Financial Management Specialist
Department Of Labor - Washington, DC

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Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) was established to ensure DOL compliance with the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990. The OCFO provides financial management leadership, direction, and guidance to the Office of the Secretary of Labor and all DOL program agencies on financial matters arising from the Government Management Reform Act (GMRA), Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA), Federal Manager’s Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA), Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA), Cash Management Act (CMA), Reports Consolidation Act (RCA), Improper Payments Enforcement and Recovery Act (IPERA) of 2010, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and various Department of Treasury, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance regarding financial management in government. This position is outside the bargaining unit. Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is at the full performance level.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

DUTIES: As a Financial Management Specialist, you will:
  • Represent OCFO and the Department's management at meetings and conferences with senior official/staff of the OIG, other agencies, GAO, OMB, Treasury, GSA, the Financial System Integration Office (FISO), the Executive Branch Councils, and Congressional committees on matters relating to financial policy matters, including financial and accounting policies and standards.
  • Provide advice and assistance to top executive staff and key management or program officials at the departmental and agency levels on all financial policy and procedural matters.
  • Participate with Division systems analysts in the review of agency operations to ensure their consistency with government-wide and departmental policies and procedures. Evaluate, test, and monitor Departmental travel management systems and services, and related interfaces with Departmental accounting and payments systems to ensure continued compliance with all applicable requirements.
  • Represent the Department and maintains liaison with GAO, GSA, Treasury, FISIO, OMB and other agencies with central responsibilities on matters of travel policy.
  • Conduct highly complex assignments at the direction of the CFO and/or Deputy CFO involving extensive fact finding and financial policy analysis.
  • Summarize findings and research in written products of various types, including tables, charts, short summaries, as well as longer memos, presentations and reports.
  • Assist in preparing written materials, including briefing or issue papers, and memoranda for use by the CFO, including for the purpose of meetings, speeches, interviews, and testimony.
  • Provide pertinent policy analysis required for decision-making on highly sensitive and potentially controversial issues covering the full range of federal financial management issues including strategic planning, governance, performance, communications and management support.
  • Conduct critical analysis on strategy, governance and DOL-wide financial performance issues critical to the mission of the OCFO.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with various high-level individuals in OCIA, OPA, Congressional Committee staffs in partnership with OCIA when appropriate, program offices, and DOL’s state and local government partners to facilitate compliance to the various federal financial management mandates.
  • Analyze DOL’s quarterly performance against legislation and regulatory actions affecting federal financial management and recommend new policies or strategies to improve overall performance.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

An example of specialized experience is described below:

Leading and/or conducting policy reviews and analyses including strategic planning, communications, financial management, and management support; performing a wide variety of analytical studies and projects that require applying knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques; and writing complex material such as reports, testimony, or presentations.

There is no education requirement for this position.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Category A Best Qualified – Applicant fully meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.

Category B Well Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category C Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Technical Knowledge/ Knowledge of Financial Management Policy:

Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Skill in Planning, Evaluating, and Customer Service:

Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes. Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Organizational Awareness:

Knows the organization’s mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.

Written and Oral Communication:

Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

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BENEFITS: The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM . For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS .

OTHER INFORMATION: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION , PROBATIONARY PERIOD , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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