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    Summary

    THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.

    This National Guard position is for a ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN (Title 5), Position Description Number T5151000 and is part of the IL USPFO, National Guard.

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    Responsibilities

    As a ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN (Title 5), GS-0525-8, you will:

    • Provide analysis, validation, processing, and correction of financial transactions and issues involving a full range of accounting services.
    • Suggest specific changes to state guidelines, development of control mechanisms, additional training for customers, and specific guidance related to procedural handling of documents and information.
    • Coordinate with internal/external financial and program management personnel to resolve issues and/or prevent accounting errors.
    • Research, interpret, analyze, and apply regulations, policies, procedures, and legal decisions to resolve complex fiscal issues and problems. Regardless of the technical difficulties encountered.
    • Use initiative to guide and inform individuals who are skeptical or uncooperative in order to provide information, take corrective action and make recommendations to comply with laws and regulations.
    • Analyze and evaluate data to conduct a variety of fiscal reconciliations, reviews, and account adjustments.
    • Develop variations in approaches to fit specific functions while often encountering incomplete, unreliable, or conflicting data in the process of work performance.
    • Validate transactions and performs research to resolve inconsistencies.
    • Use computer master file systems, document processing, and the effects of transactions on existing records to modify processes in accounts while protecting historical data.
    • Ensure adjustments relating to account balances, contract modifications, collections, disbursements, garnishments, or other actions are performed accurately and timely.
    • Reconstruct inaccurate accounts, gather, organize information, and resolve problems referred by personnel.
    • Trace transactions identifying the source of discrepancies, develop corrective actions required to bring accounts into agreement.
    • Compile and verify the accuracy of accounting data to prepare statements and reports, schedules, and analysis of accounting transactions.
    • Use fiscal accounting and related interfaced systems to provide input and adjustments to the fiscal accounting database of record.
    • Perform fact finding, research, and investigations to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions regarding fiscal accounting activity.
    • Rely on experience and judgment rather than guides to fill in gaps, identify sources of information, and make working assumptions about what transpired.
    **This is NOT an all-inclusive list of duties.**

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

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    0525 Accounting Technician

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.
    • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
    • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance of the position.
    • May occasionally be required to work other than normal duty hours; overtime may be required.
    • This position is designated as Essential Personnel and may be subject to duty in preparation for, or in response to, a state emergency or disaster declaration. This designation will not exceed 14 calendar days per year unless otherwise approved in advance by the TAG.
    • Certification Level 1: THIS IS A FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Level 1 Certified position designated as such in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012, Public Law 112-81, Subtitle F-Financial Management, section 1051, amending 10 United States Code, section 1599d. Incumbent of this position is required to comply with all Department of Defense and Department of the Army requirements of this certification program. This certification requirement is a condition of employment for this position. Failure to obtain this certification within the required time may subject the incumbent to adverse action.
    • Telework may be authorized.
    • Recruitment and relocation incentives may be available for this position.
    • PCS expenses may be authorized.

    Qualifications

    GENERAL EXPERIENCE: To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as it relates to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

    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-08 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 Level. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-08 Level - Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade, GS-07, in the normal line of progression for the occupation, Accounting Technician, in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: providing analysis, validation, processing, and correction of financial transactions and issues and/or discrepancies; performing fact finding, research, and investigation to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions regarding fiscal accounting activity; applying accounting methods, procedures, and techniques to conduct difficult and in-depth analysis; coordinate with internal/external contacts to resolve issues; and scheduling, running, and analyzing various accounting reports. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-07 grade/level position or equivalent in the federal service.

    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; religious; 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.

    Verbiage displayed on your resume or application must contain your own words. You may refer to position descriptions, i.e. the general and specialized experience located within the vacancy announcement, to assist with describing work experiences; however, resumes or applications received in verbatim will not be considered. In your resume you will need to address the general and specialized experience listed below. Please use as much detail as needed, giving dates (months and years) of the experience, position title and how the experience was gained. This information is needed to determine if you are qualified for the position.

    Education

    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone. No substitution of education for experience is permitted for this occupational series and grade.

    Additional information

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Customer Service
    • Decision Support
    • Financial Management Systems
    • Fundamentals and Operations of Accounting

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

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

    1. Resume - (Must not exceed 15 pages in length. Resumes over the 15-page limit will not be reviewed.) Your resume that clearly demonstrates experience that meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section. Your resume must contain identifiable information such as your name, address, and phone number. It must also show your work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed. If you use Resume Builder, you are encouraged to save your resume to a Word document and upload the Word document in lieu of submitting your resume created through Resume Builder. This helps ensure you meet the 15-page resume limit.

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the initial closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    2. Other supporting documents: The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please 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 (current and former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information. ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    • DD-214
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcripts (Copy of Official-Unaltered)
    • Certifications
    It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    Documents NOT accepted: photographs, copies of position descriptions, training certificates, performance ratings, awards and letters of appreciation.

    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 https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. 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.

    https://www.abc.army.mil/

    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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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application/Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To view the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11162124

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

    You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.


    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Agency contact information

    Lauralee Smith

    Address

    IL USPFO
    1301 N MacArthur Blvd
    Springfield, IL 62702
    US
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    THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.

    The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your states and your community!

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Army National Guard Units, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/606605800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.