgetary processes.

(5) Building Coalitions - Ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Includes ability to interact constructively with Federal officials, representatives of professional organizations and the public sector.

MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification (MTQ) below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered.

(1) Senior-level experience interpreting, developing, and implementing national policies on disclosure, privacy, policy, and the Freedom of Information Act

(2) Significant senior-level experience providing subject-matter expertise in all areas of personal data disclosure and data exchange with Federal, state, and public and private entities


(1) Senior-level experience analyzing issues and expressing and presenting ideas and recommendations involving complex privacy and disclosure issues, both orally and in writing

(2) Senior-level experience providing advice and recommendations to other Federal, state, or local agencies or entities within the private sector on privacy policy and disclosure

(3) Senior-level experience implementing a privacy program that includes a strategic plan to identify and mitigate privacy risks, including loss and unauthorized access to personally identifiable information (PII)


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

(1) The selectee for this position will be subject to an appropriate security investigation, including fingerprinting and periodic future reinvestigation(s).

(2) Veteran's preference is not applicable to the SES.

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

(4) Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless s/he previously completed one in the Senior Executive Service.

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

All application materials are subject to the provisions of the privacy act and become property of SSA.

The Social Security Administration provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

The Social Security Administration provides equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, or conduct not adversely affecting employee performance.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

As part of the Resume Based recruitment method, applicants must submit a five (5) page resume and a separate narrative addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Do not list a Social Security Number or Date of Birth on any attachment.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your accomplishments and experience. Your application will be rated and ranked by an SES Rating Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the ECQs and MTQs will be deemed ineligible for further consideration. Applicants determined to be Highly Qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If you are the recommended selectee, you may be asked to submit a written narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs, which must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment, unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

Please submit the following documents by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered for the position: Resume - The resume cannot exceed five (5) pages. The resume must include evidence of the ECQs.

MANDATORY MTQ Supplemental Statement- Maximum of one (1) page per MTQ.

OPTIONAL DQ Supplemental Statement - Maximum of one (1) page per DQ.

SF-50 - If you are a current, retired, or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent form SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Do not submit an SF-50 for an award.

Candidate Development Program Certificate - If you are a graduate of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), certified by OPM, please submit a copy of your certificate for non-competitive eligibility consideration. You must meet all MTQs.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement (03/13/2018) will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the contact on the vacancy announcement during core business hours (9:30 am - 2:30 pm Eastern Time).



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How to Apply

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement - 03/13/2018. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time, the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process with enough time to finish before the deadline.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume (5-page maximum) and separate supplemental narrative(s) addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ), if applicable. You may also submit an optional supplemental narrative supporting any Desirable Qualification (maximum of one (1) page per DQ), if applicable.

Fonts cannot be smaller than 10 point. All documents must be uploaded into the system; USAJobs Resume Builder will not be accepted. Separate written narratives addressing the ECQs will not be considered.

You must complete the online assessment questions. If your resume does not support the responses in your questionnaire, you may be rated ineligible.

We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

Your five (5) page resume should include the following:

(1) Job Information (Announcement number and title of job for which you are applying)

(2) Personal Information (Full name, mailing address, work and home phone number and email addresses)

(3) Education (College/University name, city and state, major, type and year of degree)

(4) Work Experience (Job title (including series and grade, if Federal employment, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, start and end dates (month and year), hours per week, and salary)

(5) Other qualifications (Job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certifications and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments)

It is important that your resume be complete and thorough. Please be sure to include and address all ECQs and MTQs (if any) in your resume and application package. A sample 5-page resume that incorporates the ECQs can be found in OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications (pages 29-37):

Steps to submit a complete application:

(1) You must have a USAJobs account and be logged in.

(2) Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click the Apply button.

(3) You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following the instructions provided. To preview the questions, click here:

(4) You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation (resume, MTQ supplemental statement(s), SF-50, etc).

Agency contact information

Ashley Tates


(410) 965-9236




6401 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, MD


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Next steps

You may check your application status at any time after the announcement closes. USAJobs has an alert setting in the system to drive status update notifications for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJobs profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will update your status on-line as changes are made.

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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.

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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

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)
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Company Profile
We deliver services through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services. We also have a presence in U.S. embassies around the globe. For the public, we are the “face of the government.” The rich diversity of our employees mirrors the public we serve. Mission Statement Deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public.

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