Accountant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Oct 15, 2018
Closes
Oct 23, 2018
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

25% or less - Occasion travel is required.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
  • May be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Requires National Agency Check with Inquiries Background Investigation.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Applicants must have 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.")

    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. 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; 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.

    Applicants must have at least one full year of experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. 

    Specialized experience includes: coordinating, directing, and/or reviewing internal controls test work by verifying and validating audit remediation and corrective action plans; providing feedback and guidance from internal control and audit remediation activities related to findings and reports from conducted control test work in order to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, effective and efficient operations, and reliable reporting, including financial statements; identifying key controls for process areas and performing risk assessments over these controls; establishing standards for test plans and reviewing the suitability of test procedures in order to conduct tests over key controls to evaluate process performance; providing advice to financial and program managers and other accountants on accounting system and/or process operation problems, identifying opportunities for improvement to business processes and internal controls; and leveraging technology, which includes governance, risk, and compliance tools in order to enhance workflows and improve data transparency to the supervisor and agency leadership.

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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 Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

    Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

    For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. See the required documents section of the announcement.

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 60 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6275. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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

    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line self assessment questions that are based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

    1. Knowledge of accounting principles and internal control standards and concepts sufficient to direct, develop, implement, and coordinate a variety of internal control assessment, accounting policy, and audit related activities.
    2. Knowledge of financial management principles, practices, and techniques, which includes GAO, OMB, DHS, and Coast Guard policies, procedures, regulations, and accounting and auditing standards, and the development and/or implementation of DHS policies and regulations.
    3. Knowledge of management issues and programs as they relate to resolving accounting and audit problems/issues in planning evaluation, control, and resource allocation in Coast Guard operations and the ability to provide advice on accounting and financial management related issues to various levels of management throughout the Agency.
    4. Knowledge of information management systems and related information technologies, which include financial and administrative systems design, operation, and cyber security risks.
    5. Knowledge of the techniques of written, oral, and visual communication sufficient to speak and write with clarity and tact, to secure acceptance of proposed program initiatives, and to make formal presentations related to a wide range of strategic transformation and communication issues.

    Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

    Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience; no points will be assigned.


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    Drug test required No


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