Comptroller

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Jul 17, 2021
Closes
Jul 23, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a separately organized agency within the Department of Defense under a Director, appointed by the Secretary of Defense. The Agency engages in advanced military research projects essential to the Department of Defense; and conducts prototype projects that embody technologies that may be incorporated into joint programs.

This is a Tier 2 position. Salaries for Tier 2 positions range from $132,552- $199,300.
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Responsibilities

The Comptroller is responsible to the Agency Director and the Deputy Director for the performance of a variety of comptroller functions, including budgetary and fiscal matters, program planning , program justification and progress information , congressional matters as they relate to the agency budget, computer procurement, and internal accounting functions and CFO reporting. Specifically:

-Advise and assist management by supplying financial management advice required to make management decisions, establish organizational goals and objectives, and in general, manage the agency effectively.

-Develop an integrated financial planning and reporting process that involves both long-range plans and the annualbudget as a segment of those plans.

-Use the end-products of the budgeting, accounting, and managerial-financial reporting efforts to compare actual performance with planned objectives and identify cost of operations and program accomplishments (in financial terms).

-Establish , implement, and maintain agency-wide procedures and policies as they relate to program planning, management and review; budgetary and fiscal matters; accounting for obligation rates and expenditure rates; program balance and execution , coordination, management information systems, new legislation, and audit/inspection administration and management.

-Participate with the Director and Deputy Director in decisions of the agency regarding the funding aspects of the transfer of major R&D programs and projects to and from other activities of the federal government, both for organizational realignment purposes and to assure appropriate technology transition.

-Provide assistance to and participates in the preparation and coordination of policy having inter-departmental as well as Department of Defense-wide impact.

-Assist in long-range fiscal goal setting for the agency as part of the Director's key staff and develops the management and fiscal policies and controls consistent with these program goals.

-Direct evaluation of DARPA program plans from the standpoint of the validity of estimates of resources required , compliance with regulations and statutes, and the validity of the time schedule set forth for program execution.

-Direct the analysis and evaluation of financial, statistical, and operating progress reports from contractors. Directs evaluations to assure adequate progress against established plans and the utmost economy and efficiency in research contract performance.

-Responsible for the design and operation of an internal management information system to assist with agency program reviews, fiscal controls, contract status, audit readiness, and the management performance of each program.

-Exercise responsibilities for pol icy development and coordination of DARPA relations with nonprofit organizations and Federal research contract centers conducting business with more than one Technical Office within DARPA (e .g. Lincoln Labs, Institute for Defense Analyses, etc.).

-Assist in the preparation of backup data for statements by the Director before committees of Congress, including the Agency annual statement. Serve as a point of contact on a continuing basis with the various congressional committees and subcommittees involved in determination of DARPA's budget, primarily through congressional committee staff to ensure receipt of appropriate and correct data, and serves as the focal point for preparation and consolidation of all rep lies to OMB, GAO, and related queries.

-Direct Agency efforts to comply with congressional and departmental mandates for auditable financial statements.

-Maintain internal controls to assure that obligations and costs are in compliance with applicable laws and that funds, property, and other assets are safeguarded against waste, loss, and unauthorized use or misappropriation.

-Responsible for the development of a career development program for all subordinates, selection of personnel, establishment of positions, and personnel performance evaluations.

-Ensure a continuing affirmative application of the OSD-wide policy of equal employment opportunity .

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Veteran preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain Special Sensitive/Top Secret SCI clearance
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) - 10 pages total
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ) - 2 pages each maximum
  • Mobility Agreement: All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • Probationary Period: You will serve a two-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position.
  • Senior Executives are required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF 306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
  • Overtime: Occasional
  • Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Telework: Situational telework eligible
  • Financial Management (FM) Level 3 Certification required .
  • Selectee must obtain FM certification in the allotted time frame.


Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):

Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format ) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp . Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements to one page per ECQ.

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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

Applicants that are either Career SES members, SES reinstatement eligibles, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately.
  • Broad knowledge, comprehensive experience, and demonstrated skill in budget and fiscal management; technical program justification, reporting, and evaluation.
  • A thorough knowledge of the DoD planning process and budgetary cycles as they apply to R&D fiscal management.
  • Integrated knowledge of CFO financial statement activities as they apply to Defense Agency accounting.
  • Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.

    The best-qualified candidates will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation panel of senior level subject matter experts and executives referencing the technical and executive core qualifications.

    Education

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this position.

    A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in business administration, financial management, engineering, or other directly applicable field of study is highly desirable.

    Additional information

    You can review our benefits at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay and Benefit s . The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

    REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25- V300.pdf

    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. If you are required to register but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for appointment by executive agencies of the Federal Government.

    Background Investigation: This position is designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process. The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).

    If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.

    Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position. This must be submitted annually and upon termination of employment

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documents, for the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as it relates to the fundamental competencies, identified below. Your application will be evaluated by an Executive Evaluation Panel rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be contacted for an interview and to provide reference checks.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    • Completed Resume
    • Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ). Your narrative should be no more than 10 pages (2 pages per ECQ).
    • Completed supplemental narrative in a separate document that gives specific examples of work experiences addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ). Your narrative should be no more than 6 pages (2 pages per TQ statement).
    • Transcripts are required to verify degree.
    • Current SF-50, if you are a current Federal employee. (If applicable)
    Applications received without the required supplemental narratives WILL NOT receive consideration.

    DO NOT submit additional information (i.e. cover letters, awards, appraisals, pages in excess of the page limits for technical qualifications).

    Special note: Current and former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) since you have already demonstrated your ECQs, however, you must address ALL of the Technical Qualifications (TQs) for this position. (All other candidates must submit all required paperwork).

    Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

    Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.

    Applications received without the required ECQ and TQ supplemental narratives WILL NOT receive consideration.DO NOT submit additional information (i.e. cover letters, awards, appraisals, pages in excess of the 10 page limit for ECQs and TQs).

    Once your application is received we will conduct a review of your application package to ensure all required documents have been received. All applications that have all required documents will be forwarded to management for panel review and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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