Job Overview


About the Agency

Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. NOAA Fisheries also plays a supportive and advisory role in the management of living marine resources in coastal areas under state jurisdiction, provides scientific and policy leadership in the international arena and implements international conservation and management measures as appropriate.

Under this mission, the goal is to optimize the benefits of living marine resources to the Nation through sound science and management. This requires a balancing of multiple public needs and interests in the sustainable benefits and use of living marine resources, without compromising the long-term biological integrity of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Many factors, both natural and human-related, affect the status of fish stocks, protected species and ecosystems. Although these factors cannot all be controlled, available scientific and management tools enable the agency to have a strong influence on many of them. Maintaining and improving the health and productivity of these species is the heart of our stewardship mission. These activities will maintain and enhance current and future opportunities for the sustainable use of living marine resources as well as the health and biodiversity of their ecosystems.


The incumbent is responsible for direction and management of all NMFS financial, budget and administrative support functions, including coordination and standardization across all NMFS organizational elements of requirements and practices expected of NOAA's management and budget organizations. These include management/oversight responsibility for the following programs:

1. Financial management activities and an integrated NMFS accounting and financial management system including auditable financial reporting and internal controls. Ensures compliance with applicable accounting standards and principles, financial information and system functional standards. Manages directly or participates in the design, development, and implementation of performance measurement systems.

2. Develops and/or oversees the implementation of programs and processes that ensure robust monitoring of financial transactions and budget execution to achieve complete compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as internal and external policy.  Adopts adequate measures to address anomalies and eliminate/mitigate risk of future non-compliance.

3. All matters relating to NOAA/NMFS budget planning, formulation, presentation, execution, reporting and requirements for financial management systems and other operations. Supports the NOAA strategic planning process by defining NMFS financial and other resources needed, and likely to be available in the near and long-term.

4. Anticipates the effect of legislative and administrative changes and initiatives and ensures development of effective, legally-compliant, fully responsive budget formulation strategies to provide for implementation of programmatic priorities.

5. Provides leadership in budget proposal and/or justification efforts, advising senior leadership on funding strategies and novel solutions to new or unique programmatic funding requirements.

6. Responsible for managing the development and implementation of all NMFS budgetary and financial policies and processes. Ensures that these policies and systems are in full support of the NMFS mission and are in compliance with Administration and Departmental financial and budget policies and initiatives.

7. NMFS efforts to achieve modernization and streamlining goals including workforce restructuring (if needed), "end-state" resource targets, and business process engineering related to conversion of NMFS transition budgets and system acquisition accounts to base operations and maintenance.

8. Oversees accurate allocation of costs among budget accounts and evaluates proposals for reprogramming of funds, advising managers and bureau leadership on all appropriate compliance measures and ensuring that approved transfers of budget authority between budget accounts is consistent with reprogramming regulations.

9. Institute methodologies, organizational practices and processes to ensure audit readiness and accuracy, consistent with applicable U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and prescribed Departmental accounting policies and procedures.

10. Formulates NMFS policies relating to executive affairs, administrative resources, and workforce and labor management programs.

11. NMFS-wide management of funding for procurement, grants, logistics, facilities and support functions.

12. Chief point of contact for working with and negotiating resolution of Inspector General, Government Accountability Office, and Office of Management and Budget inquiries or recommendations relating to financial or budgetary concerns.

13. Advises senior leadership on the entire range of budgetary and financial matters, including control measures, and builds consensus among executives, senior managers, and internal or external stakeholders regarding strategies that contribute to more efficient allocation of resources.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.

Who May Apply

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Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.

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