Accountant

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

Summary

This Accountant position will be located in the Fiscal Service at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System, Richmond, Virginia. The Accountant will be responsible for accounting services of the medical center.

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Responsibilities

MULTI-GRADE CAREER LADDER: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-09 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING :
  • Reviews transactions recorded throughout the system to assure accuracy and uniformity of appropriation charges and accounting concepts applied.
  • Interprets and executes accounting manual changes of VA (Veterans Affairs) Handbooks, Directives, and other written policies affecting accounting operations.
  • Uses sound judgment in establishing local procedures to insure accounting principles are adhered to.
  • Provides accounting expertise and fiscal services to subordinates as well as department management.
  • Provides training to accounting technicians, control point officials, supervisors and fund control clerks.
  • Participates in decision making sessions and advises managers on regulatory requirements, financial policies, interpretation of data, and program improvements through analysis or program operations, monthly reports, and special system edits.
  • Maintains, reconciles and audits accounts in a general ledger covering assets, liabilities, income, expense, cost accounting and budgeting.
  • Monitors unfavorable trends of deviations and suggests necessary corrective action.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison between operating and management officials.
  • Performs monthly and year-end accruals for the general ledger accounts that are required for proper financial statements.
  • Maintains overall controls for expenditure accounting.

Work Schedule: MONDAY-FRIDAY 8AM-4:30PM
Compressed/Flexible: NOT AVAILABLE
Telework: AD/HOC
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Accountant/PD02675 and PD26660
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: NOT AUTHORIZED
Financial Disclosure Report: NOT REQUIRED

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/19/2021.

Basic Education Requirement: Applicants must possess a degree in 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 6 hours of credit in business law. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR, Applicants must possess a combination of education and experience, which includes: At least four (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: a) Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) or, b) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; (COPY OF CERTIFICATE REQUIRED) or, c) 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 above, provided that (a) you have 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 above; 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.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07.
For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09.
The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Additional Qualification Requirements - In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also possess specialized experience and/or directly related education as described below to qualify for this position.GS-9 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Qualifying specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: Possessing professional working experience as an accountant; utilizing knowledge of budgetary and accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques to complete accounting assignments pertaining to general ledger accounting, interoffice accounting, revolving fund accounting, budgetary accounting, cost accounting, deposit fund accounting, and trust fund accounting; utilizing knowledge of various automated and manual accounting systems and how they interface with other automated systems to operate and maintain a medical center's accounting program within established guidelines; utilizing knowledge of the Integrated Funds Distribution, Control Point Activity, Accounting and Procurement System (IFCAP) and its interrelationship with a Financial Management System to analyze and solve system problems; and communicating effectively with others (management and subordinates) regarding accounting program operations. OR,
  • GS-9 Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have/possess 2 full years of progressively higher level directly related graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. OR,
  • GS-9 Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify for the position at this grade level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and related graduate level education beyond the Baccalaureate level
  • GS-11 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Qualifying specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: Possessing professional working experience as an accountant; utilizing knowledge of budgetary and accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques to complete accounting assignments pertaining to general ledger accounting, interoffice accounting, revolving fund accounting, budgetary accounting, cost accounting, deposit fund accounting, and trust fund accounting; utilizing knowledge of various automated and manual accounting systems and how they interface with other automated systems to operate and maintain a medical center's accounting program within established guidelines; utilizing knowledge of the Integrated Funds Distribution, Control Point Activity, Accounting and Procurement System (IFCAP) and its interrelationship with a Financial Management System to analyze and solve system problems; providing direction and guidance in the development and implementation of procedures of an automated accounting system; and communicating effectively with others (management and subordinates) regarding changing accounting program operations. OR,
  • GS-11 Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have/possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. OR,
  • GS-11 Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond the Baccalaureate level.
Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Accounting Operations
  • Control of Funds
  • Customer Service
  • Financial Management
  • Principles of Accounting


For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ .

Education

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

Physical Requirements: The work is mostly of a sedentary nature. Some walking, stooping, or bending is required. The employee is required to carry files, folders, or boxes.

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

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


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
  • Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
  • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
  • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

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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