U.S. nationals: Director Water Power Technologies Office

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸



The mission of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is to accelerate U.S. deployment of clean, affordable, and reliable renewable power from the full range of the nation’s water power resources to promote national security, economic growth, and environmental quality. WPTO fosters research and development of advanced technologies to transform our abundant hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) water resources into clean, affordable, and domestically-produced power.Learn more about this agency


As the Director Water Power Technologies Office you will:

  • Exercise full managerial authority over the Office, including: direct Office activities, frame strategic plans based on broad organizational assessments and evaluation of long-term organizational objectives; determine the financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations; identify the need for major organizational improvements and develop the requisite plans and direct implementing actions; oversee and direct the internal organization, staffing, policies, and personnel authorities required to carry out the responsibilities of the Office.
  • Lead the planning, research, development, and deployment strategies for the Department’s Water Power Technologies Office programs. This includes providing technical expertise and all program direction related to DOE-sponsored hydropower, pumped storage, and marine renewable energy technologies. Manage the formulation and integration of the scientific, engineering and technical requirements and market analyses necessary to structure effective energy research, development and deployment in support of DOE’s objectives.
  • Provide water power technology assessments and analyses, including environmental, scientific, engineering, and programmatic considerations for support of policy development, legislative proposals, Administration initiatives, and industry/stakeholder collaborations. Provide policy and analytical support to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power (DAS-RP) and other senior management.
  • Manage the transfer of new water power technologies to industry and other private sector partners via public-private partnerships to which all parties contribute to the cycle of strategic input, technical concepts, funding for and participation in research and development projects, including project review, oversight and feedback.
  • Manage and oversee WPTO’s research performed by DOE’s national laboratories, universities, and industry, including critical peer reviews and feedback regarding technical and managerial objectives. Ensure highest level of technical due diligence on all funded research activities.
  • Direct analyses and reviews to ensure conformance of program execution within established DAS-RP policies; and develops, with support from EERE Budget Director, funding and guidance issues to field organizations and other recipients.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of multi-year program plans and annual operating plans and manage the application of assigned resources to effectively achieve planned objectives. Develop out-year program budget justifications for Congress, defend these budgets, and approve and manage the use and distribution of funds, providing interpretive guidance to research performing organizations.
  • Interact with relevant DOE staff to identify those institutional or managerial requirements that may impact hydropower and marine technologies, identifying the basic issues involved and developing programmatic positions concerning these issues. Integrate and coordinate WPTO with activities of other DOE offices to meet national needs and program priorities. Assist in the development of responses to queries from the DOE senior management, White House, Office of management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, Inspector General and congressional committees and subcommittees related to assigned technologies.
  • Serve as a focus for U.S. participation in matters related to the international hydropower and marine energy community as well as the international community, including cooperative research and development, exchanges of technical information, conferences, workshops and summit meetings.
  • Maintain close contact with international hydropower and marine energy technology developers and stakeholders to keep abreast of current issues, trends and needs, and be the national focal point for governmental cognizance of the state of the U.S. renewable power as it related to WPTO mission space.
  • 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.

Travel Required: Occasional travel – Occasional Travel (1-5 nights per month) may be required for this position to attend conferences, meetings, and training

Supervisory status: Yes

Promotion Potential: None


Conditions of Employment

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE (HSPD-12): A selectee’s appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual’s initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don’t have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

E-VERIFY: New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.


Resume-Based Resume: Applicants must show possession of the ECQs and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments.

The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package to include the MTQ narrative.

A sample 5-page executive level resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed at this link http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: 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.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment.For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):A supplemental narrative must be uploaded and attached to your application addressing each MTQ listed below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs:

  • MTQ 1: In-depth knowledge of the theories and practices related to water power technologies, through direct programmatic, academic or industry experience in hydropower and/or marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy technologies (wave, currents, and tides).
  • MTQ 2: Senior-level management experience that includes managing, directing, and implementing an innovative, impactful multi-disciplinary research, development, demonstration and deployment program that advances water power, renewable power, or national clean energy goals.


