IN ADDITION TO THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS THE FOLLOWING EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET: AT THE GS-9 LEVEL: completed at least 1 full year of advanced trainee level experience (equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service) performing the following: analyzing and reconciling straight-forward financial transactions, records, and reports against a limited number of appropriations and related financial activity; ensuring the accuracy, timeliness and propriety of non-complex financial transactions; gathering information for financial and accounting trends analysis; participating in reviews of current and historical financial data and providing summaries of straight-forward information such as yearly obligations, expenditures, surpluses, and shortages; preparing special and ad hoc reports; providing information on proper accounting/financial forms and non-complex procedures; and participating in reviews of accounting operations and financial system enhancements/modifications. OR completed the requirements for a Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or at least 36 semester hours of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, in accounting or a directly related field such as finance. AT THE GS-11 LEVEL: completed at least 1 year of experience (equivalent to the GS-9 in the federal service) performing cost accounting where a professional knowledge of cost allocation methods and processes, and of cost variances and product costing was required; maintaining an automated specialized cost accounting system; creating new accounts and/or recommending procedural changes to meet changing management requirements; and examining source documents and records to ensure conformity to generally accepted accounting principles. OR completed a Ph.D., or at least 3 years of graduate level education towards such a degree, in accounting, auditing, or another field directly related to this position. COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An applicant who has less than one year of specialized experience as described above may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. Forty hours of work per week in the specialized field for 12 months is equivalent to 1 year of full-time experience, and, generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full-time year of graduate study). Applicants must have completed more than 2 full years of graduate level education in order to use this option to qualify. The applicant's percentage of specialized work experience (for example, 6 months equals 50%) and the percentage of graduate study (for example, 45 graduate hours for a GS-11 equals 50% where 18 graduate hours constitute a full-time year) must total at least 100%.
This position does have a positive education requirement.
Applicants must meet the following basic education requirement: 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". Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")
-OR- b) Combination of education and experience with 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. Background must also include 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.
If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:
-Knowledge of accounting principles, standards, and procedures including generally accepted accounting principles.
- Analytical skill in order to conduct studies for special projects and to research and resolve problems.
-Knowledge of financial management and fiscal, concepts, principles, and procedures.
- Ability to develop guidance, memoranda, procedures, and instructions that cover the full spectrum of accounting and financial management issues.
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If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.
Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.