Assistant Director (Office of Management) / Chief Financial Officer

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 29, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


ATF Mission:ATF is a principal law enforcement agency in the Department of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime, and protecting our nation. We perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries. We are committed to working directly, and through partnerships, to investigate and reduce crime involving firearms and explosives, acts of arson, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products.

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The Assistant Director (Management) serves as the principal advisor to the ATF Director and Deputy Director in planning and executing management support programs of ATF to include financial management, asset forfeiture and seized property, procurement, internal controls and facilities management, while also serving as the Bureau's Chief Financial Officer. The incumbent provides managerial direction and policy guidance to approximately 175 employees and over 200 contractors in three divisions within the Office of Management: Asset Forfeiture and Seized Property; Financial Management; and Property, Acquisitions and Safety. In addition, the incumbent is a member of ATF's Strategic Leadership Team and actively participates in developing ATF's strategic plan and establishing ATF's mission and goals.

This key member of the executive team provides strong leadership in financial, logistics, and acquisition management activities and is responsible for ensuring the following:

1) Leadership and guidance on the general principles, standards, practices and functions of financial management (e.g. financial planning and programing, budget formulations, budget execution, cost management, accounting, financial analysis, financial systems management and financial reporting and evaluation);

2) Establishment of uniform accounting standards and procedures for ATF financial operations;

3) Administrative control over the use of appropriated funds to ensure that funds are used only for authorized purposes and obligations and expenditures do not exceed amounts authorized and available;

4) Oversight of the accounting system to provide complete, reliable, consistent and timely financial information;

5) Oversight of the annual CFO audit in cooperation with the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General;

6) The Bureau's compliance with reporting requirements, consistent with provisions of the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act on the status of administrative and financial management controls;

7) Compliance with federal acquisitions guidelines;

8) Closely coordinating management programs with various operations programs to provide maximum support and enhancement of ATF's main mission; and,

9) Representing the Bureau in dealing with members of Congress and high level officials in the Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Personal Management (OPM), Government Accountability Office (GAO), General Services Administration (GSA) and the like;

10) Compliance with Federal Asset Forfeiture laws, and DOJ policies regarding the processing of assets seized for forfeiture and retained for evidence.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Top Secret Clearance required.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

MOBILITY PLAN : New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF's mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of SENIOR EXECUTIVE LEVEL managerial capabilities and directly related to the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance in this position, and as listed in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs). Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalence of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalence with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualifications for the position, by the closing date of this announcement, automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

• Directing the work of an organizational unit;
• Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
• Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
• Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

The individual selected will be subject to the necessary security investigation for a critical position and reporting requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. The selectee will be required to complete an executive branch Personal Financial Disclosure Report, SF 278. The selectee may also be subject to post-employment conflict of interest restrictions under 18 USC 207 (c).


Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory (Current members of the career SES, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and OPM/QRB certified candidates need not address the ECQs). You are required to submit information describing your experience in each of the five ECQs. The narratives should be clear, concise, and illustrate your overall record (professional and volunteer experience, education and training, accomplishments, awards and potential) in these ECQs. Be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity and scope of your work, discuss the impact of your work, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed. Structure your statements in terms of the challenges you faced, the context or environment in which the actions were taken, the actions taken, and the outcome or results from such action (i.e., Challenge-Context-Action-Result {C-C-A-R} Model). Additional information on the ECQs is available at .

Executive Core Qualifications - Please attach written responses, limited to two pages per ECQ (i.e., for a total of ten typewritten pages for all five ECQs).
1. Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this 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 - Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information services strategically.
5. Building Coalitions - 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.

Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory - Please attach written responses, limited to one typewritten page per TQ.
  • Demonstrated broad management experience in planning, developing, administering, and directing an organization, including overall responsibility for short and long range program planning, allocation of human and material resources, development of operational guidelines and policies, implementation of technology solutions, and creation of new methods and procedures to solve complex management problems.
  • Effectively communicates management and policy issues to audiences such as the organization head, top-level officials inside and outside of the organization, and displays extensive knowledge of OMB, GSA, GAO, and OPM laws, regulations, and operations in high-level communications.
  • Demonstrates applied knowledge of financial management principles and cost-benefit analysis. Monitors expenditures in support of programs and policies. Supports the implementation, maintenance, modification, tracking, and reporting activities related to automated financial and accounting systems. Understands the audit process and the policies associated with it.
  • Demonstrates applied knowledge of contracting and procurement requirements and procedures. This includes experience and/or familiarity with contract negotiations, contract administration, competitive sourcing, strategic sourcing, and performance based contracting.

  • Education

    Additional information

    • 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. See .
    • EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation or non-merit based factors.
    • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.
    • Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation.
    • Relocation expenses may be paid.
    • Filling the position is subject to any hiring freeze or funds availability.

    "Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized."

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application will first be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. A rating and ranking panel of senior executives will review your application and evaluate your qualifications for this position. It will determine the extent to which your professional and volunteer experience, education and training, and awards or professional recognition indicate you possess the required executive and technical experience. Candidates determined to be highly qualified will undergo at least one interview. Prior to selection, candidates will undergo a reference check.
    Note: All applicants must thoroughly address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Current and former SES members, and other applicants who have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications. However, they must provide documentation of certification in the form of a SF-50 showing career SES status or an OPM issued SES qualification certificate.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. A resume (cover letter is optional). Your application must describe your job related qualifications pertinent to this position.
    2. Narrative Statement of Executive Core Qualifications, if applicable.
    3. Narrative Statement of Technical Qualifications.
    4. Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, step, career or career-conditional tenure dated within the last 3 years, if applicable.
    5. The page of your performance evaluation that indicates your overall, current rating of record and the date of that rating. Actual written narrative submissions are not required. A copy may be asked for at a later time.

    Applicants who fail to submit all required information and documents will not receive consideration for the position.
    Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. It is also your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants must contact us prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete.

    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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