In addition to meeting the educational requirements for an Accountant, candidates must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level. Specialized Experience is defined as demonstrated experience leading major accounting projects involving extremely complex and pioneering financial matters on behalf of, or before, the Commission, a major electric or natural gas company, an energy industry association, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Demonstrated experience leading major accounting projects involve the research, analysis, and communication of solutions to address extremely complex and pioneering financial accounting and reporting matters.
You must meet the educational requirements for an Accountant:
- 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.")
- 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 oneof the following:
- Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
- A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a 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 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.
Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:
1)Knowledge of applicable energy and securities legislation (i.e., the Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, Interstate Commerce Act, and Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), Commission rules, regulations, policies, precedents, and decisions governing the regulation of public utilities, natural gas companies and/or oil pipeline companies and demonstrated skill in applying this knowledge to extremely complex and pioneering financial accounting and reporting issues.
2) Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and/or Regulatory Accounting Principles to develop and resolve highly complex financial accounting issues.
3) Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in applying forensic accounting theory, concepts, and practices to develop and resolve extremely complex and pioneering financial accounting and reporting issues.
4) Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, conduct, coordinate, manage and report on all aspects of extremely complex and pioneering financial accounting projects.
5) Demonstrated ability to conduct research and analysis of financial statements and disclosures filed with FERC and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissionaccounting to develop recommendations for the disposition of financial issues and take action to resolve, or coordinate the resolution of, financial issues.
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