Deputy Director, Acquisition Services Branch, EM-0301

Washington, D.C
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located in the Acquisition Services Branch (ASB), Division of Administration (DOA) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, D.C.

As Deputy Director, Acquisition Services Branch, the incumbent provides executive leadership over the Corporation's administration of contracts, procurement actions, and other related acquisition functions.

Salary reflects a pay cap for this position of 273,400.

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As Deputy Director, Acquisition Services Branch, the incumbent provides executive leadership over the Corporation's administration of contracts, procurement actions, and other related acquisition functions. Acts as a technical advisor to the Director, Division of Administration (DOA) and the FDIC's Chief Operating Officer for all substantive matters pertaining to Corporate acquisition policy. As such, participates as a full member of the DOA Management Team in the development of Corporate-wide policy and strategic planning initiatives.

The incumbent is responsible for the long-range planning, development, and coordination of programs, policies, and procedures associated with acquisition management.

Recommendations and decisions made have a significant impact on administrative management matters such as policy development and implementation, program content, organizational structure and budget and staffing resource distribution. The incumbent prepares and supports formal program requests to the Director and the Board of Directors, providing justification for major program additions and changes.

The Deputy Director establishes improved methods of operation, sets standards of performance, and recommends policy and procedural changes for the most effective and economical use of resources. The incumbent evaluates cost/benefit analyses and submits budgets for inclusion in the Corporation's budget planning process including analyzing and evaluating complex proposals and recommendations.
The employee works cooperatively with the Legal Division to support a common client in the Corporation's program offices and divisions.

Establishes and maintains corporate-wide contracting and oversight management professional certificate program and continuous training requirements.
Assesses automated contract processing procedures and identifies and implements technology solutions for improved productivity.

Establishes and maintains continuing liaison with senior management officials throughout the Corporation as well as representatives of other regulatory agencies,
private industry, and various financial institutions to articulate FDIC policies and procedures as they relate to the overall acquisition function.

Directs and coordinates the acquisition function through Section Chiefs and Assistant Directors responsible for operating programs in contracting and procurement, as well as highly specialized professional and technical staff. Ensures that all operating programs are administered effectively and in accordance with broadly stated objectives to ensure accomplishment of the mission. Such direction includes the oversight of acquisition services and the functional direction of these services in the field.

Establishes and maintains Corporate-wide contracting and oversight management professional certificate program and continuous training requirements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May require occasional overnight travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Completion of Confidential Financial Disclosure may be required.

High Risk Position - Background Investigation (BI) required.

Employee may be relocated to any duty location to meet management needs.

Employment Conditions.

Registration with the Selective Service.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Individuals who start their Federal government service after November 22, 2021, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date, except in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception. See "Additional Information" section.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious/spiritual; community; student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Additional qualifications information can be found here .

In order to qualify, applicants must have one year of executive-level specialized experience in a government agency (equivalent in the federal government to CG/GS-15 or above) or private industry. Specialized experience is experience:

• Overseeing and administering through subordinates agency-wide contracts, procurement actions, and other acquisition-related function activities; AND
• Interpreting and applying innovative procurement techniques to the long-range planning, development, and coordination of programs, policies, and procedures associated with acquisition management; AND
• Planning, organizing, evaluating, and directing contracting and procurement professional and support staff.

Applicants must have met the qualification requirements (including selective placement factors - if any) for this position within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.


There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

Additional information

To read about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant for Federal employment, click here .

FDIC Executive Managers (EM) are in the Federal competitive service and not the Senior Executive Service (SES). As an EM at the FDIC, you will provide executive leadership and managerial direction over substantive activities related to planning, developing, executing, and coordinating the Corporation's programs and policies.

If selected, you may be required to serve a supervisory/managerial probationary period.

If selected, you may be required to serve a probationary period.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. 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 this information to the HR Office.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding, if after November 22, 2021. In limited circumstances, exceptions to the vaccination requirement will be granted when required by law, such as in cases where an employee is entitled to a reasonable accommodation based on a disability or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Your employment offer will include instructions for submitting the requisite information and requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement. Failure to comply with the vaccination requirement will result in disciplinary action, up to and including rescinding the job offer or termination from Federal service. FDIC will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how to request a reasonable accommodation related to this requirement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and the online assessment questionnaire will be reviewed, to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement. Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

Qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration.

Your resume may be further rated and ranked measuring your experience in the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):
  • Skill in interpersonal techniques to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel at all levels of authority; to work with and through others; to instruct, guide, and review the work of others.
  • Ability to apply a wide range of management techniques for program evaluation, program development, policy analysis, organization of resources, allocation of resources, and for negotiating on policy decisions in the review and oversight of acquisition programs and initiatives.
  • Skill in exercising diplomacy with the general public and government officials on difficult issues.
  • Knowledge of acquisition methodologies of government and financial institutions, including financing and cost accounting practices.
  • Knowledge of contracting and procurement principles, methods, and practices in the acquisition of services, goods, and real property.
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity utilizing, innovative procurement techniques derived from both government and private sector acquisition best practices.
  • Knowledge of resource management principles and procedures to plan and accomplish work, establish priorities, and develop implementation plans to ensure their successful and timely execution.
  • Ability to supervise and manage the conduct of an activity that is highly specialized and has significant impact on the Corporation's programs and functions.
  • Ability to implement an effective internal controls process that promotes compliance with applicable acquisition laws, regulations, policies, and procedures and holds employees accountable for such compliance.

  • You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    Please review the following to determine your eligibility and which document(s) is required to complete your application:

    If you are applying for consideration under VEOA and special hiring authorities for veterans, click here .

    applying for consideration under special appointing authorities for people with disabilities, you will be required to provide proof of disability documentation to specify that you are a person who (1) has a severe physical disability; (2) an intellectual disability; or (3) a psychiatric disability. Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy and dwarfism. The documentation does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history or need for accommodation, however, the letter should clearly state that you are eligible for appointment under this authority. THE DOCUMENTATION MUST HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM: (a). Licensed medical professionals; or (b). State or private vocational rehabilitation specialists; or (c). Any Government agency (e.g. VA, etc.) that issues or provides disability benefit. To view sample Schedule A proof of disability letters and for more information on this special appointing authority, click here . Please note that employees hired under this Schedule A hiring authority will be required to complete a Standard Form 256 to identify their disability status.

    A copy of your most recent SF Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows: (1) permanent or career-conditional tenure (codes 1 or 2, in block 24), and (2) position occupied in the competitive service (code 1, in block 34). To be considered as a non- competitive eligible candidate, the SF-50 must show the highest grade level or promotion potential level applicant has attained competitively and grade must be equivalent or higher than the grade for which applying.

    FDIC Executive Managers (EM) are in the Federal competitive service and not the Senior Executive Service (SES). Current or former career SES members are eligible for reinstatement to a competitive service position if the individual was previously employed under a career or career-conditional appointment prior to the SES appointment. Multiple SF-50s showing current or former career SES appointment and proof of career or career-conditional tenure should be submitted by the closing date. Both SES and Competitive Service SF-50s should be uploaded as one document to avoid overriding your first attachment. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50s to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this job opportunity announcement before the closing date.

    FDIC EMPLOYEES: Submit a final digitally signed copy of your most recent Annual Performance Appraisal and Evaluation form. The final PDF form is also acceptable.

    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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