Associate Director of Planning, Performance and Risk

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2020
Sep 22, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


Executive Designation. This is a position designated as an FHFA Executive by the Director as based on the incumbent's influence over and accountability for effectively accomplishing the FHFA mission. Following is a general description of the executive roles and responsibilities representative of FHFA executive positions, followed by a description of programs and functions managed, reporting structure and the specific roles and responsibilities assigned specifically to this position.
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Executive Roles and Responsibilities:

Serves as a key advisor to the Director with responsibility for participating in major decisions and general management of FHFA. Provides strategic and operational expertise to the Director and is responsible for participating in major decisions and general management of the agency.

Oversees the management of assigned organizational unit and/or program area, directing and coordinating the implementation of programs and policies for assigned functional area. Analyzes the implications and impact of current and proposed policies, programs, and practices, with broad discretion to approve courses of action and resolve concerns of major significance.

Leads, motivates and develops a staff of employees. Evaluates performance in accordance with FHFA guidelines; has full authority to make a broad range of human resource decisions including hiring, promotion, adverse actions, performance evaluation/awards and the development/training/mentoring of staff. Models innovation, creativity and excellence and encourages the development of those competencies throughout FHFA. Performs these duties following equal employment opportunity principles.

Establishes objectives and goals in support of the agency/organization's mission and strategic/operating plans. Develops short- and long-term plans and establishes priorities for the organization. Plans and manages resources with accountability for achievement of organizational goals and objectives and for overall agency results.

Description of Organization(s)/Programs Managed and Reporting Structure: Serves as the Associate Director of Planning, Performance, and Risk, coordinating and leading the subordinate managers performing functions in Quality Assurance, Risk Management, Internal Controls, Performance Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management. Provides executive oversight and directs the Agency's Strategy, Planning, and Risk functions. Incumbent is responsible and accountable for all aspects of both programs.

Reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Serves as a key advisor to the Chief Operating Officer on administrative matters. Serves as the vice chair member of the Agency's Executive Committee on Internal Controls.

In collaboration with other OCOO executives, participates in discussions on policy and program developments, conducts complex analysis of policy and program goals and objectives for the Chief Operating Officer to identify and formulate specific policy and program options. Assists in the development and execution of operating policies to support the Agency's objectives and goals.

Provides advice and assistance in the management of OCOO including advising on the establishment of goals and objectives, reporting metrics, and monitoring/tracking, progress against OCOO priorities. Oversees the development and implementation of reporting techniques to identify and monitor key projects and milestones. Oversees the collaboration with other divisions to ensure standards of quality are established that consistently promote operating efficiency.

Manages and directs the development and implementation of the Agency's strategic plans, annual performance plans, annual Performance and Accountability reports, internal performance measurement, management and reporting.

Manages and directs the Agency's internal control system by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to the evaluation of risk and by making recommendations to increase the effectiveness of enterprise risk management efforts, improve the internal control structure, and promote good corporate governance.

Manages and directs the Agency's project and program management function, overseeing professional staff and contractors engaged by the Agency in support of both major administrative and mission-related projects.

Manages and directs matters of quality assurance and quality control principles, methods and processes, advising the Chief Operating Officer and the Executive Committee on Internal Controls on these matters. Oversees the development and the performance of quality assurance reviews.

Advises the Chief Operating Officer on operational effectiveness; develops and leads initiatives and program assessments regarding service reliability, cost efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Assists in the development of key performance metrics for administrative and customer service functions and recommends necessary changes to ensure continuous improvement as part of a proactive service management model.

Performs other special assignments of a critical, urgent, and confidential nature as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level)


Qualifying experience for the LL-01 level includes one year of specialized experience at the equivalent to GS/EL-15 which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience include the following:
  • Managed and directed the development and implementation of agency-wide strategic plans, annual performance plans, and/or annual Performance and Accountability reports;
  • Managed and directed an internal control system utilizing a systematic, disciplined approach to the evaluation of risk and promotion of corporate governance;
  • Managed and directed a portfolio of operational effectiveness initiatives and program assessments regarding service reliability, cost efficiency, and customer satisfaction within the context of a complex operating environment;
  • Directed and/or coordinated the implementation of programs and policies for a multi-disciplinary functional area;
  • Directed teams responsible for leading major projects to include establishing project goals, scope, and developing project plans;
  • Experience leading and motivating through subordinate managers.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

FHFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability (physical or mental), age (40 years of age or over), genetic information, parental status, marital status, prior protected EEO activity, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.


FHFA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, except when doing so would pose an undue hardship on the Agency. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify FHFA at (202) 649-3963. The Agency's decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Ethics: FHFA employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions. In addition, certain FHFA employees are prohibited from accepting compensation from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a two-year period after terminating employment with FHFA. Furthermore, to avoid financial conflicts-of interest or the appearance of conflicts-of-interest, FHFA employees may need to divest or sell certain assets they, their spouse, or minor children own or control, including securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the Federal Home Loan Banks. Employees who work on Federal Home Loan Bank issues may need to sell or divest financial interests with any of the Federal Home Loan Bank members, which may include stock in bank holding companies, insurance companies, and other financial services firms. Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Office of General Counsel at (202) 649-3088.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
  • Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

After all application packages have been received, we will review your materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in his/her resume, ECQs, and the completed Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants deemed best-qualified may be contacted for an interview. We anticipate making a final job offer for this position within 45 days after the deadline for applications. All qualified candidates will be notified of the final disposition.

  • Ability to deliver results
  • Ability to manage resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people.
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Skill in building coalitions.

To preview the assessment questionnaire:
All of the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references or through other means, such as the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your resume showing dates of employment and duties performed.

2. Responses to the questionnaire.

3. It is strongly recommended that status candidates submit an SF 50 showing highest grade held on a permanent basis in the competitive service. (SES SF 50's normally do not show competitive status)

4. If you are not a current FHFA executive, your application must also indicate how you meet the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's): You can submit a summary not more than 2 pages total of your experience as it relates to the following factors, or provide evidence of meeting each of the ECQs by clearing reflecting this experience within your resume.

(1) Ability to deliver results; (2) Skill in building coalitions; (3) Ability to manage resources; (4) Ability to lead people; and (5) Ability to lead change. This summary may include professional and volunteer experience, education, training, and awards.

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