Job Overview


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the oldest scientific agency of the United States. Tracing its lineage to the Survey of the Coast commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, NOAA was formed in 1970 to provide science, service, and stewardship of the oceans and atmosphere. NOAA is grappling with the most pressing environmental problems facing the nation today, from climate change and adaptation to ending overfishing to the next generation of weather forecasting. Consider NOAA for an opportunity to make a value added contribution to the nation and the environment.

This position is located in the NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO), a corporate staff office of the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). AGO acquires products and services and awards the financial assistance necessary to meet the mission and goals of NOAA. Through the award of contracts and grants AGO administers nearly half the NOAA outlay each year. The Office plans, designs and coordinates acquisition and grant standards, practices, and procedures for all NOAA acquisition and grant offices and their subordinate entities. It provides program direction and guidance to the NOAA headquarters and field acquisition and grant organizations. The Office awards and administers all NOAA acquisition and financial assistance transactions. In accordance with 5 CFR 214.402, this position has been designated as "Career Reserved." The position requires impartiality or the public's confidence in impartiality. It involves day-to-day administrative operations without responsibility for or substantial involvement in the determination or public advocacy of the major controversial policies of the Administration, Department of Commerce or NOAA. This vacancy is available to all U.S. citizens and persons not currently serving in the civil service are eligible and encouraged to apply.


The incumbent functions as a full Deputy to the Director and acts for AGO on all matters in the absence of the Director. Together with the Director, the incumbent is responsible for determining the future direction of AGO, for setting priorities, and managing the day to day operations of the Office. The incumbent represents the Office on behalf of the Director to the bureau and department. The incumbent provides direction and supervision to the operating organizations within the AGO. The incumbent provides guidance and service to NOAA management in the areas of acquisition and financial assistance. He/she will provide day-to-day operational advice, guidance and supervision to all NOAA acquisition offices. The incumbent will ensure the AGO specifically acquires research and development services, high technology scientific equipment including aircraft, ships, and satellites, information technology products and services, environmental products and services, mapping and charting products and services, management studies, general supplies, and multiple other products and services for all NOAA offices through federal acquisition policy and procedure; monitors contracting operations throughout NOAA to ensure compliance; awards and administers financial assistance grants and cooperative agreements, and develops and implements policies and procedures to serve the NOAA acquisition and grants management mission. The incumbent has primary responsibility for development and promulgation of acquisition and grants management policy for NOAA, overseeing the acquisition and grants management programs through formal and informal management reviews and balanced scorecard processes, establishing and managing the agency purchase card oversight program, acquisition planning, and audit issue resolution.