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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director, Office of Acquisition and Agreements Management

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:SES-2013-0022

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:

Monday, October 28, 2013 to Monday, December 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-1102-01

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

01

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals (U.S. citizens only). 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.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is perfect for you if you are ready for a challenge and are committed to making significant improvements in the operations of one of the world's premier research and science organizations. NIST is located on a beautiful campus in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, MD.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plays a vital role in supporting technical innovation -- critical to the future economic security of our Nation. NIST accomplishes its mission through a broad interdisciplinary approach leveraging its physical sciences and engineering expertise. Its broad scope and technical expertise is matched by few other laboratories in the world. NIST is organized around scientific and engineering disciplines and encourages research programs that leverage the full talent and expertise across the organization. NIST programs are at the scientific forefront nationally and internationally, and they provide an important contribution in support of industry, academia, and other government entities. NIST is a dynamic and complex organization undertaking research and scientific endeavors in a multidisciplinary, diverse culture. NIST's human resources are also diverse with over 2,800 full-time employees and over 1,500 foreign and domestic guest researchers, contractors, and other associates. The primary facilities are located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Boulder, Colorado.
The incumbent of this position serves as the Director, Office of Acquisition and Agreements Management (DOAAM) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reporting directly to the Associate Director for Management Resources at NIST. The DOAAM is responsible for the establishment of policies to govern the development, management, administration, and coordination of NIST's strategic acquisition, agreements and grants management functions, with the goal of maximizing efficiency and mission impact.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated or random drug testing may be required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required within 30 days.
  • Mobility agreements are required for members of the SES.
  • Minimum education requirement.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent provides leadership, direction, guidance and staff support to NIST management and other clients in the areas of acquisition, agreements and grants management, commensurate with the Institute's mission and strategic objectives.
Specifically, the incumbent provides executive leadership and oversight to subordinate managers who direct the organizations that provide acquisition management, grants management and reimbursable agreements coordination.  S/he is the primary acquisition and grants advisor to the NIST Director, Associate Directors and other executives. S/he is responsible for establishing policies to govern the development, management, administration and coordination of NIST’s overall acquisition, agreements and grants management processes, to include providing services to other components of the Department of Commerce (DOC).
The incumbent will ensure that NIST and other external clients are provided with the necessary support and services to enable mission success in the areas of acquisition, grants and agreements management. Specifically, this includes:

  • Coordinating strategic planning activities, in partnership with clients, in acquisition, grants and agreements management to support and address mission outcomes
  • Implementing policies and programs to support mission success in the acquisition, grants and agreements management arenas; making program and policy modifications when necessary to ensure efficiency of operations and compliance. 
  • Directing subordinate managers in the oversight and operations of multiple divisions in providing acquisition, grants and agreements support to enable mission success.
  • Providing executive leadership and accountability for service delivery to client organizations in acquisition, grants and agreement management functions.
  • Providing advice and assistance to NIST senior management on the full range of laws, regulations and policies governing acquisition, grants and agreements management. 
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies in the delivery of organizational services.
  • Ensuring streamlined and consistent processes
  • Utilizing data-based metrics to evaluate organizational performance against agency targets and goals.
  • Recommending and implementing process and programmatic modifications, when necessary, to ensure effective and efficient services to enable mission success.

In addition to the above duties, the incumbent is also responsible for the operation and management of the first DOC Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE), including the establishment of new procedures and policies.  The ACE provides world class acquisition services for several small DOC bureaus.  The operational management of ACE will require the incumbent to manage and direct the 20 additional on-site (Herbert C. Hoover Building) acquisition staff for these bureaus while ensuring regulatory compliance and reporting for their acquisition activities.
Additional Information regarding NIST and its programs may be found at its web page, http://www.nist.gov


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications of this position, you must possess all of the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and meet the basic education requirement for this position. Basic education requirement for the 1102 series:  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.  Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement will be automatically disqualified from consideration. Applicants must respond to the application questions, which consist of providing 8 narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT RESPOND TO THE EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS AND THE PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS AND DOCUMENT THEIR DEMONSTRATED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, AND/OR EDUCATION IN SUPPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS LISTED ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. For detailed guidance on writing ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf Applicants currently serving under a career appointment within the Senior Executive Service (SES), those who are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or those who have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), are not required to address the ECQs but must address the PTQs. These applicants must submit proof of their status to be considered eligible for the position. Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES or reinstatement eligibility, or documentation from the CDP showing OPM certification of your ECQs.


