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    Job Title: Chief Financial Officer

    Department: Department Of Energy

    Agency: Department Of Energy

    Sub Agency: Office of Science

    Job Announcement Number: CH-SES-11-01


    $119,554.00 – $179,700.00 /year


    Monday, August 01, 2011 to Monday, September 26, 2011




    Full-time Permanent




    1 vacancy – Argonne, IL


    All U.S. Citizens


    The Office of Science Chicago Office(SC-CH) is a Field Element of
    the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE has missions spanning
    Science, Energy Resources, Environmental Stewardship, and National
    Security. As part of the DOE SC-CH Integrated Support Center, SC-CH is responsible for implementing and assisting the delivery of business and technical services supporting the Department’s four mission areas with a special focus on science and technology. We provide support to Site Offices that administer the contracts for operation of most of SC’s National Laboratories; to DOE program offices other than SC; and to other Federal agencies.

    The SC-CH Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for providing
    comprehensive financial strategies and services that will contribute
    to the success of Department’s leading edge scientific programs and


    • Selectee must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
    • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determination.
    • Completion of a one year probationary period may be required.
    • This position is subject to drug testing.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Argonne, IL

    • Responsible for a large and diverse field funding allotment.
    • Executes the financial authorities with the funding of all programs for which SC-CH is responsible.
    • Development and execution of all policies, plans, procedures and systems related to budgeting, accounting, internal financial controls and related testing and remediation activities.
    • Certifies all SC-CH financial statements and related financial disclosure declarations, financial responsibility for all SC-CH funding allotment changes.
    • Develops and implements audit recommendations and action plans, financial review and analysis activities as well as review and oversight of several major National Laboratories.
    • Provide support for contract and grant activities.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    qualified applicants must possess the following technical
    qualifications that represent the experience required to perform the
    duties of this position. Possession of these technical
    qualifications must be clearly documented in your application
    package and should be addressed separately. Failure to do so will
    result in your application being rejected.

    1. Experience in managing financial management programs and activities, ensuring an organization’s mission is accomplished with consistency in policy and direction, and adherence to all laws, rules and/or regulations.

    2. Experience with ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and regulatory/statutory/policy compliance of an organization accounting, reporting and other financial activities.

    3. Knowledge of accounting principles, concepts, theories, and the ability to apply them to theoretical and actual financial problems with versatility and judgment.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to
    review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to
    the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be
    considered for this position, applicants must submit a written
    statement addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed

    SUBMIT ECQ STATEMENTS. All other applicants must address the ECQ’s
    to be eligible for consideration. Your ECQ statements MUST NOT
    EXCEED 10 PAGES (if you exceed the maximum pages allowed, the system
    will be unable to process your application) and should focus on
    accomplishments that demonstrate each ECQ.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: 1) Leading Change; (2) Leading
    People; (3) Results Driven; (4) Business Acumen; and (5) Building


    ECQ 1: Leading Change. This core qualification involves 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. Key competencies include:
    1. Creativity and Innovation: Develops new insights into situations;
    questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and
    innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge
    2. External Awareness: Understands and keeps up-to-date on local,
    national, and international policies and trends that affect the
    organization and shape stakeholders’ views; is aware of the
    organization’s impact on the external environment.
    3. Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly
    adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected
    4. Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic
    and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
    5. Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities, and
    implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the
    organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities
    and manages risks.
    6. Vision: Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with
    others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences
    others to translate vision into action.

    ECQ 2: 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. Key competencies include:
    1. Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences
    of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-
    productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and
    disagreements in a constructive manner.
    2. Leveraging Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where
    diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to
    achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
    3. Developing Others: Develops the ability of others to perform and
    contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by
    providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
    4. Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit,
    pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members
    to accomplish group goals.

    ECQ 3: 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. Key competencies include:
    1. Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable
    high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines
    objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts
    responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control
    systems and rules.
    2. Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both
    internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and
    services; is committed to continuous improvement.
    3. Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely
    decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce
    unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of
    4. Entrepreneurship: Positions the organization for future success
    by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by
    developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks
    to accomplish organizational objectives.
    5. Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs
    relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates
    alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
    6. Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies
    principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies
    related to specialized expertise.

    ECQ 4: Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the
    ability to manage human, financial, and information resources
    strategically. Key competencies include:
    1. Financial Management: Understands the organization’s financial
    processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget.
    Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results.
    Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set
    2. Human Capital Management: Builds and manages workforce based on
    organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs.
    Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected,
    appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance
    problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work
    3. Technology Management: Keeps up-to-date on technological
    developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve
    results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

    ECQ 5: 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. Key competencies include:
    1. Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates
    across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve
    common goals.
    2. Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics
    that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational
    and political reality and acts accordingly.
    3. Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others; builds consensus
    through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain
    information and accomplish goals.

    Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for
    success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. These
    competencies need not be addressed separately, but should be
    incorporated into your responses to the five (5) ECQs. Key
    competencies include:

    1. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity,
    and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and
    feelings of different people in different situations.

    2. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral
    presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

    3. Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical
    manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high
    standards of ethics.

    4. Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and
    convincing manner for the intended audience.

    5. Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and
    weaknesses; pursues self-development.

    6. Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the
    public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns
    organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

    For further information pertaining to the Senior Executive Service
    (SES), applicants are encouraged to visit the OPM SES web site at


    The Merit Staffing Panel will rate and rank each applicant based on
    the qualification requirements and refer the top candidates to the
    selecting official. The selecting official will consider the best
    qualified applicants referred based on the information provided
    and/or personal interview.
    To preview questions please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info


    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.
    Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


    • Per Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and
      national residents of American Samoa and Swains Island may compete
      for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens
      only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified
      citizens available for the position.
    • Veteran’s preference does not apply to the Senior Executive
    • New SES members are required to serve a one-year probationary
    • All positions are subject to the Department of Energy’s Drug
      Free Workplace Program. The selectee may be required to test
      negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the
      position, and may be subject to random testing thereafter. If a
      determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-
      selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from
      Federal service, may result.
    • Selectee may be assigned classified work or work in a
      classified area. The selectee may be required to submit to a full
      field background investigation prior to reporting for duty.
    • Travel and/or Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance
      with Department of Energy policy and Federal regulation.
    • This position is not included in the bargaining unit.
    • Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act
      (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine
      qalifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC,
      Section 3302 and 3361.
    • Your Social Security Number (SSN) is requested under the
      authority of Executive Order 9398 to uniquely identify your records
      from other applicants who may have the same name.
    • You may be required to complete an OF-306, “Declaration for
      Federal Employment” form used to (a) determine your suitability for
      Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to
      determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.

    How To Apply


    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) or Central Daylight Time (CDT) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST or CDT, Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact Gina Bates at (630) 252-2742.

    Step 1 – Create a Resume with USAJOBS ( Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

    Step 2 – Review the Job Announcement: We suggest you read through this entire announcement and preview the online questions before applying. To see the questions, go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement. You may need to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions, as your resume must substantiate your claimed experience.

    Step 3 – Apply Online: Click the “Apply Online” link located on this vacancy announcement then select your USAJOBS resume to submit it with your application. You will be redirected to the system used by the Department of the Energy to complete the application process.

    Step 4 – Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application: If this is your first time on the U.S. Department of Energy’s vacancy application website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and then take you back to the announcement question screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select “Take me to the assessment” and click on the “Continue” button to answer the job-specific questions. Once you complete all of the questions you will be taken to a page to submit your required supplemental documentation.

    Step 5 – Submit Required Supplemental Documentation: You will now have the option to submit required supplemental documentation using any of the three options described below. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION MUST BE UPLOADED BY THE CLOSING OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

    1. Upload – Choosing this function allows you to use your computer to upload documents that you already have in electronic format.

    2. USAJOBS – Choosing this option allows you to submit documents
    you have previously uploaded to your USAJOBS account.

    3. Fax – Choosing this option will generate a fax coversheet that you must use if you want to fax us your documents. Faxed documents
    will be imaged by a third party and attached to your online resume so that we can receive and access them online.

    Step 6 – Final Review and Submission: Once you have finished submitting your required supplemental documentation, click “Next.” You will see a summary of your application for your review as well as a listing of the supplemental documentation that was successfully submitted. Be sure to print a copy for your records. When you click “Finished” at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS, where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.


    1. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if
    current Federal employee)

    2. Copy of your Certificate of Graduation from a SES Candidate
    Development Program (if applicable)

    3. Copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action
    showing status as a SES member (if applicable)

    4. Current performance appraisal is recommended.



    Gina Bates
    Phone: 630-252-2742
    Fax: 630-252-4231
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Office of Science
    Office of Human Resources Services
    9800 South Cass Avenue, Building 201
    Argonne, IL 60439
    Fax: 630-252-4231


    You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your
    application status. USAJOBS has added an alert settings to their
    system to drive status updates notification for applicants. We
    recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these
    status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will
    continue to update your status on-line as changes are made. You can
    elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS
    profile at any point during the application process. Proactive
    notification will provide you an opportunity to sign-up for
    automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you
    have applied. These alerts will automatically notify you that your
    status has changed and remind you to check your USAJOBS profile for
    the specifics.

    Once your complete application is received it will be evaluated by the Human Resources Specialist and rated by a panel of Subject Matter Expert. The panel will make recommendations to the selecting official for further considerations and possible interview. E-mail notifications will be sent informing you of the disposition of your application.

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