Job Overview


About the Agency

The Supervisory Senior Operating Accountant is responsible for the accuracy and integrity of one or more of the Library’s accounting programs, including general ledger, subsidiary and central accounting functions, which includes accounting and control of the Library’s appropriated funds, reimbursable activities, revolving funds, gift and trust funds and cross-servicing agreements with other agencies.
Basic Requirements
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 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 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.


Plans and organize the work within the Financial Reports Office. Assigns, directs, and reviews the work of subordinate employees, consisting of accountants, financial management specialists/technicians, and clerical staff up to the GS-13 level. Evaluates employee work performance through the formal performance management system and through informal feedback. Ensures the necessary training and development of employees are completed; recommends selections, promotions, status changes, awards, and disciplinary actions. Resolves informal complaints and grievances; reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and time and attendance. Ensures subordinates comply with safety regulations.

Maintains one or more complete accounting programs by applying knowledge of accounting systems and related appropriation programs. Format new reports to satisfy management’s information requirements. Create new account structures and procedural instructions to gather new information or satisfy regulatory or legislative changes. Examine and approve documents, records and processes to assure conformance with generally accepted accounting principles, new operating procedures, and revised regulations.

Resolves problems and responds to inquiries concerning financial statements and reports, case controls, and other accounting operations. Coordinates preparation of reports and provides other needed information.

Prepares comprehensive consolidated financial statements and reports for submission to the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, other Federal agencies, fund managers, other entities.