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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Accountant

Agency:U.S. International Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:MPPA-13-045-JAS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates import injury cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues.

Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life.

 

The position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Finance.  As an Operating Accountant you will assist the Director of Finance in managing the activities of the Office of Finance and will be responsible for the integrity of accounting data, and developing required reports and financial statements.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of background investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement

DUTIES:

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As an Operating Accountant, you will be responsible for managing certain aspects of the day-to-day accounting operations for the agency; providing the Director of Finance with recommendations regarding financial management system enhancements; devise and initiate improvements in the office, particularly in the areas of source data control and entry, financial reporting and cash management operations; reviewing selected financial transactions and records to ensure proper compliance with fiscal policies and procedures; preparing detailed analyses of financial transactions pertaining to expenditures of USITC funds; developing required reports and financial statements; entering and manipulating data in the agency’s accounting system (currently Oracle Federal Financials); and administering the agency's SmartPay Program.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must have the general and specialized experience outlined below which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

 

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Selective Placement Factors are part of the minimum requirements for a position and applicants who do not meet them are ineligible for further consideration.


The Selective Placement Factor(s) for this position are:
1.) Certified Public Accountant certification obtained through written examination.  You must provide proof of your credentials as part of your application package.

 

Applicants must also meet one of the following basic requirements for the position:

A. Degree: 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" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")

OR


B. 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. The applicant's background must also include one of the following: 
   i) Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
   ii) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
   iii) 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 Selective Placement Factor and basic requirements above, 

 

To qualify at the GS-13 level, applicants must have one-year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-12 level in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector which demonstrates:  examining accounting documents for proper accounting classification and authorization; independently performing reconciliations, analyzing a variety of costs for and ensuring they are properly entered into the accounting system, and analyzing the adequacy of budget estimates; preparing financial reports to satisfying regulatory and agency requirements; and monitoring accounting systems covering operations and expenses for such items as payroll, travel, transportation, supplies, rents, services, inventory, or commercial accounts.


Submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

 

KNOWLEDGE OF ACCOUNTING THEORIES, CONCEPTS, LAWS, AND PRACTICES
FINANCIAL REPORTING
FINANCIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
WRITTEN/ORAL COMMUNICATION

 

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.
Upon closing of this announcement, we will first review your application to ensure it is complete. If you fail to submit all the required documentation, you will be ineligible for further review or consideration. Completed applications are then evaluated for basic qualifications requirements, and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in the vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.

 

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the U.S. International Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  

You can access the following link to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees:  http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

1.  CTAP/ICTAP APPLICANTS:   If you are a federal displaced employee as defined in 5 CFR 330.703 (b), you may be entitled to receive priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   You must be determined by the Agency to be "Well Qualified' for the specific position.  A well qualified employee means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities, which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position.  Eligible employees receiving a score of 85 or higher will be determined to be well-qualified employees and will be advised in writing of the results.  Eligible employees will be advised in writing if another well qualified eligible is selected.  When an eligible employee is found to be not well qualified, a second independent review of the employee's application will be conducted and the employee will be advised in writing of the results of the second review.  You can view additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP through this link:  http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

2.  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to receive consideration.

 

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.  
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

 

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

 

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

 

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  • To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 880336.
  • Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

 

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  • Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.  Resume - Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

 

2.  Occupational Questionnairea completed job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or FAX'd via the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.

 

3.  Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

 

4.  SF-50 - current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," which documents your highest permanent grade/step/salary held.

 

5.  Performance Appraisal - if you're a current federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.  If you do not have one, please submit a statement indicating this. 

 

6.  Veteran’s Preference Documentation Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA).  You must submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your command/unit, which states the date you entered active duty, your expected discharge type and date, and the campaign medals you have received that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
 

To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit:  http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

 

7.  Non-competitive eligibles - must submit proof of eligibility (i.e., SF-50 documenting the full performance level of a position held on a permanent basis).

 

8.  If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application.   For information related to special hiring authorities for veterans visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx.

 

For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.

 

9.  Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles - you must submit the following documents:

  • a copy of your agency notice; and
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Justin A. Scott
Phone: (202)205-2651
Email: JUSTIN.SCOTT@USITC.GOV
Agency Information:
United States International Trade Commission
500 E Street SW
Washington , DC
20436

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

 

To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

 

You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1.    Upon receipt of your application.

2.    Upon minimum qualification determinations.

3.    After the certificate is issued.

4.    After a selection is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

MPPA-13-045-JAS

Control Number:

342205500