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Job Title:Budget Officer

Agency:National Mediation Board

Job Announcement Number:NMB-2014-01 (1005649)-STW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 to Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0560-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Budget Officer is located in the Office of Administration (OA) and reports to the OA Supervisor.  The incumbent is responsible for formulation of the NMB’s budget estimates and supporting justifications in accordance with OMB Circular Number A-11, and other associated requirements.  The incumbent ensures documentation and other supporting material is developed for use by the Board Members and Chief of Staff in explaining and defending agency budget requests before OMB, Congressional committees, and other groups.  The incumbent develops apportionment and reapportionment requests, annual budgets, quarterly allotment plans for executing the budget, funds statements for the execution of programs and projects, and monitors obligations against approved apportionment and financial plans, and recommends appropriate reprogramming actions and/or supplemental appropriation requests to cover forecasted funding shortfalls. 

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Submit a complete application and all supporting documents
  • Complete the online questionnaire
  • Background and/or Security Investigation Required
  • Ability to pass drug screening

DUTIES:

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1.  Budget Formulation – The primary individual responsible for preparing and coordinating the overall NMB budget submission.  Working with the department directors in preparing and explaining the individual departmental budget to inclusion into the overall NMB budget.  Responsibilities include providing budgetary data to OMB, the Congress, and other Federal agencies as necessary.

2.  Budget Execution – Develops financial plans for the NMB which includes annual budget amounts, quarterly allotments and apportionment and reapportionment requests.  Continuously analyzes obligations against approved financial plans, resolves forecasting problems and recommends financial solutions as required.  Which includes financial planning, funds control, cost Control, and Expenditure control.

3. Prepares budget trends and analyses to determine the effectiveness of the NMB’s programs and operating activities.

4. Reviews proposed appropriation and supplemental appropriation requests and make recommendation to management on changes, if necessary. 

5. Provides authoritative advice and assistance to NMB staff on the full range of budgeting to include formulation, justification and execution areas.

6.  Reviews and comments on OMB, GAO, Treasury, GSA, and agency policy and procedural matters related to budgetary/financial activities and implement them when they take effect.

7.  Oversees preparation of required OMB and Treasury financial statements.  Represents NMB in negotiations with the cross-service provider, independent auditors, and representative from other government entities.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS: 14 I have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is experience related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Experience such as budget administration, fiscal principles, budget policies and practices sufficient to independently consolidate and prepare budget schedules. Prepare financial plans, request and determine funding distributions, complete reprogramming request, and accomplish cost/budget variance analysis and reporting. To be qualified your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate mastery of the budget concepts, practices, methods and structure of appropriations, financial coding structure and relationships among appropriations; Expert ability to interpret, apply and explain budget instructions administrative memorandum and regulatory guidelines from a procedural, technical standpoint; Expert ability to analyze and relate financial data to work plans, business plans, and strategic plans. In addition, at this level your experience should include: Ability to make representations to executives, persuasively and convincingly; Ability to independently manage time, balance priorities and work effectively under pressure of tight timeframes and changing conditions; Expert skills in using computer application for word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and communications programs; Expert knowledge of analytical and problem-solving techniques.

 

 


    

   

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. 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 and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

How You Will Be Evaluated: Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:

Best qualifiedCandidates who possess experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate qualify ranking factor(s). Candidates are highly proficient in all of the job requirements and can perform effectively in the position almost immediately or within a minimum amount of training and/or orientation.

Well qualifiedThe next lower category for candidates that meet the minimum qualification of the position and are proficient in most, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require minimum training and/or orientation in order to perform the duties of the position.

Qualified – This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/HiringReformRequirements/CategoryRating/index.aspx.

Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures. 

1. Knowledge of the budget process and all associated policies

2. Skill in analysis and comparison of program content

3. Knowledge of accounting programs, financial systems and all associated policies

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January  2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. These benefits include, but are not limited to: health care, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, annual and sick leave, long-term care insurance, and retirement savings plans, transit subsidies. For more information about these benefits, please visit http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are an eligible 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 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 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.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. 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 .