Additional information

  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit: www.telework.gov
  • OF-306: You may be required to complete an OF-306, “Declaration for Federal Employment” form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal Employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.
  • Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education (if applicable). Your application will be rated and ranked by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate in their application sufficient possession of the ECQs & MTQs will be determined ineligible for further consideration.

As part of the Resume Based recruitment method, the ERB Panel conducts a structured interview for all applicants, both competitive and non-competitive, who are determined to be in the top category from the ERB Rating Panel. Based on the Panel’s evaluation, applicants who are determined Best Qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

Veteran’s Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive service (SES).

Once a candidate has been identified for selection, reference checks may be completed. The Department’s appointing official(s) will make a final approval of the selection, and in competitive cases, OPM’s Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must certify the ECQs before final appointment can occur. If OPM approval is required for the ECQs, the candidate is required to assist in the development of the QRB template for submission to the QRB. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance: Not Required

Drug test required: No

Position sensitivity and risk: High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process: CredentialingSuitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you fail to submit required documentation before the announcement closes, you will be rated “ineligible.”

You must submit:
1. ALL APPLICANTS – Five (5) page ECQ-based Resume including the following:Full name, mailing and email addresses, day & evening telephone numbersEducation information including:Name, city, state of colleges/universities attended, major & type of degree received.Report only schools accredited by the accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education-All work experience (paid and unpaid) including:Job title, duties/accomplishments, employer’s name/address, start/end dates (include month, day, and year), average hours per week worked, salaryHonors, awards, special accomplishments2. ALL APPLICANTS – MTQ Narrative (no more than one page per MTQ, 10 pt font).3. Current or former career SES members must provide a SES appointment SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and an SF-50 showing current career SES status or career SES reinstatement eligibility.4. Applicants who have successfully completed an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification.5. Current or former Federal Civilian employees, must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (non-award) documenting show the following: 1) Full position title; 2) appointment type; 3) occupational series; 4) pay plan, grade, and step; 5) tenure code; 6) service computation date (SCD).In addition, you have the option of submitting a cover letter (one page maximum).

All documents must be uploaded into the system;
USAJobs Resume Builder resumes will not be accepted.
Fonts cannot be smaller than 10 point.
Separate written narratives addressing the ECQs will not be considered.
Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Substituting pages for other required documents in the application is not acceptable (e.g., submitting only a four-page resume but adding an additional page to address an MTQ).
Do not use borders, provide photos or list a Social Security Number or date of birth on any attachment.

Please review: Tips for preparing SES applications. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. Please be sure to include and address all ECQs & MTQs in your resume and application package. A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29-37): Guide to SES Quals

If you are selected for this position, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to verify your responses.

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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application. To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the announcement closing date to receive consideration. Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

All statements made in this application are subject to investigation and any false or dishonest answer to any question may be grounds for disqualification and loss of consideration. If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated ‘ineligible’ or ‘not qualified’.

The application process is as follows:

  1. You must have a login.gov account to sign into USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/.
  2. To begin the application process in USAJOBS, click the Apply Online button.
  3. Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all required and supporting documentation.
  4. You must click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59 pm (ET) on the announcement closing date.

You may update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period by returning to your USAJOBS account, select Update Application: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

To verify the status of your application, during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account; applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each application status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

If you need help with login.gov or USAJOBS (e.g., account access, Resume Builder) visit the USAJOBS Help Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/

If you experience difficulty applying on USAJOBS, after clicking the Apply Online button, or you are experiencing a significant hardship hindering your ability to apply online, the Agency Contact listed in the announcement can assist you during normal business hours. If you receive any system error messages, take screenshots if possible, to aid technical support.

Agency contact information

 Julie Dock

Phone: 240-234-0566

Email: [email protected]


Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Headquarters
P.O. Box 5088
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

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Next steps

You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to the system to drive status updates notification for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will continue to update your status on-line as changes are made. Applicants who meet the mandatory ECQs and MTQs will be evaluated by a panel of senior executives. Failure to meet all qualifications automatically disqualifies an applicant. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Persons tentatively selected for appointment to SES positions must have their ECQs approved by OPM Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position.