Financial Analyst (Policy and Program Officer)

Washington, D.C
May 08, 2021
May 16, 2021
Full Time


The incumbent of this position serves as a financial analyst, and processes applications in support of one or more of the CDFI Fund awards programs.

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**IMPORTANT PLEASE READ** This announcement contains a two-phase process. If your application rates high enough in Phase 1, you will immediately be directed to complete the Phase 2 assessment comprised of two narrative responses. There is a 2,500 character limit on each response. Please allow sufficient time to complete BOTH phases before midnight on the close date of the announcement, the narrative responses are expected to take one hour, at a minimum. Non-detailed and answers such as N/A, See Resume, etc. will be deemed ineligible.

As a Financial Analyst (Policy and Program Officer), you will:

- Review and recommend the approval or disapproval of applications for grants, loans, tax credits, and related awards, services and technical assistance from Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Community Development Entities (CDEs).
- Provide outreach, advice and technical assistance to actual and potential awardees, industry representatives, and other stakeholders, on CDFI Fund programs including certification and application guidelines as well as policies, procedures, feasible and acceptable methods of financing projects, and other related matters.
- Perform award reviews and provide funding concurrence and/or recommendations for award justifications based on considerations such as quality, consistency and adherence to policies, procedures and applicable OMB and other Federal regulations.
- Recommend improvements in the CDFI Fund program administration and operations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 nights per month

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

This opportunity is also open to Status eligibles under Announcement 21-DO-320. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience for the GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience with ALL of the following:

-Experience performing financial analysis and evaluation within the fields of corporate (for-profit or non-profit) finance or any specialized fields of finance.
(Examples may include: real estate development, lending and investing, federal grants management policies, and the evaluation of financial soundness and capability of organizations) ; AND
-Experience with the financial and management structure, operations and practices of community development finance entities such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), New Markets Tax Credit recipients, or affordable housing providers; AND
-Experience working for an organization that provides community or economic development services to underserved communities or populations.


Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This is a bargaining unit position.
- We may offer opportunities for telework.
- We may offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: There will be a two-phase process.
Phase 1: Your application will be initially evaluated and ranked in the following areas: Specialized experience, technical, and communication.
Phase 2: If you self-certify that you have met the minimum qualification requirements and if your application rates high enough for Phase 1, you will then immediately be asked to complete the second assessment comprised of two narrative responses. There is a 2,500 character limit on each response. Please allow sufficient time to complete both phases before the close date of the announcement. Your responses to the essay questions will be assessed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to determine your level of proficiency. Non-detailed answers or those stating N/A, See Resume, etc will be deemed ineligible.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

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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