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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Job Announcement Number:  FLETC-CFO-2013-0015

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
Monday, March 18, 2013 to Thursday, April 18, 2013
Permanent position. - Full-time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy - Glynco, GA, US  View Map

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens.

Noncompetitive consideration: Current career Senior Executive Service (SES), Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certified graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program, and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility may be considered non-competitively for appointment if they meet the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ) requirements. 



Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

“We Train Those Who Protect Our Homeland.”  The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is a unique inter-agency organization that prepares the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet the Nation's most pressing security challenges.  To see an informational video and learn more about the FLETC’s vital Homeland Security Mission, please click here.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service, a small elite group of top government leaders.  SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.  As an executive, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.  This Senior Executive Services (SES) Assistant Director (AD), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position is located in the Chief Financial Officer Directorate, Director's Office, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA.  The CFO will provide direction, control, and implementation of all financial and budget activities of the FLETC. The CFO will also lead the FLETC's use of financial and budgetary resources and advance the achievement of the FLETC's mission by assisting senior management in identifying fiscal applications that add value while transforming or supporting program operations.

Applicable relocation expenses will not be paid.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • You will be required to undergo initial and random drug screening.
  • Financial disclosure required.


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The FLETC is looking for a talented CFO to provide direction, planning, management and coordination for the Finance Division, Budget Division, and Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation Division.  Typical assignments include:

  • Ensuring financial, budgetary and strategic planning goals and objectives are identified, developed, managed and supported effectively and that FLETC and client expectations and program requirements are achieved.
  • Providing executive leadership for all financial management activities and the oversight of financial management systems, including internal controls and program performance measures; for all matters relating to FLETC budget planning, formulation, presentation, execution, and reporting for the implementation, upgrading, and enhancement of automated financial management systems that improve the delivery of financial management services to all customers and conform to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and DHS established guidance; for review and approval of all FLETC financial statements and budget documents prior for submission to external parties; for overseeing the strategic management process and Government Performance and Results Act compliance to provide FLETC management officials with a means to systematically articulate priorities, develop and implement strategies to achieve them, and integrate financial information into document accomplishments; for managing the competitive sourcing program, ensuring appropriate integration with the strategic planning process; and for designing and administering the performance outcome measurement processes used to evaluate and validate the results of planning efforts and fiscal expenditures.
  • Developing and implementing component headquarters fiscal vision on matters involving formulation of key national and mission goals, priorities, values, customer service, and program performance for all field and international training sites.
  • Exercising budgetary, human resources management, and general resource management responsibilities for the Directorate; making conclusive decisions on means of substantially reducing operating costs without detriment to major programs; justifying expenditures for major equipment, facilities, and the like; implementing control measures on provision of data to management; redelegating authorities as deemed appropriate and necessary; determining initiation or curtailment of programs; allocating resources to particular projects; determining changes of emphasis in major programs; and directing the work efforts of a large staff, reviewing formal grievances, making selections and disciplining subordinates, resolving differences between subordinates.
  • Integrating key DHS and FLETC program goals, priorities, and values with strategic vision to lead organizational change and close performance gaps at DHS and FLETC. 
  • Advocating cross-organizational process improvements; ensuring program processes are modified to take full advantage of financial and budgetary solutions; determining and developing appropriate policies, procedures, and standards to further the advancement of financial management within the FLETC.   


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You must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. You must submit a photocopy of your official college transcript(s).

You must possess a degree in accounting or a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration and you have completed 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.  -OR-

Combination of education and experience: You possess at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. In this case, your background also needs to include one of the following:

  1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality.  This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
  2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
  3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included at least 15 semester hours in accounting or auditing, provided that (a) you have successfully demonstrated the ability to perform work at the GS-11 or higher grade level in accounting, auditing, or a related field; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants determines that you have demonstrated a knowledge of accounting and related fields that is equal to that provided by successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above; and (c) except for having fewer than 24 semester hours in accounting, your education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

In addition to the education requirement, as a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Typically, experience of this nature will have been 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.  You must clearly show that you possess the competencies to perform the duties of an executive. For guidance in preparing a narrative statement addressing ECQs, please access OPM's website at  


EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ): You must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs listed below unless you: 1) are currently serving under a career SES appointment, 2) are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or 3) have successfully completed SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM.

When responding to the ECQs and the MTQs, 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 ECQs and the MTQs. 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. You are required to respond to all ECQs and you must address each ECQ separately. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. You should limit your narrative written statements to one page per ECQ and no more than five pages total.

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.

