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Job Title:Associate Director for Administration and Chief Financial Officer, ES-0340-00/00

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:SES-2013-0016

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 15, 2013 to Friday, June 14, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, (Suitland, MD)


Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. Citizens. Join the U.S. Census Bureau where we are looking for diverse, innovative thinkers. Embark on a new career that is challenging and exciting!


Come join a dynamic, innovative team of executive leaders. The U.S. Census Bureau produces quality data that helps Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours, developmental opportunities, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and other incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you. Join the Census Team and contribute to the fabric of our nation.

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and capable individual to serve as the Associate Director for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (ADACFO). The ADACFO is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction to financial and administrative support functions, including finance and budget, financial and administrative systems, human resources, administrative services, acquisitions, equal employment opportunity (EEO) practices, and related administrative programs for the Census Bureau.  In addition, the ADACFO is expected to contribute to the formulation and implementation of broad policies which govern the U.S. Census Bureau and to serve as advisor to the Deputy Director and Director on all administrative concerns.


The ADACFO is responsible for implementing the Chief Financial Officers Act, the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act, and the Government Management Reform Act.  In addition, the incumbent ensures compliance with applicable accounting standards and principles, and financial information and system functional standards; manages directly or participates in the design, development, and implementation of performance measurement systems, and ensures that data included in financial reporting can be audited.


This position is a Senior Executive Service (SES) career-reserved position. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES pay is commensurate with qualifications. SES employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to SES.


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


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The ADACFO is responsible for establishing financial management controls and administrative policies and practices for the Census Bureau and setting the direction and providing guidance where appropriate to ensure all budgetary, financial, accounting, and administrative directives are disseminated and properly integrated at the appropriate levels throughout the organization. 


The ADACFO is responsible for assuring effective implementation and improvement of an integrated, automated financial and administrative system for the Census Bureau. Provides oversight for all financial and administrative audits including internal control reviews and vulnerability assessments; and coordinate with Government Accounting Office (GAO) and Office of the Inspector General.


He/she serves as liaison with the Department of Commerce (DOC), Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), Office of Management and Budget, GAO, Congressional officials, and all other external parties on matters involving financial management and systems issues.  Also serves as primary liaison and represents the Census Bureau's administrative management interests and programs to the DOC, ESA, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the General Services Administration, the Government Printing Office, and other organizations having policy and regulatory influence on the administrative management programs of the Census Bureau.


The ADACFO ensures robust monitoring of financial transactions and budget execution to achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as internal and external policy; and adopt adequate measures to address anomalies and eliminate/mitigate risk of future non-compliance.


Oversees accurate allocation of costs among budget accounts and evaluate proposals for reprogramming of funds, advising managers and bureau leadership on all appropriate compliance measures and ensuring that approved transfers of budget authority between budget accounts is consistent with reprogramming regulations.


He/She provides leadership in bureau budget proposal and/or justification efforts, advising senior leadership on funding strategies and novel solutions to new or unique programmatic funding requirements. 


Assures effective implementation and improvement of an integrated, automated financial and adminstrative system for the Census Bureau. Guides bureau-wide human capital management services, policies, and programs and oversee the integration of human resources programs with legislative or regulatory change initiatives.


The ADACFO provides leadership for administrative services operations, including property, space, records and facilities management, publications and graphic arts services; and administers electonic and printed data dissemination programs. 


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Applicants must have the experience listed below:


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 - 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 build 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. 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 should be submitted 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). 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 Demonstrated experience and understanding of strategic and operational planning and the ability to oversee development and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan that includes and defines the financial, human capital, and administrative management needs of an organization.


PTQ #2  Experience that demonstrates understanding and ability to manage a diverse workforce, thorough knowledge of financial management processes at the Federal, state, or local government levels; and an understanding of budget, financial and cost accounting and reporting; and familiarity with automated financial systems.


PTQ #3 Demonstrated experience and understanding of critical administrative management functions such as human capital management and other support services like acquisitions, travel, and facilities, including re-engineering these activities using such approaches to automation, contracting, and cross-organizational servicing agreements.

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The U.S. Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Additional benefits available at our Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union and commercial bank; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc.


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.


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.


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 the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office 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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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, address the assessment questions (This includes submitting a separate narrative response for each of the Executive Core Qualifications and the Professional/Technical Qualifications), and submit all required documents.

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. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. 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. 

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.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and place your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately within an hour of your system issue by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.


For more information, contact the SES Program Office Staff on (301) 763-3727.

ECQ responses are not required for current and former career members of the SES, (Indicate whether you 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.


*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment questions.

*Executive Core Qualification and Professional/Technical Qualification 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/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

*Education.  If this position requires higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.  Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. 


Latasha Ellis
Phone: 301-763-3727
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Human Resources Division
SES Program Office/2J233
Suitland, MD
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.


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. 


By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree).


Eligibility for this position will be based upon the applicant clearly illustrating his/her experience, knowledge, skill, and abilities 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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