Basic education requirement for the 1102 series:  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.  Applicants must list degree and/or course information to satisfy the basic education requirement. Applicants who do not meet the basic education requirement will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the duties and assignments of the position. Additionally, applicants must meet the basic education requirement to be eligible for consideration for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of Senior Executives to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. You will be evaluated on the following: 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/ COMMUNICATION: 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. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs)  1. Comprehensive knowledge of acquisition and/or grants management statutes, regulations, policies and procedures sufficient to provide oversight and technical advice on the administration of an acquisition program to meet client needs; 2. Demonstrated ability to provide authoritative direction and leadership for multiple administrative service programs with varied customers, clients, and stakeholders; and the ability to manage those programs to accomplish agency scientific and technical objectives; and 3. Expert ability in communicating and resolving complex and controversial acquisition or grants issues, working with both internal and external customers and with external stakeholders such as members of Congress.
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BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work-life programs by visiting http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/index.htm. The following web address is provided for you to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To learn more please click on: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. 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. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information. Relocation expenses: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized. Background investigation: This position requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security 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 of their appointment and then annually thereafter. Qualifications approval and probationary period: Persons newly selected for career appointments within 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. Drug Testing: Applicants selected for employment in this position may be subject to designated and/or random drug urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs. Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service. Travel: Occasional to frequent travel may be required. Social Security Number: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) to initially access and create an account at the www.usajobs.gov website. However, only the last four (4) digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act notice (PL93-579) - The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. False Statements: If you make false statements 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. Signature: Before you are hired, you may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. NIST is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about NIST, visit NIST's channel on youtube.

HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants must use the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) website to apply for this position: www.usajobs.gov An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for this position. Only applications submitted via www.usajobs.gov will be considered for this position. All applications and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to be considered for this position. Please allow adequate time to complete your application. QRB-certified graduates of OPM-approved SES candidate development programs need not address the ECQs. Instead, applicants must submit via the www.usajobs.gov site a copy of the certificate evidencing OPM certification of their ECQs. Current or former members of the SES must provide evidence (SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows your conversion or appointment into the SES, or recent pay raise showing career status in the SES) of eligibility for reassignment or reinstatement. This document must be submitted via www.usajobs.gov. Current and former members of the SES need not address the ECQs but must address the PTQs. Current federal employees are encouraged, but not required, to submit a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level. You will be directed to FAX or upload documents at the www.usajobs.gov site to attach to your application for this position. If you select the FAX option, please use the required cover sheet and follow the instructions provided at www.usajobs.gov. Failure to provide required documentation may result in lost consideration. A complete application package consists of a resume (created during the registration process at www.usajobs.gov), and narrative responses to the online job questions that are included in this announcement. You must provide narrative responses to the job questions; including "see resume" or similar phrases will result in your application not being considered. Your resume must include the following: your full name, mailing address, and day and evening phone numbers; paid and unpaid work experience, and for each job you should list the title, salary, major duties and accomplishments and supervisor's name and contact information; education, including the name(s) of all schools attended and dates of attendance; provide training courses, special skills you possess and any honors/awards that are applicable to the position. Applications that are not complete will not be considered for this position. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, union membership, or other non-qualifying physical or mental handicaps. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants must submit an application via www.usajobs.gov and include narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications, if required, and Professional/Technical Qualifications. Applicants must include information in support of meeting the minimum education requirement for the position - this information may be degree and institution information, a listing of courses, a transcript, and/or evidence of already serving in a federal position in the 1102 series, or another series that has the same educational requirements. In addition: -QRB-certified graduates of OPM-approved SES candidate development programs need not address the ECQs. Instead, applicants must submit via the www.usajobs.gov site a copy of the certificate evidencing OPM certification of their ECQs. -Current or former members of the SES must provide evidence (SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows your conversion or appointment into the SES, or recent pay raise showing career status in the SES) of eligibility for reassignment or reinstatement. This document must be submitted via www.usajobs.gov. Current and former members of the SES need not address the ECQs but must address the PTQs. -Current federal employees are encouraged, but not required, to submit a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level. You will be directed to FAX or upload documents at the www.usajobs.gov site to attach to your application for this position. If you select the FAX option, please use the required cover sheet and follow the instructions provided at www.usajobs.gov. Failure to provide required documentation may result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Didi Hanlein
Phone: 301-975-3020
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: Didi@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and then a panel of Senior Executive Service members will review eligible applications to determine the degree to which an applicant possesses the required Executive Core and Professional/Technical qualifications. Applicants may check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing their account on www.usajobs.gov and selecting "My USAJOBS" and entering your user ID and password. Your application status will be updated as changes occur. If you have questions, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

SES-2013-0022

Control Number:

348055000