Summary The Chancellor (Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary-equivalent) of the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA) reports to the Executive Director for Acquisition and Logistics. The Chancellor is responsible for establishing and managing the policies, strategies, methodologies, procedures, training and other associated programs necessary to assure that the entire VA Acquisition workforce achieves and maintains necessary competencies and skills required for quality daily job performance. Responsibilities MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Serves as the Chancellor of the VAAA and builds partnerships with leaders across government to identify policies and methodologies that further acquisition workforce development objectives, fosters and promotes the development of a professional acquisition workforce for the Department of Veterans Affairs, develops instructional material for acquisition personnel in conjunction with public and private institutions, and evaluates the effectiveness of training and career development programs for acquisition personnel. Leads the design, development and delivery of competency-based training for VA's entire acquisition workforce, and through the leaders of the various VAAA schools, develops and implements VA-wide acquisition workforce training policies, programs, and practices for contract specialists, construction and facilities managers, program/project managers, supply chain managers, interns, and acquisition executive leadership. The incumbent is the principal advisor to the Executive Director for Acquisitions and Logistics for all acquisition educational and related management issues, and has complete performance accountability for the VAAA. The Chancellor develops and maintains partnerships with internal stakeholders and other Federal entities concerning acquisition and leadership training and optimizes partnerships so the entire VA acquisition workforce benefits from those collaborations. The incumbent represents the Department's interests in training competent acquisition professionals and ensures that training is appropriately developed and delivered to reflect and satisfy Department acquisition needs. Exercises full managerial authority and oversees the development of strategic plans based upon broad assessments and programmatic evaluations of long term organizational objectives and desired educational outcomes. The incumbent is accountable for VAAA's achievement of established performance goals. The incumbent identifies and secures the financial and manpower resources necessary to support VAAA requirements and responsibilities and allocate funds and accounts for their use. Carries out the full range of managerial and supervisory responsibilities and authorities necessary for the administrative and fiscal management of the VAAA. The Chancellor designs major program and operating plans, establishes policies and sets goals and ensures the most effective application of available resources to achieve VAAA goals. The incumbent establishes timetables and evaluation methods to determine progress and accomplishments against short- and long-range objectives and goals of the educational program. Based upon evaluative findings, the incumbent ensures the appropriate adjustment or redefinition of objectives, goals, and procedures as necessary, or identifies other corrective managerial actions. Plans for the application of new educational approaches and developments arising from proposed legislation, changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and other applicable regulations and policies. Establishes, implements, and monitors an aggressive program of professional development for instructors and support staff, to ensure effective utilization of modern state-of-the-art instructional and technical content, methods, and techniques. Leads the organization to accomplish the mission and achieve the vision and goals of the Department, the Offices of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction and Acquisition and Logistics, and the VAAA. The Chancellor determines the allocation of staff and contract resources among the various Academy schools and components to ensure appropriate results. The Chancellor determines where emphasis should be placed and how best to utilize resources including realignments to address shortfalls or to satisfy priority training needs. The incumbent prepares and executes project/performance plans. The Chancellor manages the allocation and distribution of funds and resources for acquisition training contracts. Reviews, accepts or rejects contractor services and deliverables, and takes appropriate actions based upon evaluations of contractor performance. Resolves any relationship problems or conflicts that impede progress. The Chancellor exercises broad managerial authority to formulate annual and multi-year work plans, budgets, and schedules for projects across VAAA's multiple programs, schools and the Learning Standards Office. As the executive supervisor, the Chancellor establishes organizational goals and objectives, undertakes leadership assignments which are highly complex, potentially sensitive and/or controversial and broad in scope. The Chancellor directs the activities of professional, technical and administrative employees working in a variety of professional disciplines and provides direct supervision to subordinate leaders: Deputy (serving as Vice Chancellors) and Directors for various schools the Acquisition Academy. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants MUST possess a Master's Degree that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject matter field appropriate to the position from an accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent or equivalent terminal or professional degree in an appropriate discipline. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) In addition to a Master's Degree, applicants must possess experience managing and directing an accredited training and professional development institutions/academy for adult learners focused on training methodologies related to acquisition, logistics, program/project management, leadership competencies/skills, critical thinking, and/or other professional development growth areas. Technical expertise where you have led or participated in garnering approval of training curriculum meeting approved criteria in the Standards for Accreditation a fully American Education Standards Accredited environment leading and managing all aspects of an educational institution/academy focused on adult learning. Also possess experience managing and directing an educational institute/academy to assure access to quality training and professional development, aligned with departmental strategic priorities, utilizing emerging technology to deliver various training modalities, competency/skills knowledge assessments, and industry best business practices related to adult learning. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments related to adult education and learning for an accredited certification program, community college, or formal university. 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. *Experience must be included in your Resume, Executive Core Qualifications, and Technical Qualifications. 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 and demonstrate the underlying competencies in the narrative. Examples should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.). Applicants should use the Challenge, Context, Action and Results (CCAR) model below when responding to each ECQ: Challenge. Describe a specific problem or goal. Context. Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale, etc). Action. Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge. Result. Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills. Your narrative response should not exceed 10 pages, be typed in 12 point font with one-inch margins. It is recommended that you include 2 recent (not older than 10 years) examples per ECQ and draft your ECQs in a Word document before uploading into the system to ensure these guidelines are met. Information that exceeds these guidelines will not be reviewed. Detailed information on each ECQ, the underlying and fundamental competencies, sample narratives and a tips sheet for writing effective ECQs are available in the "Guide To Senior Executive Service Qualifications" GUIDE (opm.gov) at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/. 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. (Underlying Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision) 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. (Underlying Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others and Team Building) 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. (Underlying Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving and Technical Credibility) 4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically. (Underlying Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management and Technology Management) 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. (Underlying Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy and Influencing/Negotiation) 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: Demonstrated experience managing and directing an accredited training and professional development institutions/academy for adult learners focused on training methodologies related to acquisition, logistics, program/project management, leadership competencies/skills, critical thinking, and other professional development growth areas. Technical expertise where you have led or participated in garnering approval of training curriculum meeting approved criteria in the Standards for Accreditation a fully American Education Standards Accredited environment leading and managing all aspects of an educational institution/academy focused on adult learning. TQ2: Demonstrated experience managing and directing an educational institute/academy to assure access to quality training and professional development, aligned with departmental strategic priorities, utilizing emerging technology to deliver various training modalities, competency/skills knowledge assessments, and industry best business practices related to adult learning. Education Applicants must possess a Master's Degree that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject matter field appropriate to the position from an accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent or equivalent terminal or professional degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred. Additional Information COVID 19: As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by November 22, 2021. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 2 weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. For Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca/Oxford, full vaccination is 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series. For Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, full vaccination is 2 weeks after an employee has received a single dose. Additional information regarding what documentation is needed and how you can request a legally required exception will be provided if you are selected for the position. Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. 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.