Director, Office of Facilities Management

Washington, D.C
Jun 24, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) is part of the Maritime Administration (MARAD), a modal agency of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). USMMA is a degree granting federal service academy that trains individuals to serve the national and economic security of the United States as licensed merchant mariners and commissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Academy is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and provides five major courses of study supporting a population of approximately 1,000 midshipmen students.

The incumbent serves as the Director, Office of Facilities Management at USMMA. The Director is responsible for the safe and effective acquisition and lifecycle management of the facilities infrastructure of USMMA. The Director provides support through the design, construction, implementation, and sustainment of safe, cost-effective, and energy-efficient USMMA facilities.

The Director manages the USMMA facilities portfolio, including the acquisition and lifecycle management related to facilities modernization, replacement, realignment, construction, and sustainment/maintenance, as well as power and power backup systems, and unstaffed facilities projects. Works effectively with MARAD and DOT acquisition teams and other teams of experts from MARAD and the DOT to achieve program objectives.

Oversees Engineering Services for the design, construction, and installation of projects at the USMMA.

Oversees and manages a budget of approximately $18 million. Ensures that business and administrative processes and performance expectations are aligned and consistent across the Academy and support the Academy's Master Plan. Properly allocates resources and programs to support the USMMA mission, improve service value, and achieve performance targets. Recommends new approaches and strategies to improve resource allocation, cost efficiency, and productivity.

Provides oversight of comprehensive life cycle program management cost estimates; continually assesses the cost, technical, operational, and workforce risks associated with individual realignment and consolidations; and develops risk mitigations plans inclusive of stakeholder needs.

Interacts with senior executives and managers within MARAD and throughout the Department of Transportation, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs, other Federal agencies, state and local governments, and numerous USMMA stakeholders (e.g., alumni associations) to provide updates on project status and to detail capital and maintenance needs at the Academy.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.

  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.
  • DRUG TESTING: Drug testing is required.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your five (5) page resume evidence of progressively responsible supervisory, managerial, or professional experience which involved management of a program or organization of significant scope and complexity. Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualification(s) and Managerial Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are the descriptions of the mandatory technical qualifications for this position. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet these technical qualifications.

TQ 1: Demonstrated executive experience managing and leading a complex, multifaceted real property organization through continual, metrics-based evaluation and appraisal of goals and objectives in the following areas: 1) facilities management and maintenance; 2) personal property programs; 3) transportation services; and 4) safety programs.

TQ 2: Demonstrated executive experience planning, programming, budgeting, and executing a large and complex capital infrastructure program, which includes project and resource management in alignment with results-oriented performance metrics.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the mandatory ECQs that are required for all SES positions. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the 5 ECQs.

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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website .

You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements and executive resumes.

Additional information

Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website

Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.

Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

Telework - Determined by agency policy.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement - The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal employees pursuant to Executive Order 14043 does not currently apply. Some jobs, however, may be subject to agency- or job-specific vaccination requirements, so please review the job announcement for details.

Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified. 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.

  • This is not a Bargaining union position.