Cost Accountant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Posted
Sep 20, 2019
Closes
Sep 24, 2019
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.

This National Guard position is for a Cost Accountant, Position Description Number D2372000and is part of the Maryland Army National Guard.

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Responsibilities

As a Cost Accountant,GS-0510-11, you will analyze, examine, and interpret accounting data, records and reports to determine past costs, identify improperly recorded costs, and reallocate cost to ensure they are recorded in proper cost structure. Incumbent will utilize GFEBS to inform managers of the cost of performing various functions associate with Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Service Support Programs (SSP), and assist them in using their funds in a more cost efficient and cost effective manner in support of their goals. Incumbent furnishes advice and assistance to management on accounting and financial management matters, analyzes information, resolves conflicting data, and formulates recommendations for management decisions. Coordinates and integrates analytical activities related to cost accounting and management. Using appropriate costing methodologies, the incumbent develops cost accounting data to provide accurate and timely financial information to satisfy command information requirements and to document full costs of installation activities. Accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards are used to in internal matters involving regulatory requirements, statutory provisions, in internal matters involving regulatory requirements, statutory provisions, procedures, systems, or problems arising from changes in mission, programs or organizational structure. Monitors and assists in implementation of approved and directed procedural and cost management changes. Evaluates proposed regulatory changes and employee suggestions referred by the USPFO and provides comments and recommendations. Provide accounting advice and recommendations to program managers and the installation staff. Determines, selects, organizes and analyzes appropriate data for the effectiveness and/or efficiency of operations for use in executing performance measurements. Interprets financial management policy and provides guidance to staff elements. Identifies, monitors and reports trends and performance measurements that will aid managers in making financial management decisions. Manages the General Ledger to ensure the reconciliation of all General Ledger Tie Point issues, and taking corrective action to input or reverse spending chain transaction or coordination with the DFAS Tie Point team for GFEBS Tier 2 corrections. Reviews and analyzes General Ledge Abnormal Balances, and takes corrective action to correct, or coordinates with the DFAS General Ledger team for correction. Participates in formal briefings and meetings to provide advice and assistance. Plan, coordinate and perform comprehensive reviews, special studies, and selective internal examinations of USPFO functions pertaining to cost management environment under the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) and its interfacing feeder systems (STANFINS/AFCOS, SPS, DTS, DCPS,GCSS-A, ODS, FCM, IATS). Conducts detailed analysis on Interfacing System Information Documents (IDOCs) and takes corrective action to ensure proper system master data allows for proper interfacing. Manages the Interfund process to ensure all transactions are appropriately cleared from the Interfund Uncleared List. Corrective action includes detailed analysis and collaboration with the DFAS Defense Cash Accounting Ability System team and the DFAS del Mar team. Applies a knowledge of military and civilian pay entitlements and allowances and military and civilian travel entitlements; knowledge of the USPFO organization, mission, and functions; a thorough understanding of management, organization, and resources utilization policies and principles, and knowledge of review and analysis techniques including statistical sampling techniques and procedures. Identifies such problems as document flow and controls, inaccurate records and reports, regulatory compliance, conflicts with regulatory guidance, and correctness of payment and accounting for public funds. Analyzes and evaluates findings, determines types of corrective/improvement actions needed, and develops formal reports for submission to the Financial Manager. Recommends changes to procedures and practices covering all functional areas, additional training, and changes in the utilization of resources. Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


National Guard Membership is required.
Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450.
Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

Qualifications

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS :

Compatible military grade and assignment required prior to the effective date of placement.

This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.

Military Grades: Officer: 2LT/O2 to CPT/O3 Warrant Officer: WO1/W1 to CW3/W3 Enlisted: SPC/E4 to SGM/E9

Compatible Military Assignments: Officer: 01A, 36A, 42B Warrant Officer: 420A Enlisted: 36B, 42A
GENERAL EXPERIENCE : All on-board Title 32 Excepted Service employees assigned to Series GS-0510 positions, are considered eligible for merit promotions if they have the competencies and a minimum of one year experience in the grade immediately below the next higher level. However, management directed reassignments or new hire applicants must have competent experiences that are commensurate/equivalent to the accounting program business with demonstrated understandings of the program's principles and concepts defined by the applicable NG Title 32 Excepted Service, Series GS-0510, position description.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : Is experience that prepares the applicant to perform the duties of the position. An applicant must demonstrate the following specialized experience to qualify for a position identified by its applicable position description GS-Grade, Financial Management Certification Career level, and assigned military skills.

