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Job Title:Budget Technician

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:AZSHRO 13-140 DEU-TRM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 19, 2013 to Thursday, October 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0561-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 4 Years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Flagstaff, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

This is a Term position. Initial appointment is 13 months with possible extensions up to 4 years.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is primarily sedentary.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in an office setting.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Flagstaff, Arizona has a population of approximately 55,000 and is at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Flagstaff is located 80 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Clear, sunny days with low relative humidity characterize Flagstaff's climate. Summers are warm with high temperatures in the 80's and frequent afternoon monsoon thunderstorms. Winters are cold with temperatures averaging in the 20's, and snow averaging around 80 inches. Flagstaff offers complete medical, dental and shopping services, along with excellent educational opportunities at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. The country that surrounds Flagstaff is some of the most fascinating and beautiful in the southwest. A day on the road may take you from lush, green forests to the rugged, colorful desert. Several Indian Reservations, the San Francisco Peaks, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, several national monuments and parks including Grand Canyon National Park known throughout the world for its overwhelming size, intricate and colorful landscape, and as one of the most spectacular examples of arid land erosions in the world, are accessible from Flagstaff.

 

For position specific information contact Kevin Parkes (928) 638-7420.

 


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KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Current valid driver's license required
  • Position may require some travel
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service

DUTIES:

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Assists in preparation and maintenance of an annual budget. Illustrative tasks include collecting and providing costs, work force data, procurement requirements, and other related information, extracting from a variety of sources. Adjusts, revises and updates current year operating budget, as required, due to various changes made in allotments or accounts. Coordinates the current fiscal year budget by checking form and accuracy of information, consolidating project work plans into appropriate accounting categories, aiding in work scheduling, and establishing controls to maintain continuing cost accounting information. Determines and assigns appropriate account information to major projects/activities.

Makes financial reviews throughout the fiscal year, ensuring that allocations are not exceeded and that surpluses or shortages are identified. Advises appropriate program managers regarding the status.Tracks obligations, expenditures, and accounts receivables, and reconciles in-house records with official accounting office reports. Recognizes errors which appear, researches the source of the errors, and initiates adjustment documents to correct erroneous entries. Keeps supervisor informed of existing or potential problem areas. Prepares expenditure transfers and other adjustment vouchers to effect changes to information entered into the official accounting system (e.g. account numbers, authorized limits, or amounts). Assists in the administration of the Park travel management system including establishing base profiles, setting up travel groups, assigning account numbers, assisting travel liaisons and employee users through system processes and error messages, and examining and validating claims for reimbursement against travel authorizations. Assists in the administration of the Park's travel charge card program for the Park including review and submittal of charge account applications, closing accounts, maintaining charge card user profiles, transferring erroneous charges between individual and central billing accounts, and performing quarterly audits of charge card accounts. Assists in the administration of the Park's motor pool accounts; including posting of monthly obligations for motor pool use, and processing of bills for leased vehicles. Researches, validates and posts payroll corrections as needed in the Park's accounting system; posts obligations, accruals, and corrections into the accounting system.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement,  TAG:Closing Date.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

QUALIFICATIONS : To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

For GS-05: You must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level. OR

Education: Successfully completed 4 years of higher education above the high school level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. (YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR YOUR EDUCATION) Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements:· For GS-5 level positions only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

Examples of Specialized Experience: performed work where your primary responsibility was financial management (i.e. worked as an Accounting Technician or Finance Technician, etc.); performed work where your primary function was formulating, interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, standards or procedures to specific issues; performed financial/budget work that regularly required you to explain or provide guidance to others on laws, regulations, policies or procedures; financial/budget work that required you to evaluate, monitor, or ensure compliance with laws, regulations, procedures, etc; work that required you to obtain necessary documentation, certification or approvals in support of actions taken; work that required you to make adjustments or changes in budgetary procedures and/or processes due to changes in agency, departmental or organizational policies, programs or funding guidelines; assists in preparation and maintenance of an annual budget, etc.

