Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
BASIC REQUIREMENT (for all grades, GS-11 through GS-13):
1. Undergraduate or Graduate 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.
2. 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:
(a) 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
(b) A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR
(c) 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 non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide documentation or proof that he or she has met applicable educational requirements. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application as long as it shows that you meet the qualifications as stated for the position to be filled. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov/.
In addition to meeting the BASIC Requirement, applicants must also possess the specialized experience or education required at each grade level. (See note about how education can be combined in order to meet total qualifications):
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to grade GS-9, or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree, OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in courses as described under "BASIC REQUIREMENT," above.
GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to grade GS-11.
GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to grade GS-12.
Specialized Experience is that which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Qualifying specialized experience for this position can be gained in positions that advise on or administer, supervise, or perform professional accounting work that requires application of accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards to the financial activities of governmental, quasi-governmental, or private sector organizations. The work includes: (a) designing, developing, operating, or inspecting accounting systems; (b) prescribing accounting standards, policies, and requirements; (c) examining, analyzing, and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports; or (d) advising or assisting management on accounting and financial management matters. Accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards address these types of duties: (1) determining the boundaries of an accounting entity; recognizing and measuring revenues; (2) matching revenues and expenses by applying methodologies such as accrual accounting and depreciation; (3) defining and measuring costs by application of methodologies such as standard, process, job-order, and activity-based costing; and (4) full disclosure on financial statements.
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.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Note: Evidence of your experience must be supported by detailed documentation of like duties performed in the positions listed on your resume. You will also need to provide work experience information such as hours per week, and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish that you possess one or more years of the required experience at the appropriate level sought. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
A transcript must be submitted with your application as proof of meeting the Basic Requirement, in addition to, specialized experience (if education is used as substitution of experience for the GS-11 grade level) .
There is no provision for substitution of education for experience for grades GS-12 and GS-13.
Only education or a degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from an accredited college, university, school, or institution may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must include a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript(s) in order to receive credit for that education.
This announcement will close at 11:59pm on the date in which 100 applications are received.
This is not a virtual position.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Work Schedule: Regular office hours; Alternate work schedules are available.
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.
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending or carrying of light items such as papers and books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will score 90 or above within the assessment portion of this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Applicants who do not fully address in their resumes the specialized experience needed for the position (as described in the job announcement), or who do not possess the education to substitute for it, will not be referred for further consideration.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
- Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and applications.
- Ability to apply, analyze, interpret and implement accounting and fiscal policies, procedures, reports, legislation, regulations and other guidelines.
- Ability to evaluate, test, analyze and develop automated financial systems.
- Ability to communicate orally.
- Ability to communicate in writing.
If you are referred for consideration you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined in the announcement; and/or completion of a work sample; and/or an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or your further consideration for employment.
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.
Your application will be evaluated using the category rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions and the documents you submit. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:
- Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
- Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
- Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications requirements.
Notice to Applicants: It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Read more Security clearance Other Drug test required No