Director, Office of the Secretary Financial Management

Washington, D.C
May 23, 2019
May 31, 2019
Full Time


The Office of Financial Management (OFM) formulates and prescribes Department-wide financial management, accounting, fiscal policies, procedures, and controls, as well as provides assistance to Department components in its implementation. OFM ensures the compliance with all laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines regarding these components. OFM provides quality financial information, services, and systems to meet related needs of Commerce's program managers and administrators.

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The incumbent of this position serves as the Director, Office of the Secretary (OS) Financial Management. The Director, OS Financial Management serves as the top OS financial management authority and advisor to the Director for Financial Management and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. In this role, the incumbent is a key member of Office of the Secretary's senior leadership, ensuring optimal alignment between programs and resources in support of OS's Department-wide management responsibilities. The Director, OS Financial Management also serves as OS's representative in Congressional, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Departmental and interagency forums. The incumbent also:
  • Manages the budget and financial resources of OS, including: budget formulation, justification and execution; financial accounting; financial analysis and systems development implementation and operation; and support of OS program strategic planning and the accomplishment of OS performance measures and program effectiveness. The incumbent also manages the Department's Working Capital Fund account and leads initiatives to improve Working Capital Fund management at the bureau level.
  • Supports OS strategic planning by developing and implementing multi-year performance measures and defining the financial resources needed to support programmatic objectives. Conducts programmatic reviews of OS offices to assess accomplishment of performance measures and program effectiveness; as well as shows return on investment for the Department's bureau customers of Working Capital account-funded programs, assists with process improvement initiatives, and refine internal controls.
  • Conducts long-range and multi-year budget planning processes which involve the direction, integration, and coordination of OS budget planning work with OS program planning. Ensures that financial planning supports long- and short-term OS program goals and objectives.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of programs and services relating to OS Budget, planning, formulation, presentation, execution and reporting of financial issues, including multi­ year budget submissions to the Department, OMB, and Congress. Develops and oversees the implementation of all phases of the budget process for new/emerging cross-cutting Departmental initiatives.
  • Ensures efficiency, reliability, transparency, and auditabilty in the formulation and execution of reimbursable services in the OS Working Capital and Advance and Reimbursement accounts.
    Oversees bureau-level Working Capital accounts to ensure consistent management and controls of Working Capital accounts across the Department and leads initiatives to improve fund management.
  • Allocates resources to OS Executive Direction and Staff Services operating units and issuing the distribution of operating allowances; and manages financial activities in an integrated OS accounting and financial management system including reporting and internal controls and preparation of financial information for inclusion in the Department's financial statements in conformance with the Chief Financial Officer's Act of 1990 requirements.
  • Ensures the adequacy of OS budget operations, adherence to established policy, and the need for changes in overall direction. Ensures compliance with applicable accounting standards and principles, financial information and system functions standards, as well as OMB and Departmental rules and regulations.
  • Advises senior OS leadership on the impact of revised legislation, policies, procedures and customer requirements on the resources available for Departmental corporate management. Provides guidance and direction on the design, implementation and execution of financial programs and processes to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, in addition to documents and exhibits outlining budget issues for use by OS Senior Management.
  • Works with program and bureau senior management to manage risks associated with Working Capital accounts and implementation of new cross-cutting Departmental initiatives, ensuring the development of appropriate cost analysis and funding mechanisms in an unstable funding environment for which new and imaginative approaches are required to develop, present and executes effective financial plans.
  • Represents OS in Congressional, OMB, Departmental, and interagency forums. Serves as the chief point-of-contact in working with and negotiating resolution of counterpart's recommendations from Office of the Inspector General, Government Accounting Office, OMB, Congressional (i.e. House S&I committees), and Departmental leadership.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Relo. expenses will not be paid. Recruitment incentives are not offfered.
  • Incumbent maybe subject to geographical mobility.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed. If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative. All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. You MUST attach supporting documentation with your application.

Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific 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 ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".


The following are the five Executive Core Qualifications and their fundamental competencies. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience.


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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, 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. (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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at Example ECQ statements are available at


PTQ 1 - Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in overseeing the planning, formulation and execution of a major organization's budget process, including the accountability of a large revolving fund mechanism used to fund shared services.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in evaluating and advising on budget policies, processes and determinations, including program performance measurement, sufficient to make recommendations to top management that align financial programs and initiatives to mission/organizational requirements and support mission/organizational success.

PTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience in participating in the process of presentation and justification of budget requests and performance metrics to high-level internal and external stakeholders/oversight bodies (for example, the Office of Management and Budget, Congressional Appropriations Committees, or corporate officers and board of directors), including effective liaison.


This position does not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as critical-sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security 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 reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

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 with the Department of Commerce.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN 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.

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.


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the appointing authority. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, the ECQs, and the PTQs.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to your online application, you are encouraged to submit the following documents:

1. For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

2. For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

3. For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: You are encouraged to submit your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation.

If you are unable to upload documents, you may fax your documents using the instructions below. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.

You may be directed to FAX specific documentation to verify information about your civil service status, your education, and/or other information. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.


Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/

1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

2. Click on "Applications"

3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information"

5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue"

Do not submit any additional information. Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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