Senior Executive Service (SES)

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution. The SES was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications, not their technical expertise. It is the keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.

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How to Apply

  • Recruitment for DLA SES vacancies is conducted via Job Opportunity Announcements (JOAs) issued by DLA Human Resources. These JOAs are available on the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM's) USAJOBS website and contain specific application instructions.

  • Persons within the stated area of consideration must submit a recent resume, Optional Form 612, or Standard Form 171 for the SES position under recruitment. Additional guidance is provided in the SES FAQs.

  • Candidates must also submit a supplemental statement addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications. The ECQ narrative is limited to 10 pages, and the narrative for the Technical Qualifications is limited to six pages. Additional guidance is provided in the SES FAQs.

  • Do not submit extraneous information (e.g., cover letters, awards, appraisals, transcripts, etc.). These items will be removed from the application package and destroyed. Classified information will not be accepted.

  • Consult the specific DLA SES Job Opportunity Announcement for detailed information on how to apply.


Learn more about how SES positions are filled from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).