Director, Budget Group

Federal Student Aid in Washington, DC

  • Industry: Executive Management - Accounting/Finance
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $128,715.00 - 145,630.00 / Year*
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This position is located in Federal Student Aid (FSA), Finance Office (FO), Budget Group (Budget). The Director of the Budget Groupserves as the FSA Budget Officer and principal advisor on budget formulation and execution of administrative and Title IV programs.The Directorprovides leadership, direction, expert analytical advice and counsel on the administrative control of budgetary funds.

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Serves as principal advisor to the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) on all issues pertaining to the FSA budget. Provides advice on wide-ranging budgetary policies that shape and control the direction of FSA budget operations. Ensures that FSA budget requests support the funding requirements to achieve the FSA and Departmental overall mission and strategic plans.

Develops FSA budget requests that include initiatives designed to meet FSA strategic goals and objectives. Presents funding options and recommendations that result in the initiatives included in the FSA budget request. Leads creation of budget justification materials submitted to the Department and OMB that support the funding requirements in the budget request.

Oversees preparation of FSA budget material for OMB hearings and presents the FSA budget request and related analyses to the Department and OMB. Provides direction and guidance to produce the budget submission and supporting information to OMB and Congress.

Oversees the development of policy directives, standards, guidelines, and procedures for FSA administrative budgetary operations that implement complex Government-wide budget laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines, which affect the budgetary operation of FSA; ensures that each are always in compliance.

Serves as the FSA representative on high-level Department and interagency budget and financial management panels and committees. When assigned to a panel or committee, has authority to speak for FSA on budget issues and related matters.

Oversees FSA Travel Card Program and analyzes purchase card holder activities. Manages the funding process for employee and invitational travel. Certifies travel authorizations and reimbursements; reconciles the central charge account; and analyzes travel expenses and travel card usage.

Directs supervisors, team leaders, and budget analysts in all aspects of FSA budget operations, including formulation and execution. Provides expert technical guidance to staff to support the decision-making process relative to the formulation and execution of FSA budget operations and related activities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position may require some travel (10% or less).

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance
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    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.'You shouldprovide 2 written examples for each ECQ and your ECQs should not exceed ten (10) pages total. When uploading your ECQs, choose the Supporting Document Type called ECQ.

    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 in this ECQ is ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in 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.

    ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    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.

    To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website please click here.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualification. You must address each technical qualification separately. You must limit your narratives to two (2) pages per technical qualification. When uploading your MTQs, choose the supporting Document Type called MTQ.

    MTQ 1: Demonstrated experience with application of Federal budget and appropriations law, principles, practices, and procedures to the end-to-end Federal budgeting process, including working with external stakeholders such as OMB and Congress to provide information and respond to questions.

    MTQ 2: Demonstrated experience with the development of federal agency budgets that support funding requirements to achieve organizational goals and priorities

    MTQ 3: Demonstrated experience managing and monitoring agency budget execution to ensure funding to support mission critical functions.

    MTQ 4: Demonstrated experience leading a staff responsible for a range of budget management functions and working with program offices to develop solutions to complex budget issues.

    When responding to the MTQs and ECQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs and MTQs.

    Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed andprogram accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

    Applicants who use "see resume" as a response WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.


    Additional information

    VETERAN'S PREFERENCE - Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring agency directly. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position is a non critical-sensitive national security position and appointment requires that you undergo an Access National Agency Check and Inquiries investigation and that the GSA security office grant you a Secret national security clearance. Applicants do not need this level of clearance in order to apply. If you are not a GSA employee, the security office must grant the clearance before you are appointed to htis position unless a pre-appointment waiver of this requirement is approved.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be evaluated by a Qualifications Review Panel of senior officials. The panel will rate and rank applicants on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience and education. The panel will determine the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the mandatory technical requirements of the position and the mandatory executive core qualifications requirements. Among the factors the evaluation panel will consider in determining the applicant's relative capacity and fitness for the position are education, training, experience and demonstrated executive level qualifications. The Panel will rate and rank your resume against each mandatory technical qualifications and mandatory executive core qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates.
    Candidates determined to be best qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration for the position.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process


    Required Documents

    1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

    Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers

    Educational information, including the name, city and state of the colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received

    Information about your paid and non paid work experience related to this position including:

  • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
  • 2. MTQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the mandatory technical qualifications. Each MTQ statement should not exceed two (2) pages.

    3. ECQ Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. ECQs should not exceed ten ( 10) pages total.

    4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility). Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

    5.All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50 as proofof eligibility.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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