Job Opportunities

Chief Financial Officer

Vacancy Announcement:
Pay Series:


Opening Date:
Jun 7, 2019
Closing Date:
Jul 7, 2019
Number of Vacancies:
Position Type:

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, $134,789 - $164,100 (equivalent to GS-15)
Position Description:

Overview: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. PDS has approximately 200 employees, most of whom work at the main office at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. PDS’ staff consists of approximately 100 attorneys and approximately 100 social workers, investigators, administrative, and technical staff— all dedicated to protecting the legal rights of indigent people accused of crimes or facing a deprivation of liberty. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in certain federal benefit plans: health and life insurance, federal retirement, and Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. The Chief Financial Officer position is located in the Office of Budget and Finance of PDS and reports to the Director and Deputy Director.

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.

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:


Minimum of ten years of progressive federal financial management responsibility, including the administration and interpretation of federal appropriations law, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Federal Travel Regulation, OMB Circular A-11, OMB Circular A-123, as well as Government Accountability Office Green Book and Yellow Book standards. 

Demonstrated experience with or knowledge of the following is required:

  • Presentation to senior executive audiences, including the development and presentation of complex financial data to lay persons and decision-makers, strategic analysis, and assessment of short- and long-range financial and acquisition planning
  • Formulating OMB and Congressional budgets, developing passback responses and appeals; direct experience serving as a liaison with OMB and Congress is preferred
  • The federal budget process, including concepts, laws, and regulations, and procedures, as promulgated by OMB, GAO and the Department of the Treasury
  • Human capital management, including the ability to recruit, hire, train, supervise, direct, and evaluate the performance of employees
  • Strategic planning and performance-based budgeting
  • Operational policy development
  • Organizational acquisition strategy and long-term procurement planning
  • Organizational and process development, redesign, improvement or reengineering
  • Financial management systems and associated federal requirements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, team-building, and leadership skills.


Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, accounting, finance, public administration, or related field is required.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with federal financial and payroll information systems is preferred. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience managing personnel and effective teams comprised of personnel at all levels of seniority. At least two (2) years of financial management responsibility in a non-federal work setting is preferred.

Master’s degree in one of the listed fields is preferred. Desirable certifications, obtained through written examination, include Certified Public Accountant, Certified Cost Estimator / Analyst, Certified Government Financial Manager.

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.
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.

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.

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

Conditions of Employment: Financial disclosure is required.


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)
Monthly Parking Space Lottery
Employee Assistance Program
Federal Occupational Health (access to health clinic and services)

How To Apply:

Required Documents

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

  1. Cover Letter (Microsoft Word or PDF format)
  2. Resume with valid email address and telephone number (Microsoft Word or PDF format)
  3. Transcript for Highest Degree Obtained (electronic format)
  4. Response to Executive Competency Questionnaire (Microsoft Word or PDF format)

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


Please provide narrative responses the following questions. Please limit your response to each question to two pages (single- or double-spaced). Your examples should be clear and concise, and should emphasize your level of responsibility, the results of your actions, and the level and diversity of stakeholders involved.

  1. Change Management

    How and when have you demonstrated the ability to bring about strategic change, both within or outside of an organization, to meet organizational goals? Please include one or more examples of your establishment of an organizational vision and your success in implementing it in a continuously changing environment.

  2. Human Capital Management

    How and when have you demonstrated the ability to lead people toward meeting an organization's vision, mission, and goals? Please include one or more examples of your establishment or fostering of an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

  3. Communication

What are instances in which you have had to build coalitions internally and with other organizations to achieve common goals? How did you approach coalition-building and what were the results?

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