Finance and Budget Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 12, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Full Time


AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time, team based residential program for men & women ages 18 to 24. The program is designed to strengthen communities & develop leaders through direct, team-based national & community service. Corps members are assigned to one of four campuses located in Aurora, CO; Sacramento, CA; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA.

The Finance and Budget Specialist position is located in the Department of the Chief of Program Operations, in Wash., DC.
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The Finance and Budget Specialist executes and monitors regional financial activities. Serves as a liaison with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer concerning financial matters. Primary responsibilities include:
  • Provides advice, guidance, and oversight to Region staff and Corps Team Leaders and Members regarding resources for securing goods and services, as well as guidance regarding financial policy and procedures.
  • Monitors and executes the Region's budget in accordance with Corporation and Federal rules, regulations, policy and procedures.
  • Upon receipt of regional budget allocations, enters allocations and sub-allocations data into the budget system. In consultation with the Supervisory Financial Specialist, allocates various funds into sub-categories.
  • Certifies the availability of funds for requested expenditures. Reviews requests to ensure they are complete, accurate and within the policy and legal guidelines. Enters funding documents, e.g., commitment documents, travel obligations, miscellaneous obligations and credit card obligations, into the Corporation's financial management system. Prepares payment documents such as invoices and requisitions.
  • Supports staff members in the preparation of acquisition documents including: Statements of Work, independent government cost estimates, and evaluation factors. Revises acquisition packages, as necessary prior to submission to the Office of Procurement Services.
  • Monitors the spending of obligated funds and de-obligates funds, as appropriate, to ensure the efficient us of funds.
  • Reviews travel vouchers to ensure consistency with GSA, Corporation, or other related rules and regulations.
  • Certifies availability of funds for micro-purchases for supplies and services through the use of the Government credit card.
  • Maintains fiscal records. Generates monthly reconciliation reports, tracks and reconciles all funding documents. Analyzes and compares financial data and identifies areas of concern, as well as the potential need for spending adjustments.
  • Identifies accounting and record keeping problems and areas of risk.
  • Clears invalid obligations or unprocessed forms to ensure accounting/financial system records are accurate and current.
  • Participates in the annual budget forecasting and acquisition planning processes.
  • Executes the finance related provisions of inter-agency agreements.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • Must be telework ready
  • If you are selected for this position, you will be required to satisfactorily complete a background investigation.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (paid, unpaid, or volunteer work) comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the upper range of the NY-02 pay band, which would be at, or equivalent to, the GS-09 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience must include all of the following: 1) Work experience executing and monitoring an organization's budget including reconciling financial transactions; and 2) Work experience involving an organizations procurement of goods and services. The required experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.

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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


You may also qualify based on a combination of education and experience, if applicable.

If you are qualifying based on education alone, you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or LL.M., if related leading to such a degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work. You must submit an unofficial copy of your college transcript. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards and that you have the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Failure to provide this material or evidence will result in your receiving no further consideration. Documentation required to validate qualifications must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited toward qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees only from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at: All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

Additional information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 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.

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

This Term Appointment will initially be for a two-year period, but may be extended for a total of five years. Should the need arise, this position may be made permanent without further competition.

As an employee on a Term Appointment, you will not acquire competitive status and you will not be covered by the agency's Interchange Agreement with the Office of Personnel Management, which allows for noncompetitive transfer from CNCS to other agencies in the competitive service of the federal government. More information about interchange agreements can be found HERE .

Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.

Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
  • Financial Management
Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Please upload supporting documents under the Resume tab
  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
  • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education):
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
  • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable

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