Job Title:NASA Pathways Recent Graduate, Accountant
Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Job Announcement Number:JS13P0004
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year|
|Thursday, January 31, 2013 to
Wednesday, February 06, 2013|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time -
|Few vacancies in the following location:|
Houston, TXView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
|Recent Graduates from qualifying institutions within two years of degree or certification (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).|
NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity - Ambition - Teamwork - A sense of Daring - and a Probing Mind - That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.
This is an accountant trainee position in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to be filled under the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program. To be eligible, applicant must have received a qualifying degree within the previous 2 years (6 years for preference eligible veterans).
To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to a NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'resume received - complete.' If your status is 'Application Started,' you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.
- Received qualifying degree within 2 yrs (6 for veterans)
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- Position is Excepted Service-Excluded from the Career Transition Program.
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- U.S. citizenship is required
DUTIES:Back to top
Participates in the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program. This is a formal training program consisting of specialized training designed to accelerate an employee to the full performance level. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, reading and developmental activities specified in the program. Program participants receive formal periodic assessments of progress and mentorship.
The position serves as an accountant trainee in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Duties include:
-Perform analysis and reconciliation of a variety of integrated accounts within an entire accounting system such as standard administrative accounts, non-standard specialized accounts, and industrial accounts.
-Reconcile accounting information and ensure validity of related general ledger account balances.
-Validating data entered into a variety of basic and specialized accounts which are integrated into a large, complex accounting system. The programs supported regularly undergo substantial change which must be reflected in data modifications.
-Design controls to track financial records, safeguard assets, and ensure accurate valuations, properly classified transactions, and reliable financial statement and reports.
-Perform continuous work reviews and analysis of all types of financial data to ensure that it is current, up-to-date, and accurate.
-Administer and conduct the day-to-day operation and maintenance of financial accounts which are the basis for the preparation of such key statements as trial balances used to prepare the Agency's audited financial statements. These statements are required under legislation to assure compliance with laws and regulations affecting the expenditure of funds, control of the budget, and reports on the status of obligations and expenditures.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
A master's degree in accounting or related field is qualifying for the GS-9 level.
Or, applicants may qualify based on experience and education -- a bachelor's degree in accounting or related field plus at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. To be qualifying, the experience must include the following:
-Knowledge of accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques, and knowledge of organizational practices, policies, and programs to independently perform a variety of assignments.
-Knowledge of and adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Appropriation Law for the federal government
-Knowledge of federal accounting operations and requirements, including those established by GAO (General Accounting Office), Department of Treasury, OMB (Office of Management and Budget).
-Ability to deal tactfully with other employees to implement revised policies and procedures, to discuss changes relating to the automated accounting system, and/or to coordinate necessary training in connection with revised operations or system changes.
-Skill in conducting and performing analytical investigations using the scientific method including performance monitoring and quality assurance principles and conducting research by applying accepted and relevant business, marketing, and organizational practices.
-Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with high-level management officials.
Master's degree in accounting from an accredited U.S. university is qualifying for the GS-9 level.
Degrees in related fields like Finance, Business Administration, and Public Administration must include 24 semester hours in accounting, which may include up to 6 semester hours of business law.
U.S. citizenship is required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Candidates will be assessed either based solely on basic eligibility requirements or may include a qualitative rating of candidates. NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA's Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying. Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have absolute preference. If candidates are further evaluated using NASA's category rating process, qualified veterans have absolute preference within the appropriate category.
BENEFITS:Back to top
NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, visit the NASA Jobs website.
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Your USAJobs account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
Allowable relocation expenses will be made to any applicant selected from outside the commuting area.
In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide
provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
These are excepted appointments in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program excluded from the Career Transition Program.
U.S. citizenship is required.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Applications will be accepted through NASA's automated Staffing and Recruiting System (STARS). You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link.
In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.
Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive
consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide. (https://resume.nasa.gov/applicant_guide.html)
If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements (http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/howtoapply/hardcopyresumes.htm). If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide (https://resume.nasa.gov/applicant_guide.html) to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.
All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative KSA statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide
. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative KSA statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide https://resume.nasa.gov/applicant_guide.html). Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.