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Director, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management

Company: Department Of Health And Human Services
Location: Baltimore
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

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The CMS Head of the Contracting Activity and Director of the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management (OAGM) works across the entire CMS organization to ensure that program and information technology acquisitions and discretionary grants effectively support the CMS mission. The Director of OAGM serves as CMS's principal official responsible for ensuring that procurements meet all legal, ethical, and financial requirements in addition to sound business management practices.

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  • Oversees the development, negotiation, execution, management, and closeout of all CMS contracts, grants, IAAs, and purchase card transactions valued at approximately $9B annually (FY 2020).
  • Serves as the CMS's Head of the Contracting Activity and Chief Grants Management Official, with responsibility for all CMS discretionary grants.
  • Directs CMS's comprehensive acquisition and grant management planning, coordinating the immediate and long-range plans of CMS.
  • Directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative acquisition strategies to support legislative initiatives to reform and streamline acquisition laws.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of procurement-related training for contracts and grant personnel, as well as other acquisition personnel across the CMS enterprise.
  • Plans, develops, and directs a comprehensive control system which assures the accountability of sound and ethical procurement practices and integrity in the acquisition and grant processes.
  • Serves as the CMS contact point with HHS and other Federal agencies relative to grant and cooperative agreement policy matters.
  • Serves as the lead for developing and overseeing CMS's acquisition planning efforts.
  • Advises CMS senior officials on all aspects of acquisitions and grants management in support of the implementation and execution of all key CMS programs.
  • Oversees the planning, development, interpretation of comprehensive policies, procedures, regulations, and directives for CMS acquisition functions.
  • Ensures that the customer-focused team delivers excellent service across all aspects of CMS acquisition and grants management.
  • Represents CMS at all HHS acquisition and grant forums and functions.
  • Oversees the development of agency-specific procurement guidelines for the utilization of small and disadvantaged business concerns in achieving an equitable percentage of CMS's contracting requirements.
  • Ensures that all programs under his/her direction reflect the principles of workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their management and operation in such areas as recruitment, employee development, staff assignments, and communications.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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Promotion Potential


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1102 Contracting

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • One year SES probationary period required.
  • The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
  • Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.
  • All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. You will be required to sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications, and the Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. Evidence of this experience must be incorporated into your five page resume. Separate narratives for the Executive Core Qualifications and/or Professional/Technical Qualifications will not be accepted or considered. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Fundamental Competencies:

Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

  • Leading Change: 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.
  • Leading People: 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.
  • Results Driven: 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.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions: 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.

Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs)

This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQs must be evident in your resume.

  • Expert and comprehensive knowledge of acquisition management principles, policies, and practices, including knowledge of the laws, regulations, principles, policies and practices applicable to all phases of the acquisition process.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large diverse acquisition activity, including expert experience applying Federal acquisition laws, regulations, principles, policies and practices to the management and operation of such acquisition activity.

It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

If selected, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs for submission and certification by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you will not need to draft the ECQs.


You must possess, or have waived, the following education, training and experience requirements under the authority of 41 C.S.C. 433:

A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree that included or was supplemented by at least twenty-four (24) semester credit hours (or equivalent) from among the following disciplines: accounting; business; finance; law; contracts; purchasing; economics; industrial management; marketing; quantitative methods; organization and management;


At least 4 years of experience in an acquisition position either in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of the above experience must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.

Keywords: Department Of Health And Human Services, Baltimore , Director, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, Other , Baltimore, Maryland

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