Director, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management

Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 06, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The CMS Head of the Contracting Activity and Director of the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management (OAGM) works across the entire CMS organization to ensure that program and information technology acquisitions and discretionary grants effectively support the CMS mission. The Director of OAGM serves as CMS's principal official responsible for ensuring that procurements meet all legal, ethical, and financial requirements in addition to sound business management practices.
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  • Oversees the development, negotiation, execution, management, and closeout of all CMS contracts, grants, IAAs, and purchase card transactions valued at approximately $9B annually (FY 2020).
  • Serves as the CMS's Head of the Contracting Activity and Chief Grants Management Official, with responsibility for all CMS discretionary grants.
  • Directs CMS's comprehensive acquisition and grant management planning, coordinating the immediate and long-range plans of CMS.
  • Directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative acquisition strategies to support legislative initiatives to reform and streamline acquisition laws.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of procurement-related training for contracts and grant personnel, as well as other acquisition personnel across the CMS enterprise.
  • Plans, develops, and directs a comprehensive control system which assures the accountability of sound and ethical procurement practices and integrity in the acquisition and grant processes.
  • Serves as the CMS contact point with HHS and other Federal agencies relative to grant and cooperative agreement policy matters.
  • Serves as the lead for developing and overseeing CMS's acquisition planning efforts.
  • Advises CMS senior officials on all aspects of acquisitions and grants management in support of the implementation and execution of all key CMS programs.
  • Oversees the planning, development, interpretation of comprehensive policies, procedures, regulations, and directives for CMS acquisition functions.
  • Ensures that the customer-focused team delivers excellent service across all aspects of CMS acquisition and grants management.
  • Represents CMS at all HHS acquisition and grant forums and functions.
  • Oversees the development of agency-specific procurement guidelines for the utilization of small and disadvantaged business concerns in achieving an equitable percentage of CMS's contracting requirements.
  • Ensures that all programs under his/her direction reflect the principles of workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their management and operation in such areas as recruitment, employee development, staff assignments, and communications.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • One year SES probationary period required.
  • The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
  • Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.
  • All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. You will be required to sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications, and the Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. Evidence of this experience must be incorporated into your five page resume. Separate narratives for the Executive Core Qualifications and/or Professional/Technical Qualifications will not be accepted or considered. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Fundamental Competencies:
Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • Leading Change: 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.
  • Leading People: 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.
  • Results Driven: 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: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions: 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.
  • Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs)

    This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQs must be evident in your resume.
  • Expert and comprehensive knowledge of acquisition management principles, policies, and practices, including knowledge of the laws, regulations, principles, policies and practices applicable to all phases of the acquisition process.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large diverse acquisition activity, including expert experience applying Federal acquisition laws, regulations, principles, policies and practices to the management and operation of such acquisition activity.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    If selected, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs for submission and certification by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you will not need to draft the ECQs.


    You must possess, or have waived, the following education, training and experience requirements under the authority of 41 C.S.C. 433:

    A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree that included or was supplemented by at least twenty-four (24) semester credit hours (or equivalent) from among the following disciplines: accounting; business; finance; law; contracts; purchasing; economics; industrial management; marketing; quantitative methods; organization and management;
    At least 4 years of experience in an acquisition position either in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of the above experience must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.

    Additional information

    Salary for SES positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range is found at the top of this announcement. The selectee for this position may be eligible for annual performance bonuses and performance-based pay adjustments.

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
  • Minimum requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found 'not qualified' if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
  • Rating: A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualifications for this position based on the information in your application. Your application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selection official.
  • Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selection official for consideration and possible interview.

  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit and/or complete the following documents to be considered for the position:
  • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five page limit;
  • Cover Letter (optional);
  • Online Assessment Questionnaire. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here:

    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:
  • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
  • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.
  • NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

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