Lead Accountant job with USAJobs

Duties

You will serve as a Lead Accountant, and in this capacity, you will:

-Develop and update Finance Directives and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on accounting and financial reporting operations. Assist in reviewing and monitoring accounting operations and internal controls to identify internal control deficiencies, make recommendations to correct them, and implement the corrections. Maintain the Finance intranet, which provides the Office operational information, procedures, and guidance to the agency.

-Function as a lead accountant, working with the Finance Director, finance staff, contractors, and NEA’s shared service provider to process and perform reviews of weekly, monthly, and year-end accounting transactions and accounting closing tasks.

-Work closely with the Finance Director, finance staff, and shared service provider in the preparation of the Agency Annual Financial Report, monthly Governmentwide Treasury Account Symbol (GTAS) Adjusted Trial Balance filings, and monthly, quarterly Data Act Reporting. Ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, Federal regulations, and guidelines, and identify and resolve issues.

-Assist in monitoring Government Reporting and compliance guidance, (e.g., OMB Circulars A-123 and A-136) and Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) updates. Assist in implementing new accounting Federal regulations, guidelines, and other requirements.

-Support the agency annual financial audit and agency internal audits by coordinating with staff and / or providing data and analysis as required by the auditor in the prepared by the client (PBC) request list.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Status Candidates must submit an SF-50 and recent appraisal.
  • Time-in-Grade must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the following:

Basic Requirement:

A. A bachelor’s or higher degree in Accounting, or a bachelor’s or higher 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.”) COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

B. A combination of education and experience with 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. My background also includes one of the following: 1) Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 3) 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant’s education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level, with experience in ALL of the following duties: applying Federal accounting standards and financial management rules and regulations in accounting operations and financial management; using automated financial and accounting systems, such as Oracle Financials, to initiate recording of accounting transactions transactions and complete month, quarter and year-end close operations; performing account reconciliations, resolving discrepancies, and conducting financial analyses; and communicating and presenting work products to management by articulating issues and resolutions.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the advertised grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the dates worked and total number of hours per week.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.

Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS resume template. However, if you do not use the template you must ensure that your resume contains ALL required information which includes hours worked, starting & ending month and year, and if Federal employment (series, pay plan, and grade).

Education

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school’s definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

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 further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.htm

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

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