Basic Education Requirements: A. 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 B. 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.
In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the following:
ZA-II: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service (ZA-I at NIST) interpreting and processing accounting data in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and utilizing an automated accounting system OR One (1) full year of graduate level education Or Superior academic achievement: meet one of the superior academic achievement criteria (A, B, or C) described below: A) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the 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. In order to be creditable under this provision, superior academic achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled; B) Grade-Point Average (GPA) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a. 2.9 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcripts, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two 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 two years of the curriculum; C) Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society - Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements this provision.
ZA-III: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service (ZA-II at NIST), which included analyzing & interpreting accounting data in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and utilizing an automated accounting system and applying analytical techniques in interpreting and processing accounting data OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/staffing/categoryrating.cfm. Your resume must support your answers to the job questionnaire, or your category may be changed. The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official. If you are applying as a MERIT candidate, we will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, operational cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies: Ability to record accounting transactions into a computerized accounting, financial and/or statistical system; Knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; Ability to prepare accounting reports utilizing various software applications; Ability to communicate orally and in writing; Ability to analyze/interpret financial data; Ability to analyze accounting data for errors; Ability to perform Debt Management functions; and Knowledge of reimbursable agreement transactions. To preview questions please click here.