Associate Director for Acquisition Services Directorate

Herndon, Virginia
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Category-5 position. The minimum pay for this position is $132,552.00. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

This position is only eligible for situational tele-work.

Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES).
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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Specific Duties

The incumbent carries out the following specific responsibilities :

1. Serve as the Associate Director for Acquisition Services by providing executive-level leadership for the Interior Business Center (IBC) acquisition program in support of the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) bureaus and other Federal agencies in addition to formulating acquisition strategies to support and enable the achievement of business objectives.

2. Oversee the establishment of acquisitions policies and practices consistent with DOI's policies and practices to leverage industry standards and processes to create efficiencies in acquisition management that utilizes current tools and techniques to publish IIBC standards and make them readily accessible for others.

3. Manage major programs that involve acquisition of supplies, services, construction, information technology, research and development, consultant services, through the use of sole source and competitively awarded contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and other transactions by participating fully in policy and program formulation matters and provides advice, assistance, and counseling in directing, controlling, and ensuring the adequacy for the IBC acquisition programs.

4. Respond to Congressional, Comptroller General, Inspector General, and other inquiries relating to acquisition matters to ensure the appropriate internal controls and are in full compliance with Circular A-123 guidance and acquisition programs comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

5. Provide executive-level leadership to collaborate with customers to identify gaps of service and ensure systematic approaches occur throughout the program in support of performance criteria. In addition, ensures policies and procedures for coordination and communications with customers are appropriately addressed with an emphasis on acquisitions management and change management

Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described in this vacancy.

As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

- Directing the work of an organizational unit;
- Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
- Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
- Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.
We recommend that your resume addressing the ECQs include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and the results of actions taken.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • This position requires pre and post-employment drug screening.


Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's)- *Requirement Documentation*
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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: You must demonstrate 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 ECQ 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 ECQ 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

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) - *Required Documentation*
The MTQs are designed to assess an applicants experience relevant to the position he or she is applying for.

Each of your MTQ narrative responses must: 1.) not exceed two pages per narrative statement; 2.) include specific examples of your experience, education, and/or accomplishments; and 3.) address specific challenges, contexts, actions, and results.

1. Demonstrated knowledge of acquisition laws, regulations, directives, objectives, and principles to provide oversight and technical advice on the administration of an acquisition program to manage all contractual aspects of an acquisition program that meets the needs of the Interior Business Center and its extensive customer base.

2. Knowledge and skill in managing a variety of concurrent contractual activities with competing demands and priorities in support of Departmental and external customers.

3. Demonstrated ability to design and build an organization capable of delivering high quality, timely, and effective customer service to a broad scope of customers.

4. Experience and demonstrated knowledge of leading an organization working in a full cost recovery fee model and managing the supporting business operations needed to support this model.

When addressing both the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) it is required that you utilize the CCAR Model.

Challenge-Context-Action-Result(s) (CCAR) Model.
An ECQ or Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) statement should include more than one examples of relevant experience. Challenge Context Action Result Model is as follows:

Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.

Context: Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

Result: Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

You will be evaluated on your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) listed above and on your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) above as well. You are required to submit both your MTQ's and ECQ's to receive consideration for this position. Please see the required document section to understand the page limitation and to learn more about the formatting requirement.


Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

  • A) A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

  • B) Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000.

  • C) Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

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 .

Additional information

Your application package to include your Resume and SF-50 (must reflect appointment information such as a transfer, initial appointment, or reinstatement) for current Federal employees.

If you are a federal employee, most recent performance appraisal (i.e., must be within the last 12 months of your submission to this application) and or a justification of why this information cannot be provided.

Mandatory Technical Qualification's (MTQ's) and Executive Core Qualification's (ECQ's) for this announcement must be received online via the USAJOBS/Application Manager application system by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on closing date of the announcement. ECQ's and MTQ's must be submitted in the prescribed format outlined within this vacancy announcement. Failure to submit the ECQ's or MTQ's in the outlined format will result in your application not receiving full consideration for this position. Email submissions of applicants will not be accepted. Failure to submit a complete application will eliminate an applicant from further consideration. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist point of contact before the closing date if assistance is needed when submitting an application.

The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.

The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee. Prior to appointment, applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

Effective January 1, 2010, 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.

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

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Senior Executive Service Probationary Period : If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year SES probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program: Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process.Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the qualification requirements. Our determination will be based on your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and the information stated in your resume. If you are among the best-qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. Interviews will be at the discretion of the selecting official.

Certification: If selected, you must be certified by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Qualifications Review Board before you can be appointed to the position. You are exempt from this requirement if you are a:
  • current career SES member;
  • former career SES member with reinstatement eligibility; or
  • SES Candidate Development graduate and have already been certified by OPM.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

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, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
    • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and phone number
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
    • Salary
    • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
2. REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) - experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each. Each ECQ and each technical qualification must be addressed separately. The narrative addressing ECQ's must follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required).

The submission of your entire ECQ package (i.e., all five ECQ's narrative statements) may not exceed 10 pages in its totality. IF YOU EXCEED THESE PAGE LIMITS OR YOU FAIL FOR PROVIDE THE NARRATIVE STATEMENTS AS DESCRIBED (i.e., ECQ's), YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

3. REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) - experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each qualification requirement. You must title each MTQ's separately to ensure each MTQ is appropriately addressed. Failure to title and address each MTQ separately will result in your disqualification.

Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification(s). IF YOU EXCEED THESE PAGE LIMITS OR YOU FAIL FOR PROVIDE THE NARRATIVE STATEMENTS AS DESCRIBED (i.e., MTQ's), YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

4. REQUIRED If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50 that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please remove your social security number and date of birth.

4 (a). REQUIRED FOR NON-COMPETITIVE CONSIDERATION : The following categories of applicants are not required to submit ECQs, but MUST address the Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ's). These Categories include :
  • Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of SF-50 that documents career appointment to the SES), or
  • Applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of SF-50 that documents career appointment to the SES), or
  • Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).
If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility: Must include full position title, appointment type, occupational series, pay plan, grade, and step, tenure code, service computation date.

5. REQUIRED A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (i.e., within the last 12 months form the closing date of this vacancy announcement, from either the Federal or private sector). Please remove your social security number and date of birth from any documentation you provide. If you are unable to provide your most recent annual performance appraisal, please provide a written justification explaining why you could provide the request documentation. Failure to provide the most recent annual performance appraisal or written justification explaining why you did not provide the requested documentation you will be disqualified for further consideration because your application will be incomplete.

All of the documentation listed above is required to be attached to your application, if it is applicable to your candidacy. Failure to attach any of the documentation listed above which proves your candidacy for this position will result in disqualification/non-consideration for this position.

To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom (or right) of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "My Applications". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

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.

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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