Deputy Associate Director for Management Resources

Gaithersburg, Maryland
May 05, 2021
May 14, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Deputy Associate Director for Management Resources provides executive leadership on the management of NIST's service strategy and operations and is responsible for the day-to-day administrative, financial and personnel management of the Information Services, Emergency Services, Fabrication Technology and Business Operation Offices within the Management Resources Directorate.

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The Deputy Associate Director for Management Resources provides executive leadership on the management of NIST's service strategy and operations and is responsible for the day-to-day administrative, financial and personnel management of the Information Services, Emergency Services, Fabrication Technology and Business Operation Offices within the Management Resources Directorate. The incumbent:
  • provides the Associate Director for Management Resources (ADMR) with expertise in operational processes across the Directorate and leads all service design, development, and automation across the Directorate.
  • leads key strategic operational initiatives for the Bureau and provides strategic input and governance of policies that oversee the development, management, administration, and coordination of all operations across the ADMR.
  • serves as the key resource for effective coordination across all NIST Directorates to ensure integrated programs and efforts.
  • assists the ADMR in formulating and implementing strategic plans, policies, business operations and processes across the directorate.

  • As the primary strategic service advisor to NIST's senior leadership on service operations and programs, the incumbent designs and manages comprehensive programs that affect the quality of NIST-wide internal and external services and automations. He/she provides overall guidance for ensuring that internal and external customer service needs are met and monitors the attainment of program goals and objectives as well as program cost effectiveness. He/she consults with the executive staff, where appropriate, and works cooperatively with them throughout all phases of program development and operation. When programs are in conflict or competition, he/she provides the NIST senior leadership with alternatives and predicted results. He/she has broad responsibility to:
  • consider key national and organization-wide goals, priorities, and values in executing responsibilities; respond to the general public and clientele groups; remain current on relevant social, political, and economic developments; and represent NIST on complex issues and effectively give briefings, speeches, testimony, etc., to persuade, sell, inform, and/or negotiate plans and programs.
  • provide administrative oversight and coordinate the activities of subordinate organizations; serve as a catalyst for innovation and creativity in analyzing and solving complex problems; foster an environment conducive to teamwork and empowerment of supervisors and employees; and promote and encourage diversity in subordinate organizations and throughout NIST.
  • oversee the development of short- and long-range plans to meet organizational objectives; establish or revise programs' goals, institute major modifications in organizational or functional structure; and approve key appointments or promotions to ensure the most efficient organization.
  • encourage personal and professional development among subordinates and provide opportunities for individuals to accomplish their goals in relation to NIST; and utilize special emphasis programs to attain diversity among the staff; and is proactive in reaching affirmative action goals.
  • serves as acting Associate Director for Management Resources in the absence of the Associate Director.

  • Under broad policy guidance, the incumbent plans, directs, and evaluates all service strategy and operations across ADMR. Collaborates with other NIST organizations to conduct strategic planning; aligns services to NIST's mission and goals; develops and recommends strategies to NIST's ADMR and NIST leadership on the effective management of NIST's service environment; establishes benchmarks for service operations; represent NIST's service strategies and operations to external customers, partners, and other Federal organizations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional to frequent travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
    • Designated or random drug testing may be required.
    • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required within 30 days.
    • Mobility agreements are required for members of the SES.

    Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the duties and assignments of the position.


    To meet the minimum qualifications of this position, you must possess all of the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications.

    As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the ECQs and PTQs.

    You must show in your resume that you possess the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and the Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. We recommend that your resume emphasizes your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs you managed, and your accomplishments, including the results of your actions. An individual's total experience must demonstrate possession of the ECQs and PTQs to perform the duties of this position.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

    ECQ 1 - Leading Change: 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 and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision.

    ECQ 2 - Leading People: 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 conflict. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.

    ECQ 3 - 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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility.

    ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management.

    ECQ 5 - 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy and Influencing/Negotiating.

    Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning and Public Service Motivation.

    Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

    PTQ 1. Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following disciplines: business operations, process management, service design, or service automations. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of these programs and their impact on organizational objectives and performance goals.

    PTQ 2. Demonstrated experience creating, recommending, and managing a complex set of processes and programs within a service management and operations environment. Experience in one or more of the following disciplines: establishing organizational strategies, process improvements, or related service automation programs.

    PTQ 3. Demonstrated experience developing priorities, aligning resources to meet those priorities and gaining consensus for implementation within a scientific or research domain of significant size and complexity.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Applications should be submitted on-line through

    Please do not submit separate statements addressing the ECQs and PTQs.


    This position does not have an educational requirement.

    Additional information

    Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 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. Please see for more information.

    Relocation expenses: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized.

    Background investigation: This position 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 (SF-278) within 30 days of their appointment, annually thereafter and upon termination of Federal Government employment.

    Qualifications approval and probationary period: Persons newly selected for career appointments within 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.

    Drug Testing: Applicants selected for employment in this position may be subject to designated and/or random drug urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs.

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

    Travel: Occasional to frequent travel may be required.

    Social Security Number: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) to initially access and create an account at the website. However, only the last four (4) digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.

    Privacy Act notice (PL93-579) - The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    False Statements: If you make false statements in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or, you may be subject to fine, imprisonment or other disciplinary action.

    Signature: Before you are hired, you may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    NIST is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about NIST, visit NIST's channel on youtube.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of Senior Executives to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB after selection and before appointment can occur.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    All applicants must submit an application via

    You must submit a resume. Your resume showing relevant experience, should clearly document your leadership experience and reflect evidence of meeting the ECQs and PTQs. YOUR RESUME MUST NOT EXCEED FIVE PAGES. Any additional information beyond five pages will not be considered.

    Current federal employees are encouraged, but not required, to submit a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

    You will be directed to FAX or upload documents at the site to attach to your application for this position. If you select the FAX option, please use the required cover sheet and follow the instructions provided at . Failure to provide required documentation may result in lost consideration.

    NOTE: Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular category (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents. In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category. Also note that if you wish to add documents after you have already applied to this vacancy, you must upload or fax the new documents and then reapply to the vacancy so that the new documents can be attached to your application.

    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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