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Job Title:Chief Financial Officer and Director for Administration, ES-0501-00

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Economics and Statistics Administration

Job Announcement Number:ESA-2013-0010

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

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


Friday, January 25, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013




Full-time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. citizens. Join the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) where we are looking for diverse, innovative leaders. The ESA is seeking a highly-motivated and capable executive to serve as the Associate Under Secretary for Management.


The Economics and Statistics Administration offers rewarding career opportunities in economics, information technology, program analysis, and administrative support and is a leading statistical agency that chronicles and analyzes major economic and social changes. ESA supports the information and analytical needs of the Department of Commerce and the Executive Branch. It communicates a vision of the key forces at work in the economy and of the opportunities they create for improving the well-being of all Americans.

The Chief Financial Officer and Director for Administration (CFO) is directly responsible for the planning, budgeting, performance, and financial management activities for ESA Headquarters and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and for oversight of the Census Bureau budget and financial management activities. The CFO develops and maintains ESA-wide policies, guidelines, and procedures for budget administration, financial reporting, and financial management systems. The incumbent prepares and executes the ESA Headquarters and BEA budgets, the processes for monitoring ESA resource allocations, and the logistics of the day-to-day activities of the ESA Headquarters offices. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing the Census Bureau CFO's formulation and execution of the Census Bureau's budget.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.


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The CFO ensures that ESA budget, financial, and planning and performance measurement activities are conducted in accordance with policy and procedural guidelines. The incumbent ensures the preparation of audited financial statements and performance measures of all activities under ESA. The incumbent is responsible for the formulation and execution of ESA Headquarters and BEA budgets, defending the budgets before the Department of Commerce (DOC), the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congress, and coordinating all ESA budget matters with the DOC Budget Office. The CFO is responsible for oversight of Census Bureau budget and financial management activities. The CFO represents the management and program interests of all units reporting to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and organizations having policy and regulatory influence on ESA functions, programs, and activities. The incumbent also represents ESA Headquarters, Census, and BEA on Commerce-wide program committees and task forces. The CFO establishes financial and administrative management policies and is responsible for integrated, automated financial and administrative systems. The incumbent directs and coordinates the performance of internal control reviews and similar analyses designed to identify program vulnerabilities and to formulate corrective action. The CFO provides executive leadership and direction for the following functions: property management; budget and financial management; acquisition; space planning; records management; customer service; and security administration. The CFO maintains primary responsibility for ensuring the development, coordination, and monitoring of all organizational activities related to identified Secretarial, Departmental, and organizational goals, and the provision of progress reports on those activities.


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Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

ECQ 1-Leading Change: 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation- Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes. External Awareness- Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. Flexibility- Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information; changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Resilience- Deals effectively with pressure, remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity; Recovers quickly from setbacks. Strategic Thinking- Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. Vision- Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change; Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ 2-Leading People: 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management- Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. Leveraging Diversity- Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Developing Others (New)- Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods. Team Building- Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ 3-Results Driven: 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- Holds self and others accountable for measurable high quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. Customer Service- Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. Decisiveness- Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions. Entrepreneurship- Positions the organizations for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives. Problem Solving- Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. Technical Credibility- Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4-Business Acumen: involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management- Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. Human Capital Management- Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget constraints, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations. Technology Management- Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ 5-Building Coalitions: 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- Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. Political Savvy- Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly. Influencing/Negotiating- Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs. Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Communication - Makes clear and convincing presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. Continual Learning - Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development. Public Service Motivation - Shows a commitment to serve the public. Aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

Applications MUST be submitted online/electronically through


In order to be considered for the position, applicants are required to submit a resume and a separate statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Each ECQ and PTQ must be addressed as a separate statement. A narrative description of 1-2 pages per ECQ and PTQ is normally sufficient. When addressing the ECQs and PTQs, statements that describe personal beliefs or philosophies should be avoided. Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's executive experience in relation to the specific ECQ and PTQ and specific examples of accomplishments. Please review the complete guide to writing executive qualifications at Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience, and education they possess. All applicants must meet the mandatory ECQs to be eligible for further consideration, and must provide detailed evidence of how they meet the additional PTQs for this position. Applicants must show that they possess the required experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and must show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that demonstrate the level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.

Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

PTQ #1 Experience which demonstrates the ability to direct an organization through subordinate supervisors, developing and administering programs, and determining agency-wide administrative, customer service, organizational, performance measurement, strategic planning, and security needs.

PTQ #2 Knowledge of, and/or experience with, federal budgeting concepts, financial management and reporting concepts and principles, and performance measurement concepts and control processes.

PTQ #3 Knowledge of current and emerging issues and developments in the financial and business fields including a knowledge of and ability to apply innovative financial management techniques.

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Benefits include: health and life insurance, comprehensive retirement, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K), sick and annual leave, ten paid holidays, Flexible Spending Account, and other benefits which may include flexible work schedule, transportation subsidy, and more.


You may FAX supplemental documents at any time during the open period of a vacancy announcement by going to 1) Log into My USAJOBS, 2) Click on "Applications", 3) Locate the vacancy you applied to, 4) Under "Application Status" column, click on "More Information". This will take you from Recruitment-One-Stop (ROS) to the Department of Commerce site (this will take a few seconds, please be patient); 5) Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheets" and click "Continue", 6) Select type of document to be faxed, 7) Click on "Print Cover Sheet" to print fax cover sheet 8) Once the cover sheet has printed click button "Return to ROS" to bring you back to the USAJOBS site. You can then logout. Current and former career SES members only - A copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment. (No response to ECQ statements is required.) SES Candidate Development Program graduates only - A copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification. (No response to ECQ statements is required.) Background and/or Security Investigation required. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Relocation expenses may be paid. Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational and functional lines. If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you. You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year. Filing of the Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report is required if selected for this position (Ethics in Government Act P.L. 95-251). Public law requires all new appointees to submit proof of identity/employment eligibility. If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must confirm their selective service registration status. In accordance with 5 USC 3303, any recommendation by Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected State or local government officials, political party officials or other individuals or organizations making the recommendation on the basis of the party affiliation of the applicant is prohibited. Executive Branch agencies are barred from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations, and indeed, are required to return to the individual any prohibited political recommendation with reference to statutory prohibition. Such officials may supply a statement which "relates solely to the character and residence" of the individual. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Division at 301-763-3371. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. The Department of Commerce does not condone or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


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Applications MUST be submitted electronically through Emailed, faxed, hand-delivered or mailed applications will not be considered. You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement. For more information, contact the SES Program Staff on (301) 763-3727. This vacancy may be accessed via the Internet at In addition to your resume, you must also submit separate narrative statements addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the three (3) Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). To apply electronically through, you must register on- line by creating a user account. Then download or create your resume using the Resume Builder. The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions (ECQs and PTQs). You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. Remember to click the box indicating that you would like a copy of your application emailed to you, then click "Finished". If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, a screen will appear telling you that your application has been sent. If you do not see this screen, you have not successfully completed your application. You may edit your information until 11:59 pm EST of the announcement closing date. You must FAX supplemental documentation - During the on-line application process, you will see a webpage listing available fax coversheets. Please print the coversheet pertaining to your requirements. Send your supplemental documents to the fax number listed on the fax coversheet to ensure proper receipt of your materials. That fax number is 571-258-4052. Documents must be faxed prior to the closing date of the announcement. Failure to do so may result in lost consideration. For problems during the application process such as faxing documents through the on-line system, contact the Help Desk at 1-877-662-7730 or send email to The Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM EST. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times. ECQ responses are not required for current and former career members of the SES, (Indicate whether you a a current or a former member of the SES in the essay response box). You must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment. ECQ responses are not required for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, however you must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification document.


ECQ and PTQ Statements - Each applicant is required to submit a separate statement addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs).


Maya Fox
Phone: 301-763-0327
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Human Resources Division
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2J436
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


A panel of senior executives will distinguish the best-qualified candidates from other applicants based on a review of each applicant's ECQs, as appropriate, and PTQs. Failure to meet all qualification requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience, knowledge, skill, and ability of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position. If you are tentatively selected for appointment to this SES position, your ECQs must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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