Systems Accountant

Employer
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Apr 29, 2021
Closes
May 05, 2021
Ref
1946930915
Hours
Full Time
SummaryWhy work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation. Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesThe employee serves as a Systems Accountant and is responsible for the development, design, implementation and maintenance of sophisticated and complex fully-automated financial management systems for the Bureau of Prisons.Incumbent maintains the financial management systems by continuous analysis and evaluation to determine compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, and ensures that they meet the administrative needs of the Agency. Provides written detail specifications for systems modifications as required.Incumbent develops or revises operating manuals, directives and agency policies to reflect systems modifications and new procedures and designs related accounting forms. Incumbent provides technical advice to management and professional accountants when accounting problems relative to systems design and revision involve great difficulty and responsibility.Travel Required Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training.Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 13 Job family (Series) 0510 Accounting Similar jobs Accountants Accountants And Auditors Auditors Auditors, Field Auditors, Internal Field Auditors Help Requirements Conditions of Employment US Citizenship is Required. See Special Conditions of Employment Section. Selective Service Requirement: Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click HereQualificationsTo be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:Basic RequirementsA. Degree: 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")ORB. 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.The applicant's 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;2. Certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, eg, 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, eg, 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.In addition to the above basic requirement:Education:GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.GS-12: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for these grades levels.Experience:You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.Some examples of this qualifying experience are:GS-11:Experience in accounting principles, theories, concepts and practices; interpreting financial reports and understanding and implementing accounting standards for Federal agencies.Experience with working with computerized financial accounting systems and providing technical assistance.Experience in providing financial training for agency employees.GS-12:Experience in writing procedures, instructions, and guidelines which may establish policy and methods of operation of the agency as mandated by Department of Justice, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Treasury, etc.Experience with working with computerized financial systems and acts as a technical advisor to operation accountants on problems involving accounting operations.Experience developing and providing financial training for employees, contractors, and grantees.ORCombination of Education and Experience: GS-11: A combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**EducationSee Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here.Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the US Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (ie basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.Additional informationSpecial Conditions of Employment Section:Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation.All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check. Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou 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. Based upon your self-reported responses to the assessment questions during the application process, your application will be placed into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Applications will be reviewed from the top quality category. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are found qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to the responses you provided on the online assessment questionnaire.NOTE: Candidates within the top quality category and who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category as defined by category rating procedures.What Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are Required for this Position?The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) are required:GS-11 and GS-12:Ability to communicate in writing.Ability to meet and deal with people.Ability to apply accounting concepts, theories, and practices to derive solutions.Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate accounting data.Knowledge of principles, theories, techniques, and methodology of accounting.To preview questions please click here. Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Other Drug test required No Help Required DocumentsVeterans' Preference Documentation: Veterans must demonstrate that they have been discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (ie, the individual must have received either an honorable or general discharge). Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 indicating type of discharge); or other official documentation (eg, documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal).If you are currently on active duty, a statement from the appropriate Branch Personnel Office containing the following information: Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Active Duty time, Projected Separation Date and type of anticipated discharge must be provided. If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the parent of a disabled or deceased veteran, you SHOULD submit a completed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Documentation to support a disability must reflect the overall evaluation or percentage disability rating. Veterans must also demonstrate that they have been discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (ie, the individual must have received either an honorable or general discharge).Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).In order to receive credit for experience contained in a resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.A college transcript which includes the School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).SF-50 for proof of prior LEO coverage, if applicable.Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy. If uploading documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a special character such as %, #, @, etc. Documentation should be identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts.We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, delays in mail service, applicant application errors, etc.If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US 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 US 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. Help BenefitsA career with the US Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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