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID  1005649.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
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:

The following documents are required:

1. Résumé 

2. Responses to the questionnaire

3. Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate)

4. SF-50 (or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee)

5. Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee

6. OF-306 Declarations for Federal Employment http://www.opm.gov/Forms/html/OF.asp

Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

·    Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number TAG:VacancyID,

·    Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

·    You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.

·    Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

·    Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

·    Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

·    Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

SAMANTHA T. WILLIAMS
Phone: (202)692-5006
TDD: (202)692-5001
Email: WILLIAMS@NMB.GOV
Agency Information:
National Mediation Board
1301 K Street NW
Suite 250-E
Washington, DC
20005-7011

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  
The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.


Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 1005649


1. Title of Job

Budget Officer


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

The following six questions will be used to determine your status with the Federal government and how we process your application. If you do not meet one of the following five Other Employment questions, leave the section blank. If you meet one of the statements you must support your answer with the appropriate documentation at the time of application. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, current and former civil service employees must provide a copy of their last SF-50 that shows their type of appointment and career status. Answer all questions that apply.


Are you are currently a permanent (nontemporary) civilian competitive service employee in a Federal agency?


Are you a former civilian Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service? (Generally, this means you have served three years on a permanent career-conditional appointment in the competitive service of the Federal government.)


Are you a former civilian Federal employee who served on a career-conditional appointment and you were separated less than three years ago without achieving career status in the competitive service?


Are you eligible for a noncompetitive appointment to the Federal government under authorities for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteer from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc.?


Are you currently in or have you previously held a permanent Federal position at the same grade level, with the same or higher promotion potential as this vacancy?


I am a status candidate and I also want to be considered under the competitive process.


6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level (14-14) you will accept.


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11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

You may omit the availability date if you can begin work immediatley. Otherwise you must provide the date you will be available for employment. Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)


17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Budget Officer (Open Competitive-All US Citizens)
002 Budget Officer (Merit Promotion- Status Candidates)

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


110000001 District of Columbia, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

Please insert the total number of years and months of your job related experience.


24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. I have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is experience related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Experience such as budget administration, fiscal principles, budget policies and practices sufficient to independently consolidate and prepare budget schedules. Prepare financial plans, request and determine funding distributions, complete reprogramming request, and accomplish cost/budget variance analysis and reporting. To be qualified your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate mastery of the budget concepts, practices, methods and structure of appropriations, financial coding structure and relationships among appropriations; Expert ability to interpret, apply and explain budget instructions administrative memorandum and regulatory guidelines from a procedural, technical standpoint; Expert ability to analyze and relate financial data to work plans, business plans, and strategic plans. In addition, at this level your experience should include: Ability to make representations to executives, persuasively and convincingly; Ability to independently manage time, balance priorities and work effectively under pressure of tight timeframes and changing conditions; Expert skills in using computer application for word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and communications programs; Expert knowledge of analytical and problem-solving techniques

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Conduct strategic planning, budget development, and project management activities.

3. Facilitate teams in conducting analyses, developing goals, objectives, and strategies, and in other strategic, tactical, budgetary, and business planning activities.

4. Conduct management level presentations to propose solutions, relay strategic direction, supply project status information and budget requirements.

5. Explain technical information to a non-technical audience in writing.

6.

Promote or develop and maintain good working relationships with key individuals or groups

7.

Create/build budgetary tables in MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for budget hearings before Congress and management

8.

Lead budget formulation activities for formulating projected costs for program operations

9.

Use project management tools such as Microsoft Project to create and execute a project plan, manage resources, risks, elevate issues and deliver product(s) within specific timeframe

10.

Perform the full complement of budgetary functions and duties associated with all phases of the budget process (e.g., formulation, justification, presentation, and execution) for specific assigned projects

11.

