Accountant - #19504347
Department of Veterans Affairs
This position is in the Financial Management Service.
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- The Accountant prepares a variety of monthly reconciliation reports, verifies and adjusts accounts, audits, and makes reports.
- Provides financial information to management by researching and analyzing accounting data; preparing reports.
- Prepares asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information.
- Documents financial transactions by entering account information.
- Assists with budget oversight.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Accountant/PD02568A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: EMPLOYMENT AND FINANCIAL INTERESTS
- Job family (Series)
- Accountants And Auditors
- Auditors, Field
- Auditors, Internal
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/16/2020.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS 7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 5, For a GS 9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 7, and for a GS 11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 9 . The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.
Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
:A. 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.")ORB. 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: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; or3.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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
- Specialized Experience:
- GS-7 Level: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Reviews transactions-For timeliness and reasonableness and resolves problematic areas. Processes transactions-Responsible for maintaining and controlling accounts and accounting transactions in a highly complex finance and accounting system. OR,
- Education: 1 year of graduate-level education related to the position or superior academic achievement [S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing (Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class), (2) grade-point average (3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better)), or (3) honor society membership (Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society).] (Transcript Required) OR,
- Combination: Must have a combination of specialized experience and education which is qualifying to meet total qualification requirements. (Transcript Required)
- GS-9 Level: Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Reconciles accounts-Compares account balances with related data to assure agreement; reviewing records and source documents to identify the sources of discrepancies; and determining the entries required to bring the account into balance. OR
- Education: Possess a Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR, Possess 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related (Transcript Required) OR
- Combination: Have a combination of specialized experience and education which is qualifying to meet total qualification requirements. (Transcript Required)
- GS-11 Level: Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Researches and analyzes discrepancies or problems noted and determines the corrective entries required to adjust accounts. Also recommends actions to prevent recurrence of similar discrepancies. OR
- Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR
- Combination: Have a combination of specialized experience and education which is qualifying to meet total qualification requirements. (Transcript Required).
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Accounting Operations
- Financial Management
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; religions; 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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. There may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying light items and may involve travel to other locations.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/xqttzadavcxcbszsqyautyfrbst.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.