Director, Office of Acquisition Management

Washington, D.C
Feb 07, 2023
Feb 14, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science - Headquarters is looking for a dynamic, innovative, seasoned leader to serve as the Director of the Office of Acquisition Management within Office of Science, Office of the Deputy Director for Field Operations. The Director of the Office of Acquisition Management is the senior career official providing strategic direction and leadership to support achieving the Office of Science mission through the unique Management and Operating (M&O) contracting model and its Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

The paramount qualification requirement of this position is knowledge of procurement and contracting theories, concepts, principles, and standards, and related contract management activities sufficient to lead a Departmental Element level organization engaged in such work.

As the Director, Office of Acquisition Management you will:
  • Serve as senior procurement advisor for all of the organization's acquisition and financial assistance activities, including the unique Government-Owned-Contractor-Operated (GOCO) model for the National Laboratory contracts.
  • Coordinate the competition of those laboratory contracts from both the scientific and management perspectives consistent with available resources.
  • Develop and directs implementation of a comprehensive organization Procurement Plan through leading a task force including Site Office Managers, the Consolidated Service Center leadership, and Associate Directors of the scientific disciplines needed.
  • Provide expert advice, analysis, guidance, and direct the implementation of the Procurement Plan and schedule that will integrate the competition of all ten National Laboratory contracts and the ongoing contract requirements, including all financial assistance agreements, and the associated staffing plan needed to execute these responsibilities.
  • Determine the financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations; and identify the need for major organizational improvements and develop the requisite plans and direct implementing actions.
  • Ensure procurement actions comply with appropriate statutes, regulations, policies, and practices; and recommend and justify and resolve matters involving significant or controversial issues.
  • Develop and manage budgets for all HCA activities as well as contracting and contracting support staffing.
  • Ensure all ten Site Offices create high quality laboratory contract management plans for each laboratory and secure Departmental approval.


Conditions of Employment

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE (HSPD-12): A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

MOBILITY: A mobility agreement may be required based on mission needs.

E-VERIFY: New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .


The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Applicants must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the entire application package. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) must be addressed in a separate narrative.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The five (5) ECQs described below were designed to asses executive-level experiences and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

1: Leading Change : Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2: Leading People : Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3: Results Driven : Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4: Business Acumen : Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5: Building Coalitions : 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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): As part of your application package, a supplemental narrative must be uploaded addressing each MTQ listed below . No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs. Failure to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the MTQs may cause your application to be deemed incomplete and not be considered.

Demonstrate skill in providing strategic direction and leadership in the areas of contracting policy and oversight for acquisition management and contractor industrial relations; and demonstrate general understanding of science and technology, as well as a working knowledge of and ability to oversee a wide variety of business and operational management systems such as procurement, financial management, property management, and human resources management.

MTQ#2: Demonstrate skill in communicating with senior management officials, government/public officials, scientists, engineers, safety professionals, the public and national laboratory/contractor management (or industry equivalent) to develop support for complex or controversial programs, and/or respond to concerns.


Basic Requirements for Contracting Series, 1102

FAC-C Level III certification (or equivalent), at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions, AND 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.


Professional knowledge, competence, and experience in Federal and Departmental Acquisition Regulations, procurement, and business policies. Familiarity with scientific issues and problems associated with an acquisition plan for major Departmental acquisitions. Comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of administrative laws, regulations, and policies applicable to multiple acquisition and business areas which are associated with public programs. This includes the evaluation of the programs to determine their value and effectiveness. It also includes analyzing cross-cutting proposed legislation which impacts multiple areas of the organization.

Mastery of the application of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative state-of-the-art analytical and evaluation methods and techniques for assessment of complex and controversial programmatic or policy issues of national significance. This includes a mastery of government business concepts and principles, processes, techniques, and methods used to gather, analyze, and evaluate complex acquisition data in order to recommend sound programmatic, operational and management policies and procedures. It also includes a high order of analytical ability to provide sound recommendations based on these analyses and reviews. The reviews may cross multiple boundaries and be difficult to define.

Ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare complex scientific papers and policies for a wide variety of audiences. Significant experience leading, managing, or overseeing a large organization and demonstrated ability to align programmatic functions with the organizations and agency overall strategic goals.

Broad knowledge and skill in the application of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems. An authority on Departmental risks identification, enterprise risk management, assessment and management frameworks, control frameworks as well as broad expertise on designing and evaluating effectiveness of controls embedded within business processes of the Department. Incumbent also possesses knowledge in the risk and governance standards such as the FAR and DEAR, the GAO's Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government, the OMB Circular A-123.

Must have extensive working knowledge of laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the integration of financial and accounting programs; the sequence and timing of key events and milestones; and methods of evaluating accomplishments.

Skill at planning, organizing, and directing teams and negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations, where the proposals involve substantial agency resources, require extensive changes in established procedures or may conflict with the desires of the activity.

Executive ability to supervise others sufficient to plan, supervise, and administer program activities and services, to direct programs and people to accomplish short- and long-range program goals and objectives, to communicate effectively with management and employees in delegating authority and motivating and developing employees, and skill in integrating program operations with the general management of an organization.

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Telework: Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the DOE Workplace Flexibilities policy. For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit:

OF-306: You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal Employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.

Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

The selecting official may need to consult Departmental ethics counsel to determine whether any of your former or current employers, affiliations, or financial holdings conflict with your ability to perform the duties of this position. If necessary, ethics counsel will work with you and the hiring office regarding potential mitigation strategies, if available.

Hiring incentives may be authorized in accordance with agency policy and if funding is available.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.