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Job Title:Accountant, GS-0510-11 (DEU-CS)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2013-026

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,451.00 to $79,883.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Term Not To Exceed 13 Months. May be extended up to 4 years. - Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/.

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as an Accountant. This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Financial Management Division, Accounting Services Branch in Sacramento, California. For more information about Sacramento county please visit: http://www.saccounty.net/default.htm

Term Not To Exceed 13 Months. May be extended up to 4 years.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

DUTIES:

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Serves as an Accountant in the Financial Management Division, Accounting Branch. Primary responsibilities include: - Maintaining Regional fund control, including: participating in the day-to-day process of transactions, periodic reporting, annual accounting closing process, preparing schedules for annual financial statements, and ongoing review, analysis and adjustment of monthly accounting system data; - Performing the full array of routine finance-related functions and activities, such as: financial analysis, special studies, research, inquiry response, problem resolution, report preparation, providing guidance on accounting matters, etc., required by Regional management or other personnel, or by other agencies; and - Serving as the Regional liaison and representative between Regional accounting operations and procedures.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Minimum Education Requirement: Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A bachelor's 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing")
*OR*
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; *AND* 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing course of appropriate type and quality (can include up to 6 hours of business law) or a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination. 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.

In addition to meeting the above educational requirements, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.
*OR*
Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D OR equivalent doctoral degree.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Examples of Specialized Experience include experience reconciling financial accounts; analyzing financial accounting system operations, procedures, reporting and related activities; solving accounting problems; responding to requests for financial information. These examples are not all inclusive.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.  Non-submission may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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)  Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 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.

-Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.
-Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
-Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to perform financial/accounting related functions such as financial analysis, special studies, research, reports, tables and schedules
2. Ability to interpret, apply and explain laws, directives, policies and regulations in performing accounting functions
3. Knowledge of an automated accounting system and related financial reporting requirements in order to analyze, review, evaluate and interpret accounting transactions, operations and fund activities
4. Oral and written communication techniques and methods to collaborate with internal and external customers.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation Expenses:Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any cost incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
-Position is subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant 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. For more information visit: http://www.sss.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy must be received online before midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C., time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe.  For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents.  Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to mpjobs@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Transcript(s):  All applicants must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
-For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5496
Email: mpjobs@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
95825-1898
US
Fax: 916-978-5496

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements.  Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-MP-2013-026

Control Number:

335993100