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Job Title:  Chief Financial Officer & Business Operations Manager
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-NETL-13-DE-008

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, January 15, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013
This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Albany, OR, USView Map
Pittsburgh, PA, USView Map
Morgantown, WV, USView Map
All U.S. Citizens (1 Vacancy exists that may be filled at Albany, OR; Morgantown, WV or Pittsburgh, PA)


The Department of Energy's (DOE) overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website at the following link DOE.  The DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) implements research, development, and demonstration programs to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil resources.


We are seeking a highly-qualified candidate to serve as the Chief Financial Officer & Business Operations Manager.  You will work with a team of dynamic professionals to help ensure that the Nation can continue to utilize its vast domestic coal resource in systems that produce affordable energy, while simultaneously meeting increasingly stringent environmental regulations.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Position may involve some travel.
  • New SES members are required to serve a one-year probationary period.


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The Chief Financial Officer & Business Operations Manager (CFO & BOM)  is responsible for a large and diverse field funding allotment, and for planning, directing and implementing the full scope of business activities for the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), including: budgetary, financial analyses and administration, and institutional risk assurance in accordance with the CFO and Federal Managers Financial Integrity Acts; acquisition and assistance services in accordance with the Head of Contracting Activity delegation; and management  of the  site support contracts.  The CFO & BOM participates individually or on teams to ensure timely information exchange, coordinates responses to action items affecting Fossil Energy (FE) and DOE crosscutting functional issues, and provides support to specific functional offices within Headquarters.


The incumbent of this position serves as the principal advisor to the Director, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer on matters relating to the Laboratory’s financial resources and acquisition and assistance activities, and in the management of the Laboratory by providing input on policy issues relevant to both NETL and FE; advising/participating in Laboratory-wide operations; engaging in short- and long-term planning for the Laboratory and FE programs; certifying all NETL financial statements and related financial disclosure declarations, and financial responsibility for funding allotment changes; and managing external interfaces with officials from DOE Headquarters, other Federal and state agencies and with NETL’s private sector customers.


The CFO & BOM is tasked with ensuring NETL provides services that drive organizational productivity, ensures resource allocation efficiency, and maintains financial integrity and transparency so that NETL can demonstrate high value to customers and the taxpayer for every dollar spent.  The CFO & BOM is responsible for accomplishing these objectives by ensuring full development and utilization of the talents and resources that reside within the areas of budget administration, program analysis and evaluation, risk management, finance and accounting, internal controls, corporate financial systems, strategic planning, and acquisition and assistance.  Within delegated authority, the incumbent commits NETL to courses of action within the limitations of established policies and program budgets.  Assigned functions are discharged through senior management advisors, and Divisions and Branches.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed. These qualifications would typically be acquired through progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. Your total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of this position. You must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). You will be given the opportunity to address the MTQ's & ECQ's later in the online application process.

Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory MTQs and/or ECQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.


If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM you are not required to address the ECQs but must address all MTQs.


Mandatory Technical Qualfications


MTQ 1.  Demonstrated experience in providing executive level leadership and direction to a complex organization in the initiation, formulation, and execution of budget plans, accounting and financial management, acquisition and assistance, and institutional risk management.


MTQ 2.  Demonstrated experience in directing the financial management programs and activities and ensuring an organization's mission is accomplished with consistency in policy and direction, and adherence to and compliance with applicable laws, rules and /or regulations.

MTQ 3.  Demonstrated ability to apply sound judgment and analytical skills with the ability to formulate well defined business plans and improvements, and to be an influential and effective member of the management team in order to efficiently implement plans.


MTQ 4.   Skill in written and oral communications presenting solutions to complex business/institutional problems in a form appropriate for audiences of varying composition.


Executive Core Qualifications:  For detailed guidance on ECQs, you are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at 


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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.



You will be rated and ranked using only the information submitted for consideration. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualification factors and document demonstrated experience, training, and/or education in support of the technical qualifications by answering all of the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be ineligible for further consideration. Applicants will be evaluated on their narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and all of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). The narrative must demonstrate the necessary level of skills, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate success at this level and must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity

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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits.

You may be eligible for some or all of the following:

  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worklife4You Resource
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page


  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • The Government is entitled to ownership of any invention directly related to a Government employee's official duties. In return, when such an invention is patented by the Government and then licensed to a private sector entity, NETL is required by law to share a portion of any royalties or other payments received under the license with the Government employee inventor. An inventor may receive up to $150,000 per year under this provision. The annual limit is cumulative for all inventions rather than per invention.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site.Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
  • New SES members are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • All positions are subject to the Department of Energy's Drug Free Workplace Program.
  • If selected, you will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, prior to your appointment to this position. For additional information regarding this requirement and the form, please visit SF-278.
  • Travel and/or Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Department of Energy policy and Federal Regulations.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.  Please be sure that all information is legible. 


Steps to submit a complete application:

  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed résumé. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded résumés and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Résumé Builder (click the link for more information).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the Apply Now button.
  4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to): transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received. Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.

If your résumé does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Failure to submit required documents will result in a determination of ineligible or not qualified. 


If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the Human Resources Office to request assistance prior to the closing date of the announcement during normal business hours (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM ET).


Paper applications submitted without prior HR approval will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered for the vacancy announcement.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by emailing USAJobs at the following link, CONTACT US or by contacting the Human Resources Contact listed in this announcement between the hours of 7:00 A.M and 3:30 P.M. ET.


In addition to your on-line resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, you must upload all applicable supplemental documents by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. No attempt will be made to solicit missing materials from applicants who fail to submit them by the closing data. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Illegible supporting documentation may not be considered, nor will you be contacted to resubmit the documents. 


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.


If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

  • ALL APPLICANTS: Résumé supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Applicants using education to qualify (if allowed): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required. 
  •  SES CDP Certitication (if applicable): If you are a graduate of an SES CDP, please submit a copy of your certification for non-competitive eligibility. You must meet any technical qualifications, as well as, the five Executive Core Qualification Factors.
  • SF-50 (if applicable): Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing status as an SES member.
  • Foreign Education Equivalency (if applicable).   If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), NACES, can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.



Donna Isaac
Phone: 412-386-5822
Fax: 412-386-4876
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
P.O. Box 10940
Pittsburgh, PA
Fax: 412-386-4876


You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to the system to drive status updates notification for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will continue to update your status on-line as changes are made.


Persons tentatively selected for appointment to SES positions must have their ECQs approved by OPM. Eligibility for this position will be based upon you clearly showing that you have the quality and scope experience sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of this position.

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