Chief Technology Officer

Silver Spring, Maryland
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) position will serve in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The CTO serves as the principal advisor and information technology expert providing the vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives at NOAA, which is one of America's leading environmental agencies, providing information based on sound science every day to millions of Americans.

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The CTO is a senior leader position and serves as the senior advisor to the CIO and NOAA executive management. The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. The CTO establishes a vision and plan for how the agency can leverage new technology to attain the organizations goals, and charts a path to achieve the agency's strategic objectives through the effective use of technology. The CTO will:

1. Direct and execute technology research and development projects to identify, access, and investigate high-risk, high-return technologies possessing potential application for performance of information technology in support of mission accomplishments, based on appropriate measures to determine if they should be continued, modified, or terminated.

2. Ensure compliance with Federal Enterprise Architecture (EA) principles and guidance. Be responsible for all information technology architecture deliverables. Assess the current technologies/architectures in use and develop strategies and implementation plans on transitioning the systems portfolio to meet the EA targets. Provide oversight and leadership in the transition from the "As Is" to the 'To Be" architecture.

3. Determine feasibility and impact of project proposals, application and database designs, and package implementations with respect to systems architecture and strategy. Recommend continuation or termination of projects under development at key milestones or when they fail to meet performance, cost, or schedule criteria.

4. Support reengineering through alignment of the business architecture and business operations through enterprise transition planning.

5. Provide expert, high-level technical advice and counsel to the CIO, executives, stakeholders, and users on matters that affect or relate to current and existing IT functions and programs. Serve as a technical strategy advisor on projects requiring high-level strategy alignment, technical vision, management evaluation and oversight. Create optimal strategies for applying and optimizing technology; establishing new technology objectives in line with agency objectives; and articulating business advantages of technology development.

6. Evaluate industry best practices and apply them as appropriate. Apprise executives of information technology trends and emerging technologies.

7. Develop written EA policies and procedures for acquisition, development and implementation of new systems and modification of existing systems in support of the agency's enterprise architecture. Interpret and translate Federal laws, regulations, policies, and guidance to address agency-specific needs.

8. Implement and manage governance processes to ensure compliance with EA policies, procedures and plans.

9. Serve as the NOAA representative to the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies on information technology matters.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel may be required to attend meetings and conferences.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Newly appointed SL 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.

All applicants will be evaluated by a panel to determine the degree to which they possess the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). To be rated and considered for this position, applicants are requested to fully describe their experience in each of the following PTQs. When addressing the PTQs, please use the first person as you assess and describe your qualifications. PTQ Documentation should be attached under "Writing Example One" once you have completed the online questionnaire.

Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

PTQ 1 - Demonstrated expertise and skill in cloud architecture, systems architecture, service oriented architecture, application architecture, web-based solutions, data architecture, security architecture, mobile solutions, big data, business intelligence and e-commerce with an understanding of future trends and the ability to drive innovation while justifying technology investments that deliver improvements in technology services and standards.

PTQ 2 - Expert knowledge of and demonstrated experience in fueling an innovative culture that drives value through governance, strategic and operational information technology planning and methodologies for translating business needs into actionable plans that incorporate the collective people, process, and technology changes necessary for successful technology adoption within the business and/or IT organization.

PTQ 3 - Demonstrated expert knowledge and ability to interpret and translate the laws and regulations addressing information technology management and security. Expert knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques used in research analysis of the design, development, deployment, and management of technology platforms, infrastructure, and software in mobile and hybrid cloud-computing environments.

Note: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 2 pages per PTQ, for a total of 6 pages.

Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading teams and/or projects for a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Your responses will be evaluated by a human resources specialist/and or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment.


There is no educational requirement for this position.

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as Top Secret/SCI and 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 (OGE-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Mobility: You may be required to travel.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

False Statements: If you make a false statement 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.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

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

Selective Service: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at .

Veterans' preference applies to SL positions and will be applied accordingly: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify James Triem, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-628-1882. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

How you will be evaluated:

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

•Best Qualified-Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies set forth.

•Well Qualified- Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies set forth.

•Qualified- Meets the minimum qualification requirements but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies set forth.

This category rating process does not add veteran's preference points or apply the ‘rule of three', but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318 (b) are satisfied.
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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
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

1. Resume

2. For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

3. PTQ narrative responses should be attached under "Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs)".

4. Veterans' Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:

Sole Survivorship Documentation: If you are applying under Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

Applicants who fail to submit requested documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating.

If you are unable to upload documents, you may fax your documents using the instructions below. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.

FAXING INSTRUCTIONS: Please fax legible documents using the appropriate cover sheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to

1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

2. Click on "Applications"

3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information"

5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue"

Do not submit any additional information that is not required: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement.

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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