The Congressional Budget Office is a nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress and is ranked as the best place to work among small federal agencies. CBO seeks to fill the position of chief administrative officer, the senior executive position responsible for directing the agency’s Management, Business, and Information Services Division, which has a staff of approximately 40 people, including 4 unit managers.
The division supports CBO’s management and other divisions by providing services in several areas—budget and finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, and administrative services as well as editing, graphic design, and publishing. In addition, the chief administrative officer is CBO’s privacy officer, serves on the agency’s ethics committee, and leads the diversity and inclusion working group.
The ideal candidate will have the skills, knowledge, and experience to manage a team of employees whose areas of expertise vary and who perform a wide variety of tasks that are essential for the effective functioning of the agency. The candidate must have a proven track record managing at least one of the following areas: financial management, human resources, information technology resources, and administrative services. Experience in a second area is preferred.
Strong communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills are essential, as is the versatility to engage in all aspects of the division’s work to enhance quality and efficiency in administrative operations. Applicants must be strong leaders who can provide vision, promote professional development, ensure accountability, and foster a collegial workplace. The ideal candidate should also have experience leading diversity and inclusion initiatives. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree in a business-related field is preferred.
The position requires the ability to work collegially with staff throughout the agency and to formulate, communicate, and implement human resource and administrative policies for the entire staff, many of whom have advanced degrees in economics, public policy, or related disciplines. Experience in the federal government is a plus. Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.