Accountant job with USAJobs | 42051309

Duties

Summary

The Finance Staff, formulates and establishes Department-wide accounting policies, procedures, andfinancial systems to support planning, programming, budgeting, accounting and other financialmanagement activities.
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Responsibilities

  • You will perform analyses of a variety of integratedaccounts within an accounting system.
  • You will audit accounting program activities to ensure accuracy and validity of data.
  • You will participate in conducting studies and evaluations of financial management directives, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • You will prepare financial statements, reports, and balance sheets containing essential information such as general ledger

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check which includes a drug screening.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary or two-year trial period.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
  • You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process. Offers can be rescinded if requirements are not met.
  • Financial Disclosure: If selected, you may be required to disclose financial information in accordance with DOJ and Federal ethics guidelines.
  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement, for up to 90 days, if openings occur in other offices serviced by Justice Management Division.

Qualifications

To qualify for the position of Accountant at (GS-0510-12/13), you must meet the basic qualification requirements listed below AND possess the required specialized experience specific to this series and grade you’re applying to.

If you are a current or former government employee on a permanent appointment in the competitive service, you will need to demonstrate 1-year (52-weeks) at the next lower grade level, to meet the time-in-grade requirements for this occupational series and grade.

There may also be a positive education requirement for some occupations, please see the Education section for details. If there are licensing or certification requirements, please see the Required Documents section for details on how to verify you license or certificate.
Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term “accounting” means “accounting and/or auditing” in this standard. Similarly, “accountant” should be interpreted, generally, as “accountant and/or auditor.”). OR Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant’s background must also include one of the following:

  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; OR
  • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR
  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant’s education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
  • To qualify for this position at theGS-12 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service, experience includes:

    – Executing accounting procedures;
    – Performing internal review activities to ensure accuracy and validity of financial data; and
    – Preparing financial reports and reconciliations documents for a financial/accounting organization.

    To qualify for this position at the13 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service, experience includes:

    – Developing/implementing new or revised financial management/accounting procedures;
    – Perform internal review activities to ensure accuracy and validity of financial data for complex accounts; and
    – Preparing financial reports, briefing materials, and reconciliations documents for a financial/accounting organization.

    You MUST meet all qualification requirements, including Time-in-Grade, by the closing date of this announcement, 03/19/2021.

    Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. See the Required Documents section for important notes about what must be included in your resume.

    Education

    Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term “accounting” means “accounting and/or auditing” in this standard. Similarly, “accountant” should be interpreted, generally, as “accountant and/or auditor.”). OR Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant’s background must also include one of the following:

  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; OR
  • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR
  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant’s education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements, please see the statements below: Education must be reviewed and certified by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order for it to be creditable towards your qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation .

    All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

    Additional information

    The bullets below outline the various groups of applicants that fall under the term “status candidates”. This vacancy is open to applicants from any of the groups listed below: When you apply you’ll have the chance to claim an eligibility pathway, be sure you fully read each statement and any links provided to make sure you know which eligibility you qualify for.

    See a full list and learn more at USAJOBS, see: What does Status Candidate mean? or Which Jobs am I Eligible to Apply for?

    • Current & Former Federal Employees : For more information, see USAJOBS Federal Employees .
    • Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs
    • Preference Eligible Veterans and Certain Military Spouses: Please see USAJOBS Veterans Preference for more details.

    • Schedule A for Persons with Disabilities: Learn more at USAJOBS – Individuals with Disabilities .

    General Employment Information :

    • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Our policy can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/manual-and-procedures-providing-reasonable-accommodation
    • DOJ EEO Statement: The U.S. Department of Justice fosters an inclusive and diverse workforce, find our EEO statement online at: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
    • Selective Service: If you were born male, on or after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

    Once the announcement closes, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted by the HR Specialist. This information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position. If a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible, or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.

    Additionally, we will review your supporting documents and resume to determine if you are in the “Area of Consideration” for this vacancy. Government-Wide Merit Promotion vacancies may only accept applications from a limited audience, pay careful attention to the “Who May Apply” and the “Hiring Paths” information. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    BASIS OF RATING :
    DOJ’s Merit Promotion Procedures will be used to evaluate candidates.
    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):

    • Accounting
    • Auditing
    • Financial Management
    • Written and Oral Communication

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Documentation requirements may vary from applicant to applicant based on your eligibility claims.

    It is your responsibility to carefully review the list of document descriptions below, to see which documents are required for your application.

    ALL APPLICANTS : You must submit a detailed resume containing the following information:

    • official position title,
    • employer name and contact information,
    • start and end dates ( including month and year ),
    • a detailed list of duties & accomplishments,
    • your highest salary (or grade/step) achieved; and
    • the number of hours worked per week (or indicate full-time).

    If you are a current or former Federal employee :

    • You must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent agency form.
      • Your SF-50 should list the full position title, series, grade and step, organization, duty location, service computation date, effective date, and your service type and tenure status.
      • Do not submit an award SF-50 , these do not contain sufficient information about your appointment.

  • Submit a copy of your most recent performance evaluation or appraisal, signed, showing your final rating. If a performance appraisal is not available submit a statement explaining why one is not available.
  • See USAJOBS Current & Former Employees for more information.
  • If you are a Veteran or a qualifying parent or spouse:

    • Submit all DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member-4 Copy) forms.
    • If you are a Veteran with a service-connected disability rating you will need to submit the SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) and a copy of your VA Letter stating your disability rating.
    • If you are the qualifying parent or spouse of a disabled, deceased, or deployed Veteran, and are seeking a derived preference eligibility, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation such as the Veterans DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter.
    • For more information on each type of Veterans Preference, and the documentation required for each, see FedsHireVets .

    If you are a person with a disability, claiming eligibility under Schedule A :

    • You must submit “proof of a disability” documentation.
      • “Proof of a disability” is a letter stating that you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability.
      • You must get this letter from your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
    • For more information about Schedule A and verification requirements, please see OPM’s Schedule A site .

    If you are a displaced Federal employee claiming eligibility under CTAP or ICTAP :

    • You must submit your separation notice or agency RIF letter from your agency.
    • If you have not yet been separated, you can provide the letter of intent to separate you from the agency because of reduction-in-force.
    • See USAJOBS’ Career Transition Programs for more information.

    If you are using education to qualify for this position, or education is required :

    • You must submit a transcript, which may be unofficial, as long as it contains a full listing of courses, credit earned, grade and grade-point-average, subject area, degree(s) earned, and dates of award.
      • Your transcript must come from a nationally-accredited educational institution recognized by the Department of Education.
      • Please do not submit electronic transcripts with documentation security protection. These may prevent our application system from accepting and processing the document.
    • If submitting a foreign transcript, you must have the transcript reviewed by an approved foreign education review organization recognized by the Department of Education. Your transcript must also be in English or have an English translation included.

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