Regional Director

National Labor Relations Board | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 6/29/2020
Description This position is located in a Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board. The Regional Offices represents the actual operating branch of the Agency and performs the major part of the Agency's case handling, including investigating representation petitions and unfair labor practice charges. Incumbent has responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating the activities of the regional office, in conformity with regulations and procedures promulgated thereunder.
With responsibility for administration of the operation of the office under his/her jurisdiction, this position has the following delegations of authority and responsibility:

Receives charges, petitions for certification or decertification of representatives for collective bargaining purposes, and petitions affecting employees' membership in such labor organization; investigates all charges and petitions to ascertain the merits within the framework of the National Labor Relations Act and policies enunciated by the Board and the General Counsel, with authority to have access to and the right to copy evidence, to administer oaths and affirmations, to examine witnesses and to receive evidence; and to approve or disapprove the withdrawal of charges or petitions.

Manages all aspects of charges alleging Unfair Labor Practices and Notices of Hearing, including issuance and service of, or refusal to issue a complaint, subject to the right of the charging party to appeal to the General Counsel.

Investigates representation petitions filed and negotiates consent and stipulated election agreements between and among the various parties regarding jurisdiction, the appropriate unit and the time, place and date of election.

Holds hearings in representation cases consistent with Agency procedures in order to resolve questions concerning representation relevant to the holding of an election; determines and narrows the relevant issues to be litigated at a hearing by reference to a party's Statement of Position and/or the opposing party's adverse position thereto; determines which issues sought to be litigated by a party at hearing, if any, may be deferred for post-election resolution, if needed' to determine which employees, if any, are allowed to vote subject to challenge; to grant subpoenas and pass upon rulings and motions and special appeals made at hearings.

Makes rulings on a wide variety of matters pertaining to representation cases, under direct delegation of authority from the Board, such as rulings on request for extensions of time to file briefs, rulings with respect to showing of interest, waivers, disclaimers, withdrawals, or concurrent charges, ruling on motions to amend or rescind certifications; and to rule upon motions for reconsideration and oral argument.

Exercises leadership by motivating managers to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into the Agency's activities; encourages creative thinking and innovation; influences others toward a spirit of service; leads or contributes to the design and/or implementation of new programs/processes based on how best to advance the mission of the agency; is open to changing and new information; tolerates ambiguity; adapts behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; adjusts rapidly to new situations warranting attention and resolution; provides input to any proposed changes in a positive and constructive manner that fosters diversity of thought; and identifies, implements and supports the development and launch of new programs, staffing changes, structural changes and procedures.

Effectively communicates and implements Agency goals and programs; motivates the workforce through leadership, effective communication with staff and local union representatives, candid exchange of ideas taking into account employee perspective, listening to and considering ideas of subordinates in a manner that fosters creativity, innovation and high-quality individual and Agency performance; appraises employees in a timely fashion using appropriate judgment in assessing their performance and providing them with constructive feedback; makes meaningful distinctions in performance rating and through the Agency's award program consistent with individual and group performance; addresses performance or other workplace challenges effectively and efficiently.

Monitors and evaluates programs and work practices to optimize efficiencies and prevent mismanagement and instill pubic trust. Uses information technology effectively to accomplish the Agency's mission; effectively supports the President's and Agency's initiatives to make government more efficient and effective.

Incumbent engages in effective outreach with customers and stakeholders as appropriate; communicates the Agency's mission, policies, and programs with parties, the labor-management bar, oversight agencies, the public, and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
THIS POSITION IS IN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES): This is a Career-Reserved position and therefore must be filled by a career appointee. Candidates are not required to have previous SES career service before applying. The selected candidate executive/managerial qualifications must be certified by the Office of Personnel Management prior to an initial SES career appointment. Positions in the SES are ungraded.

To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirements and all Professional/Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically eliminate the applicant from further consideration.


A. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS PTQs: A narrative statement specifically to show possession of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Responses should summarize the applicants experience in relation to the PTQs and specific examples of accomplishments. Total length of narratives should not exceed 3 pages.

PTQ 1. Knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act, other Federal and State laws affecting the administration of the NLRA, Agency guidance, Board and General Counsel functions and organizations, and rules of practice in Federal Courts, including legal procedures governing hearings and the rules of evidence.
PTQ 2. Demonstrated experience in implementing innovative solutions to improve service and program performance incorporating a work environment that encourages creative thinking, collaboration and transparency while maintaining the program focus.
PTQ 3. Demonstrated experience in implementing strategies that maximize employee potential and fosters high ethical standards in meeting an organization's vision, mission, and goals.
PTQ 4. Demonstrated experience in assessing, analyzing, acquiring and administering human, financial, material and information resources in a manner that instills trust and accomplishes an organization's mission.
PTQ 5. Demonstrated experience in working with individuals and groups both internally and externally to an organization to facilitate an open exchange of opinions in order to strengthen internal and external support.

B. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS - ECQs: Candidates must also submit a separate narrative statement to show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Total length of narratives should not exceed 10 pages.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves 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 core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification 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.

Particular care should be taken when addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) described under Qualifications and Evaluation, as that information must also be reviewed and approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Be sure to include professional and volunteer experience, education, training, and awards that demonstrate your skills in a particular ECQ. Please do not submit additional materials such as position descriptions, publications, course descriptions, or OPM literature. Materials other than those discussed under How to Apply will not normally be included in the application package when forwarded to the Executive Resources Board for evaluation.

Additional information on the ECQs is available here. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your personal level of responsibility, the challenges and/or scope of complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions.

The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. Please provide your examples using the Challenge- Context- Action- Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments; as described below:
  • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with and/or the environment in which you worked address the challenge or goal.
  • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge or goal.
  • Result - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.
Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your personal level of responsibility, the challenges and/or scope of complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Additional information on the ECQs is available here.

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