Chief Financial Officer / Chief Administrative Officer

Silver Spring, Maryland
Aug 05, 2022
Aug 13, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Applicants are advised that the NOAA will request information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination status of applicants for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

The incumbent is responsible for direction and management of all NWS financial, budget and administrative support functions, including coordination and standardization across all NWS organizational elements of requirements and practices expected of NOAA's management and budget organizations in accordance with NWS Governance.

These include management/oversight responsibility for the following programs:
  • All financial management activities and an integrated NWS 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 (including the Standard General Ledger, the core financial system requirements, and Office of Management and Budget financial statement form and content requirements).
  • All matters relating to NWS/NOAA budget planning, formulation, presentation, execution, reporting and requirements for financial management systems and other operations. Supports the NOAA strategic planning process by defining NWS financial and other resources needed, and likely to be available in the near and longterm.
  • Responsible for managing the development and implementation of all NWS budgetary and financial policies and processes. Ensures that these policies and systems are in full support of the NWS mission and are in compliance with Administration and Departmental financial and budget policies and initiatives.
  • The incumbent is the NWS representative and point of contact for the Department of Commerce/NOAA activities related to the implementation and/or operations of financial, acquisition, property, and data management solutions. Supports the change management and communication efforts required for NWS to successfully utilize enterprise-wide solutions.
  • The incumbent provides direction and manages administrative services, including property, records management, FOIA, awards, directives, and human capital management services.
  • Formulates all NWS policy relating to administrative resources.
  • NWS-wide management of funding for procurement, grants, logistics, facilities and support functions.
  • Chief point of contact for working with and negotiating resolution of Inspector General, Government Accountability Office, and Office of Management and Budget recommendations.

  • Furthermore, the incumbent is responsible for performing the following Financial Manager Core Duties:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Advises senior leadership in 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.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
    • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period.
    • Position is subject to pre-employment background investigation.
    • Public Financial Disclosure (OGE-278 filing within 30 days is required).
    • Position is subject to random drug testing.

    As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed under "How You Will Be Evaluated." Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.


    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. 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.

    SES Executive Core Qualifications (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.

    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 in 12-point font.

    Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQs):

    PTQ 1 - Broad executive-level experience in a large scientifically and technically complex organization reflecting leadership in program analysis as well as budget and financial planning oversight, policy development, presentation, and management.

    PTQ 2 - Direct knowledge of and experience with budgeting concepts; financial and cost accounting and reporting concepts and principles; performance measurement concepts and control processes; and substantial familiarity with the design or operation of large financial, budget, procurement, and management information systems, including familiarity with automated management environments.

    PTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience and understanding of strategic operational planning and the ability to oversee development and implementation of a multi-year plans that includes and defines the financial, human capital, and administrative management operations of an organization.

    NOTE: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 2 pages per PTQ, for a total of 6 pages.

    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

    Example of ECQ statements are available at


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Background Investigation: This position is designated as Critical Sensitive - Top Secret and 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 (OGE-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 reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

    Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

    Selective Service: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at .

    Veterans' preference: Is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Kamilah Starks, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-628-1844. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.