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Job Title:Deputy Director, Acquisition and Grants Office

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:SO-AGO-2013-0020

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 03, 2013 to Monday, June 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-1102-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all groups of Qualified Individuals who are U.S. Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Secret Clearance or ability to obtain Secret Clearance

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all mandatory PTQs.


Education Requirement:  Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. AND A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is required that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. The applicant should have experience effectively and efficiently leading and managing an acquisition and grants organization and experience effectively and efficiently leading and managing a diverse, multi-generational and geographically dispersed workforce. This experience may have been gained from both inside and outside the federal workplace.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All applicants will be evaluated by a panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. To be rated and considered for this position, applicants are requested to fully describe their experience in each of the following five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and all of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). When addressing the ECQ and PTQ requirements, please use the first person as you assess and describe your leadership qualifications. (e.g., [In 2009 I led XYZ organization] NOT [In 2009 Mr. Doe led the XYZ organization]).

 

SES Executive Core Qualifications:

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

ECQ 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.

ECQ 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.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5- Building Coalitions: 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: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. For more detailed information and samples please see the OPM link http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf

 

Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

PTQ 1 - Comprehensive knowledge of acquisition statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures sufficient to provide oversight and technical advice on the administration of an acquisition program to meet the needs of the Agency and its customers.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated ability and extensive knowledge in leading and applying management techniques and doctrines in planning, developing, integrating, and directing a variety of management support and service programs responsive to the grants and acquisition needs of NOAA and the Department of Commerce.

PTQ 3 - Knowledge of business and financial management systems and principles to successfully execute solutions to grants and acquisition issues for an organization.  

 

MANDATORY: Occupational Questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions)


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized Background Investigation: This position is designated as critical sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated for a top secret clearance in order to establish eligibility. Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter. Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period. Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignments across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. You may be required to travel. Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action. Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: ECQ and PTQ Documentation should be attached under "Writing Example One" and "Writing Example Two", respectively, once you have completed the online questionnaire. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USA JOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USA JOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. Applications are accepted online only. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
  • ECQs - Provide at least one full page typed narratives per executive core qualifications. Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. Failure to fully respond or address any of the core qualification will result in an incomplete application and the package WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • PTQs - Provide narrative response to professional/technical qualifications. Response should not exceed 1 page per PTQ
  • Education - If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
  • Documentation supporting career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM.
Note:You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dejoun Taylor
Phone: 301-713-6333
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Dejoun.m.taylor@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Executive Resources
1305 East West Highway
Room 12613
Silver Spring, MD
20910
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified by email of the receipt of your application. The typical SES selection process at NOAA averages 80-85 work days after the announcement closes.

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Job Announcement Number:

SO-AGO-2013-0020

Control Number:

342935000