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    Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position.  This is a Category 3 position.  The minimum pay for this position is $164,200.00.  Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

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    The Department of the Interior:

    • **Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.
    • **Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.
    • **Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation's vegetables.
    • **Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation's domestic energy supply.
    • **Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.
    • **Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.
    • **Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.
    • **Manages 388 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.
    • **Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs. 

    The security clearance requirement is not a prerequisite to apply for this position. The incumbent of this position, must possess the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.  This position requires pre and post employment drug screening.

    Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES)

    This position is located in the Office of Financial Management (PFM), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary — Budget, Finance, Grants, and Acquisitions, Office of the Assistant Secretary — Policy, Management Budget. PFM has primary staff responsibility for financial policies, procedures, systems, management control and audit follow-up activities, asset and debt management, financial systems, and financial reporting. The Director manages these functions and serves as the principal financial management staff member to the Secretariat.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    The Director of Financial Management (also the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Department) serves as a primary advisor to the Chief Financial Officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary — Budget, Finance, Grants, and Acquisitions and provides leadership and/or direction on all matters relating to financial management including:

    • Financial Management systems and operations streamlining, including finance systems and process re-engineering;
    • Policy and standards for areas such as cash management, debt collection,and travel and transportation;
    • Financial statement preparation;
    • Financial data stewardship; and
    • Management control, audit follow-up, and audit resolution activities.

    The incumbent directs the establishment of financial policy, organizational goals, and financial operations consistent with the objectives of the agency and conforming to existing laws, regulations, and financial principles and standards.

    The incumbent takes the lead in the formulation and establishment of long range and short range planning for the agency’s financial management systems and operations with the objective of instituting a logical and integrated framework for financial management in support of all policy, planning, and programmatic efforts. The result of these efforts would be financial systems that operate efficiently and effectively while providing program managers’ easy access to reliable, timely financial and programmatic information.

    The incumbent provides guidance and coordinates the agency’s financial management program and activities to ensure the adequacy of financial management to comply with the:

    • Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA);
    • Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA)
    • Chief Financial Officer’s (CFO) Act of 1990;
    • Government Performance and Results Act;
    • Single Audit Act Amendments;
    • Debt Collection Improvement Act;
    • Prompt Payment Act;
    • Improper Payment Improvement Act;
    • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA); and
    • Related Office of Management and Budget (0MB) and General Accountability Office (GAO) requirements.

    Within the authority and/or access levels authorized for this position, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the following FISMA related actions are addressed for entities/systems under his/her supervision:

    • Ensuring the security requirements are integrated and/or executed in a way that will result in an acceptable level of risk as documented in the system’s security plan;
    • The day-to-day security of the IT system to which he/she has access to include physical security, personnel security, incident handling and rejorting, security awareness, continuity of operations, training and education, and;
    • Ensuring that adequate managerial, operational, and technical safeguards are being operated and maintained within the hardware and software environment as appropriate for the system(s) to which the employee has access.

    This is a Category 3 position.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 1 to 5 days per month, may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0505 Financial Management

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship is required
    • Occasional travel may be required
    • Participation in direct deposit is required
    • Ability to obtain and maintain the clearance level required by the position
    • Ability to pass pre and post employment drug screens

    As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed above. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

    Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described in this vacancy.

    As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

    • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
    • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
    • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
    • Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

    If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

    We recommend that your resume addressing the ECQs include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and the results of actions taken.


    Executive Core Qualifications:

    :   You must have demonstrated an 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. 

    Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

     You must demonstrate 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.

    Leadership Competencies:   Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

    This core qualification involves 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.

    Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

    This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  

    Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

    This ECQ involves 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.

    Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

     The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications:   Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation

    Technical Qualifications:

    1. Please describe your knowledge and experience in Financial reporting, sufficient to provide oversight of the successful preparation of consolidated annual financial statements for a large and complex Federal CFO Act agency.
    2. Please describe your knowledge and experience of the CFO Act, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Federal Internal Control Standards (Green Book), Improper Payments, Eliminations, and Recovery Improvement Act, and the Federal Government Audit Standards (Yellow Book).
    3. Please describe your knowledge and experience in performing financial and operational analysis to ensure the proper accountability of financial information to include undelivered orders, property, accounts payables, accounts receivables and management of resources for a large and complex Federal CFO Act agency.
    4. Knowledge of and experience with oversight and coordination of external CFO audit activities to include interaction with external auditors on complex financial audit issues, and audit follow-up (remediation of audit findings) for a large and complex Federal CFO Act agency.

    When addressing both the ECQ's and Mandatory Technical Qualifications it is highly recommended that you utilize the Challenge- Context Action Result(s) (CCAR) Model.

    Challenge Context Action Result Model

    An ECQ or Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) statement should include more than one examples of relevant experience. 

    • Challenge. Describe a specific problem or goal.
    • Context. Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
    • Action. Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
    • Result. Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills


    There is no positive education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position

    The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee. Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

    Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. 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 that to the Human Resources Office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on the information you provide. Verification of performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making an offer of employment.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and reference checks. The Department of the Interior's Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selection to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB after selection and before appointment can occur.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    1. REQUIRED Your resume – it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information:

    • Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
      • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
      • Duties and accomplishments
      • Employer's name and address
      • Supervisor's name and phone number
      • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
      • Salary
      • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
      • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    2. REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications – experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each. Each ECQ and each technical qualification must be addressed separately. The narrative addressing ECQ’s must follow the format provided at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf (Adobe Acrobat required). Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification(s). However, the submission of your entire ECQ package (i.e., all five ECQ's narrative statements) may not exceed 10 pages in its totality. IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.


    If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.


    If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status (i.e., SF-50 appointing you into the SES) and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.

    This document MUST be submitted using "Qualifications" as Document Type.

    3. REQUIRED If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please remove your social security number and date of birth.

    4. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector). Please remove your social security number.

    5. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Candidates are requested to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis. Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law. Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration. The form can be found online at http://www.doi.gov/diversity/di1935.pdf

    All of the documentation listed above is required to be attached to your application, if it is applicable to your candidacy. Failure to attach any of the documentation listed above which proves your candidacy for this position will result in disqualification/non-consideration for this position.


    1. A Copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector). Please remove your social security number.

    2. Candidates are requested to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis. Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law. Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration. The form can be found online at http://www.doi.gov/diversity/di1935.pdf

    To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom (or right) of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on “My Applications”. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    The following categories of applicants but MUST address the Technical Qualification factors. These Categories include:

    • Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50-Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES), or
    • Applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50-Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES), or
    • Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).

    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Applicants must submit all the required information, as stated below:

    1. Your Resume must include the required information listed below:

    a. Vacancy Announcement Number and Position Title

    b. Your full name, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail and mailing address. If applicable, reinstatement eligibility to the Senior Executive Service and dates held during the SES career appointment.

    c. Job titles (include series and grade if Federal job), salaries, employers' names and addresses, supervisors' names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), duties, starting and ending dates and hours per week of paid or non-paid work experience that relates to this vacancy.

    d. Job-related training courses, special skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, publications and special accomplishments.

    e. Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

    f. Your resume must include evidence of how you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). In addition, your resume should clearly demonstrate the Technical Qualifications required by this vacancy announcement.

    Your application and SF-50 for this announcement must be received online via the USAJOBS/Application Manager application system by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on closing date of the announcement. Failure to submit a complete application will eliminate an applicant from further consideration. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist point of contact before the closing date if assistance is needed when submitting an application.

    The Department of the Interior provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please use the agency contact listed below if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and sent is received and is accurate.

    To begin the application process, you will need to Apply Online, by clicking Apply Online.

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    Office of the Secretary of the Interior
    1849 C Street NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20240
    United States
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    The Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences. We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country's most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.

    Next steps

    We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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