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Job Title:Chief Financial Officer, ES-560 - CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

Agency:Broadcasting Board of Governors

Job Announcement Number:ERB-13-01

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, October 23, 2012 to Tuesday, November 20, 2012




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC United StatesView Map


All Qualified Applicants (Federal/Non-Federal, Status/Non-Status)



• Persons newly selected for appointment to an SES position must have their managerial qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
• The selectee will be required to complete an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
• Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.


The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multi cultural organization that encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of the Voice of America, which delivers high quality, multimedia programming in 44 languages to audiences worldwide; the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti); the International Broadcasting Bureau, which provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia. Our staff of dedicated professionals serves as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information, and relevant discussions.

The Full Performance Level:  Senior Executive Service



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Selectee will serve a one-year probationary period.
  • A pre-employment drug test is required for a non-BBG applicants.
  • Relocation expenses may be paid.


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The Chief Financial Officer is the principal Budget Officer and Financial Management Officer for the BBG, and its entities and is responsible for directing all of the agency's budgeting, accounting, and financial management operations.

Plans, coordinates, and directs all phases of the formulation, presentation, justification, and execution of the BBG's total budget, including presentations to the Office of Management and Budget and House and Senate committees, advises the Board, the IBB Director and other top BBG officials in the development, presentation, and execution of the budget.

Leads and manages the office  of the CFO in providing customer-oriented services to meet the often unique operational requirements of the elements and staff of the BBG.

Recommends and maintains financial and accounting systems for domestic and overseas application; directs the accounting and financial operations of the BBG's Federal components, provides technical fiscal training, instructions, advice and assistance to domestic and overseas offices; reviews BBG's fiscal operations to assure efficient and economical performance; and works collaboratively with other elements of the BBG in the development of total, integrated financial management systems to meet their unique operational requirements.

Reviews proposed legislation for budgetary implications and participates in discussions, negotiations, and planning with other senior officials to respond to and/or implement legislative changes. 


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To be qualified, applicants must possess the Executive Core Qualifications for the Senior Executive Service and the Professional/Technical Qualifications required for the position.


The applicant must file a separate narrative response for each ECQ.  In responding to each ECQ statement, please structure your responses in terms of a specific problem or goal (CHALLENGE); the environment in which you worked to tackle the problem or goal (CONTEXT); the specific actions taken (ACTION); and the outcome from such actions (RESULTS).  Please provide at least two (2) examples for each area, where practical.  The total response to all ECQs MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES.  For additional information on ECQ’s beyond the information provided in this document, go to website

ECQ 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 & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.


ECQ 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.


ECQ 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.


ECQ 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.


ECQ 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, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.



The applicant must file a separate narrative response for each PTQ and must cite examples in support of their response.

Essential (Mandatory)

1. Broad and in-depth knowledge of all phases of the Federal budget formulation, presentation, justification, and execution process. 

2. Ability to develop and maintain an agile, skilled, diverse, motivated, customer-oriented, and well-led staff.

3. Demonstrated ability to direct federal budget, accounting and financial management programs (including budget execution, payments, payroll, reporting, internal financial  controls and audits) and to meet the unique operational requirements of an organization.

4. In-depth knowledge of professional budget and accounting principles, practices, and standards.

6.  Ability to represent the BBG' in varying forums, e.g., OMB hearings, Congressional proceedings, and discussions and negotiations with other agencies and organizations.


Comprehensive knowledge of BBG’s programs, priorities, operational requirements, policies, procedures, and related issues.


Selectee will serve a one-year probationary period.

Drug Test: A pre-employment drug test is required for a non-BBG applicant selected for this position. Appointment is contingent upon a negative drug test.

The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure, OGE-278, prior to assuming the position, annually and also upon termination.


The Office of Human Resources will do a preliminary qualifications screening.  The applications determined to be qualified will be reviewed by the Executive Resources Board and the best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official.  The executive qualifications of the selected candidate must be approved by the Qualifications Review Board at the Office of Personnel Management.


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The Federal Government offers exceptional benefits to employees, including opportunities for training and advancement, health Insurance, vacation and sick leave, life insurance, long term care insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, and public transportation subsidies.  The link below provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees:


If successful applicant is a current Federal employee, he or she must be willing to enter the Senior Executive Service. If the successful applicant is an Agency Foreign Service employee, he/she will be retained on their Foreign Service appointment.


PLEASE NOTE: Current career senior executives, Qualification Review Board (QRB) certified graduates of an SES candidate development program, and individual with SES reinstatement eligibility may be considered noncompetitively for appointment to this position if they meet the mandatory professional/technical qualification requirements.  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required (SF-50 or QRB certification).




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All applications must be submitted by: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

To begin click the Apply Online button 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 and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number 771871.

After you complete and submit the online resume, you will receive a "Confirmation of Submission" message stating that your online resume has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this message, please submit again as this indicates that your resume has not been received.  


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 P.M. on  Tuesday, November 20, 2012, will result in your not being considered for employment.


Applications will not be accepted if submitted using Government franked envelopes.








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A resume which fully documents your experience and education as they relate to the position being advertised.

Detailed evidence of your possession of the Executive Core Qualifications.

Detailed evidence of your possession of the Professional/Technical Qualifications.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.



Karen Wren
Phone: (202)382-7524
Fax: (202)382-7541
Agency Information:
Broadcasting Board Governors
330 Independence Avenue SW
ATTN Office of Human Resources
Room 1543 Cohen Building
Washington, DC
Fax: (202)382-7541


Once the your application is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or  interviews are required you will be contacted.

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