Director, Acquisiton and Grants Office

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

NOAA is where science gains value for the Nation. The NOAA mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social and environmental needs. NOAA has four Mission Goals and a Mission Support Goal around which all work is planned and organized, they are: (1) to protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management; (2) to understand climate variability and change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond; (3) to serve society's needs for weather and water information; (4) to support the Nation's commerce with information for safe, efficient and environmentally sound transportation; and the mission support goal to provide critical support for NOAA's mission.

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO), which is a staff office of the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The AGO provides policy guidance and program support to NOAA components nationwide in acquisition and grants administration. The Office is the principal contact point with the Department's Office of Acquisition Management. The Office plans, designs and coordinates procurement and grants standards, practices, and procedures for all NOAA procurement and grants activities. The Office awards and administers all NOAA Federal assistance transactions. It provides procurement support to several Department of Commerce operating units and services other Federal agencies on a reimbursable basis.

  • 25% or Greater
  • Position requires occasional travel.

  • No

  • 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.
  • 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.

    Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

    PTQ 1 -Demonstrated knowledge of acquisition statutes, regulations, principals, policies, and procedures sufficient to provide oversight and technical advice on the administration of an acquisition and grants program to include familiarity with business and financial management systems.

    PTQ 2 -Demonstrated ability and executive level experience in developing and implementing interagency agreements, technology transfers, cooperative agreements and grants management in order to meet the needs of a large complex organization and its customers.

    Note: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 2 pages per PTQ for a total of 4 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 position requires an educational requirement. If you do not possess the educational requirement you will be rated ineligible.

    A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


    B. 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.

    C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.

    D. Waiver: For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards on Contracting Series Positions at

    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications, Professional/Technical Qualifications and educational requirements listed. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, senior level experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience 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.

    Top Secret


    The AGO Director will provide guidance and staff support to NOAA management in the areas of acquisition and financial assistance for a large complex organization. Specifically, the incumbent will:

    1. Provide direction and supervision to the organizations within AGO and provides policy to NOAA management and subordinate organizations in the areas of acquisition and financial assistance.

    2. Advise and provide technical expertise to the NOAA Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary on grants and acquisition as well as all such matters relating to the operations of NOAA.

    3. Establish policies to govern the development, management, administration, and coordination of NOAA's overall grants and acquisition management processes.

    4. Ensure the Acquisition and Grants Office specifically acquires research and development services; high technology scientific equipment including aircraft, ships, and satellites; automatic data processing equipment and software; mapping and charting processes; management studies; general supplies; and other services for all NOAA offices through formal contacting and simplified acquisition procedures; monitoring contracting operations throughout NOAA to assure compliance with the requirements established by the DOC.

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