Executive Director: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Announcement number DE-10347631-19-CB
Control number 515779600


Open & closing dates
11/01/2018 to 10/31/2019


Pay scale & grade
AD 00

$153,800 to $153,800 per year

Appointment type

Work schedule


1 vacancy in the following location:

• Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to

Federal employees – Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.

The public
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Federal employees – Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.

• Duties


Key Requirements

o U.S. citizenship required.
o Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance. If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.
o You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

Rolling, applications will be evaluated every two weeks until the position is filled.
Learn more about this agency


The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as the Executive Director for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB or Board). As such, the incumbent performs a variety of duties in pursuit of the Board’s mission. The incumbent works in conjunction with and under the general direction of the Chairman, who provides policy guidance and broadly defined program objectives; reviews and discusses with incumbent management policies, principles, and problems affecting the accomplishment of the PCLOB’s mission; relies on incumbent’s recommendations and decisions in developing and coordinating management services activities, policies, and programs, as well as the accomplishment of the overall mission.

Executive Director Duties

Serves as the Executive Director to the Chairman of the Board for resources responsible for the management and execution of business activities, critical support services, and long-range strategic planning for several critical resource-related support functions across the agency. Integrates the activities for assigned functions and institutes process improvements, where necessary, to provide synergy and efficiencies across functional elements under span of control. Position oversees and has direct line authority over all Attorney-Advisor positions, Program Analysts, the Public/Legislative Affairs Officer, and any other mission staff. These managed activities interface with the Board, conduct extensive coordination of staff actions, develop agency policies and guidance, and provide expert staff advice to the Chairman and Board Members. The magnitude, critical, and multifaceted nature of the research and development requires the position exercise an extraordinarily high level of managerial competence and functional expertise. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing and assuring unity of the Board’s high visibility, dynamic, and diverse programs, functions, and processes into a single agency strategy. The incumbent is responsible for rating personnel under his or her supervision.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Conditions Of Employment

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the equivalent of Executive Schedule Level V.

Additional Job Duties/Responsibilities

1. Serves as the Executive Director for resources, policy development, and programmatic developments. Works closely with the Chairman and Board Members in providing continuity of leadership in assessing mission and work requirements and developing plans, goals, and objectives. Executes processes for moving the agency forward towards strategic goals. Leads the establishment and review of performance objectives and metrics in support of agency objectives. Exercises broad delegated authority for planning, directing and evaluating the agency’s resource management functions. Determines organization mission goals, develops plans, formulates, defends and justifies personnel and coordinated with the Chief Financial Officer on financial resources needed to accomplish the agency’s mission. Maintains a continuous program of review and analysis to assess the progress and effectiveness of the organization in relation to program objectives, budgetary limitations, schedules, and agency priorities. Reviews work efforts for areas under span of control to ensure continued support to mission elements of the Board as well as progress and timeliness of products. Identifies problem areas, coordinates corrective action and directs changes to implement improvements as necessary. Considers a broad spectrum of factors when making decisions, including public relations and policy, congressional actions, labor-management relations, economic impact and impact on other organizations.

2. Exercises managerial authority to set long range goals and objectives, translate objectives into specific projects, determine program emphasis, plan for long range staffing and organization needs, manage organizational changes, and decide on the full range of personnel actions affecting resource-related elements. Directs a workforce of professional staff, including technical and contract personnel. Sets performance standards, and serves as senior rater for subordinate employees. Makes recommendations on personnel actions for subordinates. Demonstrates consistent emphasis on equal opportunity, affirmative action, and avoidance of discrimination in employee selection, promotion, and training and other personnel activities and actions.

3. Represents the Chairman and Board Members in high-level meetings with key officials, industry, academia, and state and local governments. Represents the Board on special boards, panels, and committees, as directed. Makes commitments which obligate the Board to a particular course of action. Representations involve issues where the employee is required to motivate, persuade, or educate persons or groups to adopt processes or take actions to advance the goals.

Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities:

Directs, coordinates, and oversees work through subordinate supervisors. Advises staff regarding policies, procedures, and directives of higher level management. With the Chairman selects or recommends candidates for subordinate positions, taking into consideration skills, qualifications, and requirements. Ensures reasonable equity among units of performance standards developed, modified, and/or interpreted and rating techniques developed by subordinate supervisors. Accepts, amends, or rejects work of subordinates and subordinate supervisors. Makes decisions on work problems presented by subordinate supervisors, if any. Hears and resolves group grievances and employee complaints referred by subordinate supervisors and employees. Encourages self-development. Approves leave for subordinates and subordinate supervisors and ensures adequate coverage in organization through peak workloads and traditional holiday vacation time. Discharges security responsibilities by ensuring education and compliance with security directives for employees with access to classified or sensitive material. Recognizes and takes appropriate action to correct situations posing a threat to the health or safety of subordinates. Provides a work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Addresses subordinates’ concerns, whether perceived or real, and follows up with appropriate action to correct or eliminate tension in the workplace. Ensures that subordinate supervisors have effective interpersonal, communication, and managerial skills to supervise in a workplace with diverse employees.


College and advanced degrees related to law, policy, and/or government are preferred.

Additional information

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.

o Benefits for federal employees
o Healthcare insurance

How You Will Be Evaluated

Every two weeks a panel will convene to evaluate applications until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret/SCI

Drug test required

• Required Documents

Required Documents
1. A current resume
2. A cover letter

You must submit all required information. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

Please only provide the documents above in your application. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a list of references and a writing assessment.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

• Benefits