Director, NOAA Budget Office

Silver Spring, Maryland
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is responsible for the financial leadership of NOAA, and its primary duty is to uphold strong financial management and accountability while providing timely, accurate, and reliable financial information and enhancing internal control.

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The NBO Director is responsible for all NOAA budget operations: providing centralized guidance and control of budget activities at all levels of operations; maintaining overall NOAA appropriation, apportionment, obligation, outlay, and cost control; coordinating reprogramming submissions; overseeing the entire process in developing the annual NOAA budget submissions; and reviewing budget performance for bureau sub-units. The incumbent is also responsible for:
  • Developing and/or overseeing the implementation of programs and processes that ensure robust monitoring of financial transactions and budget execution to achieve complete compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as internal and external policies. Adopting adequate measures to address anomalies and eliminate/mitigate risk of future non-compliance.
  • Anticipating the effects of legislative and administrative changes, initiatives, policies, procedures, and customer requirements; and developing effective, legally-compliant, fully responsive budget formulation strategies to provide for implementation of programmatic priorities.
  • Overseeing accurate allocation of costs among budget accounts and evaluating proposals for reprogramming of funds, advising leadership on all appropriate compliance measures, and ensuring that approved transfers of budget authority between budget accounts is consistent with reprogramming regulations.
  • Instituting methodologies, organizational practices, and processes to ensure audit readiness and accuracy, consistent with applicable U.S. Government generally accepted accounting principles and prescribed departmental accounting policies and procedures.
  • Advising senior leadership on the entire range of budgetary and financial matters, including internal control measures, and building consensus among executives, senior managers, and internal or external stakeholders regarding strategies that contribute to more efficient allocation of resources.
  • Developing and overseeing programs and services related to NOAA budget execution and reporting financial issues. Supporting NOAA's strategic planning process by helping to define financial resources needed and likely to be available in the near and long term.
  • Tracking NOAA's performance measures and Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act requirements.
  • Evaluating the adequacy of budget operations, adherence to established policy, the need for changes in overall direction, and initiating such changes in accordance with CFO policy.
  • Developing NOAA's multi-year budget submissions to the Department, OMB, and Congress, and guidance and procedures for budget planning, formulation, and presentation processes:
    • Overseeing development of annual budget request narratives and supporting documentation for consideration within the Executive and Legislative Branches, including detailed program and initiative descriptions, financial exhibits, briefing materials, and policy papers.
    • Overseeing development of appeal statement for all phases of the budget formulation pass-back cycles, which involves developing proposals and briefings for internal realignment of funds, analyzing appeals, and providing recommendations that support NOAA's priorities.
    • Monitoring and maintaining funds control tables for all phases of the budget formulation process. Developing summary documents and exhibits that outline budget issues for NOAA's senior management.
  • Planning for current year and out-year funding shortfalls. Reviewing all funding accounts and financial operations, and developing implementation plans to mitigate possible funding reductions and reallocations. Developing tables, reports, and exhibits for senior management.
  • Providing policy level authoritative representation to intergovernmental meetings concerning NOAA interests in the area of financial management, budget, and financial systems, including:
    • Serving as the primary point of contact to work with and negotiate resolutions to recommendations from the Office of the Inspector General, Government Accountability Office, and OMB.
    • Testifying before Congressional committees. Serving as NOAA's point of contact with House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the Department, OMB, and Congressional staffers. Ensuring effective liaison with these committees and developing strategies. Coordinating the preparation of Congressional briefing materials and responses to other inquiries on specific NOAA program and budget issues to justify and defend NOAA resource requests and advance the interests of the Agency.
    • Collaborating with officials of the Department and other bureaus on problem areas and providing official NOAA representation at meetings and councils dealing with budget matters. Resolving difficulties and avoiding potential problems, negotiating budgetary agreements, and clarifying issues to reach agreement on overall strategies, requirement plans, and schedules for the NOAA budget.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 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 Secret security clearance.
  • Newly appointed SES 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.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed under "How You Will Be Evaluated." 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 with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below and the educational requirement. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing 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. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

SES Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

NOTE: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed in 12-point font.

Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQs):

PTQ 1 - In-depth knowledge of and experience with budgeting; reporting concepts and principles; implementing performance measurements; and establishing budget and financial management policies for a large and complex organization.

PTQ 2 - Knowledge of current and emerging issues and developments in the budget and financial and business fields, including a knowledge of an ability to apply innovative financial management techniques.

PTQ 3 - Ability to relate budget and financial management objectives to operations outside the financial management chain of command, and to foster communication, cooperation, and collaboration within and outside this chain of command in support of those objectives

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

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example of ECQ statements are available at



Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as Secret Clearance 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.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to 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.

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

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.

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: Is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

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 Gerry Coffee, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-628-1883. 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.

COVID 19 Telework Status: The physical worksite for this position is located in Silver Spring, MD. However, the NOAA Office of the Chief Financial Officer is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when NOAA Office of the Chief Financial Officer moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed and each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ). If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification.

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 ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

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

•Well Qualified


The servicing Human Resources Specialist will forward all minimally qualified applicants to be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the appointing authority. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, the ECQs, and the PTQs.

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.

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

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

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

1. Resume

If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. Please refer to for more information.

2. For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

3. 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.

4. If you successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, please provide a copy of your certificate. All required documentation must be provided on or by the closing date of the vacancy (if applicable).

5. ECQ narrative responses should be attached under "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)".

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

Applicants who fail to submit requested documents and answer the mandatory questions 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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