Accountant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 18, 2019
Closes
Sep 24, 2019
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Justice Management Division, Finance Staff, is seeking to hire highly qualified Accountants with responsibilities related to accounting, financial management, and quality assurance in its Quality Control and Compliance Group (QCCG), Financial Statements Group (FSG), and the Operations & Reporting Group (O&R Group).
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Responsibilities

  • Assist senior accountants with analysis and reconciliation of day-to-day accounts and transactions, making adjustments using well?-established accounting practices.
  • Performs continuous analysis of various reconciliation activities to ensure that subsidiary ledgers are reconciled to general ledger accounts by appropriation and out-of-balance conditions are resolved.
  • Performs continuous analysis and reconciliation of transactions.
  • Reviews changes in procedures and processes to ensure that the accounting records are being updated properly
  • Independently performs assignments related to fund control activities for stable programs with established and well-documented requirements
  • Investigates and corrects out-of-line and out-of-balance conditions that reflect appropriate accounting information in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Assists and participates in development activities for new systems and in the integration of existing systems with new systems.
  • Provides advice and assistance that effects procedures of payment processes and regulations.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You must successfully pass a security/background investigation and drug screening.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Selective Service registration is required, see the announcement for full details.
  • You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process.


Qualifications

To qualify for the position of Accountant at (GS-0510-7/9), you must meet the basic qualification requirements listed below AND possess the required specialized experience specific to this series and grade. There may also be a positive education requirement for some occupations, please see the Education section for details. If there are licensing or certification requirements, please see the Required Documents section for details on how to verify you license or certificate.

If you are a current government employee on a permanent appointment in the competitive service, you will need to demonstrate 1-year (52-weeks) at the next lower grade level, to meet the time-in-grade requirements for this occupational series and grade.

All applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements below.

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR ACCOUNTANT 0510:
Education: 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.")
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:
  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
  • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;
  • 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
  • ADDITIONAL GRADE-SPECIFIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 0510 SERIES :
    You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you meet any of the following:
    • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service that demonstrates your ability to: (1) Assisting with preparing reports by utilizing a financial management system; (2) Assisting with performing audits and analyzing findings; and (3) Assisting in performing studies to gather data for accounting operations. OR
    • 1 Year of graduate-level education in a related field such as Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or Public Administration or Superior Academic Achievement. (Transcripts are Required). OR
    • A combination of education and experience listed above.
    You may qualify at the GS-09 level, if you meet any of the following:
    • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal service that demonstrates your ability to: (1) Preparing financial reports utilizing a financial management system; (2) performing audits and analyzing findings; (3) Researching and resolving routine/standard accounting issues. OR
    • Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree as Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or Public Administration. (Transcripts are Required). OR
    • A combination of education and experience listed above.
    You MUST meet all qualification requirements, including Time-in-Grade, by the closing date of this announcement, 09/21/2019.
    Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. See the Required Documents section for important notes about what must be included in your resume.

    Education

    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.")

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements, please see the statements below.
    Education must be reviewed and certified by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order for it to be creditable towards your qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.For more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation .

    All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

    Additional information

    The bullets below outline the various groups of applicants that fall under the term "status candidates". This vacancy is open to applicants from any of the groups listed below: Learn more at USAJOBS - What does Status Candidate mean?
    • Current & Former Federal Employees : To verify your eligibility as a current/former government employee, you'll need to submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) and a recent performance appraisal.
    • Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs
    • Preference Eligible Veterans and Certain Military Spouses: Please see USAJOBS Veterans Preference for more details.
    • Schedule A for Persons with Disabilities: Learn more at USAJOBS - Individuals with Disabilities .
    Other Information:
    • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Our policy can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/manual-and-procedures-providing-reasonable-accommodation
    • DOJ EEO Statement: The U.S. Department of Justice fosters an inclusive and diverse workforce, find our EEO statement online at: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
    • Selective Service: If you were born male, on or 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. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

    Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm ET on09/21/2019), a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position.If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible, or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.
    Additionally, we will review your supporting documents and resume to determine if you are in the "Area of Consideration" for this vacancy. Government-Wide Merit Promotion vacancies may only accept applications from a limited audience, pay careful attention to the "Who May Apply" and the "Hiring Paths" information. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    BASIS OF RATING :
    DOJ's Merit Promotion Procedures will be used to evaluate candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You need not respond to the KSA's separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of these competencies.
    • Accounting


    Please Note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement for up to 90 days should additional similar openings occur in this, or any other office within DOJ.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Other Supporting Documentation
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript
    • Writing Sample

    Documentation requirements may vary from applicant to applicant. If you don't submit a document that is required to verify your eligibility and qualifications, then you may be rated ineligible or we may rate you based on the information you do submit. You are responsible for ensuring you have submitted all documents necessary to process your application!

    All applicants must submit a detailed resume.
    Your resume must contain detailed information about your past employment, education, and qualifications. You should also include unpaid work experience (volunteer work) as well, we may be able to credit you for this experience. If you're unsure about what to include in your resume, please review the USAJOBS Resume Writing Tutorial on YouTube. Your resume should include: 1) position title,, 2) employer name and contact information, 3) start and end dates ( including month and year ), 4) a detailed list of duties performed, accomplishments, and your highest salary (or grade/step) achieved. You are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder , as this will ensure you're including everything that is required.

    If you are a current or former Federal employee applying for transfer, reinstatement, or reassignment:
    • You must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent agency form.
      • Do not submit a pay adjustment or an award document, these do not contain sufficient information about your appointment.
      • Your SF-50 should list the full position title, series, grade and step, organization, duty location, service computation date, effective date, and your service type and tenure status.
    • You must also submit a copy of your most recent performance evaluation or appraisal, signed, showing your final rating.
    • See USAJOBS Current & Former Employees for more information.
    If you are claiming a Veterans Preference eligibility:
    • When claiming a Veteran's Preference, you must submit your last DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) form, specifically the Member #4 Copy, indicating dates and character of service and discharge type.
    • If you are a V eteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more , you will need to additionally submit the SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) and a copy of your VA Letter stating your disability rating.
    • If you are the qualifying parent or spouse of a disabled, deceased, or deployed Veteran, and are seeking a derived preference eligibility, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation such as the Veterans DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, and/or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. See Veteran Family Preference for more information.
    • For more information on each type of Veterans Preference, and the documentation required for each, see FedsHireVets .
    If you are a person with a severe disability, claiming eligibility under Schedule A :
    • You must submit "proof of a disability" documentation.
      • "Proof of a disability" is a letter stating that you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability.
      • You must get this letter from your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
    • For more information about Schedule A and verification requirements, please see OPM's Schedule A site .
    If you are a displaced Federal employee claiming eligibility under CTAP or ICTAP :
    • You must submit your separation notice or agency RIF letter from your agency.
    • If you have not yet been separated, you can provide the letter of intent to separate you from the agency because of reduction-in-force.
    • See USAJOBS' Career Transition Programs for more information.
    If you are a student or using education to qualify for this position:
    • You must submit a transcript, which may be unofficial, as long as it contains a full listing of courses, credit earned, grade and grade-point-average, subject area, degree(s) earned, and dates of award.
      • Your transcript must come from a nationally-accredited educational institution recognized by the Department of Education.
      • P lease do not submit electronic transcripts with documentation security protection, these may prevent our application system from accepting and processing the document.
    • If submitting a foreign transcript, you must have the transcript reviewed by an approved foreign education review organization recognized by the Department of Education. Your transcript must also be in English or have an English translation included.
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