Conditions of Employment
- Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.
- May need to complete a Probationary Period.
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer.
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
- U.S. Citizenship
- May be required to serve an 18-month probationary period
Conditions of Employment
You must be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Have an approved Reasonable Accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements.
Please see additional information regarding reasonable accommodations below.
Additional Language Regarding COVID-19
The Smithsonian Institution has a mandate requiring all employees (federal and trust), affiliated staff
(including volunteers, interns, and fellows), and the contractors who work with us to be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., onsite,
telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be
required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by
November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Smithsonian Institution, if after
November 22. The Smithsonian Institution will provide additional information regarding what
information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption
from this requirement. This requirement applies to employees, affiliated staff, contractors who are
working on-site, and those teleworking in whole or in part. Limited exemptions to the Smithsonian
Institution’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be considered on a case-by-case basis for selected
candidates who inform the Smithsonian that they cannot be vaccinated because of a disability, including
certain medical conditions the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers contraindications to the
vaccine, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Additional information
and instructions regarding Smithsonian’s COVID-19 mandate will be provided at the time of
Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:
Basic Requirements for Performance Auditors
Degree: auditing; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, public administration or accounting.
Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in performance auditing, or an equivalent combination of performance auditing experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional auditing knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
- A certificate as a Certified Internal Auditor or a Certified Public Accountant, obtained through written examination; or
- Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in auditing or accounting, e.g., 15 semester hours.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
In addition to the Basic Requirements above you must have the following:
GS-14: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as GS-13 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as planning and conducting audits, leading an audit team, reviewing the work of subordinates, writing audit reports, and making recommendations in connection with audits.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
- Knowledge of the theories, concepts, and practices of accounting and auditing and the skill and ability to apply this knowledge to a very broad spectrum of assignments.
- Provide effective technical advice and direction to team members.
- Knowledge of grammar and audit report writing sufficient to express ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing and to evaluate and improve the writing of others.
- Knowledge of presentation and speaking techniques sufficient to present and defend audit results and to represent the office before Smithsonian management.
- Develop the skills and abilities of subordinates, including identification of training needs, completion of performance appraisals, and recommendations to the Assistant Inspector General for Audits for promotions and other personnel actions.
If you are found qualified for this position and meet or exceed a predefined rating threshold from your questionnaire responses, you may be contacted by email to complete or submit additional assessments such as work samples, short essays, or other appropriate assessments within approximately one week of the job announcement closing. If you do not meet the rating threshold to move to the next evaluation stage, you will be notified promptly by email.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): If you are applying for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran and must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
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The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.