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Company: U.S. Coast Guard
Location: Chesapeake
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Job Description:

SummaryThis position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Coast Guard, USCG Finance Center in Chesapeake, VA.ResponsibilitiesThis position is located in the United States, Finance Center Chesapeake, VA. Theincumbent of this position performs a variety of complex accounting duties, utilizing a professional knowledge of accounting principles and procedures in carrying out assignments.Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include: Formulating a variety of financial reports.Serving as member of a management team for organizations serviced and recommending the establishment of policies and procedures affecting the accounting system; assisting management in applying financial data and recommending alternatives to resolve difficult problems. Developing a segment of an automated accounting system; preparing procedural instructions for the development or implementation of automated accounting systems.Reconciling cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other general ledger accounts, correcting all differences between the subsidiary ledger balances and the control account balances in the general ledger.Conducting financial analyses, audits, and/or investigations of major foreign and/or domestic businesses; reviewing, analyzing, and validating industry financial data; developing segments of surveys and systems for gathering and analyzing data; resolving accounting discrepancies in reported data.Providing instructions to other employees; providing on-the-job training to new employees and reviews their work.RequirementsConditions of EmploymentU.S. Citizenship is required.This position requires occasional travel.This position requires a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI).All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This includes Time-In-Grade requirements for current status employees applying through merit promotion procedures. Status applicants applying for a promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.QualificationsBasic 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.") OR 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 oneof 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; orCompletion 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. AT THE GS-9 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level (in the federal sector). Examples of specialized experience include: providing required reports which analyzes transactions/accounts or quality of incoming and outgoing work. Validating the accuracy of the interface data to/from the official accounting systems. OR at least one of the following if using education to qualify at this grade level: (A) Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR (B) 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, if related; OR (C) A law degree such as an LL.B. or J.D, if related; OR(D) A combination of education and experience which together totals 100%.AT THE GS-11 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level (in the federal sector). Examples of specialized experience include: Working with small business accounting systems, (i.e. payroll, purchases, sales); data trend analysis; developing instructional procedures for use by others involving accounting procedures. AT THE GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level (in the federal sector). Examples of specialized experience include: Maintaining an accounting system on a regular basis; formatting new reports to satisfy information requirements; modifying and adapting conventional accounting and analytical techniques to solve accounting problems and developing subsystems based on requirements. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. Examples of specialized experience may include: maintaining an accounting system on a regular basis; composing, reviewing and coordinating agency approval of financial policy directives; formatting new reports to satisfy information requirements; modifying and adapting conventional accounting and analytical techniques to solve accounting problems and developing subsystems based on requirements. Knowledge of governmental accounting operations and requirements including those established by GAO, Department of Treasury, OMB, and the agency to independently perform a variety of assignments.Knowledge of automated systems design practices and limitations to describe systems specifications and requirements to computer programmers and software specialists. Ability to deal tactfully with other employees to implement revised policies and procedures, to discuss changes relating to the automated accounting system.National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.EducationThis position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click hereAdditional InformationApplicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click hereRecruitment incentives may be authorized.If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6291. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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