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Job Title:  Supervisory Accountant (Assistant Branch Chief)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:  24MR-2013-0015

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 17, 2013 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6MR-2013-0013. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) & Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) Financial Systems and Reporting Branch, Financial Management Division is responsible for the implementation of the overall integrated fiscal accounting system, methods, procedures, related reports, techniques, and forms.  The incumbent participates with the Branch Chief and higher level management officials in planning, developing, and executing Branch activities and leads in providing administrative direction and supervision of Branch staff.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

APHIS is an emergency response agency.  This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Participates fully with Branch Chief in the overall formulation of current and long-range policies and programs relating to Agency financial management systems, policies, reporting, and operations for activities of the Branch.
  • Ensures the preparation of long-range plans for the development and installation of a fully integrated financial management system and coordinates the efforts of other management divisions and program officials to achieve integration of financial management data.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to all levels of Agency personnel on major and complex financial operations, reporting, and systems problems.
  • Directs and coordinates execution of approved policies and programs and participates in the management of operating programs.
  • Leads workgroups in designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining new national accounting and financial management systems for AMS and GIPSA, as new requirements develop.
  • Identifies and implements improvements to the AMS and GIPSA accounting systems that will provide financial information necessary for daily decision-making by management, budget control, and other agency needs.
  • Provides system interface and expertise on accounting data integrity among accounting systems and assists in ensuring effective coordination between financial management systems and other administrative program systems (e.g. property, procurement, personnel, etc.).
  • Plans, directs, and conducts special reviews of financial problem areas and advises program officials on compliance with the existing regulations and procedures for operating the accounting system, evaluates the need for improvements based on results of the reviews, and makes recommendations to eliminate problem areas or generally improve financial management.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


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 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.


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:

  1. Twenty-four 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.

TRANSCRIPTS are required. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE: Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Formulating and recommending policies and procedures related to accounting and financial management systems, financial reporting, and financial operations.
  • Establishing and ensuring the overall execution of programs, goals, and objectives, and taking a lead role in providing administrative oversight of staff. 
  • Participating in and/or leading workgroups in designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining new national accounting and financial management systems, ensuring new systems meet proper accounting and financial requirements.
  • Conducting in-depth reviews of financial reports to identify problems with data integrity, analyzing and researching financial and accounting issues and recommending courses of actions and solutions, and providing technical advice and assistance to all levels of personnel on major and complex financial operations, reporting, and systems problems.
  • Working with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to prepare financial statements, footnotes, and supplemental information; participating on department financial statement policy groups; and responding to departmental requests and deliverables. 
  • Reviewing general ledger accounts and reconciling trial balances on an on-going basis; identifying, researching, and correcting abnormal and erroneous balances and transactions; and reviewing and reconciling subsidiary ledgers and feeder system transactions with the general ledger.
  • Recommending changes to strengthen internal control or correct inadequacies in the accounting system and reviewing and analyzing audit and investigation reports to determine corrective actions.
  • Planning, supervising, and reviewing work of subordinate staff and developing performance standards, evaluating staff’s work performance, and providing advice, counsel, and instructions to staff on both technical and administrative matters.
  • Interviewing candidates for positions in the Branch and recommending appointments, promotions, or reassignments.

Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period.
  • If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • Transcripts must be submitted for this position.


  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Professional knowledge of accounting principles, theories, methodology, and techniques
    • Ability to apply analytical methods, tools, and techniques (to identify and resolve financial and/or accounting issues – accounting tools and techniques)
    • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and manage work (in order to deal with rapidly changing program and financial deadlines)
    • Skill in written and oral communications (in order to tactfully deal with others regarding accounting policy and procedures
    • Supervisory competencies – accountability, conflict management, developing others, human capital management, leveraging diversity, other supervisory competencies
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To preview questions please click here.


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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (see links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)

    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
  • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.

    Phone: 612-336-3326
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status. No additional correspondence will be sent.

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