Accountant

Posted: 05/30/17 | SHARE:

Description:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned and -operated manufacturing center located in New York.  It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations in 1813. Today it is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems.  The Arsenal is the only location in the DoD that has a weapons research facility (Benét Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility (Arsenal).

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

NOTE: APPOINTMENTS MADE FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE EXTENDED UP TO 4 YEARS.

Duties

Reviews various financial documents and reports and works with higher-level accountants to develop solutions to increasingly more difficult problems. Serves as liaison for accounting, budgeting, and entitlement matters. Examines accounting data and reports to increase familiarity with the content and perform preliminary analysis of the content. Investigates a limited variety of technical finance and accounting problems/situations and researches to propose alternative actions, corrections, or solutions. Reviews regulations and directives promulgated by higher authority and makes recommendations regarding the impact on the organization.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required up to 10%

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Qualifications:

Key Requirements/Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: To qualify for any grade level of this position, applicants must have education and/or experience that demonstrated their ability to meet one of the basic requirements as described below:

(1) A bachelor's 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 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.") (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts at the time of application.)

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(2) A combination of education and experience that includes 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 and 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts at the time of application.)

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(3) A combination of education and experience that includes 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 AND a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts at the time of application.)

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(4) A combination of education and experience that includes 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 AND completion of the requirements for 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 requirements in 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. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts at the time of application.)

In addition to the meeting the basic requirement stated above, your resume must also reflect the following: 

To qualify at the GS-05 level, applicants must meet the basic requirement stated above.

To qualify at the GS-07 level, applicants must meet the basic requirement stated above AND possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service.  Your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) experience using basic knowledge of accounting principles, theories, procedures & applications to perform assignments in an accounting environment; and (2) experience in analyzing, modifying, and/or adapting conventional accounting techniques to solve minor accounting problems.

To qualify at the GS-09 level, applicants must meet the basic requirement stated above AND possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. Your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) experience using different accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques to independently perform assignments; (2) experience using automated financial management and/or accounting systems to ensure accounting systems are operating as intended; and (3) experience interpreting and applying accounting and/or budgetary information, regulations, and procedures.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Accounting Theories, Concepts and Principles
  • Accounting Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management Systems
  • Oral Communication

EDUCATION: Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify.   

For the GS-07 grade level, you may qualify if you meet the Basic Requirement AND your education meets the definition below:

A) Successful completion of 1 full year of graduate level education in Accounting or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.) 

-OR-
B) Obtained Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.) Superior Academic Achievement is obtained through: (1) Class standing - being in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision based on completed courses; (2) Grade-point average - (a) having a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or (b) having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

-OR-
C) Have an appropriate combination of related graduate-level education and specialized experience as described in the qualifications section of this announcement which equates to at least 100% of the total requirement. (NOTE: You MUST attach a copy of your transcripts to your application package).

For the GS-09 grade level, you may qualify if you meet the Basic Requirement AND your education meets the definition below:

A) Have completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in Accounting or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration. . (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.) 
- OR- 
B) Possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree with a major field of study in Accounting or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)

-OR-

C) Have an appropriate combination of related graduate-level education and specialized experience as described in the qualifications section of this announcement which equates to at least 100% of the total requirement. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts).

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Personnel security investigation is required.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Noncompetitive promotion potential to the target grade.
  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at – http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/acred/index.html.
  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.
  • If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted.
  • Position requires incumbent to complete the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Management (FM) Certification Program.
  • May require overtime.
  • This is term position. Term positions are filled for a period of more than one year but not more than four years.
  • This is a Career Program #11 position.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 05, 2017 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

 

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

  • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you 

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you wish to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualifications determination and you may be found "not qualified. See: Transcripts and Licenses.

If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents. The Vacancy ID is 1964323. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application


NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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