Job Title: Accountant, GS-0510-12/13 MPJob Announcement Number: DFM-2014-0003
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Monday, February 03, 2014 to
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
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 Grantee Cash Management Section (CGMS), Cash Management Branch (CMB), Division of Financial Management (DFM), Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management (BFA), National Science Foundation (NSF). 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.
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DUTIES:Back to top
The National Science Foundation is seeking an Accountant in the Grantee Cash Management Section (GCMS). GCMS utilized the Award Cash Management Service (ACM$) and FastLane to provide payment and post award financial functions for all Federal assistance programs awarded by NSF. ACM$ receives input from the NSF Award Management System and the Financial Accounting System to provide a centralized grant payment and financial information service to over 1,700 recipient organizations holding in excess of 48,000 active awards for which over $6.9 billion is disbursed on an annual basis. Specific duties include the following:
- Analyzes all financial reports related to recipient payment activity and gives guidance to grant recipients regarding the resolution of differences and other problems. Examines, interprets records and analyzes accounting data, records, and reports pertaining to multiple accounts with one or more accounting, grants management or grant payment systems or subsystems.
- Completes various payment methods i.e. ACH, FedWire, and check and advises or recommends changes to the GCMS Head on the most efficient method to use in assisting recipients in obtaining Federal funds.
- Maintains liaison with the Division of Grants and Agreements, NSF Program Offices and grant recipients in all matters involving payment and financial activities.
- Serves as senior accountant assisting the GCMS Section Head in providing professional accounting expertise and leadership to a staff of employees in the professional accounting classification series.
- Makes on-site and virtual visits to grant recipient institutions to advise and coordinate the fiscal aspects of the various grant programs financed through NSF.
- Reviews the impact of systems changes/enhancements.
- Analyzes the effect of the various payment methods i.e. ACH, FedWire, and Check and advises or recommends changes to the GCMS Head on the most efficient method to use in assisting recipients in obtaining Federal funds.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
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. To qualify at the GS-13, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: designing, developing, operating, or inspecting accounting systems; prescribing accounting standards, policies, and requirements; examining, analyzing, and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports; or advising or assisting management on accounting and financial management matters. 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-12 or the GS-13 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.
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