ACCOUNTANT

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 19, 2020
Closes
Sep 26, 2020
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

What is the IRS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Division? The IRS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) organization is responsible for the custodial accounting of over $3.3 trillion in taxpayer payments, as well as for managing the IRS' $10+ Billion annual operating budget.

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Responsibilities

WHAT DOES AN ACCOUNTANT DO? As an accountant, you will be responsible for establishing and applying accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards to the financial activities of the Internal Revenue Service. In this position you will ensure that the Service's financial systems, operations, and reports meet the requirements of law and regulation, including the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and other central agencies.

As an Accountant you will:
  • Interpret federal legislation, standards, and regulations pertaining to accounting and financial management.
  • Evaluate agency-wide accounting operations, policies, procedures, and systems for compliance with standards and internal controls.
  • Design, implement, and assess internal control processes and systems.
  • Apply cost accounting methodologies to agency-wide data and systems, to report the cost of major activities for management information purposes.
  • Prepare accounting polices, procedures, requirements, and standards.
  • Apply accounting principles, theories, and practices in new or novel ways where no precedents exist.
  • Analyze complex accounting issues/problems and recommend solutions.
  • Research improved business practices to operational programs and determine corrective actions needed.
    If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov .

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 01 To 05 Nights Per Month

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to Other Information
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments


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Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS (All grade levels)
You must have a Degree in accounting or a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (and/or auditing). The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. OR A Combination of education and experience that included: 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, and included 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; OR A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours; provided that you can demonstrate that you have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, and/or have the education, training, and experience that fully meets the specified requirement

In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

GRADE 07 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Knowledge of accounting concepts; analytical methods and techniques applicable to administering mission-related accounting and financial management programs; rules, regulations and other guidance promulgated by governing federal accounting practices; and knowledge of and skill in data gathering techniques. OR Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR At least one (1) full academic year of graduate education in a related field of study such as accounting, auditing, finance, economics, business administration or other related fields. OR A combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.


GRADE 09 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Knowledge of accounting principles and techniques; basic theories, techniques and practices of change management, project management, and business process re-engineering techniques and practices to improve quality effectiveness; analytical and evaluative methods applicable to the administering mission related accounting and financial management programs and knowledge of and skill in data gathering techniques; and a general knowledge of rules, regulations and other guidance promulgated by bodies governing federal accounting practices; and familiarity with the systems, concepts and regulations, and operations of a Federal program. OR Two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as accounting, auditing, finance, economics, business administration or other related fields. OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as accounting, auditing, finance, economics, business administration or other related fields from an accredited college or university. OR A combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

GRADE 11 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Knowledge of: federal accounting principles and techniques; rules, regulations and other guidance promulgated by bodies governing federal accounting practices; theories, techniques and practices of change management, project management, and business process re-engineering techniques and practices to improve quality effectiveness; evaluative methods and techniques applicable to administering mission-related accounting and financial management programs to advise on the effectiveness and efficiency; analytical skills necessary to identify systematic issues and recommend operational changes; ability to analyze data, draw sound conclusions and develop concise solutions to problems; data gathering techniques and their use with technical program areas to ensure quality of analyses; and automated accounting systems and related systems (e.g., payroll) to ensure proper application of accounting standards and practices. OR Three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as accounting, auditing, finance, economics, business administration or other related fields. OR PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree. OR A combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

GRADE 12 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Professional knowledge of federal accounting principles and techniques to ensure compliance; analytical and evaluative methods applicable to administering accounting and financial management programs; theories, techniques and practices of change management, project management, and business process re-engineering techniques to improve quality effectiveness; automated accounting systems and related systems (e.g., payroll) to ensure proper application of accounting standards and practices; wide range of data gathering techniques and their use with technical program areas to ensure quality of analyses. In addition your experience should include providing program and technical leadership to assess the effectiveness of systems, programs and policies; Improving existing business processes; and resolving accounting problems and issues; Analytical and problem solving techniques directed toward improving accounting program efficiency and effectiveness; and making decisions regarding the best approaches to assure functional efficiencies.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

You must have been at the next lower grade level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

Additional information

1 Position is located in Chief Financial Officer, Office of Financial Management, Administrative Financial Management, Financial Reporting, General Ledger. The position may be filled in any of the following locations:
  • 77 K Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4216 (DC0198)
  • 110 North Heber St, Beckley Admin Svc Ctr, Beckley, WV 25801-4501 (WV0171)

  • POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: GS-07 (96893), GS-09 (95205), GS-11 (95206) , GS-12 (95207)
    An IRS intranet website is available for IRS Employees at website: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
    • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements.
    • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated on the CJEs of the position to be filled per the National Agreement Article 13.

    Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ .

    Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Referral:
    If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips .

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

    IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
    You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS: Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.
    IRS employees: If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .
    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

    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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