Comptroller, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


Organization Location: Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Supervising Executive: Cherish K. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer

Area of Consideration: All Groups of Qualified Individuals Within the Civil Service

Salary: This is a Tier 3 (NRC Pay Group C) SES position.

Financial Disclosure: This position is subject to Public Financial Disclosure Reporting requirements and NRC prohibited securities ownership restrictions.

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As the Comptroller, in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer you will, report directly to the CFO and Deputy CFO providing his/her expertise on accounting and financial management matters. The Division of the Comptroller has functional responsibility for financial, time and labor, payroll, travel, and system development and operations services; establishing and implementing policy for accounting, fees, and internal control; and leading financial reporting.

This position represents and speaks for the CFO and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on a wide variety of accounting, financial, and financial systems matters in both intra-agency and interagency groups and other forums. You will determine the U.S. NRC position or approach to resolution of major issues facing the agency and, as appropriate, recommend the position or resolution approach to the U.S. NRC CFO. You will serve as the primary liaison for accounting, financial management, and financial systems with the key central agencies; i.e., Office of Management and Budget, Department of the Treasury, and the General Accountability Office, and other Federal agencies, and with the U.S. NRC's Inspector General.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a security clearance is required for
  • This is a Drug Testing Position

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


You must have substantial supervisory or leadership experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully carry out the roles and responsibilities described above, typically evidenced by experience in progressively more responsible supervisory or leadership positions. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. Applicants who do not meet or do not demonstrate possession of the ECQs and PTQs in their application will be eliminated from further consideration.

All applicants must submit an online resume and online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing your accomplishments against each of the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately and are required to respond to all ECQs. Abbreviated responses to the ECQs, such as "significant experience" or "see resume" do not provide enough information and should not be used. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the ECQs and vacancy questions unanswered.


Applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately and are required to respond to all ECQs. Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members eligible for reinstatement, and SES Candidate Development graduates (with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Review Board (QRB) certification) are encouraged, but not required, to address the ECQs to be considered. Use the following approach to describe your accomplishments:

Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model

Use one to two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. The number of examples is not as important as ensuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria.

Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

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

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

Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action-oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.). Please limit your written statements to the space provided per ECQ. You must provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of responsible individuals who can verify the information provided for each ECQ.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at . Example ECQ statements are available at .

Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: 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. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2 - Leading People: 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. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: 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. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: 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. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating


All applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the following PTQs. You must address each PTQ separately. Abbreviated responses to the PTQs, such as "significant experience" or "see resume" do not provide enough information and will not be considered. PTQ's must be submitted in the space provided. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the PTQ's unanswered.

PTQ 1 - Demonstrated ability to plan, direct, and execute daily accounting operations and financial management activities for a major organization (e.g. federal agency) to include the compilation of audited financial statements.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience managing complex financial management and accounting programs for a large government or business entity, to include responsibility for advising senior officials on financial and accounting matters, developing policies, and managing fiscal year audit requirements.


Professional Accounting Series, 510:

(A) Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")


(B) Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
  • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.More information on qualification requirements for the 510 occupational series can be found at OPM Accounting Series .

Additional information

  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid
  • When NRC determines that, in the absence of such an incentive, it will be difficult to fill the position with a suitable candidate, NRC may offer a relocation incentive to a current Federal employee who is required to geographically move.
  • Veteran's Preference does not apply to SES
  • Salary for SES positions varies depending on qualifications and the responsibilities of the position
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period in SES unless required probationary period has been served
  • This position is subject to Public Financial Disclosure Reporting requirements and NRC prohibited securities ownership restrictions. Selected candidate is required to file a "Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE Form 278) within 30 days after appointment
  • The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 287-0712. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
  • A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a section 145(b) waiver under the Atomic Energy Act. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you need favorable education verification, and reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a waiver is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.
  • The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. The individual selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the qualifications for this position. Your application will be evaluated by a rating panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and undergo reference checks. The NRC Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations to the selecting official and appointing authority.

Unless you have been already certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your Executive Core Qualifications must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Online resume and responses to vacancy questions
  • A copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other documentation, that indicates Federal status, tenure, and grade
  • If you are currently serving under a Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointment, or are eligible for reinstatement to the SES based on a previous career appointment, please submit a copy of your Standard Form 50 (SF-50) that documents your SES career appointment and/or eligibility for reinstatement
  • If you are a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, please submit a copy of your OPM certification of eligibility
  • Trancripts

  • All supplemental documents may be submitted electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
  • Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
  • Use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, .pdf, .doc, .docx; or
  • Use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

  • You may also send a copy of your supplemental material directly to Tia Haynes, Human Resources Specialist, at

    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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