Applicants must provide documentation (such as a transcript, professional certificate, letter from panel, etc) to show they meet the Basic Requirements, either Alternative A or Alternative B for this position:
Alternative 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 or auditing courses. The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.
Alternative B: A combination of education and 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. Applicant's background must also include one of the following:
(1) 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality (including up to 6 semester hours of business law);
(2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor ; or
(3) Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing (at least 15 semester hours) provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and related fields that is equivalent to a four-year course of study leading to a degree as described in Alternative 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 basic requirements, applicants must also meet the following:
For GS-09: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07; or its non-Federal equivalent OR master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR a combination of education as described and specialized experience.
For GS-11: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09; or its non-Federal equivalent OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR a combination of education as described and specialized experience.
For GS-12: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11; or its non-Federal equivalent. There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 level.
For GS-13: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12; or its non-Federal equivalent. There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level.
NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-0510 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.
Specialized experience is any experience that equipped the applicant with the particular competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-09 level: work experience that required a professional knowledge of accounting principles, theory, and concepts; and auditing techniques; applying accounting and auditing standards to coordinate the financial activities of an organization and performing duties such as designing, developing, operating or inspecting accounting systems; developing audit plans, prescribing accounting standards, policies and requirements; examining analyzing and interpreting accounting data, records and reports; or advising or assisting management on accounting and financial management matters.
Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-11 level: professional accounting/auditing work experience in preparing accounting and financial reports for use by others; analyzing and reconciling reports to reflect an organization's financial activities and status of funds; performing audits or compliance reviews; designing, developing, examining and interpreting accounting data, statements and reports for management's use; and reviewing the financial statements and reports for the purpose of maintaining integrity of financial information and monitoring program effectiveness.
Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-12 level: professional accounting/auditing work experience in preparing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting accounting data; operating, maintaining, and modifying accounting systems; conducting audits or compliance reviews, using accounting information to recommend solutions to management problems and structuring of organization programs; managing, operating, and analyzing cost accounting systems in connection with other business activities; designing, implementing, and assessing internal control processes and systems.
Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-13 level: applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) knowledge to extensive and complex assignments, by recommending proposed accounting policies, procedures, and standards; experience planning and coordinating of studies and analysis to determine borrower's accounting objectives are being achieved, and of accounting systems; experience analyzing accounting systems or modifying and adapting conventional accounting and analytical techniques to solve a variety of accounting problems.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating will be used for this vacancy. We will review your resume and transcript (if required) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories, 'Best-Qualified', 'Well-Qualified', or 'Qualified' based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. These responses must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may be changed, which could result in a category change for your application or elimination from consideration.
The occupational questions will evaluate you on the following competencies: Accounting; Financial Management; Audit Review; Written Communication; and Oral Communication.
Names of candidates in the 'Best-Qualified' category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.
The description of the categories is as follows:
Best-Qualified: Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.
Well-Qualified: Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.
Qualified: An overall basic level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.
Veterans' Preference: Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category.
For additional information on entitlement see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Well-Qualified category or higher. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.
**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted. To preview questions please click here.