Financial Management Specialist

Reston, Virginia
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time

The primary purpose of this position is to participate in the design, development, and operation of systems that support the financial reporting and funds control of the FirstNet Authority.

Duties performed:
  • Develop, maintain, and improve financial performance analytic dashboards, data visualizations, and reporting tools to improve decision making by leadership.
  • Independently identify, research, and resolve discrepancies in agency systems, data, or reports.
  • Create workflows that automate, validate, and transform financial data to allow meaningful, real-time decision making from financial data.
  • Serve as a liaison supporting leadership and individual business units throughout the annual budget lifecycle.
  • Prepare and/or conduct briefings for key stakeholders on financial management issues, including budget formulation, budget execution and funds balances and uses.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (, if applicable.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • A probationary period may be required.
  • Time in grade requirements must be met.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.


Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Minimum Qualification requirements as noted below.

Specialized Experience: ZA-IV: You qualify for the ZA-IV (GS-13/14) grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or ZA-III in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing all of the following:
  • Researching and implementing Federal laws, regulations, principles or polices as they relate to developing, operating, or maintaining agency financial or accounting systems that are compliant with applicable regulations (e.g. GAO, OMB, Department of Treasury, or Department of Commerce;
  • Designing, developing or creating financial reports or dashboards using current reporting tools and functionality (e.g. Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, SAP's Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, Excel or similar programs);
  • Preparing and delivering presentations to agency leadership;
  • Advising on financial operations including providing supporting documentation which explains, defends, or justifies guidance offered; and
  • Interpreting the results of financial operations against financial management objectives established by leadership, the Department, and other external governing bodies as demonstrated by the preparation of a variance analysis, comparing budget to actual results, or review of agency compliance with existing policies.
  • (The contents of your resume MUST support your claim of specialized experience)

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

    Time-in-Grade Requirements:
    Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure (1 or 2), and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

    NOTE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at


    Education may not be used or combined to qualify for this position.

    Additional information

    Promotion Potential: This position is at the full performance level.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Commerce requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a clearance as a condition of placement in this Low Risk position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    The physical worksite for this position is located in Reston, VA. However, the FirstNet Authority is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when the FirstNet Authority moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

    Salary: Commerce Alternative Personnel System (CAPS) pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages .

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