You may be eligible for a Senior Executive Service position if you meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
There are a couple of different options for you if you’re looking for a senior executive level job in the Federal Government.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) consists of executive positions, including managerial, supervisory, and policy positions classified above General Schedule (GS) grade 15 or equivalent positions in most Executive Branch agencies of the Federal Government.
To be qualified for an SES job, you must demonstrate exceptional leadership, managerial and people skills and know how to build partnerships and communicate with customers. Senior Executives in the SES share a broad perspective of government grounded in the Constitution, and make sure federal executive management is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the Nation.
Anyone is eligible to apply to an SES position (as long as you’re a U.S. citizen or national), but to be qualified, you must meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
The ECQs help determine if you have the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. The ECQs are required for entry to the SES and are used by many departments and agencies in selection, performance management, and leadership development for executive positions. The five ECQs are:
There are two ways you can apply for a Senior Executive Service position:
An SESCDP identifies and prepares aspiring senior executive leaders. If you graduate from this program and your ECQs are certified by an OPM-administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB) then you’re eligible for (but not guaranteed) career appointment to an SES position without further competition.
Not all senior executive level jobs are in the SES. Agencies in the competitive or excepted service may have executive level jobs, where you may not have to meet the same qualification requirements as in the SES.
In the job announcement look for the This job is open to section. If you see this icon or this icon , it's a senior executive job.
There are two ways to know if a job is in the SES.
OPM Qualifications Review Board certification for SES
The Qualifications Review Board (QRB) reviews and certifies the executive qualifications of each person applying to a Senior Executive position. You must pass the QRB assessment to be considered for a Senior Executive job.