Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Position Available: Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Vacancy Announcement Number: CAO-Req278
Office/Location: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Closing Date: Until Filled
Salary Level/Range: $168,540
Proposed Starting Date: 10/1/2021
The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides operations support services and business solutions to the community of 10,000 House Members, Officers and staff. The CAO organization comprises more than 650 technical and administrative staff working in a variety of areas, including information technology, finance, budget management, human resources, payroll, child care, food and vending, procurement, logistics and administrative counsel.
This position is located in the Immediate Office, Office of Finance, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), U.S. House of Representatives (House). The purpose of the Office of Finance is to provide financial management services to Leadership, Members, Committees, Officers, and Offices of the House. The purpose of the Finance Immediate Office is to administer services related to financial operations, stakeholder and customer engagement, policy and planning, and administrative services in support of the Office of Finance staff and its operations.
Key responsibilities include supporting the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with day-to-day executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall financial management for the House, Office of Finance; serving as an integral member of the Finance leadership team; and assisting the CFO in supporting the following key operational areas: Accounting; Budget, Planning and Analysis; Finance Immediate Office; Financial Counseling; Members’ Services; and Payroll and Benefits.
The position has day-to-day supervisory/managerial responsibilities.
This position has access to Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
• Partners with the CFO in the oversight of financial management operations and reporting for the Office of Finance. Areas include, but are not limited to, overseeing accounting operations in accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, and general accounting; budget operations in planning, formulation, justification, and execution of major programs or accounts; and payroll, benefits, and retirement operations for Members and staff.
• Ensures consistent customer service delivery to customers and stakeholders in a consultative and solutions-based environment, through outreach and issue resolution.
• Provides leadership, expert advice, and authoritative guidance regarding the interpretation and application of relevant laws, rules, and regulations.
• Manages various aspects of personnel administration, including employee orientation, recruitment and hiring, resource productivity and utilization, performance management, training and professional development, succession planning, and ongoing employee engagement. Provides thoughtful leadership and reinforces an environment of coaching, teamwork, creative thinking, and support; inspires and helps employees reach their full potential.
• Partners with the CFO in strategy development and execution; drives long- and short-term goal setting and strategic priorities throughout the organization.
• Develops and leads Business Unit-wide performance management and continuous improvement programs to optimize effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness.
• Ensures all financial reports and records are prepared and managed in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
• Promotes Office of Finance services to House community. Establishes and maintains strong, trusting relationships with key stakeholders, customers, and CAO leadership and business units.
• In conjunction with the CFO, leads policy development and a system of internal controls to ensure House assets and resources are adequately safeguarded and all financial reporting is prepared in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
• Recommends and implements best practices and policy, procedure, and/or process improvements to enhance the efficiency of operations and financial systems.
• Analyzes and interprets new laws, rules, and regulations to determine the impact on financial practices and program operations.
• Monitors and evaluates data and metrics; communicates progress against targets and key performance indicators.
• Partners with CFO to drive customer service strategy and end-to-end accountability for customer experience across the organization.
• Works with the CFO in providing consultation, training, and briefings on regulations, procedures, and financial management matters to customers and stakeholders. Anticipates future trends and changes; proactively reaches out to customers to communicate changes and their impact.
• Partners with the CFO to oversee coordination with auditors and audit personnel, including responding to inquiries, implementing recommendations, and ensuring compliance with findings.
• Contributes to the development and maintenance of business continuity plans and activities for the Office of Finance. Ensures Business Unit-wide participation in periodic exercises to validate organizational readiness.
• Performs other official duties and special projects as assigned.
Experience and/or Education Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree required, with concentration in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration preferred, and a minimum of 15 years of extensive experience in a financial, accounting and/or auditing environment in the government and/or private sector.
• Should have sufficiently broad experience in a senior-level capacity in a large or complex organization and proven success leading a best-in-class Finance organization in a fast-paced customer service environment.
• A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and managerial experience preferred required.
• Master’s Degree and Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Government Financial Manager certifications preferred.
Knowledge, Skill, and Ability and Competency Requirements:
• Ability to inspire, motivate, and lead cross functional or interdisciplinary high performance teams.
• Ability to effectively manage financial operations, including delegating, directing, and coordinating workload and managing personnel administration.
• Broad knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Budget Process, financial and budget policies, procedures, and processes, and federal standards, laws, rules, regulations, resolutions, and concepts affecting the financial management of the House.
• Skill in providing counseling and outreach services and financial guidance to customers and stakeholders.
• Ability to interpret and translate complex financial, accounting, and budgetary data and information into a useful knowledge base to educate the House community.
• Strong knowledge of internal controls and financial reporting.
• Ability to maintain complex financial records, analyze financial information, and prepare financial statements and reports.
• Proficiency in various automated financial systems and state of the art accounting software programs (e.g., PeopleSoft Financial System).
• Exceptional organizational, analytical, and troubleshooting skills with accuracy and attention to detail.
• Political savvy and collaborative working style with ability to build consensus and influence.
• Excellent interpersonal, consultative, presentation, and facilitation skills.
• Self-motivation and ability to work independently, as well as in coordination with various teams within time constraints.
• Ability to serve as a source of expert information.
• Skill at managing deadline pressures and multiple challenging assignments, demands, and priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment.
• Willingness to take on new opportunities and openness to change.
• Ability to manage highly confidential and sensitive information appropriately.
• All employees within CAO are expected to demonstrate the following general competencies: Accountability, Adaptability, Collaboration, Communication, Customer Orientation, Priority Management, and Problem Resolution.
• All employees in leadership positions within CAO are expected to demonstrate the following leadership competencies: Coalition Building, Decision-Making, Leading People, Results Orientation, and Strategic Planning.
Must be able to secure and maintain Federal Government security clearances as deemed appropriate by senior management. Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug-test.
Qualified candidates please submit your resume online by following the instructions in this link: https://house.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/278?c=house&source=House
For information concerning the CAO’s collection of personal information, please see http://cao.house.gov/privacy.
All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including marital or parental status), disability, or age.
Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactorily completing a criminal history records check (or other applicable security clearance) and pre-employment drug-test (pre-identified position only).
Title 1 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S.C app§ 101 et seq.) requires certain House employees to file Financial Disclosure Statements. For information please visit http://clerk.house.gov/public_disc/index.aspx.