Supervisory Financial Specialist

Herndon, Virginia
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 28, 2019
Full Time


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This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

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This position is located within the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Office of the Comptroller, Accounting Operations Center (AOC), Payment and Travel Management Team, Herndon, VA. The incumbent serves as a Supervisory Financial Specialist utilizing a vast knowledge of accounting and financial management principles and procedures in completing complex assignments, and providing professional accounting services to the agency.

At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides full supervisory duties over a team of Financial Specialists within the Customer Support section.
  • Plans, develops, and coordinates financial management improvements necessary to comply with OMB directives and legislation.
  • Coordinates the resolution of accounting system problems arising from factors such as changes in legislation, the needs of program managers, Departmental emphasis, and standardization among the Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus.
  • Develops and performs ongoing analyses and interpretation of financial data in the general ledger to determine if the information is accurate, complete, and informative to management.
  • Analyzes the requirements of the government-wide Standard General Ledger (SGL) Board and develops new accounts, posting rules/models, policy, and instructions to ensure bureau compliance with standards.
  • Develops new methods and criteria to identify trends and patterns, modifying systems to accept new kinds of data, and preparing a variety of regular and special-purpose reports.
  • Participates actively as the bureau's representative on various agency financial related working groups and other Departmental teams to ensure the bureau's unique accounting and information requirements are considered and included in the promulgation of standards.
  • Develops and maintains a complex of automated subsystems to produce accounting and financial information, and defining systems specifications.
  • Drafts, develops, and maintains accounting and financial policies, procedures, and guidelines that may cover the full realm of accounting and financial activities and the requirements of laws and regulations and use of related systems.

  • The National Park Service has determined has determined that the selectee may telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

    Salary Information: GS-13 $99,172- $128,920 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    This vacancy is also announced as NPS-19-IB-044(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

    Security Clearance Required: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Background Investigation if you are selected and hired for this position.

    New Supervisors may be subject to a 1-year probationary period.

    This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required 1-5 nights per month.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .


    Minimum Qualification Requirements:


    Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as experience: 1) Perform and document transactions and monitor records in compliance with laws, regulations, and policies to meet organizational goals and objectives; 2) Gather and analyze financial data and make suggestions for financial program improvement; 3) Utilize computer-based software to input and extract data from financial management systems to obtain necessary information for financial statements and/or reports; and, 4) Lead and guide a team of accountants and/or financial specialists in performing financial management related assignments, 5) Review and interpret GAO, OMB, Treasury, and GSA regulations, policies, and procedures and assist with drafting and developing internal policies and procedures.

    **Applicants must meet all 5 of the specialized experience statements defined above**

    There is no education substitution for specialized experience for this position.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


    There is no education substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "Platinum", "Gold", and "Silver". However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "Platinum" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    Leadership Supervision - Ability to provide direction and guidance to a team of financial specialist in the design, development and implementation of automated systems.

    Financial Management - Knowledge of, and skill in applying, financial management concepts, principles and techniques, including new developments in financial management concepts and techniques to changing programs.

    Technology Application - Knowledge of and ability to utilize personal computer-based software for account analysis and reporting.

    Analytical - Ability to perform detailed analysis of the impact of policy changes on related programs and to analyze internal data and general ledger sources to be used to prepare external financial reports to the Department of the Interior, Department of Treasury, and to OMB.

    Written Communication - Ability to devise, plan, and complete complex bureau-wide studies and write reports, policies, operating procedures, and guidelines that serve as authoritative guides and precedents for other financial specialists in bureau headquarters and regional and local offices.

    Oral Communication - Ability to explain subtle distinctions and complex relationships to key management officials, and inform progress of potentially controversial matters.

    If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: OR .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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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