Chief of Staff

U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission: United States and Mexico
  • Location
    El Paso, Texas
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  • Posted
    Dec 29

Position description


  • Applies executive decision-making principles and practices that include strategic planning, setting organizational goals, program analysis, and/or results measurement.
  • Builds and administers enterprise risk management systems, and/or infrastructure asset management systems.
  • Coordinates diverse water, pollution prevention, sanitation, and flood control related projects.
  • Applies knowledge of contracting, execution, and reporting on agency funds for infrastructure.
  • Applies a diverse knowledge of budgetary principles and techniques to comply with laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Develops and sustains a highly effective staff by proactively identifying/addressing interpersonal communication and leadership issues.
  • Monitors staff members adherence to the highest standards of conduct, ethics, and internal management controls.
  • Performs Human Resources management duties to hire, evaluate, and discipline division staff.
  • Monitors staff members performance and completes employee performance evaluations.
  • Maintains the highest level of fairness and impartiality when dealing with employees, and to the extent possible, addresses positions in which minorities are under-represented.

Mandatory COVID 19 Vaccination for Federal Employees:
Pursuant to the Executive Order on Requiring COVID 19 Vaccination for Federal Employees, USIBWC civilian employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 by November 22, 2021 subject to such exceptions as required by law. More details regarding this requirement can be found at:

Selected candidate will receive further information about vaccine requirements during the job offer process.

Vaccine information is collected and maintained by USIBWC's Safety Office and complies with all applicable privacy laws.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Naturalized U.S. Citizen.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • You must possess and maintain a valid U.S. Motor Vehicle Driver License, without impeding restrictions, and issued by a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You must maintain direct deposit of your federal pay.
  • You must complete and submit the required U.S. Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entrance on duty and annually thereafter.
  • You will be subject to on-call status under the agency Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). In the event of an emergency, the agency may activate/deploy identified personnel to carry out essential functions and operations.
  • You must successfully complete a Top Secret Clearance background investigation and periodic follow-up reviews.
  • You will be required to travel to Mexico to carry out official agency business.
  • You must be in a continual "on call" status as a member of the agency Incident Response Team (IRT).
  • You must be in a continual "on call" status as a member of the agency Crisis Action Team (CAT).
  • You may be required to travel with overnight stay 15% of the time.
  • You must comply with President Biden's Executive Order issued September 9, 2021, which requires COVID 19 vaccination for Federal employees.


Minimum Qualifications for Chief of Staff

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and specialized experience requirements described below.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

See the Education Section below for the Education requirement, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For the GG-0301-15 grade level, you must meet the specialized experience qualification requirement using experience alone-no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

GG-15 Specialized Experience: This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level in the federal service (GS/GG-14) or other equal federal pay systems. One year of specialized experience described as: applying knowledge of contracting, executing, and reporting on federal funds in a federal agency, state, or local government for infrastructure; engaging in substantive analysis and application of advanced engineering principles; developing approaches to solve significant engineering, facility management, power generation, dam operation, and management problems; applying advanced skill in coordinating multiple and diverse water, pollution prevention, sanitation, and flood control related projects; planning or operating enterprise risk management systems, and infrastructure asset management; managing projects related to water infrastructure, specifically in planning, design, construction, and operations; engaging in management planning for the use of limited human resources and fiscal resources; assembling needed resources; obtaining and analyzing a constant flow of information, monitoring progress, and facilitating informed decisions to adjust to changing requirements; facilitating a mastery of executive decision-making principles and practices to meet organizational goals; coaching individuals, scheduling work, identifying training needs, and monitoring and communicating work progress; applying diverse budgetary principles, and techniques of budgeting procedures to ensure budgetary procedures are in compliance with agency requirements; skill in interpersonal relations, including oral written communication and negotiation sufficient to interact with stakeholders, agency staff, area residents, property owners, and elected and appointed government officials; skill in written communication sufficient to compose technical reports and correspondence; and the ability to speak conversational Spanish sufficient to converse with government officials regarding topics pertaining to an agency or organization's mission.

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