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Financial Manager

U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio Columbus Full-Time
$73,296.00 - $140,780.00 / year
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                                                   VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


Revised July 5, 2019

Vacancy Announcement Number – 19-07

Financial Manager – Full-Time, Permanent – one vacancy

Duty Station – Columbus

Salary:  CL 29 - CL 30 ($73,296-$140,780)

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Promotion potential without further advertisement for CL 29


Closing date:  Preference given to applications received by Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  Open until filled.


Qualified applicants must submit a current/detailed resume.

The Financial Manager performs professional and managerial work related to supervision and oversight of all aspects of the financial functions of the court, problem-solving, ensuring accuracy and completeness of data, quality of service and the timely implementation of operational strategies. The incumbent directs financial support staff and ensures compliance with internal controls, government requirements, regulations, and policies. The Financial Manager reports to the Chief Deputy Clerk II. Occasional travel is required. The office hours are typically 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Additional working hours may be required based upon operational needs.



The Southern District of Ohio Covers a broad geographic area encompassing forty-eight urban and rural counties from an imaginary line just north of Columbus south to the Ohio River. The District is comprised of over 260 individuals including twenty-two Judicial Officers, Chambers Staff, the Clerk’s Office staff, the U.S. Probation Office’s staff and U.S. Pretrial Services Office’s staff; located in the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton Courthouses.



·        Manage, develop, and mentor financial support staff, including establishing standards, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, and handling disciplinary actions.  Perform thorough quality checks and make recommendations for improvements of the overall effectiveness and efficiency of financial management in the court, including the implementation of new improved methods, systems, and procedures.  Identify issues, resolve disputes and address interdepartmental challenges. Maintain accurate documentation, statistics, and employee records. Conduct staff meetings, provide information, and delegate work fairly and consistently. Ensure staff receive process and procedural training, including training on policies, procedures, and internal controls.

·        Manage and oversee the day-to-day accounting and financial functions of the court. Maintain and analyze accounting records supporting all funds deposited to or disbursed from the U.S. Treasury, as well as funds in the custody of the court. Perform accounting for all monies paid into the court including fees, fines, restitution, penalties and forfeitures, money paid pending the outcome of litigation, court costs, bail bonds, etc., and refunds and reimbursements to appropriations. Classify all accounting transactions relating to the court in accordance with regulations issued by the Department of Treasury and by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Perform bank and Treasury reconciliations. Prepare reports and financial statements for submission to the U.S. Treasury, the Administrative Office, and other court officials as necessary. Represent the court in both oral and written responses to financial questions and audits.

·        Develop and maintain a system of internal controls to ensure proper segregation of accounting functions and to assist in the prevention of errors and detection of fraud. Maintain control over the ordering, distribution, and accountability of official forms, reports, receipts, and checks, as well as other non-monetary items placed with the

court, such as bonds, titles, deeds and passports. Maintain files on all matters pertaining to the financial activity of the court.

·        Oversee the review of all vouchers related to various expenses submitted by the court, district staff units, and other judiciary units, for propriety of payment and proper classification of the funds disbursed.

·        Provide oversight of the CRIS (registry) funds.  Develop and maintain a system to provide for the appropriate investment of registry funds.  Assist members of the bar with regulations for disputed ownership funds (interpleader) deposits vs. liquidity fund deposits.  Ensure that all orders of the court involving registry fund accounts are carried out promptly and accurately and perform quality control on the accounting for same.

·        Manage opening of new fiscal years as well as end-of-fiscal year processes.  Oversee the preparation of the annual budget call by verifying budget data.  Write budget justifications as needed.  Oversee the review of new allotments to ensure allocations are proper and allotted correctly.  URL blocked - click to applyCoordinate the preparation of the annual spending plan and monitor ongoing revisions throughout the year to ensure availability and proper accounting of funds.

·        Oversee the small purchase, centrally billed travel and individual travel card programs including new accounts, closing accounts, monthly auditing of accounts and problem solving with Citibank.

·        Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, to explain complex financial and budgetary concepts to individuals and groups with varying experience and backgrounds.

·        Interact effectively with the public and staff, providing exceptional customer service and resolving difficulties efficiently while complying with regulations, rules, and procedures. Facilitate, mediate, and negotiate complex and sensitive matters with judges, managers, unit executives, and court staff.

·        Comply with the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements, including handling confidential information in a variety of contexts.  Demonstrate sound ethics and good judgment at all times.


CL-29 level, at least two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-28 level.

CL-30 level, at least two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-29 level.


·        Knowledge and experience with of various financial functions, such as budgeting, procurement, project management, policy development, performance management, and training.

·        Detail oriented, with outstanding organizational skills; capable of managing a variety of projects and duties in a timely manner.  

·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively to individuals and groups in all levels of the organization to provide information regarding financial matters.

·        Skills in gathering and analyzing information to process and perform financial activities according to policies, procedures and internal controls.

·        Ability to handle a variety of persons, problems, subject areas and transactions while maintaining confidentiality with sensitive matters.

·        Ability to assist in the review of organizational functions and make recommendations on financial matters.


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or a related field with a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to work in a CL-28 level is required.


Progressively responsible administrative, technical, professional and supervisory experience that provided an opportunity to gain (a) skill in developing the interpersonal work relationships needed to lead a team of employees, (b) the ability to exercise mature judgment, (c) knowledge of basic concepts, principles, theories, practices of finance and management and the ability to understand the managerial policies applicable to the court units.



In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following qualifications are highly preferred: extensive knowledge of government accounting:  knowledge of judiciary automated systems, including JIFMS, CCAM, CM/ECF; experience managing a finance unit within a federal court agency or other government entity; and completion of a Master’s degree in a Management, Accounting, Finance, Business or a related field from an accredited college or university.



The United States District Court offers a generous benefits package to full-time permanent employees which include:


10 Paid Federal Holidays                                                          

Long-Term Care Insurance

13 Days Paid Vacation (per year for the first three years)            

Public Transit Subsidy Program

20 Days Paid Vacation (after three years)                                  

Credit Union Participation

26 Days Paid Vacation (after fifteen years)                                

Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage                                 

13 Days Paid Sick Leave                                                           Life Insurance                         

Thrift Savings Plan with matching funds (401k & Roth 401k style)

Participation in Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS-FRAE)                

Health, Dependent & Commuter Reimbursement Programs


Conditions of Employment:


Visit the U.S. Courts website for citizenship requirements www.uscourts.gov. Positions with the United States Courts are considered “at will” and are not subject to the employment regulations of competitive service. Positions in the Federal Judiciary are excepted service appointments, are considered “at will” and can be terminated with or without cause.

The applicant selected will be subject to an FBI background check and continued employment contingent upon favorable suitability determination. A negative finding from the background check may result in termination of employment.

 Employees are subject to the Judicial Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.


The applicant selected will be subject to an FBI background check and continued employment contingent upon favorable suitability determination. A negative finding from the background check may result in termination of employment.


All information provided by applicants is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false statements or omission(s) of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after being employed.


The Federal Financial Management Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages. 


Qualified applicants should upload their resumes at:



Christina Romano

Human Resources Manager

Email: districtcourt_vacancy@ohsd.uscourts.gov



Travel and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

The District reserves the right to amend or withdraw any announcement without written notice to applicants.  The District reserves the right to conduct interviews at any time prior to or after the closing date for receipt of applications. Only applicants selected to receive an interview will be notified by phone or e-mail.


The U.S. District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Skills required

Fixed Asset
Financial Statements
Balance Sheet
Consolidation (Financial)
Financial Analysis
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