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Job Title:Accountant, GS-0510-11/12 MP

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:DFM-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 03, 2014 to Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current or former Fed employees with competitive status obtained through a permanent Federal competitive service appointment OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.

This opportunity is also open to all US citizens under announcement DFM-2014-0002.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF.
This position is located in the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, Division of Financial Management, Accounting Operations Branch. The Division is responsible for the development, coordination and direction of financial management policies, programs and operations and for the design and operation of an efficient and effective automated accounting system. The Branch is responsible for the maintenance of the official accounting records for the NSF and, prepares internal and external financial reports to meet the financial requirements of the Foundation.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship.
  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.

DUTIES:

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The National Science Foundation is seeking an Accountant who maintains, prepares, and presents financial management information on behalf of the Foundation.  The Accountant monitors, inputs, corrects, and reconciles financial activity, and evaluates the context, accuracy, and timeliness of the agency's General Ledger and subsidiary accounts.  In addition, the Accountant prepares and reports financial information to internal and external stakeholders, including Treasury, OMB, auditors, and trading partners.  Specific duties include the following: 

  • Prepares both internal and external financial statements and reports, in accordance with federal requirements and accounting standards, to accurately reflect the activities and operations of the Foundation and its programs.
  • Analyzes and reconciles intergovernmental balances, and works with other federal agencies to identify and resolve differences, to support and improve government-wide financial reporting.
  • Determines whether accounting transactions are consistent with prescribed coding and that transactions are processed in accordance with US Standard General Ledger definitions.
  • Reconciles and evaluates the content, accuracy and timeliness of the Foundation's General Ledger and subsidiary accounts.
  • Analyzes and interprets financial data in order to detect trends and identify needed corrective measures and processes to improve systems accuracy and utility.
  • Analyzes and assesses current and historical financial data for the purpose of developing special reports for use in improving the efficiency, accuracy and usefulness of available financial data.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must: 1. Possess a Ph.D. degree OR equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a such a degree that has equipped you to perform the duties of this position. OR 2. Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: use of automated accounting systems to find, review or change accounting data in automated files of transactions, ledgers, accounts, and summary reports and financial statements. OR 3. Have related graduate level education and specialized experience as described above that when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position. To qualify at the GS-12, you need to have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples include: independently conducting tasks analyzing program operations for impact upon the accounting/financial management system; analyzing program trends/anomalies in accounting system transactions; analyzing specific problem areas arising within the accounting system or program operations and devising solutions; and evaluating the current status of accounting or reporting systems. In addition to meeting the requirements described above, you must meet one of the following basic education requirements for accountant positions to qualify at either the GS-11 or the GS-12 levels: 1. A degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. This may include up to 6 semester hours of credit in business law; OR 2. A combination of education and experience that includes 4 years of experience in accounting or a combination of accounting experience, college level education, and training and included one of the following: 1) 24 semester hours in appropriate accounting or auditing courses (can include semester 6 hours of business law); 2) certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, from a written exam; 3) degree that included substantial accounting or auditing courses, (i.e.,15 or more semester hours), but less than 24 semester hours and have worked successfully at the full-working level in accounting, auditing, or a related field and a panel of at least 2 higher level professional accountants or auditors have determined that you demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and related fields. Your application package must include proof of meeting educational requirements.


You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in "Qualifications."

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.
Your application package must include proof of meeting educational requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least “Very Good” on the questionnaire.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.
This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations with the National Science Foundation.
 

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NOTE: THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION TOOL IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS POSITION BUT ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED.  THE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB. ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS LISTED ARE OPTIONAL.

If you are an NSF employee in a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status.

If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under a noncompetitive special appointing authority, under an Interchange Agreements, or
similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or comparable federal agency form if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
2. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.
3. Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.
4. Other – Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph.  Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Karen Stemler
Phone: 703-292-8401
Fax: 703-292-2466
TDD: 703-292-5090
Email: kstemler@nsf.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
22230
US
Fax: 703-292-2466

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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Job Announcement Number:

DFM-2014-0001

Control Number:

358485600