Chief Financial Officer

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


Position Summary

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will serve as the principal fiscal officer of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and report directly to the Administrator.

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As part of the Agency's Senior Management Team, the CFO will advise on all FMCSA financial management and budgetary matters, including the availability of appropriations and allocation of all other Federal funding, audit issues, financial management initiatives, and any matter that could affect the financial resources of the FMCSA. The CFO will provide executive direction and leadership to a comprehensive financial management program for ensuring the effective operation of the budget process, proper utilization of and accounting for FMCSA resources, and up-to-date information on the status of program funds. The CFO will be responsible for strengthening financial management and oversight and improving program and financial accountability.

Further, the CFO will:

• Develop and apply Federal financial management policies and procedures in budgetary development, formulation, presentation, and execution.

• Lead the development of complementary budget plans and the establishment of budgetary targets and ceilings to achieve policy and planning objectives.

• Serve as FMCSA principal representative with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Accounting Office (GAO), and key officials in all other agencies, State and local governments, and the general public.

• Serve as the Agency's principal official for establishing and monitoring a system of internal controls, consistent with Departmental policy and OMB circular A-123.

• Serve as the Agency's principal official for all budget formulation and budget execution. Ensures that the Agency's key policy objectives and legislative requirements are reflected in all budget justification and other supporting materials.

• Serve as FMCSA principal point of contact for all financial audit issues and findings. Works with the Inspector General, the GAO, and contracted auditors to address and resolve material weaknesses and reportable conditions.

• Establish budget, financial and accounting policies and procedures for the FMCSA, and ensure adequate internal controls throughout the financial management process.

• Participates in the development of long-range budget plans and establishment of budgetary levels. Allocates and administers fiscal and ceiling controls of personnel resources.

• Provides executive leadership in the development and use of innovative transportation finance practices.

• Leads the development of annual financial performance plans and reports covering FMCSA‘s program activities. Participates in goal setting, performance measurement, and accountability.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Requires occasional travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.

  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your resume (must not exceed 5 pages) evidence of progressively responsible supervisory, managerial, or professional experience which involved management of a program or organization of significant scope and complexity. The experience must have been sufficiently responsible to show clearly your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualifications and Managerial Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below is the description of the technical qualifications that must be clearly evident in your resume (must not exceed 5 pages).

1. Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with the CFO Act, the Government Performance and Results Act, Circular A-11 and Federal Budget Process including end-to-end Federal Budgeting process, compliance with FFMIA, FMFIA, OPM Circular A-123, and all federal financial practices and principles.

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

3. Extensive experience leading a staff responsible for a range of financial management functions to include budgeting, accounting, audits, and/or developing creative and innovative solutions to complex financial problems. Demonstrated ability to coordinate with appropriate officials within and outside a large organization to oversee policy development and compliance.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that must be clearly evident in your resume (must not exceed 5 pages).

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. Leadership 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. 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, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, 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, 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, Influencing/Negotiating

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

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website .

You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements and executive resumes.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

Additional information

Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website
Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.
Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.
Telework - Yes, but as determined by agency policy.
Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified.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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

An SES reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If you are contacted for a second-round interview, you may be asked to submit a written narrative statement addressing each of the ECQ areas (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions). If selected, your written narrative statement addressing the ECQs must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - You must submit a resume which cannot exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence of how you possess the technical qualifications and the 5 ECQs. Include name on each page. No photos allowed.
  • COVER LETTER - You should submit a one-page cover letter highlighting key experience and interest in the position advertised.
  • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade.)
    • Current Career Senior Executives and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50 which shows career SES status
  • CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE - individuals who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, submit a copy of your OPM certificate.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

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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