Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management
NNSA is a semi-autonomous organized agency of the Department of Energy. We manage highly visible U.S. National Security Programs, enhance U.S. national security through research, development, production, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, promote international nuclear non-proliferation and safety, reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction, provide the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion, and oversee national laboratories and other production facilities to maintain U.S. leadership in science and technology.
The Office of Acquisition and Project Management (APM), focuses on providing NNSA with the people, systems, and processes that the Agency needs to succeed in the acquisition of mission capabilities (e.g. capital assets) as well as deliver a world-class project management program. APM executes its mission and functions through two main organizational elements. The Office of Acquisition Management (OAM) promulgates NNSA acquisition management policies and processes, identifies opportunities for improvement and innovation, and provides operational contracting support. The Office of Enterprise Project Management (EPM) delivers capital projects by serving as the program owner's representative.
The Deputy Associate Administrator (DAA) for Acquisition and Project Management serves as a senior career official providing strategic direction and leadership to develop and implement policies, procedures, programs and management systems to transform NNSA into a recognized leader in acquisition and project management. The DAA for Acquisition and Project Management will also have oversight and control to implement and integrate enterprise-wide acquisition and project management systems that support mission execution and provide the best overall value for NNSA's programs and the American public. Within these capabilities the incumbent provides guidance and assistance to the Administrator and Principal Deputy Administrator on programs and initiatives affecting the overall enterprise to reduce nuclear dangers, modernize the NNSA infrastructure, and drive an integrated and effective enterprise.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses will be paid.
Security & Suitability
A selectee's appointment is contingent upon being granted and maintaining a "Q" level security clearance/access authorization.
A favorable suitability determination is required. Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest, or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United
States are some of the reasons an offer of
employment may be denied.
Candidates must fully address all Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) in order to receive consideration. Your responses must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive program and/or organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts.
Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see resume are considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment; eligible for reinstatement into the SES; or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs; but MUST address all MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service member to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and MTQs will result in loss of consideration.
Executive Core Qualifications: NOTE: Please limit your written statements to a two page limit per ECQ. Each response to the ECQs must be written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Results model. For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications
Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts.
Results Driven - 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.
Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Building Coalitions - 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.
Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Please limit your written statements to one page per MTQ.
1. Experience providing oversight to senior contracting staff involved in cradle to grave acquisition of mult-million dollar, highly complex mission-essential contracts including major systems acquisition, management and operating (M&O) contracts and federally funded research and development center (FFRDC).
2. Experience supervising contracting and/or project management staff in oversight of major multi-million dollar mission-essential projects including major systems acquisitions (FAR Part 34, DOE Order 413.3a, OMB Circular No. A-109) and Earned Value Management (OMB Circular No.A-11, Part 7).
3. Knowledge and skill involving Federal acquisition policy and reform issues significantly impacting the vitality of a scientific/engineering enterprise.
There is no education requirement.
EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act
Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361. Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
EVALUATION METHODS: Applicants will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualification factors and document demonstrated experience, training, and/or education in support of the technical qualifications by answering all of the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be ineligible for further consideration. A Merit
Staffing Panel will rate and rank each applicant
based on the qualification requirements and
refers the top candidates to the hiring manager. The hiring manager will consider the referred applicants based on the information provided, and possibly a personal interview. The NNSA Executive Resources Board will approve final selections and in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will certify qualifications through the OPM Qualifications Review Board. This process can take up to 90 working days.
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