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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Accountant

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTFD-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 17, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

ZA-0510-02/03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Career or Career-Conditional Appointment - Full-time Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. To learn more about NIST, follow NIST on youtube, twitter, or facebook.

The individual selected for this position will serve as an accountant in the Receivables Group of the NIST Financial Division.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment.

DUTIES:

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This position is for an accountant in the Receivables Group of the NIST Financial Division.  The incumbent’s activities will include processing of reimbursable agreements between a federal agency and its customers.  The major duties include:  specialized experience in analyzing financial activities for reimbursable agreement processing, reviewing and making necessary adjustments; records transactions in various financial systems to accomplish necessary debt and reimbursable transactions in accordance with instructions, federal policies, laws, and guidelines; provides training to others on reimbursable concepts, methods and procedures and general office policies; and solves financial management problems with verifying the accuracy and consistency of the billings, collections, and/or reimbursable data.  The incumbent must effectively work with customers in resolving issues with regards to billings, collections, and reimbursable processing.  Other functions include assisting in audit requests; performing month-end, quarterly and year-end reconciliations and processing of reimbursable data. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.


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BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work-life programs by visiting http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/worklife.cfm The following web address is provided for you to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To learn more please click on: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/benefits/summarychart.cfm.

OTHER INFORMATION:

A probationary period may be required. Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized. This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/compensation/upload/nistscareerpathchart.pdf If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see http://www.sss.govfor more information. At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.



HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete application package includes the following: Your resume; Your answers to the job questions; AND The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents). You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information. If you do not have access to the internet: You may mail your application package (please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy). All mailed resumes and/or supporting documents MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement. Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery. Problems Completing Your Application: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

What documents do I need to submit? In addition to your resume, the documents needed for this position are subject to how you apply. You must refer to the following site when determining documents required: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods: >Upload you file(s); >Download from your USAJOBS account; >Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet; >Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS; All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. NOTE: Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular cateogry (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents. In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: VRA VEOA 30% or more Disabled Veteran People with Disabilities CTAP ICTAP

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Raha Lee
Phone: 301-975-3028
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: raha.lee@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Stop 1720
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed. By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. In considering you for this position, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. Status of Your Application: You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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Job Announcement Number:

NISTFD-2013-0001

Control Number:

333754100