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Job Title:Accountant, GS-510-5/7/9 (Recent Graduates)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Job Announcement Number:OCFO-2014-0022

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,415.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 to Monday, April 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time, Recent Graduates. - Excepted Service Appointment, at least 13 months.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

***One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement***
This position is part of the Recent Graduates Program. This program affords developmental experiences in the Federal government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or program. First consideration will be given the first 150 applicants or upon closing date, whichever comes first.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The office's primary function is to serve the principal advisor to the Secretary and Senior Officials on matters related to financial management, financial management systems, financial control and accounting, cooperative agreements, procurement, and discretionary grant policy.

This position may convert to a term, career or career-conditional appointment without further competition.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must complete a background investigation

DUTIES:

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As a Recent Graduate, the incumbent will perform a variety of routine technical accounting assignments that are structured to increase the employee's professional competence in the application of accounting principles, procedures, and techniques, e.g.:

Examining accounting documents for proper accounting classification and authorization; Performing reconciliations;
Analyzing a variety of accounts; Entering and processing data into various accounts and the general ledger; Adjusting differences between the general ledger and subsidiary accounts; Closing entries; Preparing monthly trial balances and financial reports; Developing automated accounting instructions and procedures for routine transactions;
Analyzing financial and statistical data from public or private sector accounts; Assisting in the negotiation of indirect cost rates for State Education Agencies, Non-Profit and Commercial organizations; etc.

The Recent Graduates Program enables individuals who lack experience to explore Federal civil service employment at the beginning of their careers.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements

A.    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 in business law.  OR

B.    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 one
of the following:
1.    Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality.  This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
2.    A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination, or
3.    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 demonstrated the ability to perform work of the GS-11 or higher 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.

(GS-7)

A college degree plus one of the indicators of academic success: graduated in the top third of college, university or major subdivision class (e.g., College of Liberal Arts); GPA was 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 in college coursework or in
last 2 years of coursework; GPA of 3.5 in major or in the last 2 years of courses in major; elected to membership in a national honor society (except for freshman honor societies) listed in the Association of College Honor Societies or
Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities.   OR

52 weeks of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be
filled.  This experience must be equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal government. Examples of such experience include: examining accounting documents for proper accounting classification and authorization; performing
reconciliations; analyzing a variety of accounts; entering and processing data into accounts and the general ledger; recognizing and adjusting differences between the general ledger and subsidiary accounts; preparing monthly trial
balances and financial reports; reviewing procedures related to the automated accounting systems; and reviewing financial data for completeness.  OR

Completion of one year of graduate education. OR

Combination of education and experience

(GS-9)

Two years of graduate education. OR

A master's degree or equivalent degree. OR

52 weeks of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be
filled.  This experience must be equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal government.  Examples of such experience include: closing entries; preparing monthly trial balances and financial reports; developing automated accounting instructions and procedures for routine transactions; and analyzing financial and statistical data from public or private sector accounts. OR

Combination of education and experience



(For full qualification go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp


A Recent Graduate must have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

To determine if you are the best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications requirement will be referred to the selecting official. It there are qualified preference eligible veterans, they will be referred first for consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

"THE SELECTION CERTIFICATES MAY BE SHARED AMONG PROGRAM OFFICES ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION"

“Veterans interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, may send an email to Iwork@ed.gov to schedule an appointment for a session.   Veterans Counseling Session must be placed in the subject line of the email.”

The Federal Government is committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing technical assistance and information on reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and identifying and removing barriers to work.  Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e. Schedule A).  People who are selected for a Federal job must meet the qualification requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit 

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

Student Loan Default
Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment.

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a a parent, marital status or political affiliation.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications submitted via EdHIRES must be received before midnight eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.  No extensions will be granted.  If you fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be
considered for this position.  If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  Applicants MUST CONTACT the Servicing Human Resources Office PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

WARNING!  Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume.  Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience
and education relevant to this position.   If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration.  You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications.  
Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below.  The section entitled "How to Apply" provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation.  All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.  You are encouraged to thoroughly review the list of supplement documents required.  It is critical to note that many documents may not pertain to you.  You are only required to submit those that apply to you.

 http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/appendix.html

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Ike Gilbert
Phone: 206-607-1667
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Ike.Gilbert@ed.gov
Agency Information:
EDUCATION-OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
915 Second Avenue
Room 3388
Seattle, WA
98174
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your application status by the servicing personnel specialist via e-mail.  It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file.  You may
also check the status of your application at www.USAJOBS.opm.gov

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Job Announcement Number:

OCFO-2014-0022

Control Number:

366740200