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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Financial Management Specialist

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:OBO/PSC-2013-0027

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0501-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time Non-Permanent - Temporary Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for 4 years.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens

 

"Your are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package.  Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined".

JOB SUMMARY:

THIS IS A NON-STATUS, NON-PERMANENT POSITION.  YOU DO NOT ACQUIRE A COMPETITIVE OR EXCEPTED SERVICE STATUS FROM THIS POSITION.

The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide.

Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

The position is assigned to the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Deputy Director for Resource Management (RM), Office of Financial Management (FM), Fiscal Operations Division (FO).  FM provides accounting, budgeting, and financial management services for all OBO programs, with responsibility for coordinating budget development, tracking the review and approval process, allocating funds, maintaining financial controls, tracking expenditures, and processing vendor invoices for payment.

The incumbent serves as a Financial Management Specialist, performing a full range of data analysis and interpretation services pertaining to OBO budget and financial management and is responsible for providing financial statements and reports, including cost reports and balance sheets, to operating officials for informational and financial planning purposes.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Overseas travel may be required.

DUTIES:

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  • Develops and analyzes a variety of reports related to the status of obligations, including review of commitments, obligations and liquidations; consolidates data for viable overview of the financial status of programs in various formats (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint); enters and adjusts data for program contract, obligations, and expenditures into a wide variety of reports, forms, and schedules; and recommends and makes adjustments when required;
  • Reviews contracts and purchase orders to ensure that all are entered into the internal OBO financial management tracking system, and takes steps to have any missing items entered; 
  • Verifies that obligations have been established accurately and timely by reviewing the Department’s official accounting records before payment requests are processed through the financial management tracking system; ensures that funds are available for expenditure and takes corrective action as required; and notifies management concerning possible ratification items;
  • Maintains internal controls, ensures data integrity by reviewing inputs for accuracy, and maintains historical records and files showing all levels of action on each payment processed


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

 

 

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the
Federal service which provided the applicant
with the particular knowledge, skills and
abilities to perform the duties of the position.
Qualifying specialized experience must
demonstrate the following:

There is no substitute of education for
specialized experience for the GS-12 position.

*** Experience in budget execution, accounting and financial management principles, and the ability to apply appropriate techniques and methodologies to analyze complex financial, program and organizational issues to determine financial implications and recommend solutions, and to resolve unusual, challenging problems that routine analysis may not resolve.

 

***Experience and knowledge of Congressional, Departmental, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) budget and financial processes applicable to federal budgeting and contracting.

 

***Experience in following internal control measures to protect organizational integrity and prevent unauthorized use or misappropriation of funds or of sensitive or classified materials.

 

***Experience in developing a wide variety of analytical reports reflecting OBO/DOS program status, trends, and the identification of program areas for program management resolution, and to present facts and recommendations in clear, concise, and logical terms, both orally and in writing.

 


There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your education (if applicable), experience, and training that is relevant to the duties of this position.  If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics stated in this announcement.  Applicants found to be among the top candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  

If, after reviewing your resume a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and experience, you will be eliminated from consideration for this position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics and must be supported by information in your resume:
1. Knowledge of financial management systems and practices and ability to gather and report financial management information.

2. Ability to analyze and interpret financial reports, schedules and statements and make appropriate recommendations.

3. Knowledge of laws and regulations governing accounting and auditing procedures.

4. Knowledge of general audit and accounting practices, methods and techniques 

   and generally accepted accounting principles and standards.

5. Ability to communicate orally.

6. Ability to communicate in writing.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and in order to fully evaluate your application it must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf.  Your resume must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job.  Failure to identify the required experience in your resume will result in loss of consideration.  To receive proper credit, your resume must include: (1) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; (2) examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; (3) actual time spent in such activities (percentage of time worked in each position); (4) beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); (5) frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.); (6) number of hours worked; and (7) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).  This information must be clearly identified in your resume.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp#icc

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.  Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position and earn a score of 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

 


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BENEFITS:

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The Overseas Building Operations (OBO) has a program that allows for Personal Service Contract (PSC) employees to be reimbursed for their health premium costs that they incur during the period of performance. The program pays up-to-5% of the employee's base salary or up-to-50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5% of the GS-15/Step 10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy or a family policy. To be eligible for the PSC Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible. Employees who are covered under another federal health insurance coverage are not eligible for reimbursement. Former Military Service and Federal employees Annual Leave Accrual Rates: PSC employees entering on duty with prior military service and/or federal civilian service can credit their years of service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 and/or SF-50 for consideration for higher annual leave accrual rates. Annual leave is provided for vacations and other personal use. The number of hours earned will depend on your work schedule and the length of time you work for the government. For additional information, see the fact sheet, http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/html/ANNUAL.HTM Full time permanent employees earn up to 13 days of sick leave annually. Part time employees earn leave on a pro rata basis. Time may be used for medical appointments, personal illness or injury and caring for sick family members. For additional information, see http://www.opm.gov/ica/leave/html/sicklv.htm



OTHER INFORMATION:

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."

1. Resume - your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.  Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://www.careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf and highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education as it relates to this job opportunity to include the starting and ending dates (month/year) when this experience and education (if applicable) was obtained.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp#icc.

2. Online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application. If selected, an official college transcript will be required to verify education prior to employment.

SUBMIT ONLY the requested/required documents that are applicable to you.  Failure to submit any of the required documents or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, will disqualify you from being considered for this position.  The documents must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tashea Brodgins
Phone: 703-812-2452
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: BrodginsTY@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
Attn:OBO
Arlington, VA
22209
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
 
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

OBO/PSC-2013-0027

Control Number:

335110400