Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Sep 17, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is covered under the Federal Excepted Service under Title 10 United States Code, Section 1746 and Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations Schedule A, Section 213.3106(h).
Learn more about this agency


Summary of the position: As the Chief Financial Officer for the Defense Acquisition University, you will apply your knowledge, experience, technical, managerial and leadership skills directing the effective financial management and integrity of DAU programs, activities and resources by developing, implementing, and monitoring DAU-wide policies and systems in the areas of budget development, execution, administration, program analysis, financial evaluation, internal controls, corporate systems and strategic planning.

Provides expert advice to the DAU office of the President, senior leadership team, and OUSD(C) on all DAU financial management issues; Directs DAU operations for planning, programming, budgeting issues, Program Objective Memorandum (POM) and Budget Estimate Submissions (BES), the President's Budget.

Presents and defends the DAU budget and manages the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Appropriation (DAWDA) in coordination with OUSD(A&S). Develops the Agency's overall financial strategic plan and future monetary requirements for the purpose of maintaining an effective and efficient program.

Directs and maintains an integrated financial management system for the university including accounting, budgeting, management-financial reporting, auditing, and management analysis that will furnish timely data used in the control of operations at all levels of management.

Performs as a core member of the DAU senior leadership team in Strategic Planning, establishing organizational goals and objectives, and accountable for annual outcomes.

Directs and maintains a full range of data analytics for the university business systems, customer and student operations to support executive decisions with strategic direction, financial and human capital objectives.

Compares actual university performance with planned objectives, interpret and interrelate program plans, budget proposals, costs of operations, and program accomplishments, and interpret the composite financial results of operations.

Advises on, develops, coordinates, and supports the implementation of financial policies and programs across the university.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance, please go to for more information.
  • Incumbent required to obtain and maintain an appropriate security clearance.
  • Incumbent may be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
  • Incumbent must attain and maintain DoD FM Level III Certification.
  • The incumbent of this position may be required to work overtime, irregular shifts, and/or on the weekend.
  • Work may require travel away from the normal duty station on commercial aircraft.


Please reference the Education section of this announcement to review the DAU Faculty Pay Band E (AD-30) Minimum Education and Specialized Experience Requirements.

Specialized experience is experience as a financial management functional area leader directing the financial management and integrity of programs, activities and resources by developing, implementing, and monitoring large scale policies and systems in the areas of budget development, execution, administration, program analysis, financial evaluation, internal controls, corporate systems and strategic planning.

In addition to the above qualifications, the following as been determined to be a Quality Ranking Factor. Applicants who possess QRFs are considered to be Well-Qualified.

Quality Ranking Factors:
1. Advanced Degree is highly desired.
2. Ten (10) or more years of experience in financial management for an organization is highly desired, preferably significant financial
management experience as a senior functional area leader within a Federal or Department of Defense organization. Total experience
may be in government, the defense industry, or commercial sector positions.

For optimum consideration, please ensure your resume reflects how your experience and educational achievements relate to the key qualifications for this position: Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Enterprise Perspective/Building Coalitions.

Leading Change: This executive core qualification (ECQ) involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. This requires the ability to build strategic partnerships and trust relationships with senior leaders from all organizations within their area of responsibility, building a shared organizational vision, strategic planning, and the ability to implement it in a continuously changing environment. The tenets of this qualification include but are not limited to Creativity, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking and Vision.

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. The tenets of this qualification include but are not limited to conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others and building high performance teams.

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. The tenets of this qualification include but are not limited to accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving and technical credibility.

Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. The tenets of this qualification include but are not limited to financial management, human capital management and technology management. Knowledge and application of best and future business practices and tools.

Enterprise Perspective/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. The tenets of this qualification include but are not limited to partnering, political savvy and influencing or negotiating.


DAU Pay Band E (AD-30) (Equivalent to Federal positions classified above GS-15 and equivalents) Minimum Education and Specialized Experience:
    Basic requirements for Band E include a minimum of a Bachelor level degree in an appropriate discipline and a minimum of eight years of experience in Financial Management. Advanced degrees are highly desired in Band E.

Please note: Technical certifications and/or experience may be approved by the DAU Chief of Staff (delegated from the DAU President) to meet the needs of the University.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? If the position you are applying for has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcripts with your application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience; transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Additional information

This position is in the Excepted Service. For more information regarding Excepted Service employment please visit:

If you are a current Federal civilian employee in the Federal Competitive Service, if selected, you must sign a statement of understanding acknowledging you are voluntarily transitioning from the Federal Competitive Service to the Federal Excepted Service.

Initial appointment is made for a period of three years, conditional upon satisfactory completion of a DAU probationary period of two years. At the one year mark, as part of an annual review, consideration is given to extending the appointment; thus at any one time moving beyond that point you will have two years remaining

DAU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telework. At the supervisor's discretion, the selectee may be able to work remotely.

DAU participates in e-Verify with the Department of Homeland Security and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
If selected for this position, you must be able to start employment within 30 days of acceptance.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: Military Spouse Preference applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a completed copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for Military Spouse Preference. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration for employment.

Veterans' preference eligibility is treated as a positive factor when making a selection from external sources. It is applied when the organization makes a final selection from the candidates with substantially equal qualifications as described in the Best Meets Mission Requirements definition below. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.

Best Meets Mission Requirements definition: Applicant has the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies to substantially exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This equates to the best qualified assessment criteria established for the vacancy and based on overall demonstrated experience, education, training, appraisals/evaluations, job-related awards, certifications, honors and relevant outside activities.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  • Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  • Other Supporting Documents
  • The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications may be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming.They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume. Your name MUST be included on your resume.
  • Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.
  • Veterans: If claiming VEOA, VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran - Submit Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If claiming 30% Disabled Veteran, you must also submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces. NOTE: All veterans claiming 10-point preference must also submit a SF-15 . For additional Veteran's information please visit: or
  • Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (including current DAU employees): You must submit a legible copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action .

  • ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty . Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
    • Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
    • Branch of Armed Forces
    • Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
    • Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
    • Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
    • Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
    • Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
    • Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander.
    Note: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

    Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered or uploaded are received, legible, and accurate.

    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.

    Similar jobs

    More searches like this