Lead Financial Specialist

Herndon, Virginia
Jan 19, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
Full Time

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Accounting Operations Center, Fiscal Services Team, in Herndon, VA.

At the full performance level (GS-11) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Provides daily operational support to team members and assists higher graded financial analysts, accountants and other bureau financial management employees in providing accounting and financial management services to the NPS.
2. Recommends adaptation of established procedures to eliminate problems or improve the operations under study.
3. Analyzes and evaluates financial data to better track and assist NPS management on the efficiency and effectiveness of managing and budgeting of their financial accounts.
4. Reviews and analyzes financial reports generated by the automated system, identifying problems and discrepancies, and determining if adjustments or corrections are required.
5. Participates in the preparation of recurring financial management reports, statements, and supporting justifications by performing problem analysis, ensuring data integrity and consistency, preparing related financial documentation, and adapting financial management procedures to satisfy reporting requirements.
6. Assists Regional and Departmental contacts, and other agencies in resolving financial management issues which may include fielding status calls, answering policy questions, and developing service wide reports.
7. Evaluating financial system software by preparing test scenarios for new releases, enhancements, and existing features of the software, and by conducting actual testing and documenting results

National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Salary Information
GS-11: ($72,750 - $94,581)
First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

This vacancy is also announced as NPS-22-JB-003(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.


To qualify for this position you must meet A, B, or C defined below.

Minimum Qualifications

A. Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) utilizing a computer system or an application to create, edit, or adjust financial data; 2) reviewing and analyzing financial data to be used in reconciling vendor accounts and accounts payable invoices; and 3) experience leading and guiding a team of financial specialists in performing financial management related assignments. MUST MEET ALL


B. Education: Completed Ph.D. or equivalent degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree.


C. Combination of education and experience: Have a combination of specialized experience and education that equals 100% of the requirement for the GS-11 level.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

Additional information

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, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. 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

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

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