Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration
$126,148.00 to $189,600.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$126,148 to $189,600 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis, MO
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) may be authorized. PCS is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information visit: http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.
This job is open to
Senior executives - SES only
Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
All groups of qualified individuals.
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise -To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan- by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment.
The Executive Director provides executive level support for the administration of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. The Executive Director has full managerial responsibility for planning, programming, coordinating and directing the administration and operation of the National Cemetery which provides burial and memorial services to a population of more than 460,000 Veterans and their eligible dependents.
VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 3 position and the salary range is $126,148 to $174,500. Exceptions to the cap of the range may be considered in certain circumstances.
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As Executive Director of a National Cemetery, incumbent is fully responsible to the Deputy Under Secretary for Field Programs and Cemetery Operations, through the District Director for the effective, efficient and economical direction, control and operation of the National Cemetery Administration's program of benefits and services provided by law for veterans and their dependents. The Executive Director has full managerial responsibility for planning, programming, coordinating and directing the administration and operation of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Jefferson City National Cemetery, Mound City National Cemetery, Springfield National Cemetery and North Alton Confederate Cemetery which provides burial options and memorial services to a population of more than 460,000 Veterans.
- Directs the cemetery planning to include cemetery, burial, grounds, and equipment operations in order to determine personnel requirements, make modifications and improvements for more effective operations and to define trends in utilization of burial benefits and other forms of memorialization.
-Formulates and executes the cemetery budget. Makes necessary adjustments based on current workload needs, standards, legislative changes, and other vital considerations. Administers the cemetery's contracting program by developing statements of work, overseeing the work being performed and authorizes payments.
-Administers a comprehensive public relations and outreach program to promote the cemetery and raise Veterans' awareness of VA burial benefits. Interacts with members of the Department of Defense and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) to facilitate their participation in the services and programs of the cemetery. Serves as NCA's representative to the community as part of the Community Veteran Engagement Board and collaborates with executives from other parts of VA, local government, and other stakeholders to deliver Veteran-centered customer service.
-Serves as an advisor on policies and procedures to the NCA Central Office officials concerning veterans burial benefit programs administered at the cemetery level.
- Directs continuing programs for Quality Control in cemetery operations.
-Appraises services furnished to assure conformance with the law, established policies, regulations, and other mandatory administrative issues; analyzes and evaluates results, and directs plans to effect improvements.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
1630 Cemetery Administration Services
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.
Successful completion of background investigation and drug screening.
Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.
To meet the minimum qualifications, applicant 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 the following ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp. 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 TQ(s). 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 in successful leading and managing a cemetery operations and/or cemetery administration at a large complex cemetery
No Education Requirement
Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.: http://www.usajobs.gov.
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
Public Trust - Background Investigation
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/or proof of certification of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) from the OPM administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB).
Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certified graduate of a Senior Executive (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility. 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.
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.
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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How to Apply
How to Apply
Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date, 03/26/2018 in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.
To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and click on Application Status. Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online:
1. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers to the questionnaire (refer to link for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
2. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10161713
3. Print your resume and required documents.
4. Fax to (478) 757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.
Agency contact information
LaMekka Richmond LaMekka Richmond
National Cemetery Administration - 1007
810 Vermont Avenue NW
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The Corporate Senior Executive Management Office (CSEMO) will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members to determine the best qualified candidates. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualification Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a current/ former SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.
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Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration
Website : http://www.cem.va.gov/index.htm