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Accountant

Company: U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide
Location: Montgomery
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Job Description:

Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to provide professional accounting and financial management oversight and financial analysis to commanders, managers, and the comptroller.
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Responsibilities

  • Serve as an accountant providing the direction of the overall accounting operation for all funds executed at to include all tenant units
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy of payments and report completion. Analyze accounting issues, establishes, and modifies local procedures to comply with fiscal law legislation and policy/guidance
  • Responsible for a variety of administrative and supervisory personnel management functions
  • Monitor, track and report any deficiencies and material weaknesses. Identify any known internal control issues and recommendation to the commander
  • Ensure all accounting transactions and systems are completed in accordance with legislation. Design and develop local policies to both comply with legal direction as well as to seek to improve the effectiveness of all local payment processes

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15
  • Job family (Series)

    0510 Accounting
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    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment
    • Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
    • Total salary varies depending on location of position
    • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
    • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
    • Position may be subject to random drug testing
    • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
    • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
    • Employee must maintain current certifications, if applicable
    • A security clearance may be required
    • Disclosure of Political Appointments is required
    • Per National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of fiscal year (FY) 2017. Section 1111 modifies 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 3326; Veterans who are retiring within 180 days of appointment effective date may require a 180 day waiver package
    • May be required to serve a probationary period
    • This position is subject to provisions of the DOD Priority Placement Program

      Qualifications

      BASIC REQUIREMENT:
      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 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 non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

      Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:
      https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0500/accounting-series-0510/

      In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, applicants must meet the Specialized Experience requirements:

      Specialized Experience:
      GS-05: Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the GS-05 level.

      GS-07: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Examples of qualifying include assisting with accounting and audit reviews of financial programs; assisting with oversight tasks related to financial planning and administration of accounting systems; assisting testing and monitoring cash controls OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement OR a combination of experience and education that equates to one year of experience.

      GS-09: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Examples of qualifying include performing accounting and audit reviews of financial programs and completing oversight tasks related to financial planning and administration of accounting systemsOR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR a combination of experience and education that equates to one year of experience.

      GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Examples of qualifying experience include professional, comprehensive knowledge of theories, practices, methods and techniques of accounting and practice experience with accounting and accounting related systems OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of experience and education that equates to one year of experience.

      GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience include professional, comprehensive knowledge of theories, practices, methods and techniques of accounting, practice experience with accounting and accounting related systems, planning of accounting branch assignments, resolution of problems, changes to work commitments.

      GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience includes comprehensive knowledge of theories, practices, methods and techniques of accounting, performing nonappropriated funds oversight, including accounting and audit reviews of financial programs and providing professional accounting and financial management oversight, financial analysis.

      GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience includes professional, comprehensive knowledge accounting principles, concepts, theories, and laws as they pertain to Federal accounting requirements practices and laws, financial improvement initiatives, the US standard government general ledger, the CFO Act and Federal Financial Accounting Standards.

      GS-15: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience includes knowledge of Anti-deficiency Act, Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act, and Inspector General Act and related reporting requirements and the ability to interpret and apply the laws to actual financial programs, problems, and solutions. Knowledge of financial management accounting and mixed systems and automated data processing concepts.

      OR

      To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
      https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF

      KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
      1. Knowledge of accounting theories, concepts, principles, and practices of accounting and financial management.
      2. Knowledge of missions, functions, programs, goals, objectives, work processes, and sources of funding pertinent to accounting organizations.
      3. Skill in formulating, justifying, and/or reconciling assigned accounting systems projects/programs.
      4. Ability to gather, assemble, and analyze data to reconcile timely and accurate accounting reporting, develop alternative, and make recommendations to resolve accounting system problems.

      PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

      VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

      Education

      IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience; transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

      FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

      Additional information

      For Direct Hire (DHA) Positions:
      This is a Direct Hire Public Notice, under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

      Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

      Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

      Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

      Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

      Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

      If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here.

      Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf

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      How You Will Be Evaluated

      You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

      Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.

      Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

      Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

      Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

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      Background checks and security clearance

      Security clearance

      Secret

      Drug test required

      No
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      Required Documents

      The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration.
    • Online Application - Questionnaire
    • Resume - For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
    • Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.
    • Veterans: If claiming Veterans' Preference - Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service/type under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If you are also claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable). ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
      • Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
      • Branch of Armed Forces
      • Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
      • Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
      • Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
      • Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
      • Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
      • Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander. Note: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

        If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

        Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

        Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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        Benefits

        A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

        Review our benefits

        Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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