Accountant/Accounting Policy Advisor, NB-0510-VI
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As an Accounting Policy Advisor, you will plan and direct examination support activities for the Office of the Chief Accountant. You will analyze bank and thrift accounting practices and evaluate compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. You will assist on bank exams requiring specific accounting expertise.
- This position may be filled in any of the locations specified above under “Duty Locations.”
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Occasional travel - Travel up to approximately 20%.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation benefits will be paid in accordance with OCC's relocation policy. Free real estate information on job locations is available by calling OCC’s relocation management firm at 1-877-237-5068.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. Please click on all the links provided in this vacancy announcement to view additional information and instructions.To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
A. 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.")
B.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; or 2) A certificate as a 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.
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal service. To qualify for the NB-VI (GS-14 equivalent) level, you must have specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level, NB-V or NBV.2 (GS-13 equivalent). The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Experience analyzing bank accounting practices to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); AND
- Experience analyzing, recommending, or developing accounting policies.
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- If you are a current OCC employee who previously received a waiver determination permitting you to retain bank securities due to extenuating circumstances, please note that this determination may be rescinded if the nature of your duties changes. We strongly suggest that you discuss the potential implications of any change in duties on a prior securities determination with your ethics official.
- Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for federal employment.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- Successfully complete a background investigation.
- File an OCC Financial Disclosure Form.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Principles of Accounting
- Accounting Policy Analysis
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories (Outstanding, Excellent, or Qualified) depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.
We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority. "Well-qualified" means that you must be assigned to the Outstanding or Excellent category.
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