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Job Title:Director, Finance Office/Comptroller

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:SO-CFOFO-2014-0021

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


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Thursday, September 11, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Germantown, MD View Map


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


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About the Agency

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!

The Finance Office provides the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's financial management policies, systems and procedures. It advises line/staff offices on financial management policies and procedures and provides special-purpose financial information and analyses on matters of immediate concern to line/staff offices, the Chief Financial Officer, and the Office of the Under Secretary. The Office manages the agency's Annual Financial Statement Audit, and serves as the primary contact with the Office of the Inspector General.


  • Occasional Travel
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  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period


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The Director, Finance Office/Comptroller is delegated responsibility for all financial management, travel management and payment systems. The incumbent is responsible for managing NOAAs accounting system, and developing overall financial management guidance. The incumbent ensures adherence to financial limitations as well as statutory/regulatory financial requirements, and manages the use of NOAAs assets. The Director provides guidance and control of financial management activities such as, cash management, internal controls, prompt payment, electronic payments, travel management, financial reporting, internal audits and cost accounting 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 has primary responsibility for the following:

  • Serves as focal point for producing an audited financial statement as required by the Chief Financial Officers Act. Coordinates necessary audit activity throughout NOAA organizations. Institute methodologies, organizational practices and processes to ensure audit readiness and accuracy consistent with applicable U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, and prescribed Departmental accounting policies and procedures.

  • Maintains liaison with key management officials and provides assistance on complex budgetary and financial matters, and builds consensus among executives, senior managers, and internal or external stakeholders regarding strategies that contribute to more efficient allocation of resources which cross-cut organizational lines. Provides advice and assistance where needed to meet requirements established by DOC, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Department of Treasury. Externally communicate with senior officials at the Department of Justice, OMB, General Services Administration, and OIG to coordinate financial matters.

  • Interprets and implements accounting changes to Government Performance and Results Act, Government Management Results Act (GMRA), Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act, OMB Bulletin 97-01, Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA), and other financial management improvement acts.

  • Ensures the financial management system complies with Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Boards (FASAB), GAO, Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP), FMFIA, and FFMIA requirements. Develops and implements integrated systems, policies and procedures designed to ensure financial information generated by NOAAs accounting system is reliable, consistent with all regulatory requirements, and meets the needs of Congress, DOC and NOAA.

  • Provides technical policy, procedures, guidance and financial management leadership on overall fiscal and accounting matters. Develops and/or oversees the implementation of programs and processes that ensure robust monitoring of financial transactions to achieve complete compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as internal and external policy. Adopts adequate measures to address anomalies and eliminate/mitigate risks of future non-compliance

  • Anticipates the effect of legislative and administrative changes and initiatives and ensures development of effective, legally-compliant, fully responsive strategies to provide for implementation of programmatic priorities.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, all applicants MUST address each Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ) and Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) questions listed in a separate narrative document. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions. For detailed guidance on writing ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at Failure to meet the basic qualification factors will result in an automatic disqualification. 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.

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.

Degree Requirement:

1. Degree: Accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")


2. Combination of education and experience: 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. The applicant's background must also 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 substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.



All applicants will be evaluated 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 MUST fully describe their experience in each of the following five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and in each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). ECQ and PTQ documentation should be attached under "Writing Example One" and "Writing Example Two", respectively. 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 an organization....] NOT [In 2009 Mr. Doe led an organization...]).

SES Executive Core Qualifications:
ECQ1. 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):

1. Please describe your broad senior-level experience leading financial planning and management processes. Strong accounting education and/or equivalent experience in government accounting systems and government accounting policy and procedures.

2. Please describe any senior-level experience in an organization whose mission it is to oversee automated management and financial systems and demonstrated experience with financial management systems in order to interrelate financial data/information systems and program activities consistent with the CFO Act, Government Performance and Results Act, Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act, and other legislative requirements.

3. Please describe your experience in dealing with senior management officials on decisions regarding financial management.
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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.
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.

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: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at Veterans' preference: Is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
EEO: NOAA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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.


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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".

To apply, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USA JOBS account at and 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 at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


1. Education: You MUST submit an official or unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned by the closing date of the announcement. If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you MUST submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization to be considered. If documentation verifying education is not received by the closing date of the announcement, you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

2. If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status. If you successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, please provide a copy of your certificate. All required documentation must be provided on or by the closing date of the vacancy.
3. ECQ narrative responses should be attached under "Writing Example One".
4. PTQ narrative responses should be attached under "Writing Example Two".


Yolanda Knights
Phone: 301-713-6307
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Executive Resources Division
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your application is received it will be evaluated by an HR Specialist and rated by a merit staffing panel of executives. The panel will make recommendations to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to the system to drive status updates notification for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will continue to update your status on-line as changes are made.

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