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.")
B. A 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 a 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, 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 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 of 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
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.
Qualifying experience for the SK-12 includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-11 level performing professional accounting work that includes:
(i) analyzing key financial, operational, and/or risk metrics related to a complex financial institution such as a broker-dealer, primary dealer, clearing agency, commercial bank, or hedge fund; and reporting results or findings of such analysis; OR
(ii) providing quantitative and qualitative deliverables to higher level analysts / accountants for assignments focused on topics related to the control functions of a financial services firm; e.g., risk management, accounting treatment, capital treatment, financing structures, assessment of risk controls, or analysis of new or complex financial instruments such as derivatives, leveraged finance commitments, or structured products, etc.
Qualifying experience for the SK-13 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-12 level performing professional accounting work that includes:
(i) analyzing key financial, operational, and/or risk metrics related to a complex financial institution such as a broker-dealer, primary dealer, clearing agency, commercial bank, or hedge fund; reporting results or findings of such analysis; and taking management-directed actions based on the results; OR
(ii) planning or conducting projects focused on topics related to the control functions of a financial services firm; e.g., risk management, accounting treatment, capital treatment, financing structures, assessment of risk controls, or analysis of new or complex financial instruments such as derivatives, leveraged finance commitments, or structured products, etc.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your resume will be evaluated on the following KSAs:
· Skill in providing accounting advice and analyzing diverse datasets for an assigned area of responsibility.
· Skill in applying accounting knowledge to difficult assignments related to one or more program emphasis areas, such as: broker-dealer, OTC derivative dealer, security-based swap dealer, and/or clearing agency supervision and/or inspection; prudential supervision and risk analysis; market supervision; or municipal finance.
· Skill in oral and written communication and ability to interact with senior management.
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.
There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.