BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
-Degree 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.
-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:
--24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of an 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, 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; 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.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
GS-07: 1 year of graduate level education -OR- superior academic achievement -OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service -OR- equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience.
GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree -OR- 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree -OR- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the federal service -OR- equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade may be combined with experience.
Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Specific requirements are: 1) Applicant must be in the upper third of the graduating class based on completed course; 2a) 3.0 or higher GPA as recorded on official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education; 2b) 3.0 or higher GPA based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; or 2c) 3.5 or higher GPA based on the average of the required courses completed in the specific major field of study; or 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society listed in the Association of College Honor Societies (membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision).
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-07: Work that involved applying generally accepted accounting principles, practices, and theories in carrying out simple accounting transactions. Work as an auditor of financial records, work in a bookkeeping position, work in any accounting office/department performing duties such as reconciling accounts, recording transactions, correcting errors, analyzing costs, accounts payable/receivable, processing bills for collection, etc...
GS-09: Work that involved applying accounting principles, practices, and theories to carry out the responsibilities of professional cost accounting; studying financial events, analyzing relationships and comparing findings with previous reports to determine any necessary corrective actions. Work analyzing accounting data for accuracy and appropriateness, preparing documents to correct errors in the accounting system, analyzing and preparing accounting entries to recognize revenue and/or expense, preparing financial statements and/or other financial reports.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and the date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
Foreign education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Highly Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and experience applying said authorities to accounting issues.
2. Ability to analyze/recognize problems and research/resolve discrepancies by gathering data, organizing the data, analyzing the data and recommending solutions.
3. Skill developing/modifying spreadsheets and word documents.
4. Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others, and skill explaining, both verbally and in writing, accounting issues to those with varying levels of understanding.
Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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