Assistant Director (Accounting)

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2023
Jan 28, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

As aAssistant Director (Accounting), PE, 0510 , 30, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Leads the formulation and development of accounting concepts and standards proposed by the FASAB and AAPC.
  • Serves as a project manager on a wide variety of critical major projects identified by the Board. Plans and conducts complex research, analysis and studies on accounting issues identified as projects before FASAB and the AAPC.
  • Plans and conducts comprehensive research regarding existing and emerging accounting and financial reporting principles, draws conclusions, and develops recommendations to resolve complex government financial reporting issues.
  • Prepares position papers for consideration by the Board and provides input to other members of the team for their individual accounting concepts and standards projects.
  • Provide guidance to lower level staff members regarding Accounting concepts and related Federal Standards and Principles.
  • Participates in and/or facilitates discussions at public meetings of the FASAB and AAPC. Represents the FASAB in public hearings and maintains appropriate public records regarding Board activities.
  • Leads efforts of task forces, comprised of high level experts in their respective fields, convened to consider and/or develop recommendations to be presented to the Board. Analyzes comments received on formal proposals by the Board and recommends appropriate actions.
  • Participates in public hearings and maintains appropriate public records regarding Board activities.


Conditions of Employment

You must meet both the education and experience requirements for this position by 4/23/23. (Effective date of promotions)

If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts verifying your education.


Band III
Must be a full-time or part-time GAO employee on a permanent appointment. In addition, applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower band level (PE-IIB, PA-II, PT-III, or MS-I), that demonstrates substantive knowledge of GAO's programs and activities, its mission, policies, objectives, management principles and processes; and the ability to manage staff, and independently analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of administrative services and staff resources. The 52 weeks of specialized experience described above must be completed by April 23, 2023, the effective date of promotion.


You must possess a degree in 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.

Your 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; 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.

Additional information

Band III Assistant Director-Accounting promotion opportunities for GAO's mission teams will be available in all applicable geographical locations. For information on the number of Band III promotion opportunities by team, please see the GAO-wide Notice published and distributed (via email) earlier this month.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

If you would like to apply for Specialists promotion opportunities (IT Analyst, Financial Auditor, etc.), you must submit a separate application directly to the appropriate announcement for each Specialist position for which you wish to be considered.

This position is a moderate risk public trust position with possible upgrade to a Secret or Top Secret or SCI clearance depending on the type of engagement the employee will be assigned to within the mission teams.