Associate Director for Budget, Planning, and Integration

Reston, Virginia
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


Part of the Director's Office, The Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration (BPI) secures fiscal resources needed for the USGS to perform its scientific mission goals, facilitates information sharing internally and externally, and provides in-depth analysis of budget and program performance data for the USGS to understand, anticipate, and respond to shifts in social and political paradigms.

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The Associate Director (AD) provides executive leadership to the Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration and shares in the broad overall planning and strategic direction of science and information programs of the USGS. Responsibilities for this position include:
  • Executive leadership for planning, formulating, revising, briefing, and publishing the Bureau's annual budget justification from inception at the Bureau through enactment by Congress;
  • Developing and tracking performance metrics; overseeing internal controls, annual assurance statements, Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) inventory, working capital funds, and budget allocations;
  • Developing tools and methodologies to analyze and project budget execution, personnel, and operational expenditures;
  • Consolidating and reporting information required by the Bureau, the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congress;
  • Advocating for budget resources through regular appropriations, supplemental appropriations, and special appropriations;
  • Serves as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer providing oversight of the Annual Financial Report.
  • The development of the Annual Bureau Operating Plan.
  • Oversight of the Annual Financial Report as well as leadership and guidance on a wide range of financial matters.
  • Shares in the planning, direction, and management of all science and business programs of the Bureau.
  • Serves as a consultant, senior advisor, and representative of the USGS, USGS Director, Deputy Directors, Associate Directors, and Regional Directors with individuals at the highest levels of the government including top level personnel in DOI, OMB, GAO, other Federal agencies, members of Congress, and congressional staff.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - -

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • More requirements are listed in Requirement section.

  • A background investigation and security clearance is required for this position. It is not a prerequisite to apply, however, the selectee must possess the ability to obtain and maintain a background investigation with a top secret clearance as a condition of placement in this position. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Selectee is subject to approval by the Department of the Interior's Executive Resources Board.
  • Initial appointments to the career Senior Executive Service (SES) must have ECQs certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment.
  • An individual entering the SES may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Employees of the USGS are subject to the provisions of the Title 43, U.S. Code, Section 31(a) and may not according to this legislation and related regulations: (a) have any personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in lands, or mineral wealth of such lands, whose title is in the United States; (b) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations; or (c) have any substantial personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business in the United States, except where specifically authorized by the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Within 30 days after selection, incumbent of this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) and supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest (DI-278).
  • OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.
  • Every Federal employee is subject to comply with Ethics rules and cleared of conflicts that would prevent them from performing the duties of the position.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, upon selection, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
  • You must meet all requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


As a basic requirement, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive level leadership and science management experience directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs). Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in Federal service or its equivalent with State or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. To meet the minimum qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the ECQs and TQs. Failure to meet and address each mandatory ECQ or TQ will disqualify an applicant.

Please provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you for this position. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Be specific in describing results achieved for each of the factors. EACH ECQ and TQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY . Narrative statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages total. Narrative Statements for the TQs must not exceed two pages each. The narrative addressing ECQs should follow the format provided at . Applicants who refer to their resume as a response will not receive consideration.

If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualification Review Board (QRB), you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST provide separate narrative responses addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES members should include a copy of your SF-50 (notification of personnel action) with your application documenting your career appointment to the SES. SES CDP graduates should include a copy of your OPM certificate.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) -Mandatory:

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 & 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 Service, 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.
These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.

Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory :

TQ1 -Demonstrated executive level experience providing leadership and direction for budgetary and related programs, strategic planning and forecasting, and performance measurement and internal management control processes for a geographically dispersed and complex scientific and technical organization.


Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Additional information

  • Time in grade restrictions and Veterans Preference do not apply in consideration of candidates for the Senior Executive Service.
  • Under Executive Order 11935, only U.S. citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.
  • Competitive status is not required.
  • Under 5 U.S.C. 3131, the SES provides flexible assignment rules to accomplish the agency mission.
  • To learn more about the Senior Executive Service:
  • Pay increases and recognition are based on performance if applicable.
  • Telework is determined on a case-by-case basis. Supervisory positions may be considered for a situational telework arrangement if deemed in the best interest of the agency.
  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment.
  • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. .
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of an executive. This information will be obtained from the application package. Verification of performance, suitability, and security information will be taken into consideration when making an offer of employment. Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of executives to who will determine which applicants are best qualified. The Department's Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selection to the appointing authority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes: 1. REQUIRED. Your resume - it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information: Full name, mailing address, telephone numbers, Educational information, information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position. 2. REQUIRED. A narrative statement addressing each of the TQs and ECQs. Each ECQ and technical qualification must be addressed separately. ECQ narrative statements must not exceed 10 pages total and 2 pages for each individual TQ and each individual ECQ. OR... If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications. OR...If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications. 3. REQUIRED. If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please remove your social security number and date of birth. 4. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector). Please remove your social security number.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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