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Social Security Administration Deputy Regional Commissioner (Boston) in Boston, Massachusetts


SSA's Office of Operations administers three programs under the Social Security Act: the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program, the Disability Insurance (DI) program, and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. As the senior agency officials in each of SSA's ten regions, the Regional and Deputy Regional Commissioner ensure effective SSA interaction with other Federal and State agencies, Disability Determination Services (DDS) and other regional and local organizations.


The Deputy Regional Commissioner, (DRC) serves as the alter-ego to the Regional Commissioner, the principal SSA official in their respective Region. As such, the Deputy Regional Commissioner provides leadership, administrative direction and coordinative control for the harmonious and effective operation of all SSA programs within the Region, encompassing the following geographical areas: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont The incumbent assures consistent interpretation and implementation of SSA goals, objectives, policies and plans and the establishment and implementation of regional operating policies, objectives and plans that are consistent with national goals and objectives. S/he continuously evaluates regional operations, and contributes responsibly to the formulation of SSA-wide policies, objectives and long-range plans. The DRC provides executive direction and line supervision for the Regional Office and Area Director Offices, and all SSA-administered programs, through a region-wide network of District Offices, Workload Support Units (WSU), Disability Processing Branches/Units (DPB/DPU); and, where present, Teleservice Centers (TSC), Processing Centers (PC), Social Security Card Centers (SSCC), Interactive Video Teletraining (IVT) Studios, and Fraud Prevention Units (FPU); provides administration oversight and direction to Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required. In order to be considered minimally qualified for this position, 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).


As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant. You must clearly show that you possess the experience and leadership competencies to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, all applicants must address the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification (MTQ) and each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below in the application documents you submit. Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. Each MTQ and ECQ must be addressed separately and submitted with your application. Please refer to the OPM Guide to SES Executive Core Qualifications ( for guidance on how to describe your executive qualifications. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: Narrative Statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages; additional pages will not be considered. This document MUST be submitted using the "Executive Core Qualifications" document type. ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision. ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resource strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered. This document MUST be submitted using the "Mandatory Technical Qualification" document type. Senior level experience leading a geographically dispersed operational component at the regional level, or equivalent. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS (DQs): An optional statement addressing each Desirable Qualification (DQ) is strongly recommended. No more than one (1) page per DQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered. This document should be submitted using the "Desirable Qualification" document type. Knowledge of the Federal retirement, survivors and disability insurance, income maintenance, and cash benefit programs. **Note for Current and/or Former Political Appointees: Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office within your application package.


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.

(6) This position may be a Testing Designated Position. The selectee will be notified if they are required to submit to a pre-employment urinalysis drug screening within 48 hours of notification. After appointment, the selectee will then be subject to future random drug screening. 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.