Accounting Officer (Crime Victims)

Washington, D.C
Oct 14, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Full Time


The Accounting Officer will perform a wide range of supervisory, accounting, and financial functions for the Crime Victims Compensation Program. This program assists innocent victims of violent crimes, as well as the survivors of homicide victims and dependent family members with crime-related expenses.

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The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Program Director on all accounting, auditing, and fiscal issues. Advises and assists the program director on all accounting/fiscal issues relevant to victim compensation and program objectives, including SOP compliance and statutory enforcement.

  • Supervises and manages the day-to-day operations of the office, in the absence of the Director
  • Trains staff in investigating, evaluating, documenting, and presenting recommendations in the payment of compensation to victims of crime
  • Manages the annual independent audit which includes preparing all financial information for pre-audit entrance conferences, audit exit conferences along with responding to questions and requests
  • Manages the annual VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) grant application process
  • Investigates suspicious claims that appear to be excessive or fraudulent
  • Prepares all monetary documents. Coordinates disbursements of payments with Budget and Finance Division
  • Assists the Director in the preparation of the annual budget request and submittal of documents
  • Develops, tests, implements, and maintains an internal financial control system that safeguards payment practices
  • Ensures accounting/auditing practices are in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and ensures reliable financial and statistical reports
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual performance reports

The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - There may be times when the Accounting Officer may need to go to the WMATA sales office or Safeway on 5th and L Streets, NW (Washington, DC)

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and security investigation are required.
  • A probationary period of one (1) year must be successfully completed.

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or degree)
4. List of three (3) professional references

All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university plus six (6) years of relevant experience; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. Of the six (6) years, at least three (3) years of supervisory experience. The successful completion of the District of Columbia Courts' Management Training Program may count as one (1) year of supervisory experience. A copy of your certificate from the Management Training Program is required.

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.


To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service, for education to meet the above requirements.

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or diploma)
4. List of three (3) professional references

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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