ECQ Writing & Development

Developing your Senior Executive Service (SES) ECQs (Executive Core Qualifications) is one of the most challenging requirements of an SES application.

Developing your SES ECQs (Executive Core Qualifications) is one of the most challenging requirements of an SES application. Our Senior Executive Writers are trained and skilled in developing ECQ statements for the most technical executives, from scientists, Information Technology (IT) specialists, and system architects to military Colonels and Generals with careers spanning more than two decades.

The most important characteristic required in each ECQ is to provide content that is rich with examples that will crystallize your leadership skills and demonstrate how they can contribute to building a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the federal agencies.

ECQs are required for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), and you must present a top-notch ECQ package that will be accepted by the QRB (Qualifications Review Board) within each federal agency.

ECQ Definitions and Charts

Below is a chart of each ECQ definition. We address your ECQ responses in a CCAR (Challenge-Context-Action-Result) model, as described above, required by OPM (Office of Personnel Management), and incorporate the respective competencies below into each ECQ, as well as the fundamental competencies.

ECQs (Executive Core Qualifications)

ECQ Definitions Competencies
Leading Change This core qualification involves the 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 continually changing environment. Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
Leading People This core qualification involves 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. 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. Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
Business Acumen This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
Building Coalitions This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profit and private-sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

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Fundamental Competencies

These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications and must be reflected throughout your ECQs

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Continual Learning
  • Written Communication
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Public Service Motivation

Our Process

Our experienced SES Writers work one-on-one with you to obtain all required information for each ECQ. We are accustomed to working with executives all over the world to develop SES applications via email, telephone consultations, and online builders. The OPM states in its SES guide that you can expect to devote 80 or more hours to develop your ECQs. Most executives do not have the time to spare, or the immediate knowledge of all the fundamental technical requirements, to put together a strong ECQ package. Not an easy task, even for the most accomplished writer! We require only up to 8 to 10 hours of your time, as this is an interactive process, and at least 7 to 14 days to develop your entire SES application.

My SES boss commented on how well written the package was, and I was able to submit the entire package a full day before the deadline. Hats off to your company for having such a talented and professional staff; I will be enthusiastically recommending you to my colleagues. Again, thanks, P.S. I GOT THE INTERVIEW.” -Wayne

To begin the process:

  1. Email or fax us a copy of your federal vacancy announcement, along with your resume.
  2. An executive Career Coach will contact you within 24 hours of receipt to discuss qualification criteria, timeline, costs, and path forward.

This review is FREE, and we will determine if we can indeed qualify you to become one of the next SES leaders within the federal government.