Supervisory Financial Specialist (Branch Chief)

Department Of Agriculture Beltsville, MD
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Office of the Administrator (OA), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Financial Management Division (FMD). The Financial Management Division (FMD) administers financial management programs necessary to support the Agency's program and administrative activities. The incumbent has the continuing authority and responsibility to provide staff leadership by guiding, directing, and coordinating the overall financial, planning, forecasting, and evaluation of processes to meet the Agency's and Department's requirements.

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The Supervisory Financial Specialist (Branch Chief) provides staff leadership and assists in the administration of travel and relocations programs necessary to support the Agencys programs and administrative activities. The position is responsible for financial policies related to conference planning, employee relocation, foreign, local travel, temporary duty travel, travel temporary duty travel, travel cards and travel advances. The position manages the Agencys the employee relocation program, conference reporting, and Individually Billed Account reporting and metrics. Below are some of the duties you may perform:

* Participates in implementing financial policies and programs for travel and relocation duties; analyses of operations to evaluate methods and procedures; provides liaison services and collaborates with officials of the, Agency, Department, and other Federal, and Governmental organizations in accordance with policy and regulations.

* Serves as the primary Agency contact with the Department on travel and relocation issues, represents the Agency on Departmental task forces, committees, and at meetings with the Department's Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

* Interprets new or revised regulations mandated by GSA, and/or the Department of Agriculture, determines the impact and serves as the subject matter expert on related notices and directives which state FSIS policy.

* Develops systems and written procedures to be followed by all Agency employees for various travel programs, including the Government issued Charge Card Program, the Travel Management Center Program, Foreign Travel, the Relocation Services Program, conference planning and reporting, and the automated travel system.

* Liaisons with the Department for the resolution of unique relocation inquiries and circumstances, monitors the status of the relocation to ensure they are processed within prescribed deadline set by the Department per the Service Level Agreement. Manages the relocation program budget, performs trend analysis and reconciliation of travel and relocation accounting transactions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is less than 5%.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; reinstatement eligibles; Individuals with Disabilities; certain military spouses; 30% or more disabled veterans; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0501 Financial Administration And Program

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.

* US Citizenship

* May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

* If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

* Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

* If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

* Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

* CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade:

Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-13 grade level for consideration for the GS-14 grade level.)

For the GS-14 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that demonstrates:

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: Financial Administration and Program Series 0501

Specialized experience is experience that includes solving complex travel related problems, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating financial/management data, developing new methods or strategies to implement systems for various travel programs, providing technical direction and guidance to obtain efficiency and economy of operations, etc.

Specialized experience must include experience:

1. Leading and/or considered an expert in examining and interpreting financial data and reports to support an organization decision-making process.

2. Leading and/or considered an expert in interpreting new or revised regulations, policies and procedures. In addition, your work experience (resume and application) must show evidence of applying advanced oral and written skills. You must also provide evidence of supervisory, managerial or leadership capabilities directly related to the work of the position to be filled.

Experience for this position can be gained in either the public or private sector.

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.


There is no education substitution for this position.

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