Review and comment on OMB, GAO, Treasury, GSA and agency policy and procedural matters related to budgetary activities and implement them when they take effect

12.

Prepare apportionment/reapportionment request for submission to OMB and/or the Congress in accordance with OMB Circular No 11

13.

Enter estimates into OMB's MAX systems, ensuring estimates are reliable and current

14.

Compile budgetary information in accordance with requirements prescribed in OMB Circular Number A-11 and other sources

15.

Participate in developing financial plans which includes annual budget amounts, quarterly allotments and apportionment and reapportionment request

16.

Keeps abreast of legislative development which affect amount to be appropriated for agency programs and administrative activities

17.

Understand and ability to interpret appropriation law and the legislative process applicable to public fiscal priorities

18.

Interpret legislation to respond to questions about budget requests raised by Congressional personnel and their staff

19.

Make appropriate adjustments to program budgets to conform to the desires and intent of Congress

20. Review and compare current trends with budgeted expectations

21.

Identify problem areas and recommend resolutions in performing budgetary analysis

22.

Prepare allotments for assigned accounts  

23.

Prepare justifications for budget submission ensuring budgeted formulation data is accurate   

24.

Independently develop an agency budget 

25.

Which of the following best describes your experience using Federal Acquisition Regulations

26.

Which of the following best describes your experience using Office of Management and Budget Circular A-11

27.

Which of the following best describes your experience using Appropriations Law

28.

Prepare the majority part of the budget during the Congressional Budget process

29.

Experience working with budgets for appropriated funds

30.

Experience researching and applying federal accounting principles

31. Act as an advisor on budget appeals for OMB pass-back

32.

Act as an advisor on budget guidance development

33. Act as an advisor Program financial performance reviews

34.

Act as an advisor Budget planning preparation

35.

Participate in budget execution activities

 

36.

Coordinate responses to budget inquiries

37.

Provide budget advice to program offices

38.

Prepare and present trend analysis of past, current, and upcoming fiscal year budgets for leadership

39. Generate weekly/quarterly status reports

40. Write operational procedures

41. Prepare statistical and narrative evidence and justification to support budget requests

42. Develop strategies for presenting budget to management and to Congress

43.

Prepares special analyses and reports such as evaluations of the effectiveness of the agency's budgeting program, or special budget analyses of operating activities

44.

Analyze budget data to ensure Congressional intent is accurately described in materials

45. Monitor assigned programs continually to anticipate additional budgetary requirements

46.

Research, compile, and summarize data concerning personnel salaries, expenses, or similar object class and line item information

47.

Prepare Budget trend analyses

48.

Prepare impact analyses

49.

Prepare monthly/quarterly financial reports

50.

Prepare program performance measurement and reporting

51.

Coordinates and/or reconciles apportionment/reapportionment request with accounting staff entries in the general ledger

52.

Promote or develop and maintain good working relationships with key individuals or groups

53.

Reviews agency plans with respect to operating cost, staffing levels, and the relationship with financial and planning objectives

54.

Evaluate current agency wide budget estimates against operating results, costs, and obligation and expenditure rates for prior years

55.

Maintain records of apportionment and/or obligation balances

56. Formulate a budget that includes maintenance, information technology and salaries and expenses

57.

Which of the following best describes your experience using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

58.

Which of the following best describes your experience using Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS)

59.

Which of the following best describes your experience using United States Standard General Ledger

60.

Which of the following best describes your experience using General Accountability Office Standards

61.

Which of the following best describes your experience using Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA)

62.

Which of the following best describes your experience using Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA)

63. Experience analyzing compliance with the Anti-Deficiency Act

64.

Review of budget and program data to determine additional funding needs or need to reprogram funds

65.

Which of the following best describes your experience working with Oracle enterprise reporting package used in the past three years

66. Which of the following best describes your experience working in Microsoft Excel: (1) pivot tables; (2) lookup tables; (3) logical functions


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Job Announcement Number:

NMB-2014-01 (1005649)-STW

Control Number:

356639200