Financial Management Specialist

Greenbelt, Maryland
Oct 23, 2020
Oct 28, 2020
Full Time


Serves as the Financial Management Specialist (FMS) for the Polar Follow-On (PFO) mission on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Flight Project. You will contribute financial management support to the establishment of project objectives and will be responsible for the application of financial management techniques in the accomplishment of those objectives.
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  • Serve as the group lead to Resources Analysts (RAs) by providing guidance to the development of budget estimates, procurement, instrument contracts, support service tasks, EVM, contingency, risk management, and other budgetary actions.
  • Evaluate relationships between major NASA administered programs including any changes and the financial state of the project. Ensure adequate funds distribution to assure full project coverage.
  • Work with other GSFC business entities to consolidate, analyze and represent data for viable overview of the financial status of the project. Distribute funds control allocations to all performing organizations and product teams.
  • Maintain or monitor accounting records to prevent over-obligation. Periodically analyze funds to identify possible trends which may result in surplus or shortage of funds.
  • Provide recommendations to the Project Manager and Deputy Project Manager, Resources (DPM/R) on adjustments to work to optimize the use of funds. Assure that program funding data is entered into NASA financial systems correctly.
  • Review and coordinate accounting records and prepare apportionment, allocations, and operating budgets. Develop phasing plans for commitment, obligation, cost and disbursement; monitor, track, and report on project performance versus these plans.
  • Conduct annual year-end closing activities and reconcile with accounting records. Review, analyze, and report on various project subsystem areas.
  • Develop resources data for presentations or reports on financial goals, objectives, and information to meet programmatic, budgetary, and management initiatives.
  • Conduct analysis and generate options/recommendations which will support and meet program and project objectives. Participate in various levels of programmatic and institutional budget reviews at the Directorate, Center and NASA Headquarters level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement.


You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

To qualify for the GS-14:

Specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13) is experience such as:

(1) Developing budget estimates, executing budgets as approved and within guidelines, providing detailed financial analysis of monthly variances, preparing pricing reports, and answering inquiries with detailed explanation of the results;
(2) Providing interpretation of NASA, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congressional policies or regulations for the justification and submission of financial estimates. Coordinate financial actions with NASA Headquarters and other NASA Centers, organizations, and levels of management;
(3) Managing cost reserves, risk management, earned value management, lead and train resource analysts, knowledge of reimbursable funding;
(4) Applying knowledge of resource control functions to solve controversial problems in financial reporting and accounting systems ensuring that requirements are met in accordance with laws, regulations and standards;
(5) Operating GSFC Financial software systems such as SAP, BOBJ, r-Bet, TOMS, Empower, CORTS, etc.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

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There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

You must meet time-in-grade requirements, three months after competitive appointment restrictions, and qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

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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