Accountant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Jan 08, 2021
Closes
Jan 16, 2021
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The United States Marshals Service is the nation's oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. The missions of the Service include protection of the judiciary, court security, witness security, asset seizure and forfeiture, apprehension of fugitives, prisoner transportation and custody.

Financial Services Division / Arlington, VA
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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Financial Services Division (FSD), Headquarters of the United States Marshals Service (USMS). The mission of the FSD, USMS, is to serve as the responsible office for developing, managing, and enforcing the financial management practices within the USMS. The FSD is specifically responsible for the USMS-wide budget formulation and execution, financial and accounting services, financial systems management; oversight and preparation of the USMS financial statements; audit coordination, procurement activities; and strategic and performance planning related to financial management. The APC operates with the FSD and provides consolidated select finance and procurement business processes designed to reduce the transactional and administrative burden on the 94 districts, enhance audit readiness, resolve existing material weaknesses by addressing identified areas of improvement, and eliminate future material weaknesses.

This is a developmental position. The target level for this training assignment is GS-0510-11 with a full performance target level at GS-0510-12. The incumbent performs a variety of developmental assignments in support of the overall work of the organization under closer supervision than will normally be received at the full performance level. Assignments will become progressively more difficult until the full performance level is reached. Non-Competitive promotion to the target job may be effected provided the incumbent is sufficiently experienced, meets all necessary qualification requirements for promotion to the target job, is performing the full scope of the major duties, and is functioning under the supervisory controls stated in the target job description.

The primary purpose of this GS-0510-09 position is to gain the experience and skill needed to perform professional accounting work. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Designing, developing, operating, or inspecting accounting systems.
  • Prescribing accounting standards, policies, and requirements.
  • Examining, analyzing, and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports.
  • Advising or assisting management on financial and accounting matters.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship. Resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Required to pass a drug test and background investigation
  • You must meet all qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • May be required to successfully complete a trial/probationary period.
  • Must complete an initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to random drug testing.


Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the respective grade level(s) in which you are applying:

GS-09

You must meet the Basic Requirement through one of the methods described below.

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree 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 6 hours of credit in business law. (You must submit academic transcripts.)

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.Your background must also include one of the following: 1. 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 2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination. 3. 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. (You must support this experience in your resume, submit academic transcripts, and/or documentation of certification.)

AND

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, you must have Specialized Experience and/or directly related Education as described below.

Specialized Experience: You must have at least one year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties:
  • Reviewing data in reports or other documents to identify abnormal trends or balances;
  • Preparing internal and external financial reports;
  • Experience working to identify and resolve financial or budgetary findings or exceptions; AND
  • Using various software applications to prepare a variety of financial and/or budgetary reports.
(You must support this specialized experience in your resume.)

OR

Education: Two years (36 hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent degree in accounting, or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration. (You must submit academic transcripts.)

OR

Combination: Combination of education and experience as listed above. (You must submit academic transcripts and support this specialized experience in your resume.)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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 further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program). To learn more about the Recent Graduates Program click here .

Conversion Eligibility: Recent Graduates are eligible for non-competitive conversion to term or permanent positions in the competitive service, provided that they have met all Program requirements. A Recent Graduate must be converted within her or his employing agency. But, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed for participants. To be eligible for conversion, a Recent Graduate must:
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Complete at least one year of continuous service, in addition to all Program requirements;
  • Demonstrate successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program established under her or his agency's approved performance appraisal system that results in a rating of record (or summary rating) of at least "Fully Successful" or equivalent;
  • Meet the OPM Qualification Standards for the competitive service position to which she or he will be converted;
  • Meet any other agency-specific requirements outlined in her or his Participant Agreement; and
  • Receive a recommendation for conversion from her or his first-level supervisor.
Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire

Note: Multiple selections may be made from this announcement. Salaries above are an approximation. Recruitment incentive may be authorized.

Selective Service Information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/fair-and-transparent/selective-service/

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 and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job;
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Accountability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Auditing
  • Customer Service
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Learning
  • Self-Management
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Teamwork
  • Technology Awareness
  • Decision Making
  • Arithmetic
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning
In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , National security , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern on the closing date of the announcement, 01/15/2021.

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

1. Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (completed online with initial application)
3. Other Supporting Documents:
- College transcript(s), for verification of Recent Graduate Pathways eligibility, and if using education to qualify for this position.
- Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.
- If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .

Veterans Preference

If you are a veteran and you are claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. For competitive service positions, active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. This "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 or certification requirements, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/ .

Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.

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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