Accountant Recent Graduate, ZA-0510-II

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Oct 18, 2017
Closes
Oct 26, 2017
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

BEA is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal government. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, and a comfortable, healthy and efficient work environment. BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all staff housed together in one location and is largely comprised of economists, accountants, statisticians, and information technology professionals. To learn more about working at BEA or to see open positions, please visit our Web site. BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center (SFC) in Suitland, MD, just outside of Washington, DC.

The Recent Graduate Program is a one-year program that targets individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants will be place in a dynamic, one-year career development program. Throughout the program, you will participate in formal training, job assignments and receive a mentor to develop competencies applicable to BEA's mission and needs. This position is at the Band II (GS-7 Equivalent) level with an opportunity for permanent appointment upon successful completion of the program. To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

  • Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the program.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is August 3, 2017. After this date additional referral list will be created as vacancies are available. This announcement covers multiple positions with the various Directorates of the Bureau of Economic Analysis through July 19, 2018.

**Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within BEA from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, general job responsibilities and duty location **

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U.S. citizen,
  • Suitable for Federal Employment,
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450),
  • Registered for Selective Service System. If applicable (www.sss.gov),
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher,
  • A One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Applicants must apply within two years of obtaining degree or certificate completion (except veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have six years after degree completion).

    NOTE: To show proof of meeting this requirement, all applicants must submit a copy of their college transcripts with the degree conferred date (does not have to be the official transcript at this time).

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    To be eligible as a Recent Graduate, you must have already obtained a degree within 2 years from close of announcement.

    Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

    As an Accountant, you must meet the following Basic Requirements:

    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.

    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.

    To qualify for a Band II (GS-7 Equivalent):

    In addition to meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements above, applicants must have the education listed below.

    Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education (18 credit hours, 27 quarter hours; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

    S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
    1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
    2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:


      1. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
      2. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

    EXPERIENCE: (Accounting Related)

    BAND II: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the Band-II (GS-5). Examples of specialized experience are: preparing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting accounting data; operating, maintaining, and modifying accounting systems; using accounting information to recommend solutions to management problems and structuring of organization programs; managing, operating, and analyzing cost accounting systems in connection with manufacturing or other business activities; designing, implementing, and assessing internal control processes and systems.

    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.

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    Recent Graduates and their supervisors must sign Pathways Agreements setting forth expectations for the program.

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

    Your application includes your:

    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Required supporting documents.
    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnair, or your score may be lowered.

    2. Rating: The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and International Financial Reporting Standards.
    • Knowledge of the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
    • Ability to apply economic accounting concepts.
    • Ability to communicate technical information in writing and over the phone.
    • Ability to research company financial information on the internet and in the databases and analyze company financial statements.
    The above competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position Band III.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

    We will review your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold,' "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and/or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 (well qualified) to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here.

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