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Job Title:Lead Accountant

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:13-0130-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 04, 2013 to Friday, April 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current USAID Agency employees only, meaning,  those who are on competitive civil service career-conditional or career appointmentsat USAID, including those eligible under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).

JOB SUMMARY:

"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives..."

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. For more information on USAID please click on the link: www.usaid.gov

The Bureau for Management, Office of The Chief Financial Officer, Washington Financial Services Division, Credit Team (M/CFO/WFS) is recruiting a Lead Accountant who will lead a team of professional operational accountants while serving as the technical authority on the USAID loan and Loan Guarantee Program.  For a more detailed description of the major job duties, please see the "DUTIES" section of this vacancy announcement.  

If you are interested in applying, please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety and follow the instructions listed under "HOW TO APPLY". 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Time in grade must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • If born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Services
  • Must be able to maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • May be required to complete a 1-year probationary period.

DUTIES:

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As a Lead Accountant you will (taken from the position description):

  • Serve as the technical authority on the USAID Loan and Loan Guarantee program, evaluating complex or broad accounting systems, regulatory and legislative requirements on a continuing basis; articulate and communicate the agency’s status and conclusions to internal and external customers and stakeholders; analyze the accounts, reports and procedural instructions within an extensive area and considers legislative and program background materials to identify need for revision.
  • Articulate and communicate to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and/or program issues under review, and deadlines and time frames for completion. Identify, distribute, and balance workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization.
  • Monitor and report on the status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to see that the supervisor's instructions on work priorities, methods, deadlines, and quality have been met. Prepare written reports and maintain records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required, and coordinate the preparation, presentation, and communication of work-related information to the supervisor.
  • Conduct studies for legal and regulatory compliance, workflow, and other financial considerations on a continuing basis.   Identify potential impact of legislative and regulatory changes on both current and future agency operations.  Analyze and develop recommendations to problems that are new or novel in nature, where there is a necessity for reconciling diverse needs and viewpoints in arriving at a final procedure/program.
  • Design and implement complete accounting procedures for the CFO organization, and develop solutions to precedent-setting situations where work programs are newly assigned and projected account structure is unknown. Develop and implement agency wide accounting policies and standards. Perform quality assurance reviews of existing and proposed accounting processes to provide assurances as to financial integrity and conformance to Federal laws, agency regulations and practices.
  • Validate and consolidate data entered into accounting systems for a functional program. Provide expert advice on the interpretation of accounting regulations and impact of new legislation or program initiatives.
  • Develop requirements and specifications for a variety of accounting systems that meet business requirements involving complex or intricate issues or problems.  Work with users to refine functional requirements, translate functional requirements into design specifications, and determine best approaches for integration into a single system.  Analyze alternatives and recommends solutions relating to the integrated accounting system.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify at the GS-14 level you must meet 1-year of specialized experience in the Federal service equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.  Qualifying specialized experience includes:  Implemented theories, concepts, principles and practices of accounting and financial management in order to analyze and resolve complex and varied accounting issues; developed and maintained complex automated subsystems to produce accounting and financial information; mentored or trained others, presented findings and recommendations related to accounting systems requirements and deficiencies, served as an authority for reconciling various accounts for a variety of accounting systems that included commercial-type double-entry and fund control systems.


In additional to the above specialized experience the specialized experience requirement, this position has a basic education requirement.  Applicants must meet one of the following basic educational requirements described below:

A. Degree

A degree from an accredited college or university 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; OR

B. Combination of Experience and Education

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.  The applicant’s background must also include one of the following:

  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality.  This can include up to 6 hours of business law; or
  • A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a 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 hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) you have 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 you 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, your education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

Note: Unofficial transcripts must be submitted as a part of this application by the closing day.  The transcript(s) must show that the basic educational requirement has been met.   An official transcript will be required prior to an appointment. 

If you are currently or previously served within the 0510 series, you do not have to re-submit a transcript.  A copy of the SF-50 (showing the 0510 series) will satisfy the educational requirement.  

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS:   If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the basic educational requirement, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link: http://www.naces.org/aboutnaces.htm

Multiple selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement. 

If selected for a position, prior to entry on duty, you may be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Record. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100. You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the work experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the Competencies listed on this vacancy announcement.  USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process.  Applicants who do not permit reference checked from previous employers may be disqualified. 

This position requires the following core competencies:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Technology Application
  • Team Leadership 
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication  

Note:  Your answers to the assessment questions, that attest to your work experience, must be supported in your resume. 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package You may explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits

METRO ACCESS: This position is located at State Annex (SA-44) in the Federal Center Plaza buidling, 301 4th St., Washington, DC 20547, within close proximity to the Federal Center Southwest and L'Enfant Plaza metro stations. www.wmata.com

TRANSIT SHARE PROGRAM

DAYCARE/FITNESS CENTER/FOOD COURT; in the building

WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO: Washington, D.C.'s historic monuments  



OTHER INFORMATION:

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS (TDPs) - This is a TDP under the Agency’s approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

ICTAP/CTAP: These hiring mechanisms apply to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.  ICTAP/CTAP candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. For more information click on the link: http://www.sss.gov/

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

For more information please click on the following links:

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation

Telework

People with Disabilities



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through this on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on USAID's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or 2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen.  Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number will be on the coversheet.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience
  • Most recent copy of your job performance appraisal
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1" (career) or "2" (career-conditional appointment), and the type of position occupied.   
  • transcript(s) that show that the educational requirement has been met

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah Melton
Phone: 202-712-0949
Fax: 202-216-3345
Email: dmelton@usaid.gov
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
RRB/ITC, Room 2.07-.33
Washington, DC
20523-0016
US
Fax: 202-216-3345

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system.  After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

13-0130-DM

Control Number:

341190300