All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements AND the minimum qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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/36 quarter hours in accounting. The 24 semester/36 quarter hours may include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing". Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor".); OR
B. Combination of education and experience -- at least four (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 include ONE of the following:
-- 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality; this can include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of business law;
-- A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or 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/22 quarter hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester hour/36-quarter hour requirement in 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 four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and
(c) except for literal non-conformance to the requirement for 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements; AND
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
SK-11: Candidate must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-09 level interpreting and applying the federal securities laws and rules; applying auditing, examining and/or investigating principles to review records related to the issuance, distribution or trading of securities, and the operational activities of financial markets, and financial entities such as investment advisers (including advisers to hedge funds, private equity funds, and other private funds) , investment companies, transfer agents and other securities related organizations; and conducting interviews, briefings, and presentations; and applying generally-accepted accounting principles (GAAP), generally-accepted auditing standards (GAAS) requirements when analyzing, modifying, and adapting conventional accounting and analytical techniques to solve a variety of accounting problems.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements at the SK-11 level may be met by three (3) full academic years of graduate level education with major study in business administration, finance, or accounting; OR the successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that includes major study in business administration, finance, or accounting; OR completion of all requirements for an LL.M. degree. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
SK-12: In addition to the experience required at the SK-11 level above, qualifying experience for the SK-12 level includes at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-11 level researching complex issues relating to the issuance, distribution or trading of securities, and the operational activities of financial markets, and financial entities such as investment advisers (including advisers to hedge funds, private equity funds, and other private funds) , investment companies, transfer agents and other securities related organizations, requiring extensive probing and analysis; and interacting with executive management, co-workers, and members of the securities industry to resolve novel, unique, and complex issues.
SK-13: In addition to the experience required at the SK-12 level above, candidate must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-12 level evaluating and recommending changes to examination/audit methodologies to ensure adaptation to changing industry trends and conducting briefings for management and/or representing an organization at briefings, meetings or conferences, conveying complex and technical information to address the concerns of the intended audience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your resume will be further evaluated on the following KSAs:
Knowledge of the Federal Securities Laws, Rules and Regulations
Knowledge of the Examination Process
Strong Analytical Skills With The Ability To Analyze Complex Problems/Data And Devise Innovative Solutions
Knowledge of Accounting Principles, Standards, Practices and Techniques
Ability to Communicate in Writing
Ability to Communicate Effectively Other Than in Writing
1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.
2. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. For more information, visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/selectiveservicerequirements.asp#icc.
3. Multiple vacancies may be filled through this announcement.
4. This position has promotion potential to the SK-14.
5. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.
6. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.
7. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
8. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
9. This position is in the bargaining unit.
Information for veterans: You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment. For more information please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISSPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP or ICTAP eligibiles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 85 or higher. Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location. You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
BASIS OF RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to the Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran preference. Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.
Individuals with veteran's preference will be placed ahead of other applicants within the rating category to which they are assigned.
There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified