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Job Title:Chief Financial Officer, ES-0505-00

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Job Announcement Number:HHS-CDC-ES-12-730159

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, September 04, 2012 to Wednesday, October 03, 2012




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map


All groups of qualified individuals


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.  As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.  

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.  The incumbent serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and oversees all responsibilities related to the Chief Financial Officer's Act, with specific emphasis on CDC/ATSDR's financial management operations and systems including policy and internal controls. 

The CDC, an operating division of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is the nation’s premiere health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency and a global leader in public health.  It remains at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.  CDC is globally recognized for conducting research and investigations and for its action-oriented approach. 


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.


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The position is located in the Office of the Director, CDC and reports to the Chief Operating Officer and the CDC Director.  The CFO oversees all responsibilities related to the CFO Act, with specific emphasis on CDC/ATSDR’s finance and accounting policies and procedures, internal controls, and system requirements for CDC/ATSDR’s financial management systems. The CFO directs the development, implementation and management of accounting policy and system requirements for CDC financial management systems as well as overseeing the preparation of the annual CFO Report and other reports to external agencies such as DHHS, Treasury, General Accounting Office, Office of the Inspector General, and Office of Management and Budget, taking into consideration the Agency’s performance measures developed by CDC’s Strategic Planning.  The CFO ensures that any problems identified as a result of external audits of CDC’s financial activities are properly addressed; manages and oversees the development of corrective action plans to correct deficiencies found in financial audits which also includes liaison activities with other CDC Centers, Institutes, Offices (CIO’s) for correction action.

The CFO provides accounting and related fiscal services, including internal auditing functions throughout the CDC and ATSDR; conducts financial management functions with primary responsibility for financial administration including the requisition, apportionment, allotment, accounting and auditing of funds, and fiscal management, activity reporting and related financial management activities; provides a comprehensive financial management information system, including the design, development and preparation of financial reports and analyses for the Chief Operating Officer and senior operating officials.  As required by the CFO Act, develops an annual financial report on the status of CDC and ATSDR; participates in the development of policies and procedures pertaining to contracts, grants and funds derived from a number of appropriations, and large, complex reimbursable funding programs, gift funds and funds from miscellaneous sources.

The incumbent represents the Chief Operating Officer and establishes and maintains cooperative relationships and participates in meetings and conferences with senior level CDC, DHHS, and Congressional officials, subject matter experts, and others to: provide information concerning ongoing and/or proposed activities that may affect the execution of the incumbent’s area of responsibility; discusses questions, problems and issues involving programmatic considerations and/or integration of resources/programs; presents authoritative recommendations and conclusions reflecting the Chief Operating Officer’s view and/or the Agency’s position in matters related to the incumbent’s area of expertise; provides executive leadership, direction and coordination to the daily operations and activities of CDC’s CFO and internal control functions for CDC and its contractors.  This includes responsibility for generally overseeing the inter-component financial management activities and establishing and supervising the execution of debt settlement policy; advises the Chief Operating Officer and other key officials on activities that affect CFO audit and internal controls functions.


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Specialized Experience Requirement

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the the duties of the position to include senior managerial executive experience to manage an organization's accounting and financial reporting functions, including internal controls which complies with applicable accounting principles, procedures, and requirements; policy formulation as it relates to financial management functions; and management of financial management system requirements.

To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in such programs and operations.  This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.  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.

Senior Executive Service Requirements

Current or former career SES employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but must address the Technical Qualifications (TQs).  Unless you are currently serving under a career 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 ECQs and TQs in order to receive consideration for the position.

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected.  If you are applying under this option, you must address both the TQs and ECQs in this announcement.  Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the TQs but are not required to address the ECQs.

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at  Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

When responding to the TQs and ECQs, 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 TQs and ECQs.

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.  In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide.  You should limit your narrative to two pages for each ECQ and TQ.

In order to satisfy all of the specified requirements, you must submit narrative responses addressing the TQs and the five ECQs outlined below.


Technical Qualifications

In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:

1. Knowledge of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and General Accountability Office (GAO) statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and instructions; the Chief Financial Officer's Act; the Government Performance and Results Act, and other legislation, regulations, and applicable laws.

2. Extensive knowledge and senior experience with financial and accounting reporting concepts and principles; internal auditing functions; and related fiscal services.

3. Knowledge of the policy formulation process as it relates to Federal financial, budgetary and acquisition programs and activities with the ability to develop and coordinate corresponding initiatives with the appropriate authorities.

4. Extensive knowledge and senior experience with the design or operation of large financial or management information systems, including familiarity with automated financial management environments.

5.  Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships with individuals and organizations on financial management activities and requirements.


Executive Core Qualifications

Fundamental Competencies:  The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs.  Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation.  These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.

1.  Leading Change:  This core qualification involves 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. (Competencies:  creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

2.  Leading People:  This core qualification involves 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. (Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

3.  Results Driven:  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.  (Competencies:  accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

4.  Business Acumen:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  (Competencies:  financial management, human capital management, technology management)

5.  Building Coalitions:  This core qualification 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.  (Competencies:  partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

Desirable Qualification:

1. A current certificate of a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Government Financial Manager.

Other Requirements

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 applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

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.

In accordance with Federal and Agency Travel regulations, the payment of travel and relocation expenses may be reimbursed for travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  If selected for this position, the applicant must 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.


Your resume and narrative responses to the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position.  Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration.  Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:

1.  Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration).

2.  Basic qualifications review.  Your resume and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement.  (If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration).

3.  Review of your supplemental qualifications document to determine your rating.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Moving expenses may be authorized.

Recruitment or relocation expenses may be authorized.


Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the documents listed in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement.  Any documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

Application packages for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 03, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 730159.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Atlanta Customer HelpDesk (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  2. A complete Assessment QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  3. TQs - This document should not exceed 2 pages per qualification.  When uploading your TQs, choose the supporting document type called "Other".  This document is required for all applicants.
  4. ECQs- This document must not be longer than 10 pages (2 pages per qualification).  When uploading your ECQs, choose the supporting document type called "ECQ".  This document is required for all applicants who are not currently serving under a career SES appointment, eligible for reinstatement into the SES, graduates of an OPM-certified Candidate Development Program, or Commissioned Corps Officers who wish to apply for this vacancy as Commissioned Corps;
  5. SF-50, showing your current or former civil service status, if applicable; and
  6. Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certifcation (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.

If you do not submit the documents above by the closing date of the announcement, the system will consider your application incomplete, and you will receive no further consideration.  Any documents submitted that are not listed above will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    For Résumé and Application Tips visit: 

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 03, 2012



CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
Agency Information:
HHS CDC Center Executive Resources
1600 Clifton Rd


We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome by e-mail using the e-mail address on file in the Application Manager system, or by postal mail if no email address was provided by you during the application process.

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