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Job Title:  Director, Budget Office
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SO-CFO-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals who are U.S. citizens.


About the Agency

The Director, Budget Office position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and serves as the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Budget Office (NBO).
The NBO is responsible for the oversight and management of NOAA's budget process.  The Office assists the Under Secretary and the line, program and staff offices in the formulation of NOAA’s budget.  It develops overall guidance, reviews proposals, and prepares supporting justification and documentation.  This includes coordinating the preparation of NOAA’s budget submissions to the Department of Commerce, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Congress, including data on budget authority, obligations, outlays, permanent positions, and full-time equivalent employment.  It provides assistance to Line & Staff offices in the preparation of their budget submissions. 

The Office provides for the proper allocation and control of the execution of all budgetary resources as required under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Act of 1974 (31 U.S.C. II) and related statutes, and as specified by OMB.  It issues funding allotments and assists the CFO in providing obligation allowances to NOAA's organizational components.  The Office monitors the planning, obligation, and expendi­ture of funds within NOAA, and develops cost distribution rates and allocations of human resources and ceiling controls.  This position serves as a focal point for responding to congressional inquiries and tracking of congressionally mandated reports.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required, and frequent local travel to the NOAA Silver Spring, MD location will be required.


  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position
  • A Secret Clearance is required


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The CFO has delegated responsibility for all budget operations in NOAA to the Director of the NOAA Budget Office.  The incumbent provides for the proper allocation and control of NOAA's budgetary resources.  S/he assists in the formulation of NOAA's budget, develops overall budget guidance, reviews budget proposals, and prepares supporting justification and documentation.  The incumbent conducts program analysis to support the planning, budget, and resource management functions; identifies major issues affecting NOAA's programs; and directs studies to recommend solutions. 

The position provides centralized guidance and control of budget activities at all levels of operations; maintains overall NOAA appropriation, apportionment, obligation, outlay and cost control; coordinates reprogramming submissions; oversees the entire budget formulation process in developing the annual NOAA budget submissions; and reviews budget performance for individual organizations.  In addition to the information provided above, the incumbent has primary responsibility for the following:

  1. Develops and oversees the implementation of programs and services relating to NOAA budget planning, formulation, presentation, execution, reporting of financial issues.  Serves as technical advisor to the CFO on budgetary policy and regulations.  Develops analyses which examine the significance and impact on NOAA’s budget resulting from revised legislation, policies, procedures and customer requirements.  Supports the NOAA strategic planning process by aiding in the definition of financial resources needed and those likely to be available in the near and long-term.  Tracks NOAA’s performance measures and Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act requirements.
  2. Develops NOAA’s multi-year budget submissions to the Department, OMB, and the Congress.  Develops agency guidance and procedures for the budget formulation processes.
  3. Serves as the senior advisor and agency focal point on behalf of NOAA’s senior management to the Department, OMB, and congressional staff on budget formulation and related planning issues within NOAA. 
  4. Oversees review and analysis of all congressional legislation and report language to assess impact on NOAA operations. 
  5. Provides policy level authoritative representation to intergovernmental meetings concerning NOAA interests in the area of financial management, budget and financial systems. 


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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 in the "HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED" section. 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 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. 

Specialized Experience
Experience 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.
Specialized experience may consist of, but not limited to: governmental budgeting, management of financial systems, serving as a liaison with an organization and political affiliations, and a broad range of progressively responsible experience in providing leadership, direction and coordination of financial management programs and activities that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ'S) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's).


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
Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):
PTQ1 - In-depth knowledge of and experience with budgeting; reporting concepts and principles; implementing performance measurements; and, establishing budget and financial management policies for a large and complex organization.
PTQ2 - Knowledge of current and emerging issues and developments in the budget and financial and business fields, including a knowledge of and ability to apply innovative financial management techniques.
PTQ3 – Ability to relate budget and financial management objectives to operations outside the financial management chain of command, and to foster communication, cooperation, and collaboration within and outside this chain of command in support of those objectives.
NOTE: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 3 pages typed 12 point font.

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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.


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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 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.


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 - Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. Failure to fully respond or address any of the core qualifications 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 by the closing date. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.


Lakesha Miner
Phone: 301-713-6322
Fax: 301-713-2083
Agency Information:
WFMO/Oceans Client Services Div
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD
Fax: 301-713-2083


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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