To qualify for this position, you must meet both the Basic Requirements AND Specialized Experience as described below:
A. Possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in 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. (You must include transcripts) --OR-- B. A 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). In addition, your background also includes 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 non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. (You must include transcripts and/or appropriate certificate)
For the GS-07 level: A. Possess one year of specialized experience in accounting equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service performing the following: (1) work with senior staff to classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data; (2) use established guidelines to find, review or change accounting data in transaction files, ledgers, accounts, reports, and financial statements; (3) identify accounting transaction problems in an accounting system; (4) recommend actions to senior staff to prevent recurrence of similar discrepancies; (5) prepare statements and reports, schedules, and comparative analysis of accounting transactions; and (6) carry out assignments independently, but refers deviations, problems and unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions to supervisor for assistance; - OR- B. You have completed 1 year of graduate-level education in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration; - OR - C. You have completed (or expect to complete within 9 months) all the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have Superior Academic Standing (S.A.A) based on: (1) class standing: upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; or (2) grade-point average: have a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) honor society membership. (You must include transcripts) ;OR- D. You have some specialized experience described in "A", but less than one year; and have some graduated education but less than one year of education as described in "B". Have computed the percentage of the requirements met, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify). (You must include transcripts)
For the GS-09 level: A. Possess one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 in the Federal service performing the following: (1) identify accounting problems such as inadequate maintenance of fund controls, inaccurate records and reports, improper methods of document control, and lack of documentary evidence to support performance or regulatory reconciliations; (2) compile centrally requested cost reports and reports of variance from standards; (3) conduct special cost analysis of program operations for accounting or financial management systems; (4) draft simple instructions to describe internal accounting procedures for a procedures manual to be prepared by a senior accountant; and (5) respond to inquiries regarding specific rules and procedures governing the processing of routine budgetary actions; - OR - B. You have completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration; - OR - C. You have completed less than the education and experience described above, however, have completed a combination of education and experience that when computed the total exceeds 100% of the total requirement. (Note: only graduate education above the first 18 semester hours or equivalent may be used in this computation). (You must include transcripts)
For the GS-11 level: A. Possess one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 in the Federal service performing the following: (1) track ongoing financial operations and solve problems that arise; (2) study existing financial reports, accounts, or instructions to streamline operations or provide reports with greater detail; (3) prepare specific instructions for ongoing operations; (4) document accounting system features designed by higher level accountants; (5) advise managers or others when financial transactions differ from norms on nature and volume; (5) report controversial information or findings to the supervisor's attention for direction and (6) exercise judgment to resolve commonly encountered work problems and deviations; - OR - B. You have completed 3 years of progressively higher- level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration; - OR - C. You have completed less than the education and/or experience described above, however, have completed a combination of education and experience that when computed the total exceeds 100% of the total requirement. (Note: only graduate education above the first 36 semester hours or equivalent may be used in this computation). (You must include transcripts)
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: If you meet the qualifications, you will be rated and ranked under Category Rating procedures . The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best-Qualified; Highly-Qualified; and Qualified.
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category.
Qualified candidates will be assigned to a qualify category. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Technical Competence
- Attention to Detail
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
- Problem Solving