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Job Title:Staff Accountant

Agency:Securities and Exchange Commission

Job Announcement Number:13-DE-887241-DW

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$96,590.00 to $194,739.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 17, 2013 to Friday, May 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

SK-0510-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
New York, NY United StatesView Map
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

 

The SEC's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

 

The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:

·         The SEC also has a Student Loan Repayment program for permanent employees. Up to $10,000 a year (60K cap) in student loan repayments for those who meet program criteria.

·         Paid dental insurance and vision insurance.

·         Increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage.

·         Mass transportation subsidy up to $245 per month.

·         Telework Opportunities

·         Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program

 

 

Salary Range:   New York Regional Office - SK-13 $101,660-$169,559; SK-14 $116,731-$194,739

 

                      Chicago Regional Office -   SK-13 $97,647-$162,905; SK-14 $112,124-$187,053 

 

Travel is required.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen

DUTIES:

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Serves an an annountant in the Office of Clearance and Settlement in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.  Within the assigned area, interacts with senior management and personnel in various functions within registered and exempt clearing agencies to gain an understanding of their business, financial, and processing model and associated risks and internal controls.

 

Tailors examination approach and methods, in consultation with supervisor, based on clearing agency’s business, financial, and processing model, identified and emerging risks, and/or changes to regulations / standards / practices.

 

Conducts examinations (which may include work-throughs, sampling, data analysis) in accordance with standards.  Works with internal divisions and offices (e.g. Division of Trading and Markets, Office of International Affairs), and other US and non-US regulator bodies (e.g. CFTC, Federal Reserve Board, FSA) where specified to help ensure effective and efficient regulatory activity.

 

Compiles appropriate documentation and support for reports and other communications, drafts reports (including executive summary, business context, results of examinations, and recommendations), and drafts communications to clearing agencies.

 

Participates in meetings with, and reviews/conducts analysis on information provided by, clearing agencies and/or other regulators regarding risk management, governance, finance, operations, and control activities (e.g. internal audit, compliance).

 

Participates in meetings to communicate examination results or other regulatory activities.

 

Provides input into enhancing examination approaches, methods, processes, and training including relating to financial, operations, governance concepts.

Gains knowledge of clearance and settlement trends, activities, practices, and internal controls through interaction with internal and external parties, trainings, and review of regulations and written materials such as CPSS IOSCO standards, financial practices.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

 

Basic Requirements (For all grade levels):

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 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: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level as listed below. 

  

SK-13: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-12 level applying statues, rules, regulations, and policies relating to the securities activities or filings under Federal securities laws that are pertinent to clearance and settlement of securities transactions; and applying generally-accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to complex financial instruments.


SK-14: In addition to the experience described at the GS/SK-13 applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-13 level providing technical advice and assistance in the areas of accounting principles and standards; conducting or directing examinations that are broad in scope; reviewing  financial statements; participating in the development of rules, policies or procedures to implement new accounting requirements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your resume will be evaluated on the listed KSAs in the occupational questionnaire for this announcement.

 

·         Knowledge of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933

·         Ability to perform regulatory activities including examinations, data analysis and monitoring

·         Ability to effectively communicate concepts or regulatory activity results

·         Ability to work in a team environment


Important Notes:

 

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. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in 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

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees:  For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position.

 

Schedule A Candidates: For information, please e-mail: DisabilityEmploymentProgram@SEC.gov

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. Preference-eligible veterans who have at least 10 percent compensable service-connected disability, and who have met the basic qualification requirements, will be placed ahead of other applicants in the highest category.

 

There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISSPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) are 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.

 

The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, send an email to DisabilityAccommodation@SEC.gov  or call 202-551-4158.  To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email to SECInterpreter@sec.gov at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service.

 

TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see: http://fts.gsa.gov/frs/tollfree.htm.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package.

 

All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, May 31, 2013 to be considered.

 

Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the Occupational Questionnaire, Résumé, and Required Documents. Please read all instructions before you begin. You are solely responsible for the delivery of your materials. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, etc.

 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 887241.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and

3. Fax 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:

For this job announcement the following documents are required:

 

1. Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

2. Résumé

3. For Veterans: DD-214; For Disabled Veterans: DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later (if you are claiming veterans preference)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Donnis M. Wallace
Phone: (202)551-7467
Fax: (202)777-1028
Email: WALLACED@SEC.GOV
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC
20549 Fax: (202)777-1028

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After a review of your résumé, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, 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.


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Job Announcement Number:

13-DE-887241-DW

Control Number:

343448800