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Chief Financial Officer

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

$126,148.00 to $189,600.00

Washington, DC

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$126,148 to $189,600 per year

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to

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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Senior executives - SES only

Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

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To fulfill President Lincoln's promise -To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan- by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) directs and monitors the financial execution of VHA's budget in relation to actual expenditures in the Department's core accounting system and notifying the Department CFO of reporting or system issues/problems.

Issues implementing instructions to VHA's Network finance offices on new directives or changes to Departmental financial policies; serves as liaison between VHA and the Department CFO organization regarding accounting, fiscal and financial administration matters

Develops and oversees VHA-specific accounting policy and procedures which conform to Departmental accounting policies and/or established statutory requirements, evaluating and altering policies, procedures and VHA systems as required. Implements the necessary changes in business processes and systems that will allow VHA to provide high quality financial services in a state-of-the-art environment.

Actively participates as a member of the Departmental Chief Finance and Logistics Officers Council, contributing to the overall improvement of financial management throughout VHA and the Department. Represents VHA on senior Departmental and Inter-governmental boards and committees to provide expertise in all related budget and financial subjects

Oversees the management of VHA's managerial cost accounting system, providing cost data as required by internal and external users of that information.

Through subordinate supervisors and managers, directs the activities of 195 professional, technical and administrative staffs.

VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a Pay Band 1 position. The salary for this position is capped at $189,600.

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The Chief Financial Officer, is responsible to the Under Secretary for Health through the Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, for providing leadership and direction of all VHA budget, finance, and managerial cost accounting operations. The responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Serves as a key member of VHA's senior leadership team, providing expert advice and counsel in all financial management matters to VHA Under Secretary for Health and the Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, and maintains a dotted line relationship to the Department CFO.

Provides expertise and leadership in the preparation and justification of the VHA budget, which annually exceeds $57 billion; works with program offices to ensure that necessary financial and other resources are allocated to support the implementation of policies and programs efficiently and to support health care delivery to the nation's Veterans.

Supports the Administration's strategic and business planning processes ensuring the budget provides a realistic resource request to achieve the goals and policies of the VA Secretary and the Under Secretary for Health; ensures the budget reflects the program outcomes and performance measures which are incorporated in the Administration's Strategic Plan.

Ensures compliance with financial policy and procedures to prevent anti-deficiency violations and notifies the Department CFO on a timely basis that a violation may have or has occurred.

Directs the development and execution of a VHA-wide program of financial management initiatives designed to increase efficiency and Improves financial management effectiveness; coordinates the conduct of an integrated system of work improvement methods and techniques to ensure maximum utilization of manpower and effective control of costs.

Maintains and improves the relationship between VHA finance and budget staffs and the Department's CFO organization through communication and cooperation; and Initiating staff involvement in joint team initiatives, combined financial management conferences, awards programs, and joint educational programs and workshops.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0505 Financial Management



Conditions of Employment

US citizenship is required.

One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Successful completion of background investigation and drug screening.

Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.

May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.


To meet the minimum qualifications, applicant must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, medical facility or program manager. An individual's total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

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.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.

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.

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.

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.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.

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.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (TQ)s: In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following TQ(s). Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your TQ(s) in a word document and then upload into the system. Responses to TQs must not exceed 2 pages.

TQ. Demonstrated leadership experience in the development of policies, systems and procedures in a variety of financial functions (e.g., budget, accounting, fiscal and financial administration, investigating and resolving emergent financial problems, financial management initiatives, etc.) for a large, decentralized department or demonstrated operational leadership experience in a variety of financial management functions.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: ECQ qualifications

Step 2: Technical Qualification(s)

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board

Step 4: Nominating Organization may conduct interviews

Step 5: Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening)

Step 6: OPM Qualifications Review Board certification

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume not to exceed 5 pages;

2. Written narrative response to address each Technical Qualification(s) not to exceed 2 pages each; and

3. Written narrative responses to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) not to exceed 2 pages each for a total of 10 pages; or

4. Proof of non-competitive eligibility (if applicable). Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) from the OPM administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB).

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certified graduate of a Senior Executive (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.

Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualification (s); not more than 2 pages per each TQ with a font size no smaller than 12 points. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.



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How to Apply

How to Apply

Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date, 05/02/2018 in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on Application Status. Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online:

1. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers to the questionnaire (refer to link for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is .

2. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire

3. Print your resume and required documents.

4. Fax to (478) 757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Agency contact information

Dione Moore Dione Moore


(202) 461-7795




Veterans Health Administration - 1007

810 Vermont Avenue NW

Washington, DC


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Next steps

The Corporate Senior Executive Management Office (CSEMO) will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members to determine the best qualified candidates. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualification Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a current/ former SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Company info

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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Company Profile
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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