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Regional Director Alaska

National Park Service

This is a Full-time position in Anchorage, AK posted May 14, 2021.

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The Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.

We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country’s most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.

The Alaska Region contains twenty three national park units and two affiliated areas, comprised of 54 million acres which represents 65% of all National Park Lands; is home to the largest single National Park (Wrangell-St.

Elias National Park and Preserve; and hosts the highest mountain peak in North America (Mount McKinley); has 33.7 million acres, which represents more than 75% of the National Park Services’ congressionally authorized Wilderness acres in the Alaska Region, as well as approximately 2.4 million visitors annually.

The selectee will be responsible for the following: 1) managing programs involving the maintenance of standards in regard to engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, history, archeology, forestry and natural and cultural resources; 2) managing a broad spectrum of partnership programs; 3) ensuring best practices in business management to protect park resources and provide visitor and community services; 4) directing, identifying and correcting visitor and job safety; 5) directing park operations related to administration, including human resource management and equal opportunity; 6) managing full time and part time staff at regional headquarters and in the field, and 7) providing leadership in NPS civic initiatives in order to promote public involvement and dialogue in key planning, interpretation, education and preservation issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel
– You may be expected to travel for this position.
You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret clearance; Males must meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement; You will be required to make occasional travel; SES does not have Veteran’s Preference; Individuals selected for an SES position are subject to reassignment; You must complete a one year probationary period as a newly selected SES, unless you have served the required SES probationary period in a previous SES position; The Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position.

This is a Category 2 position; the minimum pay for this position is $172,500.

Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee’s current salary and other factors; As an SES you will be required, annually, to fill out the OGE-278 Financial Disclosure form.

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 employee 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 within an Executive Branch, you must disclose that information on your resume.


We are looking for an individual with a proven track record of working with executive teams and also possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills, has an understanding of, and experience in, land resource management, law enforcement, fire and emergency services policy, and response, conservation and recreation, incident management, visitor management and safety, budgeting, partnerships, concessions/contracts and strategic planning.

The incumbent has successfully managed a large, geographically dispersed organization, and has attracted and retained a highly skilled and diverse workforce.
You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.

To be considered for this position, applicants must address each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.
If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, or are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service OPM Candidate Development Program (SES CDP), and have been approved by OPM, you only need to submit a narrative statement covering each of the Technical Qualifications (TQ’s) listed below.

You do not need to submit a narrative on the ECQs which have been already certified by OPM.

(SES CDP graduates should submit a copy of their CDP program certification with their package.) If you have any questions on this, please contact the Executive Resources Manager listed on this vacancy announcement!
Your narrative submittals 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.

The narratives addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required)
ECQ narratives are limited to 10 pages total for this vacancy announcement; TQs are limited to 4 pages total.

If you exceed the 10 page limit for the ECQs and/or the 4 page limit for the TQs your application will not be considered.
Executive Core Qualifications:
– 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
– 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
– 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
– BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
– 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, Public Service Motivation

Ability to lead a complex land management program(s) that typically extend and apply to an entire organization or major components of an organization.

This includes strategic planning, policy and standards development, project management, public land management, human resources management, diversity recruitment, natural/cultural resource management, conservation and recreation, law enforcement/fire/emergency services policy, budget and infrastructure planning and management.

Knowledge, and experience, of budget-related issues that affect a large organization.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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

Applicants who meet the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s) and Technical Qualifications (TQ’s), and have submitted all the correct required information for this vacancy announcement will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.

This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified and will potentially move forward for an interview with the hiring manager(s).

Total background, your resume, work experience, narratives, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.

This information will be obtained from the application package.
All applicants must submit the following in order to receive consideration for this positi