Applicants for the GS-13 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to experience in financial management sufficient to manage and develop financial and accounting procedures and standards, serve as an expert in financial and budget planning and execution and audits, and prepare agency financial statements.
Applicants for the GS-14 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples include: Serving as an advisor to Senior Management on budgeting and financial management issues and activities; analyzing programs that required applying an expert knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices, laws and regulations of budgeting and finance; making recommendations to management for improving financial operations; and preparing long and short-range planning financial guidance in accordance with the agency program policies.
A written test is not required.
ALL APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
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.")
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. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
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.
These qualification requirements are condensed from the OPM Operating Manual "Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions" which is available at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:
Technical Competency Budget: Performs work in any of the phases of budget administration by applying budget-related laws, regulations, policies, precedents, methods, and techniques.
Technical Competency Financial Management: Prepares, justifies and/or administers the budget for program areas; plans, administers, and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effect support of programs and policies; assess financial condition of an organization.
Technical competency Accounting: Knowledge of accounting principles and practices, tax law and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Technical Competency Automated Administrative Systems: Effective use of automated administrative systems such as the Integrated Personnel/Payroll Systems/Subsystems, Accounting & Business-Related Systems, Travel Systems, Prism, IPP, Discoverer, etc. to perform essential business functions.
Leadership: Inspires, motivates, guides others toward goals; coaches, mentors, challenges staff, adapts leadership styles to various situations; models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for individuals by applying these values daily.
Analytical Thinking: Able to breakdown raw information and undefined problems into specific, workable components that, in turn clearly identify the issues at hand. Makes logical conclusions, anticipates obstacles, and considers different approaches that are relevant to the decision making process.
Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
Oral Communication: Expresses information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Written Communication: Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.
To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link:View Assessment Questions
Qualified applicants will be rated using category rating, which groups candidates in categories according to their self-assessed rating, plus veterans' preference if applicable. The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified, and Qualified.