The position is located in the Managing Directorate of the Procurement Executive, Bureau of Administration. The Directorate has two primary functions: (1) exercising responsibility for the full range of contracting and procurement functions supporting the Department’s world-wide overseas missions, as well as domestic-based acquisitions management functions including contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements; and (2) supporting the Department’s acquisition activities, including developing, issuing, and maintaining acquisition policy, regulations, procedures, and guidance; overseeing the procurement career management program; developing, issuing, and maintaining acquisition policy, regulations, procedures, and operational guidance, as well as for the Department’s Federal Assistance programs (including grants and cooperative agreements).
As the Managing Director for the Acquisitions Management Office, the incumbent is responsible for all contracting and procurement operations, including Diplomatic Security; Facilities Design and Construction; Business Operations; International Programs; and Worldwide Operations. The incumbent also serves as the Head of Contracting Authority (HCA) and exercises delegated authority to manage assigned contracting activities pursuant to the Department of State Acquisition Regulation (DOSAR), and is accountable for many decisions in the acquisition process as described in the DOSAR and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Similarly, to managing the Department’s overall domestic acquisition program and contracting operations, the incumbent provides executive level strategic leadership, and oversight of a comprehensive array of exceptionally complex, high-dollar, and/or controversial acquisition management issues and program operations, and serves as an authoritative departmental spokesperson and official representative on contracting matters under his/her purview. The incumbent further participates in the development of the vision, goals and strategic direction for the organization, and ensures that the decisions and strategies are fully implemented.
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel
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Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-<br>278.
One year probationary period, unless excepted by <br>regulation.
This position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's completion and favorable adjudication of a background security investigation. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
Applicants must meet the OPM Individual Occupational Requirements for this position. Additionally, applicants must be able to achieve FAC C III certification and with that, be able to apply and hold an unlimited contracting officer warrant.
Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (last five questions). All applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Technical Qualification questions in order to receive consideration for the position.
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When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications.
Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Mandatory Technical Qualification and Executive Core Qualification.
Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for the position.
For this position applicants must address the following mandatory technical qualifications:
1. I have expert knowledge of domestic and overseas procurement operations.
2. I have knowledge of related disciplines and functions such as management controls, grants management, inter-agency agreements as well as demonstrated results on strategic planning, business analysis, and organization development relating to a global workplace.
3. I have the expertise in Federal procurement and contract laws, regulations, cost and price analysis, policies and procedures.
If you do not possess the mandatory technical qualifications described above, you may be considered ineligible for this position.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application no being processed.
SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, 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.
Applicants will be evaluated by a Qualifications Review Panel of senior officials. The Panel will rate applicants on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience and education. The Panel will determine the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the mandatory technical requirements of the position and the Mandatory Executive Core Qualification requirements. Among the factors the evaluation panel will consider in determining the applicant's relative capacity and fitness for the position are education, training, experience and demonstrated executive level qualifications. The Panel will rate your application against each of the Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates. Candidates determined to be best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration for the position.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the career SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit proof of non-competitive eligibility i.e., conversion to career SES SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action" or SES Certificate. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration as a non-competitive candidate.
If the above does not apply to you, please DO NOT submit additional information.
All required documents must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement which is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."
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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