Supervisory Staff Accountant


Vacancy ID: 760594   Announcement Number: NIFA-S13N-0002   USAJOBS Control Number: 328174200

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 760594
1. Title of Job

Supervisory Staff Accountant
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Supervisory Staff Accountant

21. Geographic Availability

Select at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment.  The location code(s) for this position is/are:

99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the answer below that describes your education as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position. You must submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.

A. I have completed a 4-year degree in accounting or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 hours in accounting and/or auditing (the 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit for business law)
B. I have a combination of education and experience with 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 including 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.
C. My education is not reflected above and therefore, I do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position.

Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Supervisory Staff Accountant. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

2. For the GS-14 grade level: Do you have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience in conducting the analysis of indirect cost rate proposals together with supporting financial statements and detailed cost data; being the agency liaison and cooperating with other offices in the financial matters; developing current and long-range proposals for on-site financial, compliance and administrative reviews; conducting research and performing reviews and evaluations of new and high-risk grantees which require intensive efforts in problem solving and analysis; preparing working papers, summaries, and reports detailing the results of work performed; review and conduct resolution activities of A-133 audits and prepares reports on the status of audit resolution; and supervising or acting as a lead in a branch or unit of financial and /or oversight personnel.

A. YES
B. NO

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Developed, documented, and implemented accounting policies and procedures to meet accounting/reporting requirements.

4. Extracted data from a financial system in order to analyze and present such data for a variety of stakeholders (budget staff, accounting staff, program officials, and/or management).

5. Use automated financial systems including generating financial statements, retrieving data, entering and storing documents, and maintaining records.

6. Performed accounting functions for budget execution, cash management, and accounts payable.

7. Trained others in performance of accounting functions for budget execution, cash management, and accounts payable.

8. Make adjustments in a reconciliation process to account for new requirements, technology advances, and/or business process changes.

9. Utilized governmental accounting practices and procedures including those established by GAO, OMB, and Department of Treasury to design, modify, administer, or analyze accounting systems or programs.

10. Gather, compile and analyze financial data to develop and prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial reports.

11. Applied analytical methods and techniques to identify and resolve complex financial issues.

12. Analyzed financial data and prepare corresponding narratives for dissemination describing budgetary and fiscal data (e.g., funding history, spending trends, and expenditures.

13. Compile narratives and statistical analyses requested by auditors.

14. Created financial statements, charts, and reports that can be clearly understood by financial and non-financial employees.

15. Provided financial advisory services and analysis of financial data derived from a variety of sources.

16. Worked with external and internal organizations regarding accounting and policy issues (e.g., leases, accounts receivable, fund balance with Treasury).

17. Ability to assess effectiveness of internal control procedures and related risks (e.g., A-123 processes).

18. Ability to plan and perform internal control testing and risk assessment.

19. Review policies, procedures, and systems supporting cash management activities and processes and develop plans of action to resolve management controls and weakness.

20. Serve as the technical and subject matter expert and personal consultant to managers for cash management activities, analysis, reconciliation, coordination and reporting.

21. Develops recommendations to resolve complex problems and improve operations.

22. Work independently to assess and resolve cash management issues that have wide financial impact to the financial statements.

23. Apply the knowledge of the laws, regulations, Executive Orders, OMB Circulars, IPIA, departmental policies and operating practices applicable to grants and cooperative agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Interagency Agreements or other types of agreements.

24. Conduct price/cost analysis techniques including cost estimating relationships.

25. Provide advice and assistance to senior grants staff on methodologies to improve the financial management of awardees.

26. Serve as technical expert in providing advice on cost principles, internal control assessments, development and implementation of new agency operations, procedures and policies at awardee organizations.

27. Conduct all phases of financial and administrative reviews of various types grantees, including determination of appropriate indirect cost rates, adequacy of accounting systems, and fiscal capabilities.

28. Adjust plans, goals, or priorities to changing situations or circumstances

29. Represent the interests of an organization or group to internal or external stakeholders.

30. Complete work that requires checking details for accuracy and completeness.

31. Develop and prepare Individual Development Plans (IDPs) of staff

32. Develop performance plans to ensure effective staff training and development

33. Review staff work for technical adequacy and accuracy

34. Establish team goals and set deadlines for reporting.

35. Prepare action plans to include end of the year plans and procedures.

36. Communicate orally, clearly and effectively with persons at all levels of government, academia, non-profit organizations, the private sector and others and to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.

37. Present the position of the agency on indirect costs, audit resolution, and other financial and cost issues at negotiation sessions with awardee organizations.

38. Present information clearly and concisely in oral reports and to foster cooperation and understanding of others when conducting meetings with internal and external stakeholders.

39. Communicate in writing to convey highly sensitive or controversial issues.