Director, Office of Finance and Accounting

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Full Time

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs.

For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations. This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

This position serves as the Director, Office of Finance and Accounting and Chief Financial Officer (CFO),  Indian Health Service (IHS).  The incumbent exercises broad authority for the development, presentation, and defense of the IHS budget and is fully responsible for the allocation and management of financial resources available to the agency.  These resources include appropriated funds, collection of third party reimbursements for services provided, contributions from Tribes and other entities, and funds that are carried over and available for more than one fiscal year.  The Director uses initiative, judgment, and originality in developing and implementing financial management policies and goals and is accountable for the certification of the agency’s financial statements, compliance with applicable laws, policies, and regulations, and funds allocated for expenditure by Headquarters and field programs.

This position is a Public Trust, Level VI position, therefore the selectee will be subject to a full-field background investigation and security clearance before being appointed to the position and will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, Standard Form 278.

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NOTE: Only applications with responses to the ECQ's and MTQ's will be considered.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel will be required

  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized

  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selectee, If not presently SES, MUST serve a one-year probationary period.
  • MUST respond to ECQ's and MTQ's in order to be considered.
  • All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability.  To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs), listed below.  It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

    Fundamental Competencies

    Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

    1. Leading Change:  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.

    2. Leading People:  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.

    3. Results Driven:  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.

    4.  Business Acumen:  The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5.  Building Coalitions:  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.

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position.  If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.  However, you must still provide the narrative response individually addressing each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. 

    Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected IF they want to be appointed through the SES. If you are applying under this option, you must address the TQs in this announcement. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must also address the TQs.

    Technical Qualifications (TQs):

    1. Demonstrated experience representing the senior executive of a large organization to governments and legislative bodies; e.g. Congress/legislative committees, OMB, HHS, the Tribes and other agencies. 
    2. Demonstrated substantial knowledge of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act, as well as Federal Health Care Delivery Systems including the IHS System, regulations and policy, and knowledge of HHS and IHS policies and procedures for financial management.   
    3. Demonstrated substantial experience formulating financial policies, goals, objectives and operational strategies in decision making for budget programs for a large agency.
    4. Demonstrated knowledge of Federal financial management functions, authorities and responsibilities.
    5. Demonstrated substantial experience guiding/advising senior managers to achieve financial excellence in program operations and provide support to other organizational levels such as Area offices, satellite programs, etc.
    6. Demonstrated experience in implementing, reviewing and evaluating internal controls over financial reporting to provide continuous surveillance and improvement, and resource utilization to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.
    7. Demonstrated experience in the negotiation of inter-agency and/or inter-department agreements involving the interchange of programs, services, staff and financial resources.
    8. Demonstrated experience in the development of budget execution systems for appropriations and third party collections that support highly diversified programs.
    9. Progressive experience in middle or senior management which must have included managing multiple organizational units, the demonstrated ability to administer delegation of authority, organizations and functions development, and management control activities, and the demonstrated knowledge of Indian Preference, EEO, Upward Mobility, and other statutory or policy mandates.
    10. Demonstrated experience and ability for overseeing an integrated Financial Management system and assuring that the system consistently produces relevant, reliable and timely financial information to support decision-making and cost-effective business operations at all levels throughout an Agency.

    Other Requirements: All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval form OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered
    You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, August 18, 2017

    Applicants must submit a written narrative statement that addresses all Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize the level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of actions taken, policy initiatives and level of contacts. Narratives should be limited to no more than two pages each in response to each Mandatory Technical Qualifications.

    Applicants must provide evidence that they possess substantive experience which has provided knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration as well as specialized (managerial/liaison/legislative/communication) experience in the health services work directly related to this position.

    To qualify, candidates must have had senior level experience that meets all of the following Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications. The experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.
    This experience must clearly demonstrate progressive ability to effectively manage complex interdisciplinary health programs and health care policies of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience interacting with government, non-government, and tribal officials. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, and non-governmental or tribal organizations.

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    • Provides leadership to ensure that IHS finance/budget policy and appropriations support program continuity that is consistent with the mission of the agency.  Works closely with IHS senior executives to assure that testimony before Congressional committees is accurate and timely; reflects sound business acumen that is in compliance with laws, rules, regulation; and is supportive of self-determination aimed at the overall improvement of the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people.
    • Establishes policy and procedures for the agency financial management function that assures compliance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements and policy and guidance issued by the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, HHS.   Outlines strategies to address OMB/Congressional concern for the justification of appropriations for various programs contracted or compacted under P.L. 93-638.  This includes directing the research and analysis of issues associated with funding distributions between Tribes under P.L. 93-638 and IHS Area Offices; and negotiating options for resolution with the Headquarters leadership team.
    • Directs the financial statement preparation activities, in conformance with HHS, OMB, GAO, Treasury, and Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board guidance related to government-wide accounting policy.  Provides key leadership on the agency’s senior assessment team to assure agency responsibilities for reviewing, monitoring, and reporting on internal controls in accordance with Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act requirements.
    • Directs all IHS financial management functions and budget formulation activities in collaboration with agency program offices, planning offices, congressional, and legislative affairs staff.  Independently realigns budget estimates when time does not permit consultation, determining those areas or activities that should be adjusted.  Responsible for the formulation of methods and procedures for an integrated approach to financial management planning, reporting and control, and adjusts requirements to size and complexity of programs.  Provides direction on fund management in relation to program benefits and budgetary trends in the context of broad IHS policies.  Interprets budgetary trends expressed or implied by policies of the HHS, OMB, and the Congress.
    • Directs the operational analyses of all programs or locations of service activities as related to budgets for Patient Care and the Facilities Program.  Directs the translation of program and operational plans into formal budget documents for regular program and construction activities, ensuring that budget policies and program assumptions are appropriately addressed.  Administers fund resources in accordance with program plans and recommends changes in programs and funding as indicated by continuous review and evaluation of program accomplishments in relation to obligations, other indices of activities, and the fiscal year elapsed.

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