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Job Title:Supervisory Accountant

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-CHI-OASAM-0015

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$89,664.00 to $116,562.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 16, 2012 to Thursday, November 29, 2012




Full time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Chicago, IL, USView Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located in the Regional Fiance Office of the Chicago Regional Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM).  The incumbent is the principle professional accountant and is responsible for assuring both systems and operational integrity of the Department's central accounting and related systems in the region.


  • U.S. Citizenship.


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1. Assign and review work of subordinates based on complexity of work and skill levels of staff.  Train and work effectively with subordinates from varying backgrounds and skill levels. 

2. Prepare standing written instructions and procedures as needed and issue special instructions for new/complex assignments. 

3. Interview or assist in interviewing prospective new employees and make recommendations concerning selections, promotions, reassignments, training and disciplinary actions. 

4. Evaluates performance and prepares formal performance ratings; prepares formal recommendations for performance awards; approves leave, provides employee orientation, resolves complaints and keeps employees informed about policies, procedures, and goals of management as they relate to the work of the unit. 

5. Provide immediate and continuing supervision to professional accountants and financial management specialists.  Plan and implement scheduling to maintain flow and quality of work and assure timely accomplishment of assigned unit.

6. Provides technical assistance to regional travelers on the use of the E2 travel system and serves as a multi-regional system-administrator for DOL. 

7. Oversees the E-Transit system in the Chicago Region.  This involves reviewing and approving new applications, changes and cancellations and ensuring that these changes are promptly conveyed to the e-Transit vendor and properly executed.  


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All applicants must meet the 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.") OR 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: Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 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.


All applicants must me basic requirement and specialized experience to qualify for the position.  


 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience is defined as experience advising,m administering, supervising, leading, and performing professional financial, budget, or accounting work relating to the financial activities of an organization which included the design, development, operations, or inspection of accounting systems; the prescription of accounting standards, policies, and requirements; the examination, analysis, and interpretation of accounting data, records, or reports; and/or providing financial management advice and assistance to top management or other responsible high level officials.  to be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade level.   


Supervisory or Managerial Abilities: 

Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision, as listed below.


For first level supervisory positions, ability to:
-Assign to and review work of subordinates, train and work
effectively with subordinates from a variety of backgrounds and with
different levels/areas of training.
-Accomplish the quality and quantity of work expected within set limits of cost and time.
-Plan own work and carry out assignments effectively.
-Communicate with others effectively both orally and in writing in working out solutions to problems or questions relating to the work.
-Understand and further management goals as these affect day-to-day work operations.
-Develop improvements in or design new work methods and procedures.

The attributes listed below are important to success in supervisory or managerial positions at all supervisory levels. Accordingly, candidates for all supervisory positions must demonstrate all of the
following personal qualities:
-Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
-Capacity to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult
situations without undue stress;
-Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and,
-Capacity to 'see the job through'.

The skills, abilities, and personal attributes described above may have been demonstrated in many types of either supervisory or non supervisory work assignments.

The following examples show the kinds of assignments in which candidates may have acquired or demonstrated some of  the skills and abilities identified earlier as necessary for supervisory positions.

For first level supervisors, assignments:
-That involved providing guidance and training to new employees.
-As a "project or team leader" that involved coordinating and
integrating the work of others into a completed work product.
-That required the candidate to work closely with others to
resolve problems, coordinate activities, or gain acceptance of a product or procedure.
-As a "troubleshooter" or source of advice to others regarding
the work of the unit or organization.
-That involved devising new work methods and procedures or
improvements in existing work practices, and getting the cooperation of employees in applying the new methods and practices.

There is no education substitution for specialized experience. 

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85.0 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

Technical: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Planning & Analysis: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long- term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or4 groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.


The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


Bargaining unit: Outside

Full Promotion Potential GS-13.

Authorization code DOL-1


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Unofficial College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted as proof of basic requirementThe Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.


Mary Bradford
Phone: 312-353-1579
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-889-5627
Agency Information:
Labor, Ofc Asst Sec Admin and Management
230 S. Dearborn Street
Room 1026
Chicago, IL
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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