JDG Associates Seeking CFO for NOAA

June 24, 2020 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has retained Darren DeGioia of JDG Associates to find its new chief financial officer/ chief administrative officer for its National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) division. NESDIS, based in Silver Spring, MD, is charged with providing secure and timely access to global environmental data and information from satellites and other sources to promote and protect the nation’s security, environment, economy and quality of life.

The chief financial officer/ chief administrative officer role combines direction of both NESDIS financial and administrative functions, said the Rockville, MD-based search firm. The role implements broad bureau-level policies, which govern administrative, budget and financial matters. The CFO/ CAO also serves as the principal senior executive responsible for long-range planning and integration of financial, budget, human capital, labor-management and logistical support services. 


The CFO/ CAO is responsible for direction and management of all NESDIS financial, budget and administrative support functions, including coordination and standardization across all NESDIS organizational elements of requirements and practices expected of NOAA’s management and budget organizations.

Executive core qualifications (ECQ) for the role include leading change. “This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals,” said JDG Associates. “Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.”

Key Qualifications

Leading people is also essential. For the CFO/ CAO role this involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals, said the search firm. A key ingredient is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Other ECQs include: results driven, business acumen and the ability to build coalitions.

Professional/ technical qualification (PTQs) include broad executive-level experience in a large scientifically or technically complex organization reflecting leadership in program analysis as well as budget and financial planning oversight, policy development, presentation and management. Candidates should also have direct knowledge of and experience with budgeting concepts; financial and cost accounting and report concepts and principles; performance measure concepts and internal control processes; and substantial familiarity with the design or operation of large financial, budget, and management information systems, including familiarity with automated management environments.


Prospects must also have demonstrated experience and understanding of strategic operational planning and the ability to oversee development and implementation of a multi-year plan that includes and defines the financial, human capital, and administrative management operations of an organization, said the search firm.

The position, which pays between $131,239 and $197,300, has no educational requirement, but a bachelor’s degree is highly preferred.

Respected Recruiters

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.  NESDIS administers an integrated program for the development and use of all operational civilian satellite-based environmental remote sensing systems and the national and international acquisition, processing, dissemination, and exchange of environmental data from satellites and other sources for use by government and commercial organizations, scientific and engineering communities, and the general public.

JDG Associates has been providing executive recruitment services to Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state and local governments, research and consulting firms and defense contractors since 1973. The firm’s research-intensive process and personal approach have resulted in more than 4,000 senior-level searches across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally.

Mr. DeGioia conducts senior-level search assignments for research and consulting organizations as well as the public sector. His areas of expertise include information technology, accounting and finance, the quantitative sciences, operations / general management, marketing and communications. Prior to joining JDG, Mr. DeGioia spent four years in the hospitality industry with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Sheraton Hotels.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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