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Job Title:  Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget
Department:  National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
Agency:  National Endowment for the Arts
Job Announcement Number:  NEA-KMc-13-795854 (SES)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals within the civil service


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government.  To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion through nearly 140,000 grants to not-for-profit organizations in support of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

AMENDMENT:  The closing date of this announcement has been extended until January 2, 2013.

The NEA is currently seeking a Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget to join the Chairman's senior leadership team.  Successful candidates will be enterprising, curious, and have a deep understanding of people. They will also have strategic planning, communications, collaboration, and staff leadership skills, as well as financial and human resources acumen.


This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and reports to the NEA's Senior Deputy Chairman.  The position oversees the Administrative Services, Budget, Finance, Grants and Contracts, and Human Resources offices.  

Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals within the Civil Service.

This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a generous benefits package; paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, health and life insurance, and excellent retirement package.

Visit our website at  for more information about the NEA.

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  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized.
  • This position may require ocassional travel.
  • Must complete a 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed
  • An SF-50 MUST be submitted for this position.
  • Application package must be received by the closing date of announcement.


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As the Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget you will be responsible for the following:

  • Oversees the Agency's offices of Administrative Services, Budget, Finance, Grants & Contracts, and Human Resources to support the goals and objectives of the Chairman within the parameters of applicable government-wide and Agency laws, rules, regulations and requirements.  Oversees the development of the Agency's annual budget submissions to the President's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congress, and briefs Presidentially appointed members of the National Council on the Arts and Agency staff as appropriate.  Additionally, works collaboratively with other Agency offices to position the NEA as a welcoming, vibrant, and supportive workplace. 
  • Provides executive leadership as a principal senior-level advisor to the Chairman and Senior Deputy Chairman (SDC) regarding the development, implementation, and modification of Agency policies and procedures necessitated by legislation; by government-wide policies; by Agency budget and human resources availability; by Agency program review, analysis, or evaluation; and/or by Agency-developed administrative directives.
  • Advises the Chairman and SDC on the management implications of proposed actions, calling attention to prospective problem areas and suggesting solutions.  Where appropriate, recommends changes to the Agency's authorizing or appropriations legislation.  Identifies and keeps-up-to-date on key Agency policies/priorities and economic, political, and social trends which affect the organization; understands where the Agency is headed and how to make a contribution.  
  • Provides senior leadership, including across multiple administrative and programmatic offices, and in situations where direction and guidance must be provided to peers and superiors as well as subordinates.  Includes the ability to lead and manage collaboratively.
  • Serves as the Agency's senior manager for complex operational projects that have broad Agency impact and fall within the general purview of the administrative and budget operations.  Such projects typically involve Agency-wide collaboration and impact various operational areas.  In this capacity, duties may involve overseeing development and/or evaluation of such activities. 
  • Advises the Chairman, SDC, and the Agency's Director of the Office of Research and Analysis and the Deputy Chairman for Programs and Partnerships on the development, implementation, and modification of the Agency's Strategic Plan, Annual Performance Plan, and Annual Performance Report, including outcomes and performance measurements, in conformance with applicable government and Agency requirements.  Responsible for submitting the Agency's Annual Performance Report to the OMB and Congress.
  • Serves as the Agency's liaison with various Federal agencies or governmental bodies for activities that fall within the general purview of the administrative and budget offices - to ensure effective compliance with Federal policies, and that Agency requirements are made known to these agencies.  Such responsibilities include liaison with OMB on budget and related matters; the National Endowment for the Humanities concerning operational partnerships; the General Services Administration on significant space management issues; and the Office of Personnel Management on human resources issues.
  • Serves as principal advisor to the Chairman and SDC concerning management's relationship with the Agency's Union.  In this capacity, routinely collaborates with the Agency's Human Resources Director and the Labor and Employee Relations Specialist.  Upon request, may serve as a member of the Agency's negotiating team in interactions with the Union and/or as a member of the NEA labor/management forum.
  • Accompanies the Chairman and SDC to hearings before OMB and Congressional Committees.  As requested, testify before these bodies and/or meets with Congressional staff in support of the Agency's budget request and other Agency matters under review by the Congress.



