Executive Director

JOB TITLE:Executive Director

AGENCY: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

SALARY RANGE:$161,700/ Per Year

SERIES/GRADE:The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $161,700 and is equivalent to an Executive Schedule Level V.

POSITION INFORMATION: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service.You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

DUTY LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

WHO MAY APPLY: Open to the Public. U.S. citizenship required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: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.


The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as the Executive Director for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight (PCLOB). 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 activities, principles, and issues affecting the accomplishment of the PCLOB’s mission; relies on incumbent’s recommendations and decisions in developing and coordinating management services, activities, and programs, as well as the accomplishment of the overall mission.


Serve 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 rates, oversees and has direct line authority over all Attorney-Advisors, Program Analysts, Policy Analysts, Technologists, and Director, Public and Legislative Affairs. Manage activities to interface with the Board, conduct extensive coordination of staff actions, develop agency projects and guidance, and provide expert staff advice to the Chairman and Board Members. Position requires ahigh 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.

1.Serves as the Executive Director for resources 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 toward 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 organizational mission goals in addition to developing plans to formulate, defend and justify personnel coordinating 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 for the Board as well as progress and timeliness of products. Identifies problem areas, coordinates corrective action and direct changes to implement improvements, as necessary. Considers a broad spectrum of factors when making decision, including public relations and policy, congressional actions, economic impacts 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 organizational 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 a 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.


Directs, coordinates, and oversee work through subordinate supervisors. Advises staff regarding instructions and directives of higher-level management.Assists the Chairman with selecting or recommending candidates for subordinate positions, taking into consideration skills, qualifications, and requirements.Ensures reasonable equity among performance standards for subordinate employees.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 ensuring adequate coverage in the organization during peak workloads and traditional holiday vacation time. Executes security responsibilities by ensuring education and compliance with security directives for employees with access to classified or sensitive materials. 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.

Please complete your application on USAJOBS:https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/604447000.

Please upload the following documents when applying: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). If you are less than 3 years out of college or law school, please also include a transcript. All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level.

If all the materials above 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.

Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.

A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.


A panel will convene to evaluate applications. A review of your application will be made to determine whether 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.

Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.


Telework may be made available per agency policy.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

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