Accountant (General Ledger)

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the Treasurer (T), General Accounting Department (TGA), and is responsible for assisting the Comptroller and Deputy Comptroller in the planning, operations, and management of all accounting-related functions of the National Gallery of Art. The incumbent reports directly to the Comptroller.

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The incumbent:

Monitors and maintains the Oracle Federal Financial Fixed Assets Module. Sets up new fixed assets in compliance with capitalization policy. Reviews monthly activity and runs depreciation journals. Monitors repairs and maintenance and fixed assets transactions and purchase orders for any needed corrections.

Assists in formulating and implementing policies and procedures that affect the Gallery's core financial systems, e.g., general ledger management, funds management, payment management, receipt management, cost management and reporting.

Maintains a variety of detail reconciliation schedules and reports. Processes a multitude of General Ledger (GL) transactions using information obtained from both internal and external sources. Analyze Trial Balance (TB) amounts at the detail sub-ledger level to troubleshoot and proactively identify and resolve accounting errors. Performs key payment processing and approval functions

Monitors accounting policy and guidance as may be required by the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act, Federal managers' Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA), Cash Management Improvement Act, Deficit Reduction Act, Prompt Payment Act, Debt Collection Act, Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Government Management Reform Act (GMRA), Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA), and OMB Circulars related to these Acts. This includes development of criteria and procedures for assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Gallery's core financial systems.

Preparing responses to requests for accounting/management information or other internal and external sources including auditors. Coordinating all activities associated with the accurate and timely recording and reporting all Gallery financial transactions.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Time-in-Grade must be met by closing date of announcement.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, the incumbent may walk to other offices in the East and west Buildings.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

Specialized Experience Statement:

Have three full year of specialized experience that is accounting related. This must include activities such as: (1) applying accounting theories, practices, methods, techniques and procedures; (2) analyzing financial data and preparing financial reports; (3) resolving discrepancies in financial data and supporting the financial statement audit; (4) developing recommendations for improvements to accounting procedures to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and irregularities; (5) participates in preparation of external audits. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in private or public sectors).

Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience. If their résumés do not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Candidates should ensure their résumé and submitted materials clearly demonstrate possession of these factors to receive maximum employment consideration.
  • Apply accounting theories, concepts, methods, techniques, principles and standards and provide guidance on interpreting and applying accounting standards.
  • Knowledge in maintaining the general funds ledger and accounting activities, and reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating trial balance and other financial statements to ensure conformance with established agency policies, applicable regulations and generally accepted governmental accounting practices.
  • Knowledge of both non-profit and federal USSGL fund based accounting structures to ensure correct GL transaction processing. Knowledge/skill working with large volumes of transactional data applicable to a large organization in an efficient manner that avoids minimal manual intervention. Knowledge/skill with other applicable external feeder systems that interact with the financial system at either sub-ledger or general ledger level.
  • Knowledge of accounting and financial management to develop justification for agency financial and accounting policy for financing program operations, determine accounting system adequacy, qualify aspects of program, develop instructions and guidelines for program users, and provide senior level agency coordination of accounting issues.
  • Organize work, sets priorities, provide support on external financial statement audit and determines the effective use of resources for accomplishment of missions.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


EDUCATION: Are you using education to qualify?

Although this position does not have a positive education requirement, you may submit copies of your transcripts or a course listing. You must provide documentation supporting your education claims.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website .

Additional information

  • The National Gallery of Art fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.


    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    EEO Policy:

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

    Veterans Information:

    Selective Service Registration:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The National Gallery of Art uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements of this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

We will also verify whether you are eligible for merit promotion by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your evaluation rating may be adjusted accordingly.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit.

Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.
  • Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
  • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
  • It is important that your resume is complete and thorough. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).

To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!
  • Full position title;
  • appointment type;
  • occupational series;
  • pay plan, grade, and step;
  • tenure code; and
  • service computation date (SCD).
  • Displaced Federal employees: To be considered CTAP/ICTAP eligible, you must submit documentation verifying your involuntary separation and CTAP/ICTAP status. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    Veterans: Veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency which will allow you to apply under the (Veterans Opportunity to Work) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 .

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits is required.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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