Leadership Competencies:

Creativity 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 - 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.

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 - Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities tolerant 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 - 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 - 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 organization 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 - This core qualification 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 considerations, 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 - 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.

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 Executive Core Qualifications.  These competencies do not need to be addressed individually but should be addressed over the course of the ECQ narratives.

Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

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. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at .

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQ): To be considered for this position, ALL applicants MUST submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy each of the MTQs. You are required to respond to all MTQs and you must address each MTQ separately. If you fail to address each MTQ, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written narrative statements to no more than one page for each MTQ and no more than three pages total.

MTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience in (1) managing the planning, formulation, justification, presentation, execution and review of financial management programs and operations of multiple, geographically dispersed activities and (2) directing the development of financial management policies and program initiatives that positively contribute to the accomplishment of the organization's mission and priorities.

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience as a technical authority and expert advisor to senior leadership regarding budgetary, financial and audit policies, laws and regulations including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and General Accountability Office (GAO) statues, regulations, policies, procedures, and instruction; the Chief Financial Officer's Act; the Government Performance and Results Act, and other legislation, regulations, and applicable laws.

MTQ 3 - Experience which demonstrates the ability to promote teamwork and collaboration among senior leaders in solving urgent and long-term financial problems involving complex or sensitive issues, major conflicts in opinion, important policies, and other management concerns that impact nationwide or agency-wide operations.

FAILURE TO ADDRESS BOTH ECQs and MTQs WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FOR THIS POSITION. Exception: Career SES members and SES Candidate Development Program graduates may address only the MTQs.


You will be rated on the basis of meeting the qualification criteria stated in the announcement. You must demonstrate that you meet all of the basic education requirements, the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) to be deemed eligible for further consideration. In determining the degree to which you possess the required, the evaluation committee will consider your related experience, education, training, awards, appraisals, and professional references.  

Unless you are already a member of the SES with career status or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by the Office of Personnel Management, your application package including ECQs must be approved/certified by the Officer of Personnel Management before appointment can be effected.

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniforms (if applicable); health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position.  Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Veteran's preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

This is a drug testing position which requires a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Employment is contingent upon favorable results.  The employee will also be subject to random drug testing.

Members of the SES are required to file an SF-278 “Public Financial Disclosure Report” annually.  The SF-278s must generally be filed within 30 days of appointment to a covered position and, thereafter, every year by May 15.  There is a financial penalty for filing a required SF-278 more than 30 days late.

New SES appointees are required to complete a 1-year probationary period as a condition of employment.

All employees are required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer DD/EFT for salary payments.


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Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Human Capital Help Desk at OR by calling (912) 267-2289 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm ET (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.


1. Resume:  In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Technical Qualification(s), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Please do not send resumes with photos.

Applicants typically provide the following information:

  • Vacancy Identification Number: FLETC-CFO-2013-0015
  • PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers, including area codes.
  • EDUCATION INFORMATION: Names of high school attended, city, state, and zip code, date of diploma, GED; names of colleges or universities you attended, city, state, and zip code; majors, type and years of any degree received (if no degree, show total credits and indicate whether semester or quarter hours).
  • WORK EXPERIENCE: Information about your paid and non-paid work experiences related to this position including: job title (include series and grade if a federal job), duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor), starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.
  • OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Job related training courses (title and year), job related skills, e.g., other languages, computer hardware/software, etc., job related honors, societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards (give dates, but DO NOT send documents unless requested).

2. Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  Those with foreign education, click this link. 

3. Mandatory ECQ statements: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. ECQ statements should not exceed one page per ECQ (Five pages maximum).  In lieu of the narrative statement, current Career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates must provide the documentation in #5.

4. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. MTQ statements should not exceed one page per MTQ (Three pages maximum).

5. Copy of Notifcation of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former career employees eligible for reinstatement, and SES members must provide a copy of their latest  SF-50 showing proof of career or career-conditional status or reinstatement eligibility, and the highest promotion potential of a position held on a career or career-conditional basis their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES CDP must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

6. Performance Appraisal (current federal employees only): a copy of a complete performance appraisal (not just signature page) issued within the last 12 months.  

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as passports, pictures, award certificates, recommendation letters, etc. will not be considered.


Robin Roe
Phone: 912-267-2214
Fax: 571-258-4062
TDD: 912-267-2214
Agency Information:
1131 Chapel Crossing Road
Glynco, GA
Fax: 571-258-4062


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  You will receive an e-mail letting you know your application was received.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”  We expect to make a final selection within 60 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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