The Senior Executives Association (SEA) has named former Board member and former SEA staff member Tim Dirks to be the organization’s Interim President. Mr. Dirks will serve in this job while a search is conducted for the next President.
The Senior Executives Association is a professional association representing Senior Executive Service members and other career federal executives. It was founded in 1980.
The SEA recently announced that Carol Bonosaro was retiring from the SEA president’s position. Ms. Bonosaro will be transitioning into the role of president emeritus. She has been the president of the SEA since 1986. Ms. Bonosaro was a member of the SEA board from 1981 through 1986 and served as chair of the board between 1983 and 1986 prior to her appointment as president.
With regard to the appointment of Mr. Dirks, Barbara Pabotoy, chair of the SEA board commented, “Tim is an exemplary senior executive with extensive public and private sector experience. He will serve the Association well, implementing our strategic approach to support Senior Executive Service and Senior Professional employees as the basis for efficient and effective government management.”
He retired from the federal government in 2002 after over 32 years of federal service. His last ten years as a federal employee were as the Director of Human Resources Management at the Department of Energy. Mr. Dirks also worked as a senior human resources expert and manager at several agencies, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Following his retirement from the federal government, Mr. Dirks engaged in various types of human resources and management consulting activities with GRA, Inc. as well as the Partnership for Public Service and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). He has also served as a part-time instructor in Catholic University’s Masters in Human Resources program, teaching courses focusing on Federal HR management from 2007 to 2013.
OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recognized him for the development of some of the government’s best human capital management programs. He twice received the prestigious Presidential Meritorious Rank Award (in 1996 and 2001) for his executive leadership achievements as a member of the Senior Executive Service and for his pioneering work in Federal human resources management.
He received a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. (concentration in HR) from the George Washington University, and an M.A. in Transpersonal Studies from the Atlantic University. A member of SEA since 1992, he served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2004, was Treasurer from 1999-2003, served on SEA’s staff as Director of Member and Agency Liaison from June 2013 to August 2014, and has consulted with SEA on occasion since leaving his staff post.