Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Finance

District of Columbia, D.C
Nov 16, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the nation's housing agency committed to strengthening the Nation's housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

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This position is in the Office of Housing. The mission of the Office of Housing is to contribute to building and preserving healthy neighborhoods and communities; maintain and expand homeownership, rental housing and healthcare opportunities; stabilize credit markets in time of economic disruption; operate with a high degree of public and fiscal accountability; and recognize and value its customers, staff, constituents and partners.

The Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) reports directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Budget, and shares all the rights, responsibilities, and authorities vested in the Deputy Assistant Secretary. Together, they provide leadership in the Office of Housing on all budgetary, financial and asset sales issues, and oversee and provide operational direction to the Office of Housing -FHA Comptroller, the Office of Budget and Field Resources, and the Office of Asset Sales. The ADAS ensures that the work of these offices provide comprehensive budgetary, financial and asset sales support to all of the Office of Housing's offices in the execution of their programs and administrative actions (i.e., staffing, acquisitions). The incumbent is responsible for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of these offices, and recommends and/or makes the necessary adjustments to ensure activities are in compliance with applicable law and procedures and serve the needs of the Office of Housing.

The Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary along with the DAS ensures the execution and integrity of all functions relating to budgetary and financial matters within the Office of Housing.

Ensures that there are adequate policies, procedures, and guidance on the development and operation of all FHA financial systems as well as financial systems affecting other non-FHA Housing programs.

Oversees the Office of Housing's compliance with OMB Circulars A-123, and A-130. Facilitates the necessary coordination between the Office of Housing-FHA Comptroller, the Office of Budget and Field Resources and the Office of Asset Sales. Monitors all identified deficiencies and corrective actions resulting from General Accountability Office, Office of Inspector General and similar reviews.

The Office of Housing - FHA Comptroller is responsible for the integrity of all Housing-FHA accounting records, the preparation of timely and accurate financial and management reports on all FHA activity, and advising the Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretaries and other Housing managers on financial management and accounting policy and issues, including policy on current programs, proposed changes to existing programs and new product development. The Office is also responsible for the preparation of FHA's annual management report. The Office of the FHA Comptroller also maintains FHA's core financial system - the FHA Subsidiary Ledger - and ensures compliance with appropriate accounting and audit requirements in the preparation of the FHA annual financial statement.

With respect to the Office of Housing - FHA Comptroller, the ADAS:
  • Provides policy and operational direction and ensures the execution and integrity of all functions relating to FHA accounting, reporting, and the general ledger for FHA Single Family, Multifamily and Healthcare programs.
  • In coordination with the Office of Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs, ensures that appropriate policies and procedures for the development and operation of financial and programmatic systems are in place for the effective operation of FHA and non-FHA programs.
  • Works closely with the Office of Risk to ensure that the annual audit, actuarial studies, and financial modelling are completed accurately and timely, keeps the Assistant Secretary - FHA Commissioner apprised of issues during the course of the audit, as necessary, and ensures that appropriate briefings materials reflect audit findings.
  • In coordination with the Office of the Chief Information Officer, ensures system security and compliance for Housing's systems.

The Office of Budget and Field Resources is responsible for the formulation, presentation and execution of Housing's program and administrative budgets; development, approval, and maintenance of fund control procedures for Housing's and FHA's budgetary resources; coordination of financial resources in support of Field operations; and budget analysis and reporting.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Work related travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.
  • A one-year probationary period is required, if not previously completed.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs).
  • Will be required to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278.
  • Must meet Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

Failure to follow explicit instructions provided will result in loss of consideration for this position. Before applying for this position, please read the entire announcement and follow the instructions in the How to Apply Section.


As a basic requirement, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional, technical, and executive core qualifications set forth below. Your experience should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions. If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined to be qualified for this position.

YOU MUST FULLY ADDRESS EACH MTQ AND ECQ TO BE RATED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST fully address the MTQs.


You will be evaluated on the following. You must provide a written narrative for each MTQ, not to exceed more than 1 page per MTQ. Applicants that exceed the 1 page per MTQ limit will be removed from further consideration. Each MTQ must be fully addressed to be rated for further consideration.
  • Knowledge and understanding of internal control processes and techniques related to accounting and financial management.
  • Ability to direct the efforts of a large multidisciplinary staff in conducting analyses of financial data and information and preparing financial statements.
  • Ability to adapt, plan, act and communicate quickly and effectively in a complex environment while under considerable pressure.


    Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential - not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions - not whether they are the most superior candidates for a particular position. Successful competence in the SES requires competence in each ECQ. Candidates must demonstrate executive experience in all five (5) ECQs. Your application should reflect an overall record of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed in the SES.

    You must provide a written narrative for each ECQ, not to exceed 10 pages (2 pages per ECQ). Examples of good qualifications statements and the use of the C-C-A-R model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), the preferred method of writing your ECQs, is provided in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications . Each ECQ must be fully addressed to be rated for further consideration. Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST fully address the MTQs. Applicants who fail to adhere to the 10 page total and/or 2 pages per ECQ limit will be removed from further consideration.

    1. Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

    2. Context - Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

    3. Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

    4. Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.

    These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    NOTE: Your responses to the five ECQs must describe the context and the results of your achievements in lay terminology, free of jargon and excessive reliance on acronyms.

    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, strategic thinking and 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 and 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 service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving and 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 and 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 and influencing/negotiating).

    To be considered for this position, you MUST submit a written statement fully addressing each MTQ and ECQ. Failure to fully address both of the MTQs and ECQs, will adversely affect your chances for referral or selection.


    Additional information


    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development strives to ensure that the public perceives HUD as a fair and equitable agency that administers its programs in an objective and impartial manner. As such, HUD is committed to its government ethics program, which advises employees on applicable ethics laws and regulations designed to protect the agency against real and apparent conflicts of interest. As a federal employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct and the U.S. criminal conflict of interest statutes. As a HUD employee, you will also be subject to the HUD Supplemental Ethics Regulations which restrict the extent to which a HUD employee can engage in certain activities and hold certain investments. For more information, you can find information about these rules here - .

    Upon your new appointment, you will receive additional guidance regarding your ethics obligations, which will include the requirement to file a public financial disclosure report (OGE-278). You will also be required to attend a mandatory ethics training within 3 months of appointment.

    The Most Common Prohibitions specific to HUD employees

    Common Prohibited Financial Interests (applies to HUD employee, spouse and minor child)
    • Financial interest in a project, including any single-family dwelling or unit subsidized by HUD, or which is subject to a note or mortgage insured by HUD
      • Exception: Employees can have an FHA mortgage on their primary residence and one other single family property.
    • Section 8 subsidies to or on behalf of a tenant of property you, your spouse, or a dependent child owns, unless one of the following exceptions applies:
    • The employee, or the employee's spouse or minor child acquires, without specific intent as through inheritance, a property in which a tenant receiving such a subsidy already resides;
    • The tenant receiving such a subsidy lived in the rental property before the employee worked for the Department;
    • The tenant receiving such a subsidy is a parent, child, grandchild, or sibling of the employee;
    • The employee's, or the employee's spouse or minor child's, rental property has an incumbent tenant who has not previously received such a subsidy and becomes the beneficiary thereof; or
    • The location of the rental property is in a Presidentially declared emergency or natural disaster area and the employee receives prior written approval from an agency designee.

    Common Prohibited Outside Activities (paid or unpaid) (applies to HUD employees only, NOT spouse or minor child)
    • Employment with a business related to real estate or manufactured housing
      • HUD employees may hold a real estate license but may only use it in relation to purchasing or selling a single family property for use as the employee's primary residence, or the primary residence of the employee's immediate family member
    • The operation or management of investment properties to the extent that it rises to the level of a real estate-related business.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be evaluated against the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The examples should be clear and concise and show levels of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. FAILURE TO FULLY ADDRESS THE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs and ECQs) WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING DISQUALIFIED.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Your application package must include your:

    1. Resume: In addition to your written statements fully addressing the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume to describe your qualifications. It should include: full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers and email addresses. Educational information, including the name, city and state of the colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received. Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to the position including:
    • Job title (including series and grade, if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and telephone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
    • Hours per week
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    • Country of citizenship

    2. Reinstatement Eligibles: Include a copy of the Standard Form 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting career appointment to the SES.

    3. OPM-Certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates: Provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification.

    4. Written narratives fully addressing each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), not to exceed one (1) page per MTQ.

    5. Written narratives fully addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), not to exceed a total of 10 pages (generally 2 pages per ECQ). Current or former Career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST address the MTQs.

    Veterans Preference does not apply to the SES.

    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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