GS-0510-11: To qualify for the GS-0510-11 position, the candidate must be eligible for entry into the position's financial management certification career program based on the position's GS-grade and/or the candidate's military rank before final approval and appointment is processed. Candidate must have at least 24 months of accounting experiences and competencies that provided knowledge of principles and procedures. Candidate must have an excellent understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the National Guard accounting business program requirements. To qualify for the GS-11 grade, an applicant must have experiences and training that demonstrate the abilities to conduct accounting business in accordance with directives and policies; the abilities to study and evaluate the existing internal control systems to determine the level of reliability; and, the skills to determine the appropriate procedures needed to validate system reliability. An applicant must have the competency to obtain sufficient reliable evidence through inspection, observation, inquiries, and confirmation to provide a reasonable basis for an opinion regarding the activity under examination. The applicant must has GS-0510 accounting experiences that used statistical and/or judgmental sampling of financial records and management controls to determine the degree of efficiency, economy, and effectiveness in which the activities discharged their financial responsibilities, and/or to determine that the financial records were maintained in accordance with applicable regulations. An applicant's experiences and education must demonstrate his or her ability to follow directions, to read, retain, and understand a variety of instructions, regulations, policies and procedures. As a condition of continued employment in the GS-0510-11 position, dependent on the position's certification level and contingent on the employee's military rank, the employee must complete the higher financial management certification within 24 months of appointment to the position.

GS-510-09:
To qualify for the GS-0510-09 position, the candidate must be eligible for entry into the position's financial management certification career program based on the position's GS-grade and/or the candidate's military rank before final approval and appointment is processed. The applicant must have at least three months of finance experiences and present a full range of competencies that demonstrated working knowledge of accounting program principles and procedures. The applicant must have the knowledge and ability to perform accounting work that includes financial statement and financial related programs. The applicant has the ability to perform basic accounting principles and conduct business program requirements. The applicant must have experiences and training that demonstrates his or her abilities to follow directions, to read, retain, and understand a variety of instructions, regulations, policies and procedures. As a condition of continued employment in the GS-0510-09 position, dependent on the position's certification level and contingent on the employee's military rank, the employee must complete the higher financial management requirements for certification within 24 months of appointment to the position.

Education

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience. Based on the positive education requirements and certifications for this Series, there are no further substitutions allowed to qualify for the GS-0510 Dual Status Technician positions.

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 six hours of credit in business law

OR
  • Combination of Education and Experience: At least four 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 six hours of business law;
  • A certificate as a 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. For example, completed 15 semester hours however, the school course work does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour degree requirement as defined above in paragraph one (subject: Degree), provided that:

  • (a) The applicant successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field for example, valuation engineering or financial institution examining;

    (b) A panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors determined that the applicant demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and advancement levels that are normally associated with successful completion of the four-year course of study degree, as described above in Paragraph One; 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.

    Army National Guard Officer GS-09 Positions
    Army National Guard Second and First Lieutenants must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree with at least 90 validated credit hours in a specified program. For Captains and above, must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university.

    Army National Guard Warrant Officers GS-09 and GS-11
    Positions An undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university is not mandatory for the military rank; however, the applicant must meet one of the two positive education requirements to qualify for the Series GS-0510 positions. A college degree defines a best qualified applicant for the dual status technician position and the degree must be in accounting; or 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 six hours of credit in business law.

    Army National Guard Enlisted GS-09 and GS-11
    Positions An undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university is not mandatory for the rank; however, the applicant must meet one of the two positive education requirements to qualify for the Series GS-0510 positions. A college degree defines a best qualified applicant for the dual status technician position. The degree must be in accounting; or 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 six hours of credit in business law.

    The Financial Management Certification Program supports the professional development of the financial management workforce and provides a framework for a standard body of knowledge across all DoD financial business programs.

    Certification Level 2: THIS IS A FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Level 2 Certified position designated as such in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012, Public Law 112-81, Subtitle F-Financial Management, section 1051, amending 10 United States Code, section 1599d. Incumbent of this position is required to comply with all Department of Defense and Department of the Army requirements of this certification program. This certification requirement is a condition of employment for this position. Failure to obtain this certification within the required time may subject the incumbent to adverse action.

    You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.

    Additional information

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency ( https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
    --Knowledge of, and skill in applying, commonly used cost management and cost accounting principles, practices, and procedures.

    --Knowledge of auditing principles and practices and skill to review audits to identify and recommend solutions for resource management problems.

    --Knowledge of budgeting and analysis to support the ISA program and relate this knowledge to the needs to serviced organizations.

    --Ability to work independently on routine and continuing assignments.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.

    2. College Transcripts

    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.