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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government.  These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad prospective of government, and a public service commitment.


All candidates must have one year of specialized experience directly related to the position at or above the GS-15 as a senior managerial executive with the capacity for leadership, strategic planning, organizing, and developing and evaluating programs.  This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.  Your application must demonstrate that you possess the Minimum Qualifications, as well as the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) AND the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) outlined below.


Unless you are currently serving under a SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management, you MUST submit a narrative statement covering each of the MTQ's and ECQ's in order to receive consideration for this position.  Current and former SES employees MUST submit a narrative statement covering each of the MTQ's.  Your narrative statements must be no more than two pages per each MTQ and each ECQ.  The narrative statements should provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibly, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts.



  1. Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in federal financial and budgeting processes sufficient to have prepared you to provide executive leadership in an agency or bureau with approximately 160 employees and a budget of $150 million, with responsibility for managing or overseeing multiple operations including strategic planning; budget formulation, presentation and execution; financial audit preparation; and serving as liaison to other relevant federal entities including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) .
  2. Comprehensive knowledge and experience in federal human resources programs sufficient to have prepared you to manage or oversee a federal human resources program for an agency or bureau with approximately 160 employees, and serving as liaison to other relevant federal entities including the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
  3. Ability to lead and/or manage a federal agency's or bureau's administrative services and space/facilities operations and serve as liaison to other relevant federal entities including the General Services Administration (GS).
  4. Ability to lead and/or manage a federal agency's or bureau's contracts and grantmaking programs. 



Applicants are encouraged to visit and view the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM)  Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications.  Please use the Challenge, Context, Action, Results (CCAR) format that is suggested in the OPM guidance.  Please review these qualifications and then follow the instructions found in the "How to Apply" section of this vacancy announcement. 

1.  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 the ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2.  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.

3.  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. 

4. BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5.  BUILDING COALITIIONS - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

NOTE:  The definition of the SES ECQ's and their underlying competencies can be found at:


Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by  Wednesday, January 02, 2013.




Education: Not applicable




Your resume and narrative responses to the MTQ's and ECQ's are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for this position.  Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration.  Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:

1. Application package will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete packages will not receive further consideration).

2. Basic qualification review.  Your resume and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the specialized experience requirement.  (If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration).

3. Review of your application package by the Executive Review Board (ERB).  Your application will be evaluated, rated and ranked.  The Best Qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for consideration.






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The NEA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Public Financial Disclosure Report is required.

A background investigation will be required for this position.  Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

If you are selected for this Federal position, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).

The application contains information subject the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a).  The information issued will be used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 3302 and 3361.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex,  national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual-orientation or age.

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time, on the closing date of Wednesday, January 02, 2013.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the online questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete the cover page using the following Vacancy Identification Number 795854.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online, you must FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to              1-478-757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX (, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found at (  You must also cite the Vacancy Identification Number 795854.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.    A complete Resume (which includes hours worked, starting/ending dates (month and year), and if Federal employment - series, pay plan and grade).

2.    A complete Online Questionnaire

3.    An SF-50. Showing title, series, grade, FPL, duty station and Civil Service status

4.    Most recent Performance Appraisal (if a current Federal employee)

5.    Narrative statements addressing the MTQ's and ECQ's as applicable.  Narratives should be no more than 2 pages for each MTQ and 2 pages for each ECQ (10 pages total).


Kathy D. McDuffie
Phone: (202)682-5470
Fax: (202)682-5708
Agency Information:
National Endowment for the Arts
The Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 223
Washington, DC
20506 Fax: (202)682-5708


We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.  If you are referred for further consideration you will be notified each time your name is sent to a hiring official.  You will be notified of the outcome by e-mail using the e-mail address on final in the Application Manager system.

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