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Job Title:  Chief Financial Officer
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SO-CFO-2014-0002

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

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals who are U.S. citizens.
Top Secret


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Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at the NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!
This position serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reporting directly to the Chief, Resource and Operations Management (CROM). The CFO oversees resource management of NOAA, serves as the principal financial and budget advisor to NOAA Administrator, Deputy Under Secretary and the CROM, and is the technical expert on all financial matters relating to the operations of the NOAA.  The incumbent is responsible for establishing policies to govern the development, management, administration, and coordination of NOAA's overall financial management and other business systems.  This position also has the lead for Budget and Financial Execution in NOAA’s Planning Programming Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES); as well as the overall responsibility for resource management, data and information in PPBES. 
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides guidance and staff support to NOAA organizations in the areas of budget formulation and execution, resource management, financial systems development and financial management.  It provides financial management and budget support to the Under Secretary and several NOAA Staff Offices as well as policy and management to the organization as a whole. 


  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position
  • A Top Secret Background Investigation is required


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The CFO provides centralized guidance and control of financial management activities at all levels of operations; supports and enhances NOAA's financial management policies, systems and procedures; provides financial payment and travel systems NOAA-wide and for all DOC counterpart organizations. The incumbent provides overall guidance for ensuring that internal and external customer needs are met, and monitors the attainment of program goals and objectives as well as program cost effectiveness. The incumbent participates in NOAA Executive Decision Process, and is a member of the NOAA Executive Panel (NEP) as well as the NOAA Executive Council, and consults with the executive staff, where appropriate, and works cooperatively with them throughout all phases of the PPBES process. When programs are in conflict or competition, the incumbent provides NOAA senior management with alternatives and/or recommendations. In addition to the information provided above, the incumbent has primary responsibility for the following:
Considers key national and organization-wide goals, priorities, and values in executing responsibilities; responds to the general public and clientele groups; remains current on relevant social, political, and economic development; and represents NOAA on complex issues and effectively gives briefings, speeches, testimony, etc., to persuade, sell, inform, and/or negotiate plans and programs.
Provides administrative oversight and coordinates the activities of subordinate organizations; develops and communicates a vision for the attainment of goals and objectives as a cohesive, focused organizational entity; services as a catalyst for innovation and creativity in analyzing and solving complex problems; fosters an environment conducive to teamwork and empowerment of supervisors and employees; and promotes and encourages diversity in subordinate organizations throughout NOAA.
Oversees the development of short and long range plans to meet organizational objectives; establishes or revises programs’ goals, institutes major modifications in organizational or functional structure; and approves key appointments or promotions to ensure the most efficient organization.
Encourages personal and professional development among subordinates and provides opportunities for individuals to accomplish their goals in relation to NOAA; and utilizes special emphasis programs to attain diversity among the staff; and is proactive in reaching affirmative action goals.
The incumbent is responsible for developing and maintaining an integrated accounting and financial management system, including financial reporting and internal controls that comply with applicable accounting principles, standards and requirements, and internal control standards. As such, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring that organizational and public policy goals, objectives, and priorities are reflected in all aspects of executing NOAA fiscal responsibilities.
The incumbent is the principal representative of NOAA to the Department in a consolidated and centralized effort to develop, select, and implement a Department-wide streamlined, automated financial and administrative system. The Commerce Business Management System (CBS) includes a core financial system integrated/interfaced with related other administrative systems. The incumbent represents NOAA on the CBS Executive Board. This Board is responsible for developing a financial and administrative management system aimed at integrating program management with good financial management, while also improving current business practices and reducing overall administrative costs. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the system requirements and needs of NOAA are addressed in all aspects of CBS. The incumbent has authority to commit financial resources required for such a system and the responsibility for full implementation and maintenance of the system at NOAA.


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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. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. 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 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 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. 

Specialized Experience
Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. 
Specialized experience may consist of, but not limited to: governmental budgeting, management of financial systems, serving as a liaison with an organization and political affiliations, and a broad range of progressively responsible experience in providing leadership, direction and coordination of financial management programs and activities that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ'S) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's).  



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.
To be rated and considered for this position, applicants are requested to fully describe their experience in each of the following five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and all of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).
When addressing the ECQ and PTQ requirements, please use the first person as you assess and describe your leadership qualifications. (e.g., [In 2009 I led XYZ organization] NOT [In 2009 Mr. Doe led the XYZ organization]).
SES Executive Core Qualifications:
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.
NOTE: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. For more detailed information and samples please see the OPM link
Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):
PTQ1 - In-depth knowledge of and experience with governmental  budgeting; federal accounting and financial reporting concepts and principles and/or internal management control and accountability processes.
PTQ2 - Managerial or other practical involvement in the design, implementation, integration, operation or evaluation of financial management systems in large governmental entities, and in the use of automated tools to disseminate and receive information.
PTQ3 – 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.
NOTE: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 3 pages typed 12 point font.

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Relocation: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized
Background Investigation: This position is designated as critical sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated for a Top Secret clearance in order to establish 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 his/her 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 reassignments across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. You may be required to travel.
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.
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.
Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.


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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.
NOTE: ECQ and PTQ Documentation should be attached under “Writing Example One” and “Writing Example Two”, respectively, once you have completed the online questionnaire,
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USA JOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.


A complete application consists of the following:
  • 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 educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
  • ECQs - Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. Failure to fully respond or address any of the core qualifications will result in an incomplete application and the package WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • PTQs - Provide narrative response to professional/technical qualifications. Response should not exceed 1 page per PTQ.
  • Education - If this position requires proof of 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 by the closing date. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.
  • If applicable, documentation supporting career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligibility for reinstatement into SES, or successful completion of the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM. 

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Please DO NOT put your social security number 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. 


Lakesha Miner
Phone: 301-713-6322
Fax: 301-713-2083
Agency Information:
Workforce Management Office
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD
Fax: 301-713-2083


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified by email of the receipt of your application. The typical SES selection process at NOAA averages 80-85 work days after the announcement closes.

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