Job Opportunities

Chief Financial Officer

Vacancy Announcement:
Pay Series:


Opening Date:
Feb 14, 2020
Closing Date:
Mar 15, 2020
Number of Vacancies:
Position Type:
Full-time, permanent

Public Defender Service
Office of Budget and Finance
633 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004

Who May Appy:
U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the United States

AD-15, $142,701 - $170,700 (equivalent to GS-15)

Organization Description:
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a national model for the provision of public defender services. A federally funded, independent organization, PDS provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia. Its work has earned admiration across the nation, and it aims to continue raising the bar to an ever-higher level in the coming years. 
Position Description:

PDS seeks a Chief Financial Officer to lead its 7-person finance team. The team supports the organization by working with the Office of Management and Budget, as well as the United States Congress, to ensure that all financial information is accurate, documented, and reported. Using an Oracle-based financial and procurement system hosted by the Department of Interior’s Interior Business Center, the CFO has broad authority for planning and executing all aspects of the budget and general financial management.

The ideal Chief Financial Officer will have a successful track record of managing budgets and reporting for both federal and private entities, a thorough understanding of the annual Federal Budget Process, solid working knowledge of effective financial management and accounting principles including financial statement preparation and review and a track record of effectively leading staff to deliver results. The CFO must be able to understand the complex moving pieces within an organization and remain agile in their thinking and recommendations. The CFO who can do this work will have a detailed working knowledge of financial systems that will allow them to formulate strategy and connect it to day-to-day operational decision-making.

Essential Duties:

The Chief Financial Officer oversees PDS’ annual budget of approximately $40 million, as well as all strategic and performance planning, budget formulation, budget execution, financial management, accounting, and acquisition services for the organization. The PDS Director delegates to the CFO broad authority for planning and executing all aspects of the budgetary, accounting, strategic planning, and acquisition functions. The CFO maintains responsibility for the administrative control of funds, enterprise risk management, and the fiscal integrity of all PDS financial records.

The CFO oversees the development, presentation, justification and execution of the PDS budget, working collaboratively with senior management, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congress on budget issues. The CFO participates in Congressional, OMB, and external stakeholder hearings and meetings on budget matters. The CFO also establishes an effective internal control program for the prevention of fraud, waste and abuse and supports PDS’ compliance with the Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act and OMB Circular A-123, including providing authoritative interpretations of PDS policies and procedures governing its financial and acquisition operations.

The Chief Financial Officer also:

  • Serves as principal advisor to the Director, Deputy Director, and Executive Office leadership concerning all aspects of PDS financial management and acquisition
  • Directs, coordinates and oversees the activities of all PDS financial functions, including accounting, procurement, budget formulation, budget execution, funds control, and payroll processing
  • Promulgates, maintains and oversees organizational compliance with federal budget, financial and procurement laws, regulations and mandates
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of integrated accounting, financial management and asset management systems, establishing and ensuring the adequacy and effectiveness of information systems and technology tailored to the internal control and financial management needs of PDS
  • Oversees the recruitment, selection and training of personnel to carry out financial management and procurement functions
  • Identifies and reports on financial status, financial conditions and significant financial developments requiring evaluation by PDS senior management and notification to the PDS Board of Trustees
  • Serves as the primary external spokesperson for PDS on financial matters and PDS’ primary liaison with OMB
  • Oversees the preparation of the annual financial statements and ensures the annual, independent audit of PDS financial statements.
Required Qualifications:
  • A minimum of ten years of progressive federal financial management responsibility, including a good understanding and interpretation of federal appropriations law
  • Two years of financial management responsibility with a demonstrated track record of understanding and managing key fundamentals of accounting in a federal context
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully managing financial teams
  • Familiarity with all US Federal financial and other applicable regulations and standards
  • Experience formulating OMB and Congressional budgets
  • Thorough understanding of the US Federal Budget Process
  • Ability to communicate complex financial data to individuals without a financial background.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, public administration, or related field
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, public administration, or related field
  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) certification
Application Evaluation:

How you will be evaluated: Please ensure your application package includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your application package and requested supporting documents can result in a rejection of your application package.

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. Applicants must provide transcripts to support educational claims, for the highest level of education claimed.

Rating: Your application package will be rated and ranked among other applicants, based on your experience, education, training, performance appraisals, and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating can be lowered if your application package is not supported by the requested documents.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application package will be referred to a hiring manager for consideration, at which time you may be invited to participate in a selection interview. Prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement, PDS reserves the right to conduct rolling interviews.

Non-local candidates (outside 60 miles) can request to be interviewed via Skype or other electronic means.

Conditions of Employment: Financial disclosure is required. Work schedule varies according to the PDS financial operations, but there is a minimum of a 40-hour work week. The position is eligible for situational telework arrangements.


PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and employees are entitled to participate in federal benefits plans, federal retirement systems, and the workers compensation program. Transferring federal employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement (if applicable) purposes. Benefits include:

Federal Employees Retirement Systems (retirement annuity)
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K program)
Federal Employees Health Benefits (health insurance)
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (life insurance)
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
Flexible Spending Accounts (for health care and dependent care)
Long Term Care
Public Transportation Subsidy (funding contingent)
Onsite Parking
Employee Assistance Program
Federal Occupational Health (access to health clinic and services)

How To Apply:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package, which includes:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume with valid email address and telephone number
  3. Transcript for highest degree obtained
  4. Reason why you are leaving/left most recent employment should be stated in cover letter or resume

Applicants must submit the application package in PDF format in a single email to  and the vacancy number and title of the vacancy MUST APPEAR in the subject line of the email. Failure to do so may prevent your application from being considered. All submitted application materials, documents, pages, etc., must clearly list the applicant’s name. All application materials become the property of PDS and will not be returned. Visit the PDS website at

For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations which will be decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please contact Jenni Salas, HR Specialist at (202) 824-2420 or at

PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participating Agency.