This position is located in the Finance Office composed of four divisions: Financial Management, Procurement, Budget and Business Management. The Finance Office administers financial programs for budgeting, accounting, external auditing, payroll, travel, securities and investment, and financial management reporting for appropriated (federal) and non-appropriated (donated/private) funds.

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The incumbent reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and serves in that position in the CFO’s absence.

The Accounting Officer (Controller) has direct responsibility for:

  • Directs the general accounting and financial reporting activities of the Museum.
  • Ensures proper accounting treatment in the recording of transactions and integrity of transactions posted to the general ledger through procedures that provide for appropriate reviews and approvals.
  • Prepares and submit all required financial and management reporting on federal funds including the review and approval of monthly, quarterly and annual general ledger closings.
  • Ensures Museum-wide compliance with applicable accounting, reporting, and financial system standards, principles and functional requirements.
  • Supervise day-to-day financial operations of staff.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • On-line resumes must be submitted by 11:59pm EST of the closing date.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable ( www.sss.gov ).
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and time-in-grade requirements for the position by the closing date of this announcement.


A combination of education and experience that include 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 and included ONE of the following:

(1) Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. (May include up to 6 hours of business law); OR

(2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR

(3) Completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement and:

  • Have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; and
  • A panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the I have demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

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.

To qualify at the GS-15 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Planning, directing, managing and evaluating financial management activities;
  • Formulating, establishing and issuing guidelines, and internal controls for the financial management programs;
  • Conceptualizing and developing long-range and strategic plans;
  • Developing and implementing a program of financial reporting and accounting and
  • Formulating and promulgating accounting policy


Please see education requirements under “Qualifications”.

Additional information

Veterans’ Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., military orders, campaign documents such as expeditionary award citation) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the documentation required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To receive selection priority for this position, Displaced Federal service employees must be rated ‘well-qualified’ or at a score of 90 and above for ICTAP consideration. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:


Selective Services: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify you have registered with the Selective Services System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Services Law. See www.sss.gov

Direct Deposit: All new hires must agree to direct deposit of their paychecks to a Banking Institution. Employees will have up to two (2) pay periods from the date they enter on duty to arrange for their direct deposit transaction.

If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be fined or jailed.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will occur to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements. The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your experience as it relates to the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities and other proficiencies (KSAs) outlined below:

  • Knowledge of professional accounting theories, concepts, and practices and the ability to apply this knowledge to broad assignments involving the development and promulgation of accounting policies and standards, to the development of the Museum’s accounting and reporting systems, and to the solution of difficult systems problems.
  • Skill in utilizing the laws and regulations of the GAAP, OMB, GAO, GSA, and Inspector General’s Office and other regulatory agencies to prepare internal and external financial reports for these agencies.
  • Knowledge of investment and economic concepts, theories and practices and the ability to apply them to securities and investments analysis, reconciliation, reporting, and to solve difficult financial management problems.
  • Knowledge of automated accounting systems, procedures and relevant software programs to oversee and direct systems and operations involving, database and ledger maintenance and reconciliation spread sheet analysis, and reports generation for both appropriated and non-appropriated funds.
  • Skill in oral communications to interact effectively with others at both the staff and board level and to provide advice, negotiate and resolve problems.
  • Skill in written communication to prepare recommendations and reports.
  • Knowledge of administrative management, and human relations concepts, theories, methods and practices sufficient to analyze, organize and manage accounting operations and supervise staff.

Your resume and supporting documentation will then be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. All information contained in your questionnaire must be clearly documented in your resume. If a determination is made that your resume does not match the responses you provided in the assessment questionnaire or that you rated yourself higher than supported by your description of experience and/or education in your resume, the following will take place:

– Your application will not receive further consideration for this announcement or

– Your score will be modified to more accurately reflect your qualifications.

Additional details on the application process can be found in the “How to Apply” section of this announcement. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. We recommend that you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Required Documents: The following documents should be included with the application package:

1. Resume

2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

3. Supplemental Documents: (only submit if applicable to you)

  • Unofficial college transcript (if qualifying all, or in part, based on your education)
  • Veterans’ Preference or VEOA documentation (if applicable)
  • Proof of Status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure and SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different). U.S. Holocaust Museum employees do not need to submit their SF-50.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation (Must have a score of 90 or above to be “Well Qualified”), if applicable
  • Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation (See Noncompetitive Appointing Authorities under “Other Information”)

You can submit “required documents” by “document upload/download” or “fax” using the instructions below. Whichever method you choose, please include the vacancy announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number (SSN) from any documents that you submit. All supplemental materials must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

Document Upload/Download: You may upload/download supporting documents in one of two ways:

  • Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload/download the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you’ve already loaded on USAJOBS; or
  • You can download a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on “My Applications” and search for the vacancy. Once you’ve located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select “Apply Online.” Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.

    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Hiring Management if you see them listed on the “Vacancy Documents” screen. Then, click on “Finished” to be returned to USAJOBS.

  • 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.