Deputy Director Financial Management

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.

The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage. Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Financial Management. The Deputy Director reports directly to the Director, Financial Management providing his/her expertise on accounting and financial management matters. The Financial Management Division has functional responsibility for accounting, financial policy, financial analysis, financial systems modernization, and the bank card program. The Deputy Director supports the Director and has responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness, accuracy, and integrity of the Department's accounting and financial operations, financial systems and for providing accounting and financial support to programmatic and other Department officials.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • This position is subject to random drug testing
  • A Top Secret security clearance is required for this position.
  • If selected, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (OGE-278) is required
  • A one-year SES probationary period may be required
  • As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualification (s) and Executive Core
    Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-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 in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) listed below. We recommend that your resume 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 RESUME-BASED METHOD, Although you should not address the ECQs and TQs separately, evidence of each must be CLEARLY REFLECTED in your resume.

    Your application package should not exceed a total of 5 pages. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

    A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37)

    Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

    You will be evaluated on the following 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
    Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience,
    Strategic Thinking, and 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.
    Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team

    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, and Technical Credibility

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial,and information resources strategically.
    Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and 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.
    Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

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

    Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

    Technical Qualifications - Mandatory

    You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

    TQ-1. Demonstrated executive-level experience in directing the preparation and issuance of annual financial statements while serving as the central coordination point with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG); or, as the senior official of a public accounting firm supporting the annual audit, and senior officials of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) government Accountability (GAO), and Department of Treasury.

    TQ-2. Demonstrated executive-level experience in overseeing financial systems modernization efforts and ensuring that such systems are compliant with Federal Financial Management Improvement Act requirements and capable of providing the necessary financial information to facilitate decision-making and improve program management.

    5-Page Resume that incorporates the TQs and ECQs.
    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 clearance a as a condition of placement in this Critical position.

    Top Secret


    The Deputy Director, Financial Management is a key member of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer leadership team. Primary responsibilities include:

    • You will serve as advisor to the Director, Chief Financial Office, Under Secretary for Management, and other senior Departmental Officials on all matters pertaining to accounting, financial reporting, and financial systems. Functions in a pivotal role in coordinating the appropriate involvement of the individual offices within Headquarters and directorates.
    • You will assist the Director with the preparation and issuance of the Department's annual financial statements. Serves as a coordination point with the IG, the senior official of any public accounting firm supporting the annual audit, and senior officials of OMB, GAO, and Treasury. Issues various policy establishing new and revised requirements for accounting and financial statement reporting of various categories of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses and ensures compliance with Departmental requirements. Negotiates resolution of any issues that arise in conjunction with the Department's financial statements, including those issues with significant programmatic impact.
    • You will assist with leading major Departmental cross-cutting accounting and/or financial initiatives essential to improved financial management; e.g., converting a major activity funded in a contractor indirect cost category to a direct Departmental mission program. Applies thorough knowledge and understanding of principles and techniques pertinent to planning, programming, acquisition, management and use of IT, and demonstrated experience in formulating, and directing efforts to solve extremely broad, difficult, and time-sensitive problems associated with existing DHS information programs.
    • You will assist senior program officials in a balancing the requirements of sound financial management with the need to meet programmatic objectives, including meeting specific milestones and time lines; e.g., recognition of contractual liabilities vis-à-vis availability of additional funding to support program or project activities.
    • You will oversee financial systems modernization efforts and ensures that such systems are compliant with Federal Financial Management Improvement Act requirements and capable of providing the necessary financial information to facilitate decision-making and improve program management by heads of programs.
    • You will coordinate management positions on all audit findings and recommendations pertaining to accounting and financial and financial management issues contained in reports issued by the IG or GAO. This entails negotiation with appropriate Departmental officials, including the directorate CFOs and program officials to determine management positions that reflect sound financial management without any unnecessary compromise of program or administrative priorities.

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