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DOE General Competencies

The DOE General Competencies are the personal and professional attributes that are critical to successful performance.  A competency model is a collection of competencies that together define successful performance in a particular work setting.  Competency models can be developed for specific jobs, job groups, organizations, occupations or industries.

Fundamental Competencies

  • Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations. Perceives, assesses, and positively influences one's own and other individuals’ emotions.
  • Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
  • Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  • Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Continual Learning - Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
  • Public Service Motivation - Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

Leading Change

  • Creativity and Innovation - Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
  • External Awareness - Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views. Demonstrates awareness of the organization's impact on the external environment.
  • Flexibility - Openness to change and new information; adapts rapidly to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. Identifies stress factors and applies learned coping skills to mitigate those factors.
  • Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
  • Vision - Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

Leading People

  • Conflict Management - Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  • Leveraging Diversity - Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
  • Developing Others - Develops the ability of others to perform and contributes to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
  • Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

Results Driven

  • Accountability - Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results - monitors and evaluates plans, focuses on results, and measures attainment of outcomes. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
  • Customer Service - Balances interests of a variety of clients, and readily readjusts priorities to respond effectively to pressing and changing demands for information, advice and assistance. Anticipates and meets the needs of clients; achieves quality end products; and commits to continuous improvement of services.
  • Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Entrepreneurship - Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
  • Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies current laws, policies, and best business practices related to a specialized expertise.

Business Acumen

  • Financial Management - Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program or project budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
  • Human Capital Management - Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.
  • Technology Utilization - Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Familiarity and effectiveness with the application of e-communications, including e-mail, wireless devices, text messaging, audio/video files, etc., including the exercise of proper e-mail etiquette and the use of standard, DOE provided, computer applications to meet work requirements and updates capabilities as needed. (Examples are Microsoft Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and corporate information systems.) Ensures access to and security of information technology (IT) systems.
  • Workplace Safety - Demonstrates safe work practices appropriate for the position and work environment.
  • Knowledge of DOE Business - Understands and supports the various business lines of the Department. Knows how position and organizational functions foster, relate and connect to the Department’s mission.

Building Coalitions

  • Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  • Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.