Chief Financial Manager

Washington, D.C
Aug 17, 2022
Aug 25, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The position of Chief Financial Officer provides CWMD senior leadership with expert strategic advice and subject matter expertise, policy direction, and management advice for the full range of financial management, acquisition, and travel activities for the Office. As the primary link with the Department's financial and budget initiatives, this position will adapt broad Departmental guidance to CWMD operations. The position will integrate, design, and implement Office level financial management initiatives to include planning, executing, management of broad and extensive CWMD programs to enable the delivery of those with significant interest to the public and the government at large.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Oversees the compilation and correlation of information concerning projected costs for CWMD's current and future activities and provides senior leadership with short- and long-range budgetary needs for the organization.
  • Administer final execution of the budget and directs a multi-disciplinary team in planning, reviewing, and leading the activities such as design, development, and delivery of a suite of proactively administered, comprehensive services covering, but not limited to, advisory and operational services in the following major functional areas:
    • Provide authoritative interpretations of Congressional legislation and interprets and assesses the impact of new and revised Congressional legislation on budget formulation, execution, and program evaluation for CWMD. The authoritative interpretations extend to Executive orders, 0MB guidelines and directives, and policies and precedents within and outside of DHS.
    • Oversee the development of policy guidance for planning, reporting, and evaluating CWMD programs and functions to include goal setting, tracking, performance measurement, reporting requirements, and analysis and evaluation of plans and reported data.
    • Maintain liaison with Congressional appropriations committee members to provide budgetary expertise in responding to questions and concerns on specific program issues and in clarifying DHS/CWMD policies. Direct the preparation of a variety of budgetary reports for CWMD leadership, DHS, OMB, and Congressional committees, which are used to make resource and policy decisions.
    • Represent CWMD during Congressional hearings and provides technical budgetary and program information. Oversee the development of formal Congressional testimonies, initiates preparation of background documents, and directs the development of responses to formal questions submitted by 0MB and Congressional committees and to special ad hoc requests.
    • Participate in meetings with OMB and budget hearings to justify/defend plans and budgets, and represents CWMD on budget related matters in meetings with DHS, 0MB and Congressional staff. Briefs officials, at the request of the Director of Operations, on specific budgetary concerns and issues emanating from budget formulation, execution, and evaluation.
  • Oversee the formulation and presentation of the annual budget for CWMD. Provide written justification for proposed requests for funds and ensures CWMD budget narratives reflect the Administration, DHS and CWMD priorities and are appropriately linked to the DHS strategic plan and Government Performance and Results Act reporting requirements and activities. Provide the Assistant Secretary other senior leaders with guidance on actual or potential funding problems and recommends policy solutions. Provide ongoing analyses of funding and program trends and advises CWMD management regarding future resource requirements for ongoing and proposed programs.
  • Direct and oversee the allocation of funds to CWMD programs and oversees the execution of the budget in accordance with appropriations and apportionments and any relevant Congressional direction. Oversee and direct the development of necessary budgetary controls to ensure compliance with budgetary and financial rules and regulations and to prevent anti-deficiency violations.
  • Advise all levels of management regarding the direction of budget execution and related management activities including available funding, legal use of monies, timeframes within which available funds must be used, trends in the obligation and expenditures of funds, and the effects of budgetary changes on related activities.
  • Serves as the principal representative for CWMD with other Federal agencies, providing authoritative advice and leadership on significant programming and budget policy issues. Represents and speaks for CWMD at Departmental planning and decision-making meetings and conferences and negotiates with authority to make commitments within established policy and funding limitations. Presents informative, well-organized, clear, and concise recommendations including rationales and appropriate trade-offs. .


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a TS/SCI security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Selectee will be required to complete form OGE-278, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Form.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Executive Core and Technical Qualifications listed below in a supplemental statement to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) listed below. We recommend that your résumé and ECQ responses emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

The application process used to recruit for this position is the Traditional-Method, Therefore, provide separate narrative responses, not to exceed two (2) pages for each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and no more than one (1) page for each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs).

Executive Core Qualifications:

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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, 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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ 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, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.

Technical Qualifications (TQs):

You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

MTQ 1 : Candidates must demonstrate experience in earned value management, risk analysis, and independent decision making in relation to administrative regulations within complex financial operation.

MTQ 2 : Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of, and experience with multiple fund types including various appropriations, working capital/revolving funds, credit/loan accounts, reimbursable agreements, and in addressing and resolving complex budget formulation and budget execution issues and/or complex financial audit issues and findings.

MTQ 3 : Candidates must demonstrate experience with using evidence-based analysis to identify underperforming or at-risk financial management structures, processes, and systems and developing improvement processes with KPIs for closing performance gaps.

Challenge Context Action Result (CCAR) Model

An ECQ or Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) statement should include more than one examples of relevant experience.
    Challenge. Describe a specific problem or goal. Context. Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale). Action. Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge. Result. Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at Senior Executive Service Executive Core Qualifications

Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.



There is no recognized education to qualifying for this position; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation will be acceptable.

Additional information

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartment Information clearance as a condition of placement in this Special Sensitive position. This review includes 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.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

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