Office of the Secretary Staff Accountant (DE/CR) in Washington, District Of Columbia
Summary This position is located in the Office of Financial Management (OFM), Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Commerce (DOC). Responsibilities The incumbent performs a variety of assignments using a professional knowledge of accounting principles and procedures. The incumbent also performs certain office support functions and provides assistance duties for the office. Major duties for this position include, but are not limited to: Assist in visualization of data sets using data visualization tools to present correlations and relationships. Document the results of transaction or process reviews and evaluations in workpapers. Assist in preparing reports based on the results of evaluation to bureau and senior leadership. Analyze data sets and utilize financial analysis techniques to interpret, identify, and communicate trends and patterns. Review, analyst, evaluate, or audit accounting records/financial transactions, systems, and processes. Use data mining, extract information from data sets and identify correlations and patterns. Using tools and techniques to visualize data in easy-to-understand forms, such as diagrams and graphs. Prepare reports and identify accounting and financial record-keeping processes that can be improved. Provide financial statement preparation and reporting support, and financial management policy, guidance and assistance to the Commerce Department and it's bureaus. This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Staff Accountant, ZA-0510-3, FPL 3 positions within Office of the Secretary/Office of Financial Managementin the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience. This Position is also announced under vacancy number OS/OFM-2022-0005, which is open to Merit Promotion eligible applicants. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be suitable for Federal employment. You must be a U.S. citizen. You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov). A one year probationary period may be required.Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. Security Clearance: You must be able to obtain and maintain a Non-sensitive/Low Risk clearance. Time-after-competitive-appointment restrictions apply. Qualifications Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:http://www.opm.gov/qualifications. This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZA-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Basic AND Minimum Qualification requirements as noted below. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: You must meet one of the items listed below (A or B): 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 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.") 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 includeoneof the following: Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 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. AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. 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. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: • Leading accounting operations to provide interpretations or requirements, guidance and other issuances by Treasury, OMB, and other standards-setting organizations;• Determining financial reporting requirements (i.e., note disclosures, financial statement crosswalks) and determining how to program the requirements into the financial reporting system;• Analyzing accounting records/financial transactions, systems, and processes; and• Utilizing automated financial management systems to prepare accurate operational and financial reports. OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience as described above. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of two years is qualifying for combination. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification. Education This position requires specific coursework and/or a degree to meet the basic education requirement. You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Your transcript(s) must clearly demonstrate the course(s) listed in the qualification requirement section. If the transcript(s) does not clearly demonstrate this you must submit a copy of the course description and/or other documentation demonstrating that the courses are equivalent. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Failure to provide such documentation with your application will result in lost consideration. For further information, visit:https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/. Additional Information CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career TransitionCTAPapplicants MUST submit the following documents: A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice). A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location; A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement; A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc; A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., 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 agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency’s telework policy.