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Job Title:Accountant

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:13R-CR-298574-DEU-OC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,209.00 to $47,838.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013




Full Time Permanent Federal Position - Career/Career-Conditional.




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This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status should apply to Job Opportunity Announcement #13R-CR-298574-MPA-OC.


This position is located in the Cash Management Operations Branch, Office of the Comptroller, Smithsonian Institution. This position provides support for the Cash Management Office (CMO) by performing professional accounting duties.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."



The salary range listed above reflects the organization's authorized salary for this specific position.


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


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  • Provides support to the CMO on a variety of accounting projects and on the implementation of merchant credit card activities.
  • Reviews analyzes, and controls daily cash balances for the various Smithsonian banking partners with compensation balances in excess of $5 million.
  • Facilitates cash forecasting to ensure that idle funds are effectively invested and working capital accounts do not violate balance thresholds.
  • Compiles and analyzes data, prepares and presents monthly statistical and other related reports.  Assists in preparing and maintaining operating procedures for the CMO function.
  • Prepares various financial reports using a financial reporting system such as PeopleSoft.


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: A. 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 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law --OR--- B. Combination of education and experience-at least 4 years experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. IF USING "B" TO QUALIFY, must also possess one of the following: 1) 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 3) 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 of 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 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; 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.


In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must meet at least one of the requirements below: EXPERIENCE: At the GS-7 - one year of full-time experience that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as reviewing and analyzing accounting/financial reports and some systems data; briefing and advising staff members. At the GS-9 level applicants must have one year of full-time experience that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as reviewing and analyzing accounting/financial reports; briefing and advising organizations regarding fund management; providing expert advice and guidance regarding controversial or sensitive issues and reviewing accounting/financial systems to determine and advise on system capabilities or needed enhancements.


 Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week. Note: Your specialized experience must have been in a position(s) equivalent to duties for the occupation at the next lower grade level for the position being filled as defined by applicable Federal standards.


or EDUCATION: GS-7 - One full year of graduate level education in accounting or Superior Academic Achievement provisions may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Superior Academic Achievement Provisions: A bachelor's degree in any field, plus at least one of the following superior academic achievement provisions: 1. A grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses, or courses completed in the last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or 2. A grade-point average (GPA) of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for the required courses in your major field of study, or required courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or 3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or 4. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society, other than freshman honor societies. Honor societies that have been approved are listed in the American College of Honor Societies. Booklet of Information (1992- 95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991). To verify your claim for this provision, please submit a college transcript(s) showing that you maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all 4 years of undergraduate courses, or on all undergraduate courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum, including all transferred courses. Note: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.


or a COMBINATION: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a year of education in the field may be qualifying. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Listed below are the basic qualification requirements for this position. You must meet qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of announcement. For more specific information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  1. Ability to identify problems related to credit card activities, cash balances, and supporting documentations.
  2. Ability to analyze data, prepare and present accounting and funds management reports and validate data entries.
  3. Ability to recommend revisions to operating procedures.
  4. Ability to use financial reporting systems such as PeopleSoft.
Important Note: Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health insurance and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.


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  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (


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Click on the "Apply On-line" button below. Please Note:
  • Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date.
  • Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet.
  • Clicking the "DONE" tab does not submit your application. The "DONE" tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time. To submit your application, click the "FINISH" tab.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • Paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • School transcripts if the position has an education requirement.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.


Connie Royal
Phone: 202-633-6342
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received. Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your "junk" or "bulk" mail folder depending on your filters. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Links to further information about: Smithsonian jobs; benefits; and application processes - Flexible Spending Accounts - Health Insurance - Leave - Life Insurance - Long Term Care Insurance - Retirement Program -

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