For GS-06: You must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. OR

Education: Successfully completed 4 years of higher education above the high school level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. (YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR YOUR EDUCATION)

Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements:  For GS-6 level positions only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

Examples of Specialized Experience: performed work where your primary responsibility was financial management (i.e. worked as an Accounting Technician or Finance Technician, etc.); performed work where your primary function was formulating, interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, standards or procedures to specific issues; performed financial/budget work that regularly required you to explain or provide guidance to others on laws, regulations, policies or procedures; financial/budget work that required you to evaluate, monitor, or ensure compliance with laws, regulations, procedures, etc; work that required you to obtain necessary documentation, certification or approvals in support of actions taken; work that required you to make adjustments or changes in budgetary procedures and/or processes due to changes in agency, departmental or organizational policies, programs or funding guidelines; assists in preparation and maintenance of an annual budget, etc.

For GS-07: You must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level. OR

Education: Successfully completed 4 years of higher education above the high school level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. (YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR YOUR EDUCATION)

Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements:· For GS-7 level positions only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

Examples of Specialized Experience: performed work where your primary responsibility was financial management (i.e. worked as an Accounting Technician or Finance Technician, etc.); performed work where your primary function was formulating, interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, standards or procedures to specific issues; performed financial/budget work that regularly required you to explain or provide guidance to others on laws, regulations, policies or procedures; financial/budget work that required you to evaluate, monitor, or ensure compliance with laws, regulations, procedures, etc; work that required you to obtain necessary documentation, certification or approvals in support of actions taken; work that required you to make adjustments or changes in budgetary procedures and/or processes due to changes in agency, departmental or organizational policies, programs or funding guidelines; assists in preparation and maintenance of an annual budget, etc.


 


Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE 

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.

Requirements

1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. 
  

  • Knowledge of the Federal budget processes and financial management practices and procedures, and the ability to assist with administration of a large and complex budget.
  • Skill in using automated financial and budget tracking systems, such as the Federal Business Management system (FBMS), Administrative Financial Systems (AFS3/AFS4), Over-the-Counter Network (OTCNet) check scanning system, Pay/Gov system for electronic processing of bills for collection and bill payments or equivalent systems. Skill in using Excel spreadsheet software. Ability to independently use these systems to enter and retrieve financial data.
  • Ability to independently analyze constantly changing budgetary situations to insure adequacy of funding, discern trends and problem areas, determine the need for adjustments, make corrections, and to identify unfunded needs or requirements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to explain, interpret, justify or defned program legislation, funding guidelines, budget estimates, and other program and/or financial information.

  • All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated in your application package, If your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies.

    You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

    Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
    Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 
    Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
    Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

    VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.). Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

    Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order:   (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


    BENEFITS:

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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:

    Flexible Spending Accounts

    Health Insurance

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    Life Insurance

    Long Term Care Insurance

    Retirement Program

    NOTE: Retirement contributions into the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) have changed for National Park Service employees who will be hired after January 1, 2013. New full-time employees will have to pay higher employee contributions, an increase of 2.3 percent of salary.  New FERS employees will contribute 3.1% into the FERS pension fund and new Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters will contribute 3.6% into the FERS pension fund. To read more about the law, go to http://www.opm.gov/retire/pubs/bals/2012/12-104.pdf



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to www.opm.gov/ctap

    2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

    4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:  https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

    5. Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the target grade level of GS-07. Applicants selected for career ladder positions may be promoted to the target grade without further competition when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion to the next higher grade is not guaranteed and is contingent upon the above criteria. Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    6. Relocation expenses may be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale. Expenses may be limited in some cases if new to the government.

    7. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

    8. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 03, 2013 to receive consideration.
    * To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    * Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
    * To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    * To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 960830.
    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 03, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
    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:

    Required Documents:
    Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
    Transcripts -- if qualifications are based on education

    • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
    • Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
    • Response to Assessment Questionnaire
    • Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed


    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Shirley D. Haider
    Phone: (928)638-7400
    Email: SHIRLEY_HAIDER@NPS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office
    MAIL NOT
    ACCEPTED, AZ
    86001

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made 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.

    Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

    View Occupational Questionnaire


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    Job Announcement Number:

    AZSHRO 13-140 DEU-TRM

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    351523400