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Job Title:  Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-2013-0009

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
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Thursday, May 30, 2013
This is a Full-Time position in the Senior Executive Service (SES). - This is a Permanent SES Career position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
Applications will be accepted from All Qualified Individuals (U.S. Citizens Only)


The Department of Commerce's mission is to enhance economic opportunity for the American people and to meet the ever-changing demands of the global economy.   ITA is the Federal agency responsible for working with industry to promote American exports and expand international trade through the development of partnerships, monitoring of and compliance with trade agreements, and other trade related services.  ITA is a globally-based bureau of the Department of Commerce and includes 109 offices in the United States, 126 offices in 78 countries, and approximately 2400 employees.

The Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) combines executive leadership and direction of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) financial and administrative functions.  The CFAO serves as the principal senior executive in ITA responsible for long-term planning for, and integration of, financial, human administrative support services.  As such, the incumbent assures that organization and financial management structures support ITA efforts to foster a culture that unifies the workforce in support of its strategic goals.  The CFAO is responsible for establishing policies to govern the development, management, administration, and coordination of ITA’s overall financial and administrative management. The CFAO must apply the experience of successful private and public sector examples that enhance employee effectiveness and productivity through effective executive direction in the application of financial and administrative processes and policies and that reflect consideration of “best practices” in financial and administrative management.


  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) within 30 days is required.
  • Position may involve some travel. Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Mobility agreements are required for members of the SES.


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The CFAO is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of four subordinate offices to include: the Budget Division, the Financial Management and Administrative Oversight Division, the Business Operations and Policy Compliance Division, and the Performance Management and Employee Programs Division.  Furthermore, the CFAO will support the Executive Direction and Administration (ExAd) infrastructure, which includes the Offices of the Under Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, Public Affairs and Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The CFAO formulates and implements broad policies, which govern all of ITA’s administrative and financial management matters and affects the quality of work life for the entire ITA.  The incumbent will directly manage various administrative programs such as facilities management, procurement, safety and health, strategic planning, risk management, human capital, travel, property management and continuity of operation.  Given the extremely broad authority exercised by the CFAO, the incumbent deals with ITA’s global workforce to include headquarters, the domestic and international field offices, and the Department's Management.

As CFAO, the incumbent provides executive leadership and overall direction to ITA’s financial and administrative support functions.  This includes the programs of strategic planning, human capital management, budget, accounting and financial systems, organizational and management analysis, program performance analysis, and administrative services.  The incumbent directs these programs through subordinate offices, reviews and evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of these programs, and is accountable to the Under Secretary for the level of services provided to ITA and for effective financial management policies and internal controls in compliance with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990.

As CFAO, the incumbent works with the Department to ensure the development and maintenance of an integrated DOC/ITA accounting and financial system, which complies with financial information systems function standards, including the Standard General Ledger and Core Financial System Requirements; ensures financial reporting that complies with OMB financial statement form and content A-136 requirements.

The CFAO advises senior leadership on the entire range of budgetary and financial matters, including control measures, and builds consensus among executives, senior managers, and internal or external stakeholders regarding strategies that contribute to more efficient allocation of resources. The incumbent plays a major role, as a senior advisor to the Under Secretary, in the development of strategies to acquire and deploy financial and other resources in support of ITA’s mission.

The CFAO supports the ITA strategic planning process by defining the resources needed and likely to be available in the near and long-term; directs the development and implementation of ITA’s strategic plans, multi-year performance measures, performance measurement systems and the management and program review of ITA headquarters units, domestic offices and posts worldwide, and assesses accomplishment of performance measures, and program effectiveness.

The CFAO also oversees ITA-wide responsibility in procurement, logistics, facilities, public access, security and support services programs.  The incumbent ensures ITA development of plans, policies and standards for facilities, administrative services, management, organization and procedural analysis; coordinate General Accounting Office and Inspector General audit and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act of 1974 activity. 


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications indicating 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 ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at Applicants 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 are not required to address the ECQs; but must address all mandatory PTQs.


All applicants will be evaluated by a panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. You will be evaluated on the following: 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 and 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, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


PTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience and understanding of strategic and operational planning, integration of innovative, cost-efficient, and mission-effective solutions into such planning, and the development and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan that includes and defines the financial, human capital, and administrative management needs of a global and complex organization.

PTQ 2 - In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated experience in budgeting, accounting, financial reporting concepts and principles, and internal management control and accountability processes; and thorough knowledge of governmental financial management processes (Federal, state, or local level).

PTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience and understanding of critical administrative management functions, including risk management and the provisions of logistical and support services, such as travel, procurement, facilities management and cross-organizational servicing agreements.

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Background Investigation: This position is designated as critical- sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility. Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after their appointment, and then annually thereafter. Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one year probationary period. Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the Department of Commerce. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service. 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. Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action. Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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Applicants must complete and submit an application online at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS website at An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for the position. Any application submitted other than the USAJOBS online application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED under this announcement. Your application and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants applying on-line for this position will be able to apply until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Please allow adequate time to complete your application. If you encounter technical difficulties during the process, please call 1-877-662-7730 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (excluding Federal holidays) for assistance. A complete application package consists of the following: 1. Resume (created during the registration process) and responses to the online job questions submitted via this website. Your resume must include the following information: a. Your full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers. b. Paid and Non-paid job-related work experience. For each job listed you are to provide: (1) Job title (2) Duties and accomplishments (3) Employers' name and address (4) Supervisor's name and phone number (5) Starting and ending dates (month and year) (6) Hours per week (7) Salary (8) If Federal; Title, Series, and grade/pay band c. Education. Provide name, city and state of all schools attended; i.e., high school, colleges and universities, vocational, trade, business, technical. Provide dates of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees received. d. Other Job Related Qualifications Information: Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc., applicable to the position. 2. A narrative statement for each mandatory Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualification. Failure to respond or address any of the mandatory Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualifications marks an application as incomplete and incomplete applications WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 3. A copy of your most recent SF-50 for current and former Federal employees. The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Ronda Holbrook, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 202-482-5243. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case- by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. If you have technical difficulties applying to the vacancy on the USAJOBS website, click on Contact USAJOBS. It is suggested that you do not wait until the last day to apply for a vacancy announcement. We will not accept applications other than those submitted through USAJOBS.


In addition to your online application and responses to the ECQs and PTQs, the following documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement: For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: Your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows career appointment in the SES. For current Federal employees: Your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level. For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: Your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation. You may be directed to FAX specific documentation to verify information about your civil service status, your education, and/or other information. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensure your document is processed correctly. FAXING INSTRUCTIONS: Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/ 1. Log into MYUSAJOBS 2. Click on "Applications" 3. Locate the vacancy you applied to 4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information" 5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue" Failure to provide requested documents may result in lost consideration. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement for alternate methods of application.


Ronda Holbrook
Phone: 202-482-5243
Fax: 202-482-1903
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7419
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-482-1903


The Office of Executive Resources Operations will notify applicants once their application is received and all phases that follow up to the point of selection/non-selection. Applicants can check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing USAJOBS website. Select "My USAJOBS" and enter your ID and password. Click the link titled "Applications" and select the link under "Application Status" next to the name of the announcement. Your status will be updated as change occur. If you have any questions, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist at the telephone listed in